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Nebraska The “Most Knowledgeable” Fan Base, Per Brett McMurphy’s Coaches Poll

first_imgBrett McMurphy head shot.Twitter/@McMurphyESPNEvery fan base wants to be the loudest and most-dedicated, but they pride themselves on knowledge of the game as well. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy polled college football coaches on the subject this week, and he released his top five today. Nebraska fans were a resounding No. 1, according to the poll.My weekly @ESPN coaches poll was most knowledgeable fans. Nebraska was overwhelming choice at No. 1 pic.twitter.com/sMRinGSfqt— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 14, 2015Nebraska fans already had a reputation for being great fans, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.last_img read more

Vancouvers first two licensed marijuana retailers open for business

first_imgVancouver’s first legal pot shops are open for business, more than two months after marijuana was legalized in Canada.City Cannabis Co.’s Fraser Street location and Evergreen Cannabis Society in Kitsilano have opened their doors.Both companies had to jump through extensive regulatory hoops, even as illegal retailers continue to operate across in the city.British Columbia has lagged behind other provinces in issuing non-medical cannabis retail licences, which must first be approved by the province, then referred to local governments or Indigenous communities for approval.The province says it has referred 232 application to local and Indigenous governments, but only six licences have been issued, including Evergreen and two City Cannabis locations in Vancouver.City Cannabis says it plans to open its Robson location soon.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bianca Andreescu Wasnt Afraid Of Serena Williams — Or Any Of Tenniss

As women’s tennis continues its youth movement, it just might have found its next young star.Bianca Andreescu, just 19 years old, captured her first major title on Saturday with speed, power and confidence. To win the U.S. Open, she dominated Serena Williams — the most dominant player in the history of tennis. And that may have been proof of Andreescu’s best asset: her ability to play her best against the best.The Canadian has never lost to a top-ranked opponent in her young career. Since her 2019 season began in Auckland, New Zealand — where she beat then-No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki — Andreescu is 8-0 against players ranked in the WTA Top 10. Going undefeated against the tennis elite to start a career is rare for even top players. Serena Williams went 5-3 in her first eight Top 10 matches, while Venus Williams won two and lost six. Monica Seles was 4-4, Steffi Graf was 2-6, and Maria Sharapova didn’t win a match, a perfect (or perfectly imperfect) 0-8.Andreescu has been nearly unbeatable this season, with a record of 43-4 and a streak of 13 straight matches won. When she won a title at Indian Wells in March, Andreescu won three-set duels against then-No. 6 Elina Svitolina in the semifinal and No. 8 Angelique Kerber in the final. She beat Kerber again later that month in Miami. In Toronto, Andreescu upset No. 5. Kiki Bertens and No. 3 Karolína Plíšková before her final win over Serena Williams, who retired four games into the match with back spasms.Before this U.S. Open, Andreescu had never played in the main event — failing to make it out of qualifying the previous two seasons. That’s also rare. According to the WTA, Seles was the last woman to win a major in her debut, winning the Australian Open in 1991 at the age of 17. Andreescu’s ranking, No. 178 at the end of the 2018 season, is now No. 5.“It’s so crazy, man,” Andreescu said in her post-final press conference on Saturday. “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the longest time.”Andreescu showed on Saturday why she has rocketed to the top of the rankings. She serves well, even against a returner as deadly as Williams. Her forehand and backhand shots are deep and fast. She also plays with creativity, especially on drop shots.While Andreescu was in a zone, Williams at times looked lost. The 37-year-old had eight double faults on her serve and landed her first serves just 44 percent of the time.1Before the Open, she was landing 60 percent of her first serves for the season. She hit 33 unforced errors to Andreescu’s 17. And Williams’s second serve made Andreescu even more dangerous. Williams won just 30 percent of the points on her 43 second serves after winning 48 percent of those points this season going into the Open.Williams gave Andreescu the credit, but she was frustrated with her own play after the loss. “I honestly don’t think Serena showed up,” Williams said. “I have to kind of figure out how to get her to show up in Grand Slam finals.”Williams has lost eight straight sets in major finals since 2018, in matches at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. But she’s not the only women’s player to struggle for sustained success. Kerber beat Williams in Wimbledon last year but has fallen off lately, losing this year in the first round in the U.S. Open and French Open and in the second round at Wimbledon. Naomi Osaka won two straight majors, at last year’s U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open, but she lost early in the French Open and in the first round in Wimbledon. (In this U.S. Open, she lost to Bencic in straight sets in the fourth round).Essentially, no one has any idea who will win a women’s Grand Slam these days. There’s a lot of up-and-coming talent, like Cori “Coco” Gauff, a 15-year-old who reached the third round at the U.S. Open. That’s why Andreescu is both a surprise and totally expected — because anything can happen.“It’s been a crazy ride this year,” Andreescu said. “I can definitely get used to this feeling.” read more

