Wolfsburg are set to make a bid for QPR’s Adel Taarabt, according to The Sun on Sunday.Taarabt, who is about to enter the final year of his contract, has been linked with a move to the German club for some time.And it is claimed that Rangers could be willing to sell the Moroccan.Related West London Sport stories:Hughes insists Taarabt will not leave QPRQPR star in line for bumper contract offer Boss Hughes keen to cement Taarabt’s future at QPRMeanwhile, the Daily Star on Sunday claim QPR manager Mark Hughes is looking to sign Paul Konchesky from Leicester in a £1m deal.The Sunday Express, who also suggest Hughes wants Konchesky, report that Joey Barton will be given a final chance by Rangers to mend his ways.The club are tipped to issue Barton with a public warning and move to curtail his outbursts on Twitter. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sunny and warm today. Temps will make it into above normal territory over the entire state…the first time that has happened since late July. We still are not looking for exceptional heat, though, with highs mostly in the lower to middle 80s. Humidity values will be up a bit, making it feel warmer.Warm weather continues tomorrow and Thursday, but we will have to deal with scattered showers over the northern half of the state, from I-70 northward. The showers will have 70% coverage in those areas tomorrow, and 60% coverage on Thursday. Combined rain totals can be from a few hundredths to half an inch, with the heaviest rains in the farthest north tier of counties, particularly near the Lake. Southern Ohio sees next to nothing, and sunshine brings above normal temps.A cold front sweeps through Ohio on Friday, mostly afternoon through the overnight. Rain totals will be from .25″-1″ with thunderstorms the main driver of heavier rains…in central and NE Ohio.We turn dry over the weekend with slightly cooler air. Then we stay partly to mostly sunny and dry all the way through the end of the 10 day period next Thursday.10 day rain potentialThe extended window has 1 threat of rain around the 24th, but otherwise we have a good deal of sunshine. Temps fall off behind the frontal passage that happens on the 24th.
Upon visiting Berlin’s IFA2107 — Germany’s answer to CES — recently, there was one word I kept hearing: Alexa. In the consumer hardware space, it’s a great time to be Amazon, if the sheer number of hardware companies jumping on the Alexa bandwagon are anything to go by.Only today it was revealed that Amazon is working on a pair of smart glasses integrating Alexa, intended to look similar to regular glasses with bone conduction technology to allow the user to engage with Alexa without having to wear headphones. Amazon is also working on an Echo connected camera system that cannot only keep a look out for intruders but also Amazon-delivered packages.See also: Amazon may acquire startup to make Alexa smarterDuring the IFA conference, a number of companies made their own Alexa announcements. Let’s take a look:Bragi makes The Dash series Amazon Alexa-compatibleSmart headphone company Bragi is responsible for one of the largest Kickstarter funding rounds in European history (over $3.39 million) with The Dash series (The Dash, The Dash Pro), headphones that not only enable the user to listen to music without leads but also measure movements like pace, steps, cadence and distance along with heart rate, oxygen saturation and energy spent, without an attached smartphone.At IFA2017 they company announced that their headphones are now Alexa-compatible. This marks a first for Alexa in the “truly wireless” headphone space. It’s also one of the first truly mobile hardware integrations for Amazon’s cloud-based voice service.“Now customers with The Dash headphones can easily take Alexa with them on the go,” said Jon Kirk, Director Amazon Alexa.“Bragi’s intelligent headphones with Alexa will make it easy for customers to control their smart home, ask for news, and access more than 20,000 skills in the Alexa skills store.”Bragi products are currently compatible with voice assistants like Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, but Amazon Alexa brings a new world of possibilities through smart home, shopping, and home entertainment use cases. Users of Amazon Alexa on The Dash will also be able to access several streaming audio options including their Amazon Music Library, Amazon Prime Music, Audible and TuneIn Radio.Amazon Alexa increases robot helper tasksUBTECH Robotics‘ Alpha 2 and younger sibling Lynx, are two humanoid robots are intent on taking over your household tasks. They can take pictures and videos, make calls, check voicemails, read and send texts and emails, and control WiFi-enabled office equipment. They can also post to your social media using voice commands and dance enthusiastically due to over 20 joints on each robot. Alpha 2 features an open API and SDK for Android and the comes welcomes input from developer enthusiasts.Significantly, Lynx is the first video-enabled humanoid robot with Amazon Alexa functionality. This means that the robot can not only shop directly from Amazon but also ’s talk to home devices such as security cameras, door locks, security systems, and thermostats. Cate Lawrence Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Follow the Puck Tags:#Amazon#Amazon Alexa#bone