The Who is preparing for a massive arena tour dubbed the Moving On! Tour, set to take place in 29 North American cities this later this year. The tour will see Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend accompanied by local symphonies at each stop. Today, the band has announced their one and only performance at London’s Wembley Stadium in their native U.K. set for Saturday, July 6th.The newly added European date marks the first of its kind, and will feature supporting performances from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder as well as Kaiser Chiefs. As of now, no supporting acts have been announced for any of the North American shows.In addition to Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, The Who’s live lineup will be rounded out by familiar players including guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by some of the country’s most well-regarded regional symphony orchestras.You can snag your tickets to all upcoming The Who shows here.The Who 2019 Tour Dates05/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena05/09 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center05/11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live05/13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden05/16 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena05/18 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center05/21 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre05/23 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis05/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park05/28 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena05/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena06/01 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena07/05 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium ^09/06 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center09/08 – Alpine Valley, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre09/10 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center09/13 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park09/15 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater09/18 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena09/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center09/22 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena09/25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center09/27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center09/29 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center10/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl10/16 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl10/19 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park10/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena10/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place^ = w/ Eddie Vedder and Kaiser ChiefsView All Tour Dates
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 59-year-old East Norwich woman was found dead outside a Bay Shore apartment complex Friday morning, Suffolk County police said.The discovery was made around 9:15 a.m. at The Birches apartments on South Clinton Avenue, police said. Third Precinct officers found the woman in a rear parking lot of the complex, police said.The woman was identified as Saundra Simonee. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine her cause of death, police said.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this case to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Since Mr. Giuliani took over management of the legal effort, Mr. Trump has suffered a series of defeats in court and lawyers handling some of the remaining cases have dropped out.A $20,000-a-day rate would have made Mr. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who has been Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer for several years, among the most highly compensated attorneys anywhere. Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has helped oversee a string of failed court challenges to President Trump’s defeat in the election, asked the president’s campaign to pay him $20,000 a day for his legal work, multiple people briefed on the matter said.The request stirred opposition from some of Mr. Trump’s aides and advisers, who appear to have ruled out paying that much, and it is unclear how much Mr. Giuliani will ultimately be compensated.- Advertisement –
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments When Jarret Eaton edged Devon Hill of Miami (Fla.) and Barrett Nugent of Louisiana State by one hundredth of a second in the NCAA 60-meter hurdles championship March 10, he became the first individual national champion in Syracuse history.Three days later, Eaton still couldn’t describe how much his achievement meant.‘It feels great,’ Eaton said March 13. ‘I can’t really put it into words how I’m really feeling, but I’m really happy and excited, and it’s been a blessing. It’s been a long season, so I’m just really excited.’All year long, Eaton’s been putting up impressive numbers that have pushed him onto the national scene, capped off by his performance March 10. With Eaton’s finish of 7.54 at Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho, the graduate student finished off an undefeated season in the biggest way possible: becoming the program’s first national champion. The hurdler entered the meet as a favorite after enjoying a breakout season highlighted by his time of 7.49 at the Penn State National Invitational on Jan. 28 in State College, Pa. It was the fastest time in 15 years and the second-fastest in NCAA history.On the heels of his championship day, the national honors continued rolling in.