Commentary Kerry Coombs makes his presence known as Ohio State football kicks

As he roamed the field for the first practice of Ohio State’s spring football season, coach Urban Meyer’s demeanor was calm. He was in control. The field was his. The loudest guy out there was not the former Florida head coach, but the newest hire on Meyer’s staff, the cornerbacks coach from the University of Cincinnati. Kerry Coombs, hired after Bill Sheridan’s departure to the NFL, was the most vocal and most engaging coach to watch on the field. Working with the cornerbacks in position drills, Coombs took command of the situation, barked out orders and asserted himself as a presence on the field you would expect from a long-time coach – not one that has been on the team for less than a month. Cornerback position drills included more than 20 minutes of footwork, ranging from side-to-side fast-feet drills, drills to keep the corners low and drills designed to have them catch a tennis ball. Coombs was the loudest on the field, yelling things such as “Stay down,” or “Get low,” or my favorite, “You have to catch the ball!” Coombs, served as the associate head coach for the Bearcats, and also as Cincinnati’s special teams coordinator, defensive pass game coordinator and defensive backs coach. Coombs was constantly challenging the corners to get lower and faster in their drills, and was not shy in making fun of redshirt sophomore defensive back Adam Griffin for his height. Griffin is listed at 5 feet 8 inches. “Adam,” Coombs shouted. “You’re already too low, I can’t even see you back there.” If Coombs’ passion is any indication of the kind of energy Meyer’s new staff will bring to the field, all signs are pointing in the right direction for the 2012 Buckeyes. Running with the 1’s The linebacker position will provide solid competition for the three starting spots, as senior Storm Klein was running with the backups on Wednesday. Redshirt senior Etienne Sabino, sophomore Ryan Shazier and sophomore Curtis Grant were running in the three linebacker spots. The offensive line position will also provide interesting matchups in spring ball, as the anchors of the offensive line will not be returning next year. Players stepping in to fill the shoes of Mike Adams, Michael Brewster and J.B Shugarts include junior Andrew Norwell, redshirt junior Jack Mewhort, redshirt junior Corey Linsley, redshirt junior Marcus Hall, tight end-turned-lineman senior Reid Fragel and many others. Also impressing on the first day of practice was freshman Taylor Decker. read more