conduction#bragi#Cortana#featured#Home Automation#robot helper#robots#smart headphones#top#wearables Fellow robotics company Qiban debuted Sanbot Nano, the company’s first home robot. It’s something like a security camera crossed with Echo Dot — it’s Alexa capabilities succeeded that of Lynx robot — that patrols your house and talks to you, thanks to 50 sensors that help it avoid obstacles, hear voices, and facial recognition tech that helps it recognize when someone enters the room.The downside is its price, you can expect to part with $2,800, more than double the price of Alpha 2 and Lynx.Other products that announced partnerships with Amazon included SmarterFridge Cam, Bosch 360° Indoor Camera and Eyes Outdoor Cameras and a new range of televisions for Toshiba.Alexa and Cortana connectAlong with lending it’s functionality to more and more hardware, Amazon and Microsoft announced on Sunday that Alexa will be able to talk to Cortana, and Cortana will be able to talk to Alexa.Alexa customers will be able to access Cortana’s unique features like booking a meeting or accessing work calendars, reminding you to pick up flowers on your way home, or reading your work email – all using just your voice. Similarly, Cortana customers can ask Alexa to control their smart home devices, shop on Amazon.com, interact with many of the more than 20,000 skills built by third-party developers, and much more.According to Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon:“The world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience. It’s great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana.”The combining of the home automation and shopping functionalities of Alexa and business communication skills of Cortana will provide some useful collaborative clout against Google and Siri assistants, as well as showing the benefits of collaboration to the innovation of the voice assistant ecosystem. There is, however, no word yet from the latter companies as to whether they want to join the gang. As Amazon endeavors to seep into every part of your life, you can bet the rest are taking notice. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH University of Santo Tomas is one step closer to its title retention bid after slipping past Far Eastern University, 22-20, 17-21, 15-13, to complete a sweep of the eliminations of the UAAP Season 80 women’s beach volleyball tournament Thursday at SM Sands by the Bay.Reigning MVP Cherry Rondina let partner Caitlyn Viray take over in the end game as scored the Golden Tigresses’ final three points to ensure UST’s 7-0 record and automatic bye to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next “Of course it’s still not over, we want to get that gold medal,” said Rondina in Fiipino. “This is also a good experience for Cait who’s just starting her beach volleyball career. The competition is very tough and FEU is a really tough opponent.”The Lady Tamaraws finished the eliminations with a 6-1 record and will hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the second series of the step-ladder semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUST had a 6-2 lead at the start of the third set before the FEU duo of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza rallied back to take a 10-9 lead on Viray’s error.FEU the managed to tie the set at 12-12 just before Viray closed the affair for UST. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president St. Benilde halts four-game slump, drops also-ran EAC in OT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna clinched the last semifinals slot after brushing off Ateneo’s Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-10, 21-9, to finish the eliminations with a 4-3 card.The Lady Spikers will face University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero in the first series of the step-ladder semifinals. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Rivalry rekindled as Gargano falls in NXT Takeover: Philadelphia PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers San Sebastian Lady Stags. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian continued its rampage, posting its fourth straight win with a 25-23, 25-6, 25-14 victory over Lyceum in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Nikka Marielle Dalisay carried the load for the Lady Stags with 16 points, 12 coming off kills and four off service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion also poured in 10 hits apiece.The Lady Stags rose to 5-2 as the undermanned squad now sits at third place, behind unbeaten Arellano and San Beda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBien Elaine Juanillo led the fight for the Lady Pirates with eight points.In the second match, Jose Rizal University shook off a late fightback by Mapua to win in four sets, 25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Dolly Grace Verzosa unleashed 21 points, 19 coming off spikes, to go with two aces while Shola Alvarez scored 13 of her 15 points off hits.Karen Cay Montojo added 12 as JRU climbed to 4-3.The Lady Bombers were poised to win in straight sets, but the Lady Cardinals battled back to force the fourth set.Katrina Racelis paced winless Mapua (0-7) with 16 kills, while Jan Andrea Morano had 10.ADVERTISEMENT