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEaton was named a United States Track & Field and Coaches Association First Team All-American on March 12 and is also a finalist for the Bowerman Award, given to the nation’s top track and field athlete.On top of the individual success, though, Eaton helped to vault the SU track and field program into the national spotlight. That was head coach Chris Fox’s goal when he arrived at Syracuse in 2005.‘It shows that we can compete at the highest level,’ SU assistant coach Dave Hegland said. ‘I think we’ve had guys kind of helping the program move towards this program over the years. I’m really happy for them as well.’Hegland said past All-Americans Michael LeBlanc and Kyle Heath are among those who set the foundation for the Syracuse track program.Those former athletes got the program moving in the right direction, Hegland said. And this season, Eaton continued to advance the program.Fox said the next step for Syracuse is to continue to recruit at a high level. Though Eaton practically fell into SU’s lap when he transferred from Division-II West Chester (Pa.) University, Syracuse won’t get so lucky in the future.‘We need to recruit the best kids in the country,’ Fox said. ‘… Hegland and all of us are always on the lookout for the next Jarret. They’re just quality kids.’Eaton broke the Syracuse record and qualified for the NCAA Championship Jan. 21 at the Cornell Upstate Challenge in Ithaca with a time of 7.61. From there, Eaton made headlines with standout performances throughout the season, winning each of the events in which he competed.On March 9, he won his heat in the preliminary heats of the NCAA Championship to qualify for the championship heats Saturday.And his final competition ended up being one of his tightest races this season.Coming off the final hurdle, Eaton was neck and neck with Hill and Nugent, and he needed a lunge in the final meters that sent him tumbling across the finish line to come away with the victory.‘I saw people to my left kind of creeping up, so I didn’t actually think I won,’ Eaton said. ‘… I had a million thoughts process through my brain.’Eaton admitted to some rare nerves before the final run of the indoor season, but he found solace from an unlikely source: the music of Michael Jackson.As the hurdler stood at the starting line for the race, ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” played over the PA system at Jacksons Indoor Track. The single is one of Eaton’s favorite songs by one of his favorite artists.‘Now that I think back on it, maybe (it was a sign),’ Eaton said, ‘but it was helpful to make me relax and stay focused and kind of get my mind on the right track.’The national championship doesn’t mark the end of Eaton’s journey at SU. Hegland still plans on Eaton running once every two or three weeks so he’s ready to compete in the outdoor NCAA Championships in June.After that, Eaton hopes to qualify for the Olympics. Eaton wanted to peak during an Olympic year, and he appears to be doing just that. U.S. Olympic Trials begin June 22 in Eugene, Ore., but Eaton still isn’t looking too far ahead.He still has goals to accomplish before he can turn his attention to that dream.‘I’m back to running races and just thinking one week at a time for when outdoor nationals and outdoor USA championships come,’ Eaton said. ‘I’m just taking baby steps now.’[email protected] Published on March 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2
Rafael Bejarano10925241823%$1,132,782 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Mike Puype4147610%$336,790 PROSPECT PARK RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S AFFIRMEDProspect Park is one of five 3-year-olds entered in a small but select field for Sunday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes, a race Cliff Sise Jr. hopes will be a start to bigger and better things this summer for the son of Tapit owned and bred by Pam and Martin Wygod.Prospect Park drew the No. 5 post position in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.“I’m happy with the outside post,” Sise said. “It gives us options on strategy. I see him sitting outside, second or third, and doing his thing in the stretch.”Prospect Park will be making his first start since April 4, when he finished a troubled fourth behind front-running winner Dortmund in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby.The Affirmed, race three of nine: Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Cyrus Alexander, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Cross the Line, Corey Nakatani, 10-1; Om, Fernando Perez, 2-1; and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 6-5. Gary Stevens1953326%$501,450 Philip D’Amato41136432%$689,940 Tyler Baze13524152418%$1,295,340 Drayden Van Dyke76109713%$439,442 Eddie Truman1361246%$223,150 Tiago Pereira4589518%$341,040 BLUE COLLAR PEDROZA TAKES RED EYE TO NEW YORKWhile Kent Desormeaux, Martin Garcia, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens are already ensconced in New York gearing up for their stakes commitments on Belmont Stakes Day tomorrow, Martin Pedroza was taking care of business first at Santa Anita today.He is scheduled to ride four horses, including Half Dome Dude in the eighth and final before taking a red-eye to the Big Apple where he rides multiple Grade I winner Private Zone in the Grade I, $1,250,000 Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday.It’s just business as usual for the blue collar rider, who turns 50 on July 20.