Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAfter an 84-75 loss to No. 19 Michigan Tuesday night, the No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) will head on the road for a Monday night game against No. 14 Maryland (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten). In the last matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes upset the No. 2 Terrapins 98-87 at the end of the regular season last year. In recent years, Maryland has been the Big Ten’s powerhouse, winning the conference the past two years. Though this year’s Terrapin team lacks the star-power of recent years, Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff stressed his team’s need to be prepared for another top-25 team.“They’re good, they’re talented, they’re well coached, they’re used to winning,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “They have an expectation to win. They’re gonna be ready. We’ll have to be really good on Monday.”The Terrapins have won 14 of their last 15 games with the lone loss coming Jan. 11 against the Michigan State Spartans.Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said the team will need to come in with the same level of intensity if it hopes to come away with a win against the Terrapins, like it did last year.“The amount of focus that we had, the amount of intensity and effort we brought, all of us that played that game we just brought it,” Harper said. “We played together, our chemistry was great and we really wanted to win. We have to approach this upcoming game the same way we approached it last year and make sure that we’re doing everything we have to do to get the win.”Maryland sophomore guard Kaila Charles, who leads her team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, must pick up the workload offensively. The Terrapins’ second-leading scorer, sophomore guard Blair Watson, suffered a torn ACL in a January practice that will force her to miss the remainder of the season. Watson was averaging 13.8 points per game prior to the injury.The Terrapins’ depth has helped them absorb the loss of Watson this season. Maryland has six active players who put up at least 10.5 points per game, and would have been seven had Watson not suffered a season-ending injury.This game will have major implications on which team takes the edge in the Big Ten. Ohio State and Maryland are tied for first atop the conference and both are the only teams with one loss. Conference control is not McGuff’s main focus, though.“I just think it’s about us being prepared for this game and putting our best foot forward here, as we saw Tuesday anything can happen,” McGuff said. In the Big Ten there’s a lot of parity this year. We need to take this game first and go from there.”The Buckeyes will need to find a way to put up points on a night when the 3-pointer does not fall. While they were aggressive and hit 17-of-22 free throws the previous game, they shot 36 percent from the field, which hindered their second-half productivity. McGuff said he would like to see his team stay patient, even when shots aren’t dropping for the team. “One, continue to take good shots no matter what,” McGuff said. “Two, just continue to work [on it]. I think we’ve, knock on wood, done a better job recently getting some balance in our offense, scoring a little bit more around the basket and I think we need to continue to do that.”
Ohio State freshman defenseman Madison Bizal makes a move against a Minnesota State defender on Oct. 12. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli made headlines for the second straight week after she was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week for her performance against No. 3 Minnesota. Braendli and the No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team took on the Gophers in a top-five matchup last week. After losing the first game 3-0, the Buckeyes came away with a strong road victory by a score of 3-2 in Game 2. Now, Ohio State (6-2-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) will attempt to ride that wave of momentum this week when it continues its road stretch and travels to Canton, New York, to face No. 10 St. Lawrence (3-4-1). “That’s what you need to do, you need to build momentum and learn from some of the mistakes we made throughout the weekend,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We need to build off the good we created. Taking three points from a No. 3 team in the country was huge at their rank nonetheless.” While the Saints are not as highly ranked as Minnesota, the Buckeyes will still be faced with another tough opponent. The Saints are fresh off a win against No. 2 Clarkson, the defending national champion and the team that beat Ohio State in the Frozen Four last season. “What’s nice is there is parity in the country right now,” Muzerall said. “Every team is putting up a good battle and is making the league and the NCAA fun to watch. We just need to focus on the things that we do very well and drive a little more offensively and then buckle down defensively and be more intelligent.” The team defensively has little to worry about with Braendli stepping in and making a name for herself only five games into her college career, winning WCHA Rookie of the Week two weeks ago and now Goaltender of the Week. In her five games played, Braendli leads the WCHA with a .950 save percentage. “It’s really awesome having someone as solid as her backing the net,” redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne said. “She got the chance to play and capitalized on the opportunity. She’s done amazing and we’re lucky to have her.” Offensively, Ohio State has a little bit of work to do. St. Lawrence allows 1.88 goals per game, and the key to victory for the Buckeyes will be a fast and aggressive offense to create scoring opportunities. But St. Lawrence scores the fifth-fewest goals per game in the NCAA at 1.50 per game. Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais has as many points as the Saint have goals all season.“Defensively, St. Lawrence is a very good team,” Dunne said. “The challenge is on us to create offense and to score off the opportunities we make and continue to capitalize on the chances we get.”The Buckeyes travel to play against St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
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.
Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Vicente Guaita on a free transfer with his contract at Getafe set to expire at the end of the monthThe 31-year-old becomes Roy Hodgson’s first signing of the summer and will officially join the Premer League side on a three-year deal on July 1.Before joining Getafe in 2014, Guaita played over 100 games for La Liga giants Valencia.“We are delighted to sign one of La Liga’s best goalkeepers and pleased that we beat off the competition for his signature,” Palace chairman Steve Parish told the club website.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“We very much look forward to Vicente joining in pre-season training and helping us push on in the Premier League.”The Spaniard kept 12 clean sheets for Getafe last season as the side finished eighth in their first season back in La Liga.Los Azulones have since announced the signing of Joel Robles from Everton on a free transfer.
Liverpool’s defender Virgil van Dijk is proud of his team’s work ethic in their hard-fought 1-0 win over Brighton at Anfield.Mohamed Salah finished curling finish in the 23rd minute put the Reds ahead but wasn’t the ideal scoreline against a team basking in the euphoria of their 3-2 win over Manchester United last week.As in the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Monday, Jurgen Klopp’s men showed a resilient side that pleased centre-back and record signing Van Dijk.“It was a tough game, we knew before the game Brighton were full of confidence, we just had to be ready for the battle,” he told BT Sport.“We didn’t play our best game but it’s very important that we won and kept it tight in the end.“We [defend] altogether. It starts up front, you can see how important it is.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Credit to everyone, we’re not doing it alone at the back, everyone’s doing their bit.“It’s always important, those crucial saves, so we’re happy to keep a clean sheet and win.”Salah now has 29 goals in as many appearances at Anfield, leaving Milner to marvel at his prolific team-mate.“Not a bad record is it. If Mo gets those chances he’ll take them,” he told BT Sport, before sending further praise in the direction of Van Dijk and the defence operating in front of Alisson – the Brazil goalkeeper already proving his worth after a big-money arrival from Roma.“The front three are always going to cause problems for most teams, that’s always going to get the headlines,” he added.“But the boys at the back, the goalkeeper and as a team keeping these clean sheets is so important. That’s what’s getting us the points.”
Galatasaray are reportedly keen on the prospect of making a January bid for Chelsea captain Gary CahillThe 32-year-old defender finds himself out of favour at Stamford Bridge under new manager Maurizio Sarri.Cahill has made just three appearances for Chelsea this season with one of those coming in the Premier League.The England international’s current deal at Chelsea will expire at the end of this season and it’s understood that he’s considering his options for 2019.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.West Ham United have been touted as a potential destination for Cahill.But Turkish-Football claims that Galatasaray have made Cahill their number one January target.The Turkish giants feel that Cahill’s experience will be a great asset to them at Istanbul.Since arriving in 2011 from Bolton Wanderers, Cahill has made 285 appearances for Chelsea and he’s won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League.
