Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “At least, we are now assured of a playoffs for a quarterfinals berth,” said Pido Jarencio, whose NorthPort Batang Pier proved steadier in a grit and grind 94-84 victory over Alaska on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Now, if we get lucky against Ginebra, thank you,” Jarencio added. “We get an automatic quarterfinal [ticket].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Batang Pier fought to be in this spot—four wins, six losses—after a promising start was nearly laid to waste by six straight losses. With Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony leading a furious finish, NorthPort won a second straight game and pushed Alaska to the brink.NorthPort’s next assignment is Barangay Ginebra, which ousted Meralco in the second game, 86-76, behind 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks by Greg Slaughter. A win by the Batang Pier there gives them a trouble-free entry to the quarterfinals. A loss drops them in a tie with Alaska.The Aces aren’t in a complete heap on the floor just yet—but they’re down on their knees after ending the classification phase with a 4-7 card. And they’ll have to pray results of other matches go their way if they want to stay in contention for a quarterfinal berth.Alaska had the game within reach, scoring eight points in the first 70 seconds of the fourth quarter to eat into an 11-point deficit. Jvee Casio fed Ronald Pascual for an easy two and then added a triple as the Aces stretched that run to 14-0 for a 74-71 lead, 9:34 remaining.Anthony stopped the Alaska run with a basket and Pringle bunched together six points as the Batang Pier took a 79-74 lead. Anthony later buried the dagger that made it 92-81, 1:23 remaining.Anthony finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds while Pringle added 21.ADVERTISEMENT It was billed as a battle for survival and both teams certainly played like it, dishing off and taking the best of shots like nothing else mattered.Too bad only one team remained standing in the end. For how long, though, is another question.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Lady Spikers, Tigresses recover winning groove Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “Stanley carried us in the second half,” said Jarencio. “Actually, it was a total team effort but Stanley and Sean [stood out].”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
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Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Collingwood “It was a different week in many ways, but particularly because people wanted to talk to you. I remember turning up at Windy Hill on Thursday night and some journo pulled me aside for a photo in the boxing ring with the gloves on and I missed the start of bloody training.” Banks didn’t know what to do. “It was hilarious. I rolled out late and Sheeds says, ‘where have you been?’ I didn’t know what to expect.”Banks recalls Sheedy has a man having five different personalities. “You didn’t quite know what personality he had at the time you saw him. I think half of it was just keeping you on your toes.”One of those personalities was Sheedy the educator, and Banks remembers his coach playing old war vision during the week and talking a lot about those who fought. But unlike many who reach for allegory at this time of year, Sheedy’s purpose was not to draw parallels but to provide perspective. Facebook For Matthew Banks, Anzac Day represents the beginning and the end of an inimitable three-game AFL career.On the Tuesday leading into Anzac Day 1997, Banks was told by the Essendon coach, Kevin Sheedy, that he’d be making his AFL debut in front of a full house at the MCG. His job would be to stand Collingwood’s Sav Rocca, who two years earlier kicked nine goals in the inaugural Anzac Day clash between the two clubs.“I was big and strong, and he was big and strong, and Essendon didn’t have many people they could play on him” says Banks, now a finance broker working with the mining industry in Perth. Australian rules football features Essendon Read more “Sheeds would say you’re about to run out onto the MCG in front of 90,000 people, but there are hundreds of thousands of people that have done greater things under harsher conditions. It was about perspective, but also what people can get out of themselves – in different situations you can lift the bar. It’s not saying were going to war, it’s simply not.”Which isn’t to say the game isn’t brutal in its own way. “The two Rocca brothers tried to rough me up before the first bounce and Dean Wallis ran through and laid one of them out,” says Banks. “When that happened, it kind of just brought me down to, ‘yes, it’s just a normal game’. It was helpful because it got the nerves out of my body.”Should an analogy be drawn to Banks’ game that day, it would not be with a first world war documentary, but a Jane Goodall one. “If you’ve ever seen two gorillas fighting each other, that was us. Just big heavy bodies bashing into each other the whole time.”It was ugly, but effective. Rocca would only manage two goals for the game and The Australian would name Banks in the best (his mum still has the clipping). “I didn’t really get many possessions, but I just bodied him to try and get him off balance all the time. Every time he’d lead, I’d try to stand in front of him.”Anzac Day 1997 was up until that point the biggest day of Banks’ life. His parents were sitting in the MCC members and a mate who he’d grown up with prepared a banner that read, “Which Bank? Matt Banks!”