Andrea Kacsits netting success on off court for Buckeye volleyball

Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits (4) scans the court during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerAndrea Kacsits has a future in volleyball, but it may have nothing to do with her standout play on the court.Kacsits, a sophomore middle blocker for the No. 24 Ohio State women’s volleyball team, has already started 48 matches for the Buckeyes, including each of OSU’s 20 games this season. She is one of five Buckeyes to record triple-digit kills in 2013 with 113.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said Kacsits is a unique player.“She’s one of the hardest working teammates I’ve ever played with,” Mandolfo said. “And the most passionate about everything and what she does.”Mandolfo called Kacsits a “powerful leader” on the team.Coach Geoff Carlston said Kacsits is important to the team, on and off the court.“She’s a great person for our team and our university as a whole and she’s hard working,” he said. “She brings a lot of positivity to our program when it comes to the outside community.”That hard work and positivity has paid off for Kacsits, as she is starting to get some recognition for her work outside of the university as well.The Rockford, Mich., native began an internship at Sports Imports over the summer, and has thrived in her new role.Sports Imports is a sports equipment company specializing in volleyball net systems. Kacsits’ job is to design the top net tape and poll pads for teams ranging from middle school to the collegiate level.“When you order a top net tape for your net, or you can order pads for the polls, I make those for different colleges, middle schools, high schools (and) sports clubs,” she said.Kacsits, a communication major at OSU, said teams send in order forms with specific details and she mocks up a design and sends them back to her internship leader. The internship leader then sends the examples back to the coach, who can decide whether or not to go forward with the design.When the Buckeyes travel to Madison, Wis., Nov. 17, Kacsits and the Buckeyes might get a chance to see her designs in person.“I did Wisconsin actually,” she said. “So when we go to Wisconsin, if they bought them, I’ll see my pads.”Sports imports marketing director Meghan Simons, who played for Carlston when he coached at Ohio University, said Kacsits designed the pads for the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink fundraiser and helped design the pads for this year’s NCAA Tournament.Outside hitter Katie Mitchell, the only other sophomore on the team, said she has her own ideas for what should happen if the Buckeyes make a run in the tournament.“It would be awesome and I think we should probably politely ask to take (the pads) home afterwards,” Mitchell said. “Having a teammate with that kind of talent and ability is pretty neat.”While she has since found success, Kacsits wasn’t always on track to pursuing design.“I started my freshman year in health sciences and I hated it, just, so much,” Kacsits said.She added that she had done graphic designs for her high school teams and had always enjoyed it. After a conversation with her mother, Kacsits decided she should get back into design.At that point, she went to Carlston to tell him her plans, and he put her in contact with Simons.“(Carlston) gave me (Simons’) number and she needed an intern for the summer,” Kacsits said. “She liked my work and we just vibed really well so I got this opportunity.”Kacsits said her internship is a huge opportunity, especially since she had no job experience going in.Carlston said it is clear that Kacsits is enjoying herself, but also working hard.“Andrea is so excited about it, and she’s getting a lot out of it and learning a ton every single day,” Carlston said.If the Buckeyes want any chance to see designs created by one of their own at the NCAA Tournament, they will first have to fight their way through the rest Big Ten season.OSU is scheduled to host No. 13 Nebraska Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena after coming off three games on the road. read more

Football Ohio State right guard Demetrius Knox makes first career start against

Ohio State redshirt junior offensive lineman Demetrius Knox walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.LINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State redshirt junior Demetrius Knox made his first career start at right guard in the Buckeyes’ game Saturday against Nebraska.The fourth-year junior was listed as the co-starter at right guard with redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell on this week’s depth chart after redshirt sophomore Branden Bowen broke his leg in the team’s Week 6 game against Maryland. After Bowen’s injury, Burrell entered the game at right guard.Head coach Urban Meyer refused to state throughout the week who was ahead in the battle for Bowen’s replacement, only revealing that the battle would be between Knox, Burrell and redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State loses to Illinois beats Northwestern in 30 sweep

Members of Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate their final match point and victory against Maryland on Sept. 20. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team lost Friday night to Illinois (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten) in a 3-0 sweep, but bounced back Saturday by beating Northwestern (12-8, 2-6 Big Ten) in three straight sets.The Buckeyes moved to 11-8 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten.IllinoisAlthough the Buckeyes had a slow start to the weekend, senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz helped her team with 15 kills, 13 digs and two blocks on the night. Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer contributed 10 kills and freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder was responsible for 15 digs.Freshman middle blocker Lauren Witte was the surprise of the evening. She delivered seven kills on 11 swings with a .455 hitting percentage, with only two errors. She also played a strong defense with three blocks.Ohio State began the opening set with a 12-10 lead against the Illini. After an 18-all tie, the Buckeyes took four straight to move into a 22-18 lead before Illinois recorded seven of the next eight points to take the set, 25-23.The dramatic conclusion to the first set carried over to the next as Ohio State trailed the entire way through and lost 25-19.Although they fell behind early on in the third, Schirmer notched two kills and an ace to tie the set at 18. Unfortunately for Ohio State, Illinois converted seven of the final nine points to complete the sweep, 25-20..NorthwesternOhio State was able to come back on Saturday night against Northwestern with a 3-0 win, outscoring the Wildcats by 29 points and restricting them to a .074 attacking percentage.The Buckeyes played a convincing match with nine blocks and a .308 hitting percentage. Once again, Wenz drove the team to victory with 11 kills and three blocks of her own. Junior setter Taylor Hughes led the team with five blocks, three aces, and recorded 29 assists.Ohio State began the game on a high note with a 12-4 lead in the first set. Northwestern bounced back with a 9-3 run, but the Buckeyes scored 10 consecutive points and won the set 25-13.The second was a bit of a toss-up between both teams, but the Buckeyes pulled away late with a 5-1 run, securing the 25-18 win with an ace from SchirmerOhio State maintained its steady pace in the third set and and got some help at the net from Hughes and Witte, who tallied back-to-back blocks. The Buckeyes built a 22-10 lead, but the Wildcats fought back with four straight points. The Buckeyes continued to deliver both offensively and defensively, taking the set 25-15.Ohio State will return to St. John Arena for a match against No. 6 Minnesota at 8 p.m. Wednesday. read more