Journal information: New Journal of Physics As the researchers explained, they intentionally removed the equal volumes constraint when developing their search method because it allowed them to design the algorithm in a new way: instead of directly minimizing the surface area of a structure, they maximized the polyhedra’s average isoperimeters (the perimeters shared by all adjacent polyhedra). While these two approaches are different, they are ultimately equivalent.The researchers used the new algorithm to explore several 3D structures made of between two and 64 polyhedra. Starting with a specific number of randomly arranged points in 3D space, the algorithm begins to move the points around. After each iteration, the algorithm calculates the new average isoperimeter, and based on the result either keeps or rejects the new configuration with a certain probability. After millions and sometimes billions of iterations, the points eventually form the vertices of multiple polyhedra that together form a 3D structure with very low surface area.As there is currently no way to prove what the most optimal space-partitioning structure is (with or without equal-volume cells), the researchers plan to continue searching a wide variety of structures of all types. Their best guess is that even more optimal structures exist, and they plan to use their algorithm to continue their exploration.The researchers also expect that the algorithm could generate other unique structures. One particularly interesting structure they discovered here is a 40-polyhedra structure that is more optimal than Kelvin’s structure but not quite as good as the Weaire-Phelan structure. This highly complex structure is also unusual in that it doesn’t belong to a category of structures called Frank-Kasper structures, which researchers have traditionally focused on for optimal space partitioning. The finding suggests that other optimal structures may also exist outside of this category. Although Kelvin’s problem wasn’t originally proposed to meet any practical need, optimal space partitioning now has a variety of applications. In the medical field, these concepts have been used to design strong, lightweight bone tissue replacements. Optimal space partitioning has also inspired architecture, with one notable example being the swimming venue built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The building, which is called the Water Cube, is based on the Weaire-Phelan structure. Citation: New 3-D structure shows optimal way to divide space (2016, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-d-optimal-space.html © 2016 Phys.org One of the new 3D structures has the lowest surface of any known space-partitioning structure: it is made of 24 polyhedra, some of which have 12 faces and some of which have 16 faces. Since the 12- and 16-faced polyhedra here have different volumes, the new structure doesn’t satisfy Kelvin’s original requirement for equal volumes. Credit: Opsomer and Vandewalle. ©2016 IOP Publishing (Phys.org)—Researchers have discovered a new 3D structure that divides space into 24 regions, and have shown that it is the best solution yet to a modified version of a geometrical space-partitioning problem that has challenged researchers for more than a century. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. New breakthrough in bubble research More information: E Opsomer and N Vandewalle. “Novel structures for optimal space partitions.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/10/103008 The new algorithm uncovered this 3D structure composed of 40 polyhedra of two different types. Credit: Opsomer and Vandewalle. ©2016 IOP Publishing In 1887, Lord Kelvin asked how space could be partitioned into 3D structures of equal volume in a way that minimizes the total surface area of each structure. It must be possible to tightly pack many of these structures together with no gaps in between them—in other words, they must be “space-filling” structures. Each structure can take on a variety of complex 3D shapes, or “polyhedra,” either as a single polyhedron or a combination of multiple smaller polyhedra of various types. The challenge is to figure out what particular types of polyhedra to use in order to minimize the outer surface area of the entire structure. Kelvin’s best solution to this problem was a single polyhedron called a “tetrakaidecahedron,” which has 14 faces: six squares and eight hexagons. Since this is the shape obtained when cutting the corners off a 3D diamond shape, it can also be thought of as a truncated octahedron.Although Kelvin’s solution stood for more than a century, in 1994 Denis Weaire and Robert Phelan at Trinity College Dublin used numerical simulations to discover a more optimal space partition. Weaire and Phelan’s solution is made of eight polyhedra of two different types, though both types have the same volume: six of Kelvin’s tetrakaidecahedron and two dodecahedron (which has 12 faces). Together, these eight polyhedra make up a 3D structure that has 0.3% less surface area than Kelvin’s single tetrakaidecahedron. The Weaire-Phelan structure has remained the most optimal solution to Kelvin’s problem for the past 22 years. Now in the new study, physicists Eric Opsomer and Nicolas Vandewalle at the University of Liége in Belgium have developed a new algorithm for finding space-filling composite polyhedral structures with minimal surface area. Using the new method, they discovered that a novel 3D structure made of 24 polyhedra has an even lower surface area than the Weaire-Phelan structure. The 24 polyhedra are of two different types: some have 12 faces and some have 16 faces. Unlike the Weaire-Phelan structure, in which the two different types of polyhedra have equal volumes, the 12- and 16-faced polyhedra here have significantly different volumes. For this reason, the new structure doesn’t satisfy Kelvin’s original requirement for equal volumes. “Unfortunately, it is not a ‘true solution,’ since equal volume cells are a requirement for the original Kelvin problem,” Opsomer told Phys.org. Nonetheless, the structure is still interesting for other reasons. “These results may lead to the discovery of structures with potential implications for material physics, medical research, and other areas,” Opsomer said. Explore further