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0 to win the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Update: Here is video of the arrest, from TMZ.Earlier: TMZ has landed video of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s citation for OVI, and according to the gossip site, it doesn’t reflect well on him. They have not released the video yet, but according to their first write-up, Barrett tells officers that he is the Buckeyes quarterback, and seems to ask for special treatment.JT Barrett Arrest Video — ‘I’M THE QB OF OHIO STATE’ … ‘There’s Nothing You Can Do?’ https://t.co/KrsK4nchdw— TMZ (@TMZ) November 12, 2015TMZ Sports obtained the dash cam footage from the October 31 incident — in which you can clearly see Barrett’s SUV pull out of a line for an upcoming DUI checkpoint … catching the attention of an officer who pulled him over. … That’s when Barrett plays the “don’t you know who I am?” card … saying, “I’m the quarterback of Ohio State … officer, there’s nothing you can do?” The officer responds, “My intention is to not take you to jail. That’s about the best I can do for you.” Once Barrett sits in the back seat of the cruiser, he begins to scream obscenities to himself … “F**K!!! F**K!!!”Perhaps this should be a surprise, but it is not a great look for Barrett, who is expected to start Saturday against Illinois after a one game suspension following his arrest. Barrett’s case was settled Tuesday, resulting in a suspension of his license and a $400 fine.
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement TPT Landscape – Hariri Pontarini Architects The campaign is co-chaired by Ophelia Lazaridis and Dr. M. Lee Myers, with the Honourable Michael Meighen serving as Honorary Chair.“This campaign will permit us to create a stunning new facility, fund the centre’s new and expanded programs, and ultimately strengthen a very important part of Canada’s cultural heritage,” says Dr. Myers, a cardiac surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Myers first joined the Stratford Festival’s Board of Governors in 2002 and was Board Chair from March 2010 to 2012. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors, a director of the Festival’s Foundation Board and Chair of the Campaign’s steering committee and campaign cabinet.“I am inspired by what the Festival has accomplished and even more energized for the future with this new theatre centre,” says Ophelia Lazaridis, who was a member of the Festival’s Board of Governors from 2007 to 2014, serving as Chair of the Education and Archives Committee. “I am particularly enthusiastic to support the Festival’s efforts to expand the youth audience and applaud the advances in education initiatives that will be made possible at the new Tom Patterson Theatre. That is why I have pledged $10 million to this campaign.” Ophelia Lazaridis has been a key supporter of the Stratford Festival for more than a decade.Michael Meighen, a lawyer and retired Senator, was a member of the Festival’s Board of Governors from 1986 to 1997, serving as Board Chair from 1996 through 1997. He was Chair of the Festival’s Act III campaign to renew the Festival Theatre from 1995 to 1997. “Members of the Meighen family have been supporters of the Stratford Festival for three generations,” he says, “and we are proud to be involved with this newest project, which will see the Festival in an excellent position to remain a world leader in theatrical production and cultural tourism.”Also serving as core members of the campaign are: Dan Bernstein (Westport, CT), Sylvia Chrominska (Toronto), Robert Gorlin (Northville, MI), Beth Kronfeld (Chicago), Rick Orr (Stratford), Dr. Cecil Rorabeck(London, ON), Carol Stephenson (London, ON) and Donald Woodley (Mono Township, ON).“We are so grateful to Lee, Ophelia, Michael and the entire campaign team for the dedication and expertise they bring to this project,” says Mr. Cimolino. “We are also indebted to Tim MacDonald, Chair of the Building Committee, who is guiding us so well in the process, and our Board Chair, Dan Bernstein, who, in addition to leading the global search for the architect for this wonderful new theatre, was our remarkable first lead donor.”Mr. Bernstein and his wife, Claire Foerster, have pledged $10 million to the campaign. “Claire and I take great pleasure in supporting this important project at a theatre that has meant so much to our family over the years,” says Mr. Bernstein, who is Senior Strategist and Director of Bridgewater Associates in Westport, Connecticut. “The Stratford Festival is a remarkable theatre company with vast capabilities not only in performance and production, but also in theatre education, new play development and cultural digital content.”The Festival has also been promised $20 million in funding from the federal government and $20 million from the Ontario government. In addition to the leadership gifts from Ophelia Lazaridis and from Dan Bernstein and Claire Foerster, a further $10 million in pledges has already been received – with details to be announced in coming weeks – so the campaign has already reached 70% of its goal.The Stratford Festival is one of the world’s leading theatres and the largest classical repertory company in North America, presenting a seven-month season of about a dozen plays in four venues. It offers an immersive experience that not only reflects society but also