“Today we start racing at 4 o’clock,” said Pedroza’s long-time agent, Richie Silverstein. “The last race should be over by 7:30, we should be out of here by 8, his plane leaves at 11:32, so we have plenty of time. Martin has time to go home and have dinner first if he wants to.“For Marty, today is just another work day.” FINISH LINES: Tough Sunday, the “Medical Miracle” California-bred trained by Steve Miyadi for owner/breeder Nick Alexander, is breezing steadily as he prepares for his return to the races after being sidelined since late January, and could run against California-breds later this month if an overnight race fills. “That would be a prep for the Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar,” Miyadi said. “He’s doing great.” Tough Sunday worked five furlongs Friday in 1:05.40. “The time was slow,” said Miyadi, who saddled She Hums to an $18 upset in yesterday’s first race, “but we’ll give him a sharper work next time.” . . . Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian, ticketed for the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4, worked five furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Friday in 59.40. Other stakes winners that breezed for the Hall of Fame trainer included Sahara Sky and Wild Dude, five furlongs in 59.60 and 59.80, respectively, while Sam’s Sister went six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.20 . . . O’Neill’s No. One: Trainer Doug O’Neill has four horses entered today. Three drew the inside post, while the other, Diamond Stilettos, landed in the No. 2 slot next to stablemate One More, who got the rail in the third race . . . A piece by CBS Evening News on Victor Espinoza promoting the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown can be viewed on the following link: https://youtu.be/OK7jyasw7xU . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Western Harness publicist Bob Wellman, who passed away May 26 at age 73 in Hemet, California . . . Santa Anita will host a book signing tomorrow of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . .The Pari-mutuel, ADW and Simulcast Committee meeting of the California Horse Racing Board scheduled for Thursday, June 11, at Los Alamitos Race Course, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a yet-to-be determined site . . . Rosie Ybarra, hostess atthe popular dining and drink destination atClockers’ Corner, is wearing a party hat these mornings with a cobra on it in support of American Pharoah‘s pursuit of theTriple Crown, but she won’t go on record verbally. “No comment,” is all she would say. “I don’t want to jinx him.” Mario Gutierrez3553714%$259,348 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Baltas43155435%$765,270 Michael Machowsky1954226%$133,170 Edwin Maldonado62812913%$337,450 Mike Smith3278322%$604,310 Santiago Gonzalez7361568%$308,376 Gonzalo Nicolas7666138%$222,508 (Current Through Thursday, June 4) Kent Desormeaux5158610%$266,334 Doug O’Neill781315917%$617,628 Jerry Hollendorfer47612613%$447,294 MOST HORSEMEN FAVOR ‘PHAROAH’ IN BELMONTPEDROZA GOING FROM ONE ‘ZONE’ TO ANOTHERPROSPECT PARK POISED FOR SUNDAY’S AFFIRMED Fernando Perez891614918%$582,950 Joseph Talamo951761818%$666,008 Martin Pedroza77511136%$297,844 Vann Belvoir3446512%$150,590 Bob Baffert2252523%$224,610 Felipe Valdez8271369%$321,900 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Mandella3087427%$656,410 AMERICAN PHAROAH RECEIVES TRIPLE CROWN MANDATEBe it loyalty or logic, Santa Anita-based horsemen see Santa Anita-basedAmerican Pharoah becoming the 12th winner of racing’s Triple Crown and the first since Affirmed in 1978 when the streaking son of Pionnerof the Nile runs in Saturday’s final jewel, the mile and a half Belmont Stakes.Following is a sampling of their thoughts on what horse might win:Barry Abrams: “American Pharoah, but Materiality and Frosted are horses to worry about.”A.C. Avila: “I saw him jog on TV and he was jumping, kicking and bucking. When a horse feels like that, it’s a very good sign. I’m afraid of Mubtaahij. Michael de Kock is a super trainer.”Richard Baltas: “I hope he wins. It would be good for the sport, but I’ve seen too many times when it didn’t happen. It might be Baffert’s turn, though.”David Bernstein: “If it rains, he’s a cinch. It’s always hard to pick against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.”Ray Bell: “He’s the best horse with the strongest constitution. We’ll find out. If any horse can beat him, I think it’s Frosted.”Vann Belvoir: “He looks pretty salty in there. There’s no speed to go with him.”Jim Cassidy: “He’s