“That day was a thank you to my family,” says Banks. “All the years that your parents have driven you around to training in the dark at Ringwood. Looking at the proud face on my dad, you just remember all that stuff. You just want to play reasonably to thank them for all of that. And now having kids myself and looking back and imagining your child reaching a level when you’re sitting in a stadium like that, I appreciate it in a whole other way.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Pinterest AFL AFL to review its bump rules at end of season Share on Messenger Australia sport A group of Essendon players by a war memorial around 1996. Matthew Banks is in the back row, third from left. Photograph: Kevin Sheedy Back then I had blonde tips and I was 6ft 7in with a fair opinion of myself, like most footballersMatthew Banks Pinterest Since you’re here… The following week, Banks’ senses were numbed when he was sent back to the reserves. “Sheeds tried to teach me a lesson. I think he did that a few times as he didn’t want guys to get ahead of themselves – and back then I had blonde tips and I was 6ft 7in with a fair opinion of myself, like most footballers.”Banks would play his only other senior game that year at Football Park in Adelaide, where he held Barry Stanfield and Tony Modra goalless. “Modra was too nimble for me, but I was just able to stand in his way and block his run. You wouldn’t be able to do that today.”Modra was made even more nimble when Banks tore a hamstring. The only upside being that as the least regarded of four who suffered the same fate for Essendon that night, he was sent back on and ordered to stand in the goal square. He was rewarded with the solitary goal of his career.In the prelude to Anzac Day the following year, Banks was told that if he got through a reserves game at Windy Hill, he’d be back in front of 90,000 people the following week.“I chipped a bit of bone off my elbow in a collision, but they just strapped it up so there was no way I wasn’t going to play.”As he did the year before, he stood Sav Rocca, and held him to one goal by half-time. “He kicked another on me early in the third quarter, before I went for a speccy on his shoulders,” says Banks “As I went to down I couldn’t land with my left arm because of the chipped bone, so I dragged my shoulder into the ground and did my AC joint.”Banks thought the injury would see him miss be two or three weeks, but it was nine and ultimately, a career. Of his moniker as “Sheedy’s Anzac Day specialist”, Banks is self-deprecatingly philosophical. “It’s a laugh… it’s a stat.”A week or so ago, Banks received a text message from Sheedy. The text included a picture of a slouching Banks with a group of Essendon footballers by a war memorial. Banks is not sure what year the photo was taken, but thinks it may be 1996. “Andrew Bomford’s straight over the back of my head, Sean Wellman’s just below me, Dustin Fletcher’s over the back right if you’re looking at it front on, Tim Williams is down the front, a guy from Western Australia who I’m not sure played a game, and Justin Blumfield’s on the bottom left.”Banks says his old coach has got in touch with him more in the last few years. “I think maybe now he’s got a bit more time to spend. He certainly makes an effort and he loves his boys.”Banks believes that part of Sheedy’s role, now that he’s returned to Essendon, is to try and restore a culture that has taken more than a few hits since he last coached the club in 2007. Sheedy’s message to Banks? “Stand up straight!” Share on Facebook Reuse this content Support The Guardian Twitter
eSports How FUT Champions Cup changes led to ‘crushing’ victory of 16-year-old FIFA 18 star DhTekKz Paul Rayment 19:53 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EA Sports eSports Premier League An unknown finished top of the pile at the Barcelona tournament and he has an exciting few weeks ahead of him as eSports teams fight for his signature With the dust having settled after three days of intense competition in Barcelona, there’s a new name on the lips of FUT Champions Cup fans.Donovan ‘DhTekKz’ Hunt, a 16-year-old from the UK, left Spain $22,000 richer and with his spot in the Global Series Playoffs confirmed.DhTekKz’s shock win coincided with a number of big names being eliminated earlier than expected, including last year’s winner, Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Brent Koning, FIFA’s competitive gaming commissioner for EA Sports, expected surprises in 2018’s FUT Champions Cup and delighted in a new star being discovered at the first stage of this year’s competition.“Our whole goal with our programmes is to find superstars,” Koning told Goal. “The double-sided coin to finding superstars is that some stars lose and so our upsets I think are just as much a storyline as our winner.“From our side, we couldn’t be happier to find somebody who has gone from zero to hero. When we switched to Swiss format we knew we were going to see a different style of player rise to the top.