acts as an influential force within it, providing a crucible for artistic and intellectual exploration, an arena for engagement and interaction, and a centre for education and global outreach.At the beginning of their joint tenure in 2013, Mr. Cimolino and Ms Gaffney introduced three new initiatives that have shown tremendous growth and now require space of their own in order to flourish: the Stratford Festival Laboratory for the development of new work and theatre practices; the Stratford Festival Forum, which offers about 150 events each season to shed light on the themes of the plays as reflected in society today; and the Festival’s digital initiatives, which include Stratford Festival HD, which is capturing all of Shakespeare’s plays on film over a period of 10 years. The new theatre centre will house all of these projects, along with outreach programs developed and led by the Festival’s Education Department.At the heart of the centre will be a jewel-box theatre with all of the character and intimacy of the existing Tom Patterson auditorium, but with greatly expanded production and patron facilities.For 46 years, the Tom Patterson Theatre has been housed in a City-owned facility originally built in the early 20th century as a curling rink. Though a much-loved creative space, with a distinctive thrust stage wrapped in close embrace by the audience around it, the theatre suffered from cramped and uncomfortable seating, poor accessibility and limited production capabilities. The structure has been deemed by the Festival’s engineers to be at the end of its viable life.“The new auditorium will expand upon the magical qualities of the existing Tom Patterson Theatre,” says Mr. Cimolino. “It will be uniformly intimate. It will have vastly improved acoustics and a much greater sense of comfort for audience members. It will take the strengths of the current theatre and make them bespoke – tailored with the finest materials and craftsmanship.“Our architect, Siamak Hariri, has designed an inspiring space, which we believe will be the best theatre room in North America, a space worthy of the exceptional work that has always been produced in this well-loved theatre. We hope it will be a shining example of legacy architecture, like the Sydney Opera House or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain – but on a smaller scale suitable to our beautiful riverside setting.”The auditorium at the heart of the new centre will be clad in softly lime-washed masonry and surrounded by a veil of shimmering glass, hung with thin bronze mullions. A two-acre terraced garden, beautiful enough to be a landmark in itself, will stretch from one end of the site to the other.The theatre will have a slightly larger capacity and longer season. Together with the expansion of Forum, education and digital offerings, it is estimated that the new centre will generate an additional $14 million per year in economic activity, on top of the $134 million already generated annually by the Festival as a whole.“Just as the creation of the Festival transformed our city 65 years ago, this new theatre will add great depth and opportunity to our community,” says Ms Gaffney. “The expanded education and Forum activities will help us to develop new audiences – including the important youth market – and the beautiful auditorium will open wonderful creative avenues, setting us apart from other world-class theatres and helping us to attract visitors from around the globe.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: STRATFORD, ON – Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney are excited to announce the launch of The Spirit of the Tent: A Campaign for the New Tom Patterson Theatre Centre. To mark the launch, Ophelia Lazaridis has announced a gift of $10 million. TPT Landscape – Hariri Pontarini Architects TPT Lobby – Hariri Pontarini Architects TPT Model – Hariri Pontarini Architects Garden view – Hariri Pontarini Architects Night view – Hariri Pontarini Architects Stage view – Hariri Pontarini Architects. The $100-million campaign will provide the capital for a stunning new facility, designed by acclaimed architect Siamak Hariri of Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini, along with a fund to support the long-term viability of the centre and the programs it will house.“This is a big day for Stratford,” says Mr. Cimolino. “We are so grateful to Ophelia for coming forward with such a remarkable gift for this important project. The Tom Patterson Theatre is one of our most treasured creative spaces, but one that is woefully inadequate for the calibre of performance and experience our patrons have come to expect. This campaign will allow us to turn it into a facility befitting the founder whose name it bears. Together with our artists, staff and most generous donors, we look forward to rekindling the infectious spirit that Tom Patterson inspired 65 years ago, a spirit that awakened a belief in Canadian creativity and changed the cultural landscape of this country.” Twitter