Mens Basketball Healthy Keita BatesDiop shines in Ohio State seasonopener

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) goes up for a contested layup in the second half of the Ohio State-Robert Morris game on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 95-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State fans collectively held their breath when redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop hit the floor fighting for a loose ball with eight minutes remaining in the first half. The 6-foot-7 wing got up and brushed himself off, allowing the home crowd to exhale as he walked off the floor uninjured.Just as he entered last season with lofty expectations, Bates-Diop is counted on to be a key cog in Ohio State’s team this season. The forward missed the majority of last season due to an injury, and a loss of the star forward could prove detrimental to the Buckeyes’ success.Bates-Diop excelled in his return to Ohio State’s starting lineup with 19 points and 11 rebounds — both team-highs — in the Buckeyes’ 95-64 season-opening victory against Robert Morris at the Schottenstein Center Friday night.Bates-Diop previewed his season in the Buckeyes’ exhibition game against Wooster last Sunday, producing 17 points and nine rebounds. He completed his return with an impactful performance Friday, officially making his full return from the injury last season.“I’m healthy; I’m feeling great,” Bates-Diop said. “Obviously, it was a good game from everybody, but that type of energy and production is what we’re hoping for.”After playing only 9.9 minutes per game as a freshman, Bates-Diop emerged as a key contributor during the 2015-2016 season, leading the team in total rebounds (210) and finishing second in points per game (11.8). With all signs pointing to a breakout junior campaign, the stress fracture came at a bad time for the Buckeyes’ budding star.He returned to the team midseason, but the injury clearly limited his productivity. Bates-Diop played his final game of the season on Jan. 1, and took a medical redshirt for the season.In his return, Bates-Diop made his presence felt immediately, using an array of moves to get to the basket throughout the night. Just five minutes into the game, the Buckeye forward maneuvered past a Colonial defender with an impressive spin move, leading to a layup for his second basket of the night.Bates-Diop provided efficient scoring, activity on defense and relentless effort on the boards in the Buckeyes’ season opener. He converted 9-of-12 shot attempts and hit 1-of-2 attempts from 3-point range in his return.The versatile forward used his 7-foot-2 wingspan to block two Colonial shot attempts and grab a team-leading 11 rebounds, including a career-high seven offensive rebounds in only 23 minutes of play.“I was pleased with his activity tonight — his ability to kind of make the right play,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “Overall, his ability to impact things on both ends and his ability to get to the glass tonight was really important for us.”Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole took notice of how Bates-Diop’s size and versatility presented a hard matchup for the Colonials.“He’s much bigger and longer than he looks on film for sure. He’s just so smooth and really effortless with a lot of his decisions,” Toole said. “And obviously, a really talented and skilled player and someone that Ohio State’s going to be able to build around, and I think be able to have that kind of production night in and night out.”Bates-Diop aggressively attacked Robert Morris from the opening tip and tallied 13 points by halftime on 6-of-8 shooting while recording five rebounds. Halftime intermission did not slow down the forward. Bates-Diop added six points and brought down six more rebounds in the first seven minutes of the second half before checking out at 12:59 for the final time with Ohio State leading comfortably 66-41.Holtmann had continually emphasized the importance of consistent production from his veteran players, particularly Bates-Diop and senior forward Jae’Sean Tate. And now being fully healthy for the first time in two years, Bates-Diop might be the Buckeyes’ go-to guy this season.“I’ve said that Keita, as well as Jae’Sean, we’re gonna kind of go as they go. And I really believe that,” Holtmann said. “Our season in a lot of ways will be impacted by one or both of those guys. (They) are going to need to play well for us to play well — to have a chance, because they’re terrific kids and they’re really good players.” read more

Gallery Mens and womens soccer doubleheader

The Ohio State women’s soccer team huddles up before the second half of the game against against Florida Gulf Coast University begins on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOn Sept. 7, the Ohio State women’s soccer team and men’s soccer team hosted a doubleheader at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The women’s soccer team fell to Florida Gulf Coast 1-0. The men’s soccer team fell to South Florida 1-0. Photos by Casey Cascaldo.