“Last year’s Ultimate Team Championship Series winner, Rocky, didn’t even make it out of the Swiss format groups stage and so I think when you see the big names not able to progress through a gruelling Swiss format, for us that’s the cool part.“We’re trying to weed out who can handle the pressure.”While DhTekKz was able to see his name trending on Twitter throughout the weekend, it was clear to those in Barcelona that he was something special.As Koning points out: “The beauty of this was format, not necessarily that this no-name was winning but the way he was winning.“He would score early and he would score often and the way he would win was just shocking everybody.“I think early on people had eyes on him and he would just start crushing people and I think our seasoned veterans didn’t know how to react.”Minutes after a jubilant DhTekKz was presented with the trophy, brands and eSport teams were tweeting congratulations and making it clear they wanted to sign him up.@DhTekKz Congratulations on the huge win mate, what an unbelievable final! Drop us a follow, we’d love to chat— SPORTbible (@sportbible) January 28, 2018F2 E-Sports will launch and our only target is @DhTekKz. Come join the #F2Fam bro. RT if you want this to happen— The F2 (@TheF2) January 28, 2018But for someone so young it wouldn’t be wrong to suspect that the fame could be too much too soon.Koning, who presented DhTekKz with the trophy on Sunday, doesn’t think that fame within the FIFA eSports community will“The best part of my job is seeing these guys go from relatively zero presence online and within the community and then the moment you realise they realise that this is going to be something,” he said.“That happened for him the moment I put the scarf over his head. I shared with him, ‘this is your moment’, and then he could just tell, ‘oh sh*t, this is my moment’.“It was great and then afterwards I said to him: ‘You know you’re going to have everybody want to speak to you.’“This is just like real football. If somebody starts crushing it in the Premier League it’s kind of expected, but if they’re in a lower tier league, that’s when the phone calls start coming in.“Our advice for him is to take it slow and make the best decision for him, he’s in a very cool spot. If you could bottle up what we’re trying to do at EA, it’s that.”When told that DhTekKz’s Twitter following has rocketed – it’s over 50,000 as of publication – Koning laughs. “He raised that trophy, we put the trophy down, he did a couple of interviews and shook every single person’s hand that wanted, he took pictures with every single kid in the venue and he’s instantly became a pro without even signing a contract and I think that is great but he’s rock solid. It was really exciting to see.”With DhTekKz not being affiliated to either an eSport team or brands, the young star has important decisions to make as he makes the step from top amateur to fully-funded pro.“You’ve got an eSport organisations and clubs, like Manchester City and FaZe; the next is brands like Unilad partnering with Gorilla; and then you have this hybrid, Fnatic and Roma for example,” Koning continued.“All three of those do things differently but the ones that make the proper investment are the ones that go through – it’s not really about who they are but how they act. You have to keep some perspective.“An eSports organisation, they’ve been digitally hyping and building brands around eSports for 10 years. When you have a legacy brand, like Manchester City, as an example, they have been around for a really long time.“But they do things differently and when you look at the marketing of how these organisations are created, the ones that really successful are the ones who do that marketing really, really well.“Regardless of who they are, if they can knock out the marketing and the promotion around building players up as brands, that’s where things really come together.”The second FUT Champions Cup of the year takes place in April, with qualification throughout February, although DhTekKz has already secured his spot in the next round of the competition, the FIFA Global Series Playoffs in June.The climax of the FIFA 18 season will be the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final at an as-yet-unconfirmed location and date, expected to be before the release of FIFA 19 at the end of September. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame was idle this weekend, but with a 12-0 regular season record, the Irish are destined for the College Football Playoff.ESPN put out its most updated bowl predictions earlier this morning, and both of the experts from the Worldwide Leader have Notre Dame in the playoff.The Irish were No. 3 in the most recent playoff rankings, behind only Clemson and Alabama.Both ESPN analysts have Notre Dame facing Clemson in a playoff semifinal, though they differ on where they will meet.ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura has the Irish against the Tigers in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29, at either 4 or 8 p.m. ET.ESPN’s Mitch Sherman has Notre Dame vs. Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, at either 4 or 8 p.m. ET.We will find out Notre Dame’s ultimate destination later today, when the final College Football Playoff rankings are released.There is a chance that Oklahoma or Ohio State could jump the Irish and grab the No. 3 seed. In that case, Notre Dame would play Alabama in a national semifinal.Stay tuned.