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Minnesota in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 3, 2018. Ohio State won 90-88 to advance to the championship. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team claimed an outright Big Ten regular-season championship and now it has its sights on winning the conference tournament for the first time since 2011.In order to achieve that goal, the Buckeyes would have to knock off Maryland, which has won the past three Big Ten championship games by a combined margin of 29 points. The two teams met in the championship in 2015, and the Terrapins won 77-74.On Jan. 22 in College Park, Maryland, Ohio State fell 99-69 to Maryland in its largest loss of the season despite all five starters scoring in double-figures. The top-seeded Buckeyes will have their shot at revenge in the Big Ten championship when they take on the second-seeded Terrapins at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. Sunday.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Alexa Hart — Senior, 6-foot-3, 5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 16.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 0.7 apgMaryland: G — Channise Lewis — Freshman, 5-foot-8, 5.4 ppg, 2 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Kristen Confroy — Senior, 5-foot-9, 9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apgG/F — Eleanna Christinaki — Junior, 6-foot, 12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apgG — Kaila Charles — Sophomore, 6-foot-1, 18.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Stephanie Jones — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgScouting MarylandIn the first meeting between Ohio State and Maryland this season, the Terrapins had their way. They shot 54.9 percent from the field and hit 11-of-18 3-pointers to bury the Buckeyes, who fell behind by double-digits less than five minutes into the game and never recovered.In that game, junior guard/forward Eleanna Christinaki and guard Kalia Charles powered the Terrapins just as they have in most games. Christinaki dropped 26 points, went 6-for-11 from deep and grabbed eight rebounds while Charles had a game-high 32 points, making 12-of-16 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws.The combination of defense, rebounding and a diverse scoring attack gave the Buckeyes major problems and figures to be a substantial challenge again.The Terrapins hold opponents to 38.8 percent shooting from the field and hit 39 percent of their 3-pointers. They start senior guard Kristen Confroy, who averages the fourth-most points of the projected starters, but shoots a Big-Ten best of 44.2 percent from beyond the arc.Though Maryland does not have any interior player as dominant as Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga — who picked up the first 20-point, 20-rebound game in Big Ten tournament history on Saturday — it maintains the second-best rebounding margin in the conference of plus-eight rebounds. The Terrapins showed that edge with a 47-32 rebounding advantage in the season’s first matchup against the Buckeyes.Maryland (plus-17.1) and Ohio State (plus-14.1) have the top scoring margins in the Big Ten, having blown out many teams this season. But they ended the season with different trajectories.On Jan. 26, Maryland sat in first in the conference by two games after Ohio State lost three-straight games, including the 30-point defeat by the Terrapins. But the Buckeyes won eight of their final nine regular-season games and won the first two games of the conference tournament as well. Maryland, however, lost three of its final four regular-season games to Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan to slip into second place and give Ohio State an opportunity to pounce on the regular-season title. It lost the three games by a combined margin of 35 points.Regardless of how the Terrapins finished, they pose more challenges to the Buckeyes than any other team in the Big Ten. If Ohio State can control the pace, keep Maryland off the offensive glass and keep Charles and Christinaki from getting hot, it has a chance to claim the championship. But that is a tall task for a team sans a starter that fell to the Terrapins by 30 points less than two months ago.Still not tired?The day before the Buckeyes opened the Big Ten tournament with a win against Rutgers, senior guard Asia Doss learned she would not play due to a sprained right ankle suffered in the regular-season finale. The loss of her squeezed Ohio State’s already-lacking depth even more.In the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes took an early lead — and some key players got into foul trouble — which allowed them to give ample rest, playing seven core players between 18 and 33 minutes. But the next day against Minnesota, guards Kelsey Mitchell, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga played at least 34 minutes. Mitchell did not sit out a single minute.With less than 24 hours between the end of that contest and the tip-off of the Buckeyes’ game against Maryland, fatigue would seem to be a struggle. But Mitchell and Mavunga don’t see that as an option.“Well, if we want to win, and I think everybody wants to do that, we’re going to be okay,” Mitchell said. “We don’t have a choice.”Mavunga quickly chimed in: “Coach McGuff said we’ll rest on Monday.”Mitchell went so far as to say she enjoys the feeling of playing multiple games in subsequent days, which reminds her of AAU games with higher stakes.“It feels good, like it feels good to be able to play games back to back and you don’t know who is going to win,” she said.