got a great shot. I hope he does it, but he’s got everything going against him, the distance, fresh horses, but if Victor (Espinoza) doesn’t get in trouble, I hope he does it.”Phil D’Amato: “No doubt he’s got a great chance.”Keith Desormeaux: “I think we’ve all had similar thoughts when there have been Triple Crown possibilities, which has been often in the last 20 years. You’re so excited about it and you want so much to see it happen that you always feel it’s going to be accomplished. I don’t recall ever having the feeling that a horse going for the Triple Crown was going to get beat in the Belmont. I thought California Chrome would do it, Big Brown, War Emblem, Real Quiet. It’s easy to see why they got beat after the race, but I think we’re all fans going into the Belmont.”Caesar Dominguez: “We’re going to have a Triple Crown winner. It will be good for the jockey, good for the trainer, and good for the owner who spends a lot of money in the sport and deserves a Triple Crown winner.”Neil Drysdale: “I would think he should do it.”Ron Ellis: “I have a lot of respect for him, he’s got a great shot, and I hope he does it.”Paddy Gallagher: “I said this before: American Pharoah floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. Dortmund is like Mike Tyson. There have been others going for the Triple Crown I hoped could win, but it’s not about hope with Pharoah.”Mark Glatt: “I don’t see anything in there that can beat him.”Jorge Gutierrez: “I think he’s going to do it. The race sets up nicely for him. My only concern is Frosted. He’s fresh.”Eoin Harty: “It will be a tough contest but I think he’s up to the task.”Bruce Headley: “He’s a cinch, a super horse, bigger, better and faster than all of them.”Jerry Hollendorfer: “I think he can do it. He’s the best horse all right.”James Kasparoff: “I’m on the fence. There are some fresh horses in there, but if he won, it would be great.”Craig Lewis: “I’ll say this: American Pharoah is the only horse in the race that can win the Triple Crown.”Mike Machowsky: “I think American Pharoah will win, but my value play will be a 6-7 (Frosted-Keen Ice) exacta box. American Pharoah will be pretty tough to beat.”Gary Mandella: “American Pharoah is not a forgone conclusion in my opinion, with three races in five weeks on a very tight schedule. Frosted is a fresh horse.”Richard Mandella: “This is the year. This is it. American Pharoah looks that good.”Ron McAnally: “I’ve picked him all the way through and I can’t get off him now.”Sean McCarthy: “If he has the luck and energy, he’ll win it. He’s the best horse.”Steve Miyadi: “If it rains, there will be a Triple Crown winner. If it doesn’t, there won’t.”John Sadler: “A cinch. Everything’s lined up for him. He’s got the speed, a couple of horses got hurt. I don’t think it’s close.”Gary Stute: “American Pharoah wins rain or shine. Bob (Baffert) deserves it. I watched replays of Real Quiet getting beat (by a nose in the 1998 Belmont) the other day. Bob’s paid his dues.”Eddie Truman: “Absolutely. We’re going to be celebrating, all the stars are aligned.”Dennis O’Neill: “It’s a two-horse race, Frosted and American Pharoah. If it rains, it’s a one-horse race.”Hector Palma: “He looks like the best horse, but Materiality could be tough. He had a lot of problems in the Derby. It would be nice for a Mexican (Victor Espinoza) to win the Triple Crown. He’ll be a bigger hero than Pancho Villa.”Jorge Periban: “I love that horse. He’s going to do it. I don’t think anybody will beat him this time.”Cliff Sise Jr.: “As good as he looks on video, I don’t see how he can get beat. He has a stride I haven’t seen in a long time.”Tim Yakteen: “American Pharoah, of course. Let’s get lucky.”Ted H. West: “It’s so tough. It looks like he’s a super horse, but he has to win three races in five weeks. I hope he wins.”Dan Ward: “I hope he does it.”Howard Zucker: “I’ve been calling American Pharoah the Triple Crown winner for the last four months. I’m not stopping now.”First live post time at Santa Anita tomorrow is 11:30 a.m. Admission gates open at 8 a.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 3:50 p.m. Pacific Time. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 Peter Miller561413425%$549,080 Mark Glatt3846711%$231,554 Robertino Diodoro2252323%$153,690 Flavien Prat911718919%$1,079,100 John Sadler4759811%$281,038 Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320
Get live news and analysis Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena when the Warriors and Nuggets battle in a game filled with playoff implications.The Warriors (42-24) are one game ahead of the Nuggets (51-25) in the race for the No. 1 seed and homecourt advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs, and they can essentially clinch the top spot with a win Tuesday. Golden State has already clinched at least a tie in the four-game season series against Denver by winning two of the …