Premier John Hamm extended his congratulations today, March 29,to the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men on their victory atthe Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey finals. St. FXdefeated the New Brunswick Varsity Reds Sunday with a 3-2 doubleover-time win. “This victory speaks volumes to the dedicated coaching of DannyFlynn and to the talent of these young men,” said Premier JohnHamm. “Over the past number of years, the X-Men have worked veryhard and have built a strong team. All Nova Scotians areextremely proud that the University Cup will make its home thisyear at St. FX. “Yesterday also marked the first time in history that teams fromAtlantic University Sport placed first, second and third in anational event,” added the premier. “I would like to congratulateSt. FX, the University of New Brunswick, and Dalhousie Universityon this very strong showing.” -30-
A 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Mount Sinai Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment program aired for the first time Thursday, May 1, on the iconic Toshiba Vision LED signboards in the heart of Times Square, New York City.Eddie Temistokle; Valisia LeKae; and Dr. David FishmanThe PSA will continue to broadcast every six minutes, 24-hours per day through May 15th. David Fishman, MD, Director and Founder of the Mount Sinai Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment Program, Valisia LeKae, Broadway actress and ovarian cancer survivor and Toshiba executives unveiled the PSA with a countdown.“With Toshiba’s help, we will create more awareness about ovarian cancer which will hopefully result in saving lives,” says Dr. Fishman, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science and gynecological oncologist at The Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are very excited to see our important message on one of the biggest screens in the world and I’m extremely grateful to my very talented patient, Valisia LeKae, a Tony and Grammy nominated actress and singer for sharing her story. “Ovarian Cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in American women. Approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed annually and 14,000 die from the disease. “Every day that passes without a cure for ovarian cancer means the suffering and death of countless women,” said Dr. Fishman. “Valisia is one of the lucky ones and she is a fighter.”“I want to thank Toshiba, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Peter Hapak and Spotco for joining forces to help broadcast the importance of ovarian cancer risk assessment and my personal journey to thousands of men and women who will see it daily,” says LeKae, the 34 year-old actress who played Diana Ross in Motown the Musical and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013. “Dr. Fishman and the Mount Sinai team helped to save my life, so I want to give back by helping to educate and encourage others about this disease and the fight against it.”
Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement The mission of the Downie Wenjack Fund is to encourage reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people in Canada.Gord Downie was the lead singer of the rock band The Tragically Hip. He died from brain cancer on Oct. 17 at the age of 53. He dedicated the final year of his life to raising awareness of Indigenous issues and the destructive legacy of residential schools in Canada.Downie’s brother Patrick will address the crowd prior to the game.CANADIAN PRESS Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Gord Downie is presented with a Star blanket by Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and his wife Valerie Galley during a ceremony honouring Downie at the AFN Special Chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que., Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. (Adrian Wyld/CP) TORONTO – The Toronto Rock have partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund for the National Lacrosse League team’s home opener on Dec. 16 against the Saskatchewan Rush at Air Canada Centre.The Rock will donate $1 to the Downie Wenjack Fund for every ticket sold for the game.Representatives from the Downie Wenjack Fund will be on the Air Canada Centre concourse on game night accepting donations, selling merchandise and raising awareness. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Ranatunga, who is also contesting for the post of President at the elections scheduled says Sumathipala is not qualified to hold the post of President.Ranatunga, the younger brother of World Cup winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna, was SLC secretary from 2009 to 2015. (Colombo Gazette) The Court of Appeal today issued a stay order against holding the elections for the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board tomorrow.The stay order has been issued till June 14 when the court will rule on a petition filed against Thilanga Sumathipala from contesting the election. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket announced the indefinite postponement of SLC’s Annual General Meeting and the cancellation of the Extraordinary General Meeting, which it was planning to hold on the 31st May, 2018 (tomorrow) following the stay order issued by the Court of Appeal. Last week former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board General Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga filed a petition in court seeking an injunction to prevent Thilanga Sumathipala from contesting the Sri Lanka Cricket board elections.