Ohio State had expectations coming out of its bye week. After sitting on a 49-20 loss to Purdue on Oct. 20, the talk heading into the matchup with Nebraska revolved around the team playing angry, playing “pissed off” with players ready to prove that the Buckeyes are indeed a Big Ten championship contender, a College Football Playoff contender. And although it was not in dominant fashion like other games against Nebraska have been in the past, No. 10 Ohio State got back into the win column Saturday, defeating the Cornhuskers 36-31.“The biggest thing to get that darned bad taste out of your mouth from a couple weeks ago and go win the game,” Meyer said. “We’re going to go back to work. We’re going to enjoy that win now.” Offensively, it meant going back to its roots, the balanced offense, the offense that Meyer is comfortable with, the offense with the “two-headed monster” of redshirt junior running back Mike Weber and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins as primary contributors. “We definitely wanted to run the ball today,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins said.”That was our goal for this game, for this Saturday, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.” The pair combined for 254 rushing yards, recording the most yards on the ground the unit has had since Sept. 1, each averaging over seven yards per carry. Dobbins and Weber also became the first pair in Ohio State history to both have 2,000 career rushing yards. Dobbins showed this focus in the very first drive of the game, recording nine yards on the first two rushes, but the Ohio State offense of old returned, failing to convert on a short-yardage situation. It did not return for long. After Haskins connected with Dixon for a 42-yard score in the second offensive drive, Dobbins, at the end of the first quarter, brought the Buckeyes into the red zone with a 16-yard run, scoring his first touchdown of the day on a 10-yard rush. But Ohio State could not take that dominating lead, the lead it needed to meet the expectation the Buckeyes had for themselves after the 29-point loss to Purdue. In the first offensive drive of the game, Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez led the Cornhuskers on a 12-play, 75-yard drive, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Devine Ozigbo. Even after breaks that fell in favor of the Buckeyes, blocking a punt that resulted in a safety in the first quarter and a whiffed onside kick attempt which Ohio State recovered at the Cornhuskers 31-yard line, they could not take advantage, losing two fumbles in the second quarter, leading to two 2-yard option scores by Martinez. Trailing 21-16 at halftime, the expectation for Ohio State was to have its offensive leader, Haskins, who had thrown for more than 400 yards in each of his last three games, use his arm to put the game out of reach for Nebraska. He led the offense on a methodical drive out of halftime, getting to the red zone, but threw his sixth interception of the season, a ball meant for Dixon in the end zone that landed in the hands of Nebraska junior cornerback Lamar Jackson. But the Ohio State defense stepped up in the third quarter to keep the Cornhuskers at bay. Nebraska averaged 3.6 yards per rush on 10 carries with Martinez completing three of seven passes for 17 yards. Overall, despite allowing 450 yards of offense and two plays of over 30 yards, Meyer said those big plays, the big plays that have plagues this defense and led to the success of opposing offenses, did not necessarily happen against Nebraska, vene though there are things to work on. “There’s defensively still some things but we didn’t give up a big hit,” Meyer said. “We had a couple of hits, but not the big hit. And we were without three starters in the back end of our defense.”Junior safety Jordan Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. With a secondary already struggling with depth, playing without sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, who did not play due to an impingement to his shoulder, Fuller’s absence moved sophomore Brendon White into the safety rotation, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s win. Meyer said, defensively, Ohio State was much improved against Nebraska, especially with the continuous lineup changes needed because of the injuries to Pryor and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who was suffering through a groin issue from this week’s practice, along with the loss of Fuller. He also said he expects to have everyone back in the rotation next week. Scoring two touchdowns on a 3-yard rush by Dobbins and a 9-yard shovel pass from Haskins to redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell, Ohio State took the 30-21 lead heading into the final quarter. But Nebraska came back with a seven-play, 65 yard scoring drive, leading to an 18-yard field goal,bringing the Cornhuskers within one score. However, to extend the lead, Haskins led the Buckeyes on a 7-play, 82-yard drive, ending with a Dobbins 42-yard rushing touchdown, his third of the day. The sophomore running back finished with 163 yards on 23 carries, scoring three touchdowns in a game for the first time in his collegiate career. Nebraska sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman secured a 17-yard touchdown to bring the Cornhuskers back to within ne score with 2:57 left in the game, but, it was not enough as Haskins and the Ohio State offense did not allow another opportunity for Nebraska. Ohio State defeated a two-win Nebraska team, but Haskins viewed this as an opportunity to give future opponents an idea of what Ohio State will bring. “We are focused, motivated, angry,” Haskins said. “We just feel like we are being disrespected right now, but we are going to continue to fight and continue to show the country we are one of the top teams.” To Dobbins, this five-point win over Nebraska created a level of momentum Ohio State will use. “We have momentum right now,” Dobbins said. “We are going to take it into next week, because we have a big game next week.” Ohio State goes back on the road to face Michigan State on Nov. 10.