Miami: The new site for the Miami Open suddenly is missing a lot of star power.Serena Williams withdrew, blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury. Less than two hours later, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost in the third round to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.Osaka’s departure matched the earliest ever in the tournament by a top-seeded woman and jeopardized her No. 1 ranking, depending on results next week. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I feel like I’ve dealt with the stress of people asking me do I have pressure because I have the No. 1 next to my name,” Osaka said. “I thought I was doing fine with that, but I guess I’m not.”Roger Federer briefly seemed headed for the exit but instead advanced to the third round by rallying past qualifier Radu Albot 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.”Radu put me through the ringer,” Federer said.No. 2-seeded Alexander Zverev double-faulted 12 times and lost to wild card David Ferrer, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWilliams’ withdrawal was unexpected because she showed no signs of injury a day earlier while winning her opening match against Rebecca Peterson, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.Williams didn’t mention any health issues during a news conference after the match, and the WTA had no information regarding when she was hurt.Williams’ victory Friday was her first at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins’ home and the Miami Open’s new center court.The tournament moved this year from Key Biscayne, where Williams won eight titles. “I am disappointed to withdraw,” she said in a statement. “It was an amazing experience to play at Hard Rock Stadium this year, and I would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on an amazing event. I hope to be back next year to play at this one-of-a-kind tournament in front of the incredible fans here in Miami.”Federer, a three-time champion, lost serve only once in the first game but was on the ropes until he swept the final three games, to the relief of an enthusiastic stadium crowd.”It was a great atmosphere,” Federer said. “It was electric. I think that’s why I played so well at the end.”While attendance in the stadium continued to be spotty, outer courts were jammed, and the day session drew a tournament record 32,831 spectators.Seeded losers on the men’s side included No. 10 Karen Khachanov, No. 21 Diego Schwartzman, No. 26 Guido Pella, No. 30 Stan Wawrinka and No. 31 Steve Johnson. In a game of inches, the 5-foot-6 Schwartzman lost to 6-foot-11 Reilly Opelka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.Williams was next scheduled to play No. 18-seeded Qiang Wang, who advanced to the fourth round.Also reaching the women’s round of 16 was the 33-year-old Hsieh, who turned pro in 2001 but has achieved the two biggest victories of her career in the past nine months. Her only other win over a No. 1 player came against Simona Halep at Wimbledon last year.With two-handed groundstrokes from both sides, Hsieh was the steadier player from the baseline against Osaka. When Hsieh closed out match point with a forehand volley winner, she began to cry as the crowd applauded her performance.Osaka smiled when reminded it was the first time in 64 matches she lost after winning the first set.”I know it’s depressing,” she said. “I was thinking about it right after I lost.”Osaka, 21, has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments. Williams, 37, still hasn’t won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, before she took a break of more than a year to become a mom. She has played only eight matches this year.Williams’ stay at the Miami Open was also brief last year, when she lost in the first round to Osaka. Friday’s match was Williams’ first since she retired from Indian Wells two weeks ago because of a viral illness.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj are likely to interact during the upcoming meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan later this month, a top Pakistani official said Thursday.”The two foreign ministers would be present in the meeting and in all likelihood would interact amongst themselves and with other leaders,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told the media here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghBut he hastened to clarify that “no formal meeting is, however, envisaged”. The SCO Ministerial meeting will take place in Kyrgyzstan on May 21-22. The economic and security grouping was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017. In September, India called off a meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi at the UN citing the release of postal stamps “glorifying” a Kashmiri militant by Pakistan as one of the reasons. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Indo-Pak tensions escalated in recent months after a terror attack in Pulwama by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14 and a subsequent aerial strike by India on a JeM training camp in Balakot on February 26. On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting several military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. In the dogfight, Pakistan downed a MiG-21 Bison jet and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Faisal also alleged that India was “causing an arms race in the region”. “India has been trying to bring the region into an arms race. Let me say that an increase in the defence budget is not the sole determinant of a nation’s strength,” he said.
OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle (13) scans the floor during a Big Ten tournament game against Penn State on March 10 in Indianapolis.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team took just over 40 minutes to find a sliver of rhythm against the Akron Zips in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.After a back-and-forth physical battle riddled with sloppy play and field-goal percentages hovering around a meager 30, the five minutes allotted in overtime was the narrow time window the Buckeyes needed to advance in postseason play.OSU held the Zips to just one point in the extra period, while redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams led the offensive charge over the course of the second half and overtime. The Buckeyes’ focus during the extra period pushed the team into the second round of the NIT with a 72-63 victory at the Schottenstein Center.“They were very competitive, and it was a game down to the wire where I felt like we showed a little bit of growth,” said OSU junior forward Marc Loving. “I felt like at times this season we might’ve lost that game.”Loving, who recorded the sixth double-double of his career, was one of three Buckeyes who finished with 18 points on the night. Williams added 18 points as well as five rebounds, while freshman guard JaQuan Lyle also registered a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.“We felt like there was a lot of room for us to play our style of basketball,” Lyle said. “We really didn’t have much pace on offense, and we really weren’t disrupting them on the defensive side as much as we wanted to.”Lyle’s comments were primarily true to the first half of the game. The team’s six lowest-scoring halves this season all occurred during the first 20 minutes of gameplay, with one of those periods taking place against Akron on Tuesday.While OSU struggled early on to close out possessions down low and outside, the Buckeye bigs constantly challenged the boards to keep Akron within striking distance, totaling 57 rebounds. The problem was with following through and finishing.The two teams combined to begin the game shooting 2-of-14 from the field, but the Buckeyes eventually pushed through the lethargic start to find their momentum later on in the contest.“We were a little bit shaky at the beginning, and I thought we did a pretty decent job of playing through that,” said OSU coach Thad Matta.However, despite collecting 18 offensive boards as a team, the Buckeyes only managed to muster up 12 second-chance points, two fewer than the Zips. In a postseason game in which neither team led by more than single digits, missing multiple scoring opportunities during a single possession usually spells out defeat.Heading into halftime with a 29-25 deficit, there was very little room for error on either side.OSU struggled to break the 20-point threshold throughout the course of the first half, but some minor halftime adjustments led to the Buckeyes outscoring Akron by 13 points over the final 25 minutes of the contest.“I thought they did a great job of closing the game out,” Matta said.With just over two minutes left in the second half, Lyle came up with arguably the game’s most important two-way play. After a 3-pointer by Akron senior forward Reggie McAdams put the Zips up by two points with just under three minutes left in regulation, Lyle stole the ball from senior guard Jake Kretzer and took it down to the other end to tie the game.“To have something like that disappear from your lineup that fast, the next man has to step up, and we all had to contribute in a different way,” Loving said.Despite falling short to the Buckeyes, Akron’s night consisted of a trifecta of effective players. The sharpshooting abilities of McAdams and Kretzer helped to combine for seven converted threes.Although the Zips shot just over 21 percent from beyond the arc, Akron junior center Isaiah Johnson added a more physical presence to the team’s contrasting perimeter play. Johnson tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds on the night, but that was not enough to offset the team’s uncharacteristic struggles from beyond the arc.“If you would’ve told me we would shoot 9-of-42 from three with the shots we got, I would tell you I’d be surprised,” said Akron coach Keith Dambrot. “That probably was a determining factor.”Even though OSU was sluggish at times, too, Akron’s inability to garner extended momentum might have been trifled by the team’s recent schedule. The Zips competed in their fourth contest in six days Tuesday, but Dambrot was not going to let possible fatigue excuse the team of a loss.Dambrot said after the game he still believes his team had the talent and discipline necessary to knock off a major school like OSU.“I felt like we should’ve won the game,” Dambrot said. “If we play up to our capabilities and they play up to their capabilities, I have enough respect for my team to think we should’ve won the game.”Williams, Matta’s usual sixth man, stepped in as a starter in aid of sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, who was held out of Tuesday’s contest with an undisclosed illness. Even though Williams was starting his first collegiate game against the Zips, he did not succumb to the pressure.The Buckeyes are next set to host the Florida Gators on Sunday in the second round of the NIT. Tipoff is slated for noon at the Schottenstein Center.