“Sport has the power to align our passion, energy and enthusiasm around a collective cause,” she maintained. “And that is precisely when hope can be nurtured and trust can be regained”. Sport has played an important role in all societies throughout history – making it a natural focus for the UN system, to strengthen social ties and promote the ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.Ms. Mohammed recalled stories of “soldiers climbing over the trenches on the first Christmas Eve of the First World War” to play football and bring about a momentary truce and “table tennis in the 1970s” that thawed Cold War tensions and gave birth to the term “ping-pong diplomacy”. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (at podium) opens the event to commemorate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April)., by UN Photo/Mark Garten“It is in our collective interest to harness the tremendous power of sport to help build a better and more sustainable future for all” she stressed.Moreover, she pointed out that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identified sport as “an enabler of sustainable development”. “Sport can help promote tolerance and respect, contribute to the empowerment of women and young people, and advance health, education and social inclusion”, she continued.Ahead of the international day on Friday, Ms. Mohammed cited the Secretary-General’s report “Strengthening the Global Framework for Leveraging Sport for Development and Peace” as recognition of the power of sport “to bring people together and achieve common goals. Affirming that “no institution or entity can do it alone”, she underscored the need for “partnerships between all parts of society, especially youth and local communities”, and elaborated on collaborations with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the international football association, FIFA, to, among other things, advance women in leadership.Ms. Mohammed also urged changing the day-to-day management of sporting events, so as to harness environmentally-friendly practices and socio-environmental-minded bidding proposals. “Let us intensify our shared efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and truly recognize the power of sport to change the lives of individuals, communities, countries and beyond”, she stated.“Thank you” concluded the Deputy Secretary-General “for helping the world score a goal for our common humanity”.
Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) looks to fire a pass during the Big Ten Tournament semifinals against Michigan. OSU lost, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — So what happens next?For the first time in six seasons, the Ohio State men’s basketball will spend the Sunday of the Big Ten Tournament watching — instead of participating.A 72-69 loss against top-seeded Michigan (25-7, 17-3) leaves OSU with a long bus ride ahead as they wait to see their fate in the NCAA Tournament.“I’ve never been there. I’ve never been in Columbus on Selection Sunday,” junior forward Sam Thompson said. “I’ve never left this tournament before the championship game, so it’ll be a little weird.”Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said even though it will be different not playing in the championship game — Michigan is set to take on Michigan State Sunday at 3:30 p.m. — he sees a bright future for his team.“Obviously this feeling I’m feeling right now, this is a change for me,” Smith Jr. said. “I haven’t won every game in my lifetime, and I’ve responded. I know my team is going to bounce back, we’re going to fight, but the pain and the hurt that we’re feeling right now is going to be ammunition for us going into the NCAA Tournament. I’m excited for that.”Smith Jr.’s backcourt teammate, senior guard Aaron Craft, added that the loss can be seen as a building block for the team moving forward.“It would be a travesty if we just took disappointment out of this weekend,” Craft said. “Obviously we’re upset, we’re disappointed, but it’s the way this has gone. We’re a better basketball team than when we got here. It’s about building off that. Get out of the Big Ten, get to play against a different opponent that you haven’t seen yet.”Although OSU is all but guaranteed an at large bid, the players will be heading into uncharted territory.For the first time since any of the current Buckeye players began their careers OSU will likely be lower than a two-seed, and could be an underdog as early as the third round.Smith Jr. said he thinks OSU put themselves into a good position heading into March Madness.“It’s not the best position we wanted to be in, but I’m pretty confident in the position we are,” Smith Jr. said. “With this loss everybody is hurting right here, so I expect that the pain that we’re feeling right now to carry on to the next game and we take it out on whoever we play and wherever we are. I expect them to reap what we’re feeling right now. So bad enough for them, whoever they are I feel sorry for them.”Thompson added that seeding doesn’t make a difference, as long as the team comes to play.“Seeds don’t matter. Wichita State beat us last year as a nine seed. Seeding doesn’t matter,” Thompson said. “What matters is the team that shows up to play when the tournament comes, and the Ohio State Buckeyes will show up no matter what seed we are.”Even though the ending to the Big Ten Tournament was not was what OSU (25-9, 12-9) wanted, the hope of the NCAA Tournament softened the blow that came with a loss.Starting next week though, there will be no such relief.“It’s on to the NCAA Tournament and we get another crack at it, and every game now, if you lose, you go home for good and we don’t want that to happen,” Smith Jr. said.The brackets are scheduled be announced Sunday at 6 p.m., with the NCAA Tournament’s second round — where OSU will likely begin — set to take place Thursday and Friday.Junior guard Shannon Scott said it doesn’t matter who OSU plays, they plan to give it their all.“We’ve got to play against whoever steps in front of us,” Scott said. “Bring our ‘A’ game no matter what.”