Ohio State then-freshman forward Tatum Skaggs (11) races to the puck in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignSophomore forward Emma Maltais and the Buckeyes were on point Saturday against St. Cloud State, coming out with a commanding performance that led to a 3-2 win. With the win, Ohio State (9-3, 5-1 WCHA) completed the weekend sweep of St. Cloud State (4-8, 2-6 WCHA). “It’s nice to see that we played six solid periods of hockey,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “You just build confidence from that. They were all hard fought and all four lines got to play, illustrating our depth. We’re going to take that and roll into next weekend.” Ohio State came out firing on all cylinders in the first period. The Buckeyes controlled the puck and led in shots on goal with 11, while holding St. Cloud State to three shots on goal for the entire period. Their hard play was finally rewarded more than 16 minutes into the first period. Sophomore Tatum Skaggs found the net past St. Cloud State junior goaltender Janine Alder to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead. This goal marks Skaggs’ team-leading seventh of the season, and the goal was assisted by freshman forward Sara Saekkinen and sophomore defenseman Lisa Bruno. “It’s a huge advantage, getting off to a good start,” Muzerall said. “You can feel more relaxed with the puck. We peppered all yesterday and just couldn’t finalize on our scoring chances. Alder is a very good goalie, so we had to make sure we had to make our chances count. St. Cloud has some good goaltending, but we have the strength.” The Huskies came roaring back early in the second period. Just over a minute into the second period, senior forward Julia Tylke shot one past freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli to even the game up at 1-1.The Buckeyes took the lead right back less than four minutes into the second period when senior forward Madison Field ripped a shot past Alder for her sixth goal of the season. Maltais was credited with her league-leading 13th assist on the season. Redshirt junior Jincy Dunne also was credited with an assist.“Emma is relentless, she’s a 200-foot player,” Muzerall said. “She’s not going to back down. She’s not going to stop. She’s going to all the things nobody likes with stops and blocking shots. She does a lot of the little things that don’t show up on a statistic sheet.” Ohio State found the net more than 14 minutes into the second period. Maltais and Dunne set up senior forward Charly Dahlquist for the short-handed goal that gave the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead. Dahlquist earned her fifth goal of the season and Maltais and Dunne assists, Maltais’ 14th. “It’s cool to get a short-handed goal that’s not an empty net goal,” Maltais said. “To finally have our forecheck produce something is really cool. Obviously, Charly is always in the right spot and she put that short side. That’s all her on that on that shot. I owe everything to the people I play with.” Ohio State’s lead was cut to just one more than 16 minutes into the third period when junior forward Hallie Theodosopoulos scored for the Huskies. Freshman forward Jenniina Nylund assisted Theodosopoulos on the goal. With time winding down in the game, St. Cloud State pulled its goalie to gain an extra attacker on the ice in an attempt to tie the game up and force overtime, but it was not enough to get past Braendli as the Buckeyes held on to get the win. “We were looking to play a full 60 minutes and aside from a couple three-minute breakdowns, we did that,” Maltais said. “We were really buzzing as a full team today and yesterday, and I think that says a lot about how we’re progressing as a team.” Ohio State heads back on the road to face the Bemidji State in an in-conference matchup series on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10.