OSU then-sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) defends during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoOn Nov. 13, 2015, the OSU women’s basketball team opened its 2015-16 season with an 88-80 road loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Just over a year later, the Buckeyes will get a chance at revenge.OSU will host the Gamecocks on Monday in a battle between two of college basketball’s best. South Carolina currently sits at No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll with the Buckeyes close behind at No. 7.“We know we’re going to be in for a real battle,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Tipoff in Columbus will serve as the season opener for the Gamecocks. In its only exhibition match on Nov. 6, South Carolina downed Benedict College by a score of 120-49.A season ago, the Gamecocks went 33-2 with an 11-0 record on the road. The team’s only loss in the regular season came to the eventual-champion UConn Huskies at home, snapping South Carolina’s perfect 22-0 record. The Gamecocks also fell 80-72 to Syracuse in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament to end its season.South Carolina has lost seven players from last year’s team. Guards Khadijah Sessions, Tina Roy and Tiffany Mitchell, and forwards Sarah Imovbioh and Asia Dozier have graduated, and forwards Jatarie White and India Farmer have departed from the program as well.With the losses, South Carolina lost 37.7 points per game on offense, good for 47.9 percent of the team’s scoring a season ago.Despite the roster turnover, the Gamecocks still possess plenty of talent. Two of South Carolina’s top-three scorers from a season ago have returned. Junior forward A’ja Wilson led the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game and senior center Alaina Coates contributed 12.1 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game.Three ESPN top-100 prospects have joined as true freshman. 5-foot-10 point guard Tyasha Harris (No. 28), 5-foot-6 point guard Araion Bradshaw (No. 33) and 6-foot-2 forward Mikiah Harrigan (No. 72) will join 5-foot-8 guard Victoria Patrick to form the Gamecocks’ talented new class.Former Kentucky forward Alexis Jennings, who put up 10 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats in 2015-16, has transferred into the program and will sit out the entirety of the 2016-17 season.“They have an absolutely loaded roster with talent,” McGuff said. “I have great respect for them.”The Buckeyes have no shortage of talent on its roster, either, and this year’s team figures to be in a more favorable position than a year ago.“We’ve got a little more depth,” McGuff said. “We’ve got a little more size and physicality around the basket.”In last season’s matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes got 36 points from then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell and 23 from then-senior guard Ameryst Alston. The rest of the team combined for just 21 points.The main difference in the contest was the play of the bigs. Wilson led the Gamecocks with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Coates added 17 points and 13 boards. OSU got just eight points out of its forwards and center, but the group did grab 33 rebounds.The Buckeyes will now be able to balance the Gamecocks’ post play with the addition of redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in OSU’s season opener against Duquesne.OSU looked like a much better all-around team against Duquesne than they did in its exhibition win over Ashland, but Mavunga knows the team must be even better to compete with South Carolina.“We need to still get better defensively and get better with rebounding,” Mavunga said. “We need to communicate a little bit more, but I think we’re headed towards the right direction.”The matchup itself is something that McGuff believes is a positive for women’s college basketball.“It’s a great opportunity and it’s great for our game,” McGuff said. “There needs to be more games like this in women’s basketball in November just to create some excitement.”Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. on Monday at Value City Arena.