The Ohio State men’s swimming team practices ahead of its meet on Jan. 28 at Michigan. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThis weekend is an important one for the Ohio State men’s swimming team, as they travel to Ann Arbor to take on rival Michigan.The Buckeyes will duel against the Big Ten’s top-ranked Wolverines in what is expected to be one of OSU’s toughest and most challenging conference meets on the road.“It’s a good time to get some quality racing in, prior to Big Tens,” junior Brayden Seal said. “If you can get some good races in, it boosts your confidence going into championship season.”With Michigan performing in its own backyard with an array of talented athletes, there will certainly be some challenges posed for the Buckeyes.“I know that the guy I’m going to be racing against is difficult, and I’m sure that they have got people in all events,” Seal said. “For distance guys, it’s going to be difficult and the breastrokers will have a big challenge too, but they have got a lot of great guys across the board.”For some of the young guys like sophomore sprinter Mossimo Chavez, the excitement to travel to Ann Arbor and face some of the best swimmers in the country is high.“I know they have a top sprinter nationally, so there is a chance he will take the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle”, Chavez said. “We just have to go into it like it’s a championship meet. I’ve never been to Michigan, so it’s more exciting than it is intimidating.”Along with Michigan’s talented team, the atmosphere in Ann Arbor is also an upper hand for the home team, Seal said.“The coach there, Mike Bottom, is really good at getting a big crowd there and obviously, they are all Michigan fans, so it’s pretty loud for the other side,” Seal said. “It will still be a lot of fun.”The Buckeyes are 6-0 in dual meets this season and are headed to Ann Arbor with confidence, sticking to the plan they have had all season: keep winning.“We just focus on getting ready with the team right before the meet and having the whole mentality of its one of the biggest rivalries in the nation, so you are going to need to be able to race,” Seal said.The meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday evening.
The 1997-98 NBA season had little in common with today’s league. There were teams in Vancouver and Seattle; the Warriors were lousy and won only 19 games; and the Utah Jazz shared the NBA’s best record while hitting just 3 threes per game. But the one thing that was the same then and has never changed: The Spurs won at least 50 games.San Antonio’s regular-season success has been so consistent, we’ve all largely come to assume it over time. The only year the Spurs didn’t win at least 50 games in the past 20 seasons was 1998-99, when there were only 50 games total because of a lockout: San Antonio won 37 games and the NBA title. And given the club’s relative roster stability this summer after last year’s 61-win campaign — one in which a legitimate superstar was born — it would seem prudent to expect another such year from the team in silver and black.But if there’s ever been a season to wonder whether the Spurs are due for a real regression toward normalcy, this may be the one.Player health could loom larger than usual this year for San Antonio. The team will begin the regular season without Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, who was held out of the preseason and now will miss at least the season opener because of a right-quad injury sustained last season. A lack of athleticism on both ends of the floor, particularly if Leonard is forced to miss significant time, figures to stand out more this season than it did last year after a couple of free-agent defections.And it’s unclear how much longer the Spurs can keep finding moderate success with players who, at least in some ways, seem to go against the grain of the analytics movement that the club has been at the forefront of.Heading into the start of this season, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions1These are compiled by mixing team and individual-player ELO ratings. peg the Spurs at exactly 50 wins — tied for fourth with Minnesota, an up-and-coming team that may have its own growing pains, and just one game ahead of the Denver Nuggets, who are estimated to finish No. 6 out West. Only the Atlanta Hawks (projected to have 17 fewer wins) and Chicago Bulls (-14) — teams that started the rebuilding process this summer — are projected to have steeper drop-offs than San Antonio’s 11-game decrease. And if anything goes wrong for them, the Spurs could easily miss that 50-win mark.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has never been shy about resting his best players. But being down two starters to begin a season would be navigating uncharted territory. (No public timeline for a return has been set for Leonard.) As such, longtime Spur Manu Ginobili acknowledged that San Antonio might be a bit slower out of the gate this season while teammates try to develop a rhythm without two key players. “We are not going to start full-throttle,” he said. “We’re not going to start as ready to compete as in previous years. But we’ll figure it out.”The Spurs will have to learn how to create offense without two or three of their most aggressive scorers from last season. Parker, Leonard and Jonathon Simmons, who’s since joined the Orlando Magic, accounted for a whopping 68 percent of the team’s drives to the basket on a per-game basis.2Ginobili had the fourth-highest rate among Spurs’ regulars, at just 2.6 drives per contest. If both Parker and Leonard are simultaneously forced to miss considerable action, it would put a strain on their teammates, who, despite boasting some of the best 3-point shooting in the league, aren’t necessarily the best shot creators.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/spursawry.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/greendrive.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There’s also the question of whether some of San Antonio’s players are meant to play specific roles — ones that only work with teammates who accentuate their best attributes. Patty Mills, who had largely perfected his gig off the bench, is the best example here. Mills is a dangerous spot-up shooter off the bench, but he hasn’t proven capable of truly running an offense himself for more than a minute or two at a time.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/millsstripped.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Part of what sets Mills apart is the frenetic pace at which he plays. He ranked among the NBA’s top-five players in terms of how fast he moves around the court in each of the past four seasons. Yet the energy it takes to play as fast as Mills does — he basically plays a high-speed version of the playground game Tag in order to get open shots — can only be provided in spurts.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/millsexhausted.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Because of how deep the Spurs have historically been, spurts were generally all they needed from Mills. But with Parker out another month or two, that will change this season.To be totally clear: None of this is to suggest that the Spurs won’t be a good team this year. They just may not be Spurs good. If there’s a team that can overcome these sorts of flaws, it’s one coached by Popovich, who regularly motivates his teams not only to play above their heads but also to adapt from year to year to the ever-changing NBA. (FiveThirtyEight’s preseason forecast had the Spurs winning 52 games last season; they blew that out of the water, winning 61 games.)The vast majority of their league-best defense is still intact. And the team’s basketball IQ — for example, its ability to know exactly who to leave open, evidenced by its league-best defense against corner threes — is uncanny, sometimes making up for what the Spurs lack in athleticism. While the Spurs didn’t land Chris Paul this summer, convincing Rudy Gay to sign on was a coup — he’s someone who can help fill in for Leonard if need be and reasonably match up as a small-ball power forward against teams like the Warriors and Cavaliers.The Gay signing fit a recent trend for the Spurs, one that both explains how they’ve remained contenders and illustrates what could end up making them mortal again at some point: San Antonio has developed a knack for picking up players who aren’t necessarily a perfect analytical fit based on where the league is headed.LaMarcus Aldridge, for instance, joined the Spurs in 2015, right after he’d fired up a league-high 11.1 shots per game from midrange — a look today that’s widely considered to be the most inefficient shot on the floor. Upon leaving the Trail Blazers, he said he didn’t want to play center exclusively, even as scores of power forwards have made that shift in light of the small-ball movement. Yet the Spurs got considerable mileage out of him despite his inefficiencies and did so by playing him often at the center position. A year later, they added Pau Gasol, who also seemed a dubious fit because of his lack of defensive mobility. But San Antonio, which deserves credit for allowing Gasol to let it fly from 3-point range, also managed to withstand his defensive shortcomings as the team logged the league’s best defense last season. (The Spurs surprisingly gave the 37-year-old Gasol a new three-year, $48 million contract this past summer.)Gay fits better than either Gasol or Aldridge did, both in terms of his contract and his playing style. But it’s also not clear yet whether he’ll be himself, given that he’s coming off an Achilles tear. He played well the past few years but did so for losing teams out in Sacramento. Before that, the analytics friendly Grizzlies and Raptors both dealt him away and then immediately saw their on-court product improve.The Gay signing is the type of head-scratcher that the Spurs have proved their doubters wrong about in the past. But at some point, going against the grain will stop working for the Spurs. And between those gambles and the injuries to Leonard and Parker, there may finally be enough loose strings to bring San Antonio’s amazing 20-year run to an end. After all, no team — not even the Spurs themselves — can be Spurs-level good forever.Check out our latest NBA predictions.