Photo by espn.comThe New York Giants, desperate for running back help, signed one-time Giant Brandon Jacobs to a one-year deal to provide depth to an area of major concern.Starting back David Wilson fumbled twice in seven carries in New York’s loss to Dallas Sunday night, causing his benching and the Giants’ call for help.“Whatever they need me to do,” Jacobs said in a statement released by the team. “Whatever role they want me to play, I’ll come in and do it. I know the offense. I know they’ve made some tweaks here and there, and I’ll do whatever I have to do. … The Giants have given me a great opportunity. This is where I wanted to be. These are the coaches I want to play for and I wanted to come back with my teammates. This is the place I love most.”The Giants worked out several running backs and decided on Jacobs because he was familiar with their offense, particularly their pass-protection schemes, according to an ESPN source. Also, the team hopes Jacobs, who played for the Giants from 2005-11, can serve as a mentor to Wilson.“It’s just an attention to detail with him,” receiver Victor Cruz said of Wilson’s troubles. “I mean, he’s got to be able to tuck the ball under his chin. He’s walking around with the football 24/7, around the meeting rooms, around the locker room, even during practice when he’s not in that specific play — he’s gonna have a ball in his hand to just get used to keeping it high and tight and putting it under his chin and really paying attention to detail to it.“That’s the only way you can help with that, is to change your mindset from what it used to be, to really locking the football down under his chin and covering it up.”
Photo by jumbowallpaper.com.The franchise he once chided as the Sacramento “Queens” is now his. Well, some of it, anyway.Shaquille O’Neal, the former NBA star who is bound for the Hall of Fame, became a minority owner of the Kings and immediately dubbed them the “Shaqramento Kings.”“That was Shaq, that was all Shaq,” majority owner Vivek Ranadive said. “He’s a poet. He’s a great poet.”“We’re creating the next-generation franchise here, the first franchise of the 21st century,” Ranadive said.Ranadive said O’Neal impressed with his knowledge on a variety of topics during a visit to the owner’s home. Shaq being Shaq, he gave the owner’s daughter dating advice and helped his son with social media, while also discussing basketball.O’Neal was dominant against the Kings when he was a Los Angeles Laker, creating extreme animosity with the Sacramento fan base.“I was just trying to market the game, bring attention to the game,” O’Neal said. “It was nothing personal.”He added: “We were scared of, not really the Sacramento Kings, but scared of the environment. . . It was a tough place to play. We want to bring that energy and bring that excitement back.”The Kings are experiencing a makeover after Ranadive purchased the team for more than $530 million in May following a battle with a group that wanted to move the franchise to Seattle.Ranadive has hired Pete D’Alessandro as general manager and Mike Malone as coach, and he recently added Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser.
OSU co-defensive coordinator and safety coach Chris Ash instructs players during spring practice in 2015. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach at Rutgers, according to reports first filed by Sports Illustrated. Ash first came to OSU in January 2014 after a year coaching the secondary at the University of Arkansas. Since arriving in Columbus, Ash has helped turn the Buckeye defense into one of the nation’s premier units. OSU finished the 2015 regular season ranked 10th in the nation in defense, surrendering just 302 yards per game. Through 12 games, the “Silver Bullets” have only let up 20 touchdowns to opposing offenses, which is second fewest in the FBS.Last season, which was Ash’s first in Ohio’s capital city, the Buckeyes were 12th in the country in total defense en route to winning the first-ever College Football Playoff title. Ash is set to take over for Kyle Flood, who was let go at the end of this season after having just two winning seasons out of his four at Rutgers. In 2015, the Scarlet Knights finished a mere 4-8, including a 49-7 loss to OSU. Rutgers is set to be the third school in the Big Ten that Ash has coached at. Prior to his one season at the SEC’s Arkansas, Ash coached at the University of Wisconsin from 2010-2012. Ash graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1996, where he played safety on the football team. Ash is currently in his 19th season as a football coach. An OSU spokesman was unable to comment on the matter. A spokesman for Rutgers did not immediately respond when asked for confirmation of Sports Illustrated’s report. Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect that a spokesman for OSU did respond to The Lantern’s inquiry after initial publication.
The historic St. John Arena played host to the Big Ten Championship for men’s gymnastics this past weekend. The last time Ohio State hosted its conference rivals was in 2003.After receiving a pre-season Big Ten ranking of fourth, Ohio State entered the tournament ranked fifth in the nation and boasting a powerful lineup with seven gymnasts ranked in the top 20 in the country.The Buckeyes ended the tournament in fourth place, with a final score of 346.95 points. This finish was the worst for the Buckeyes in 22 years, and it wasn’t the place that Coach Miles Avery expected.“We prepared to do a better job. Not being in the top three, that stings a lot, but this is the toughest conference in the country,” said Avery.After the first round competing on floor, the Buckeyes held fourth place with 57.1 points. Michigan, the conference favorite, topped the standings with 63.0, and Penn State and Illinois followed with 59.550 and 57.8 respectively.The order remained the same after the Buckeyes took on the pommel horse in the second rotation, as Michigan narrowly edged Penn State 121.85 to 121.25 to hold first place. Minnesota also caught up to Ohio State to tie for fourth at 112.9.The Buckeye holding area was a somber one throughout the third round as they took on the rings, an area the team normally leads the nation in, with a 60.217 mean. But OSU slipped from fourth place back to fifth as the Golden Gophers passed the Buckeyes heading into the fourth round.The spirit of the OSU team brightened when they took on the vault in the fourth round. The Buckeyes outscored every Big Ten team on the vault, with an overall mean of 63.65. This performance vaulted OSU up to third. Avery was especially pleased with the support the Buckeyes showed for each other.“In terms of camaraderie, they are really doing a phenomenal job supporting one another. That’s what a team should do,” he said.The squad’s excitement quickly disappeared, however, as the Buckeyes took on the parallel bars in the fifth rotation. OSU boasted one of the lowest scores of the competition, finishing with a 55.5, dropping them back to fourth in the standings while Michigan, Illinois and Penn State remained on top.OSU held fourth place through the final rotation, but junior captain Brandon Wynn held strong to take third in the all-around, with a final score of 87.7. Wynn also took first overall in the rings with a score of 15.95.Illinois finished strong in the final round of competition to edge Michigan for first place, 359.7 to 358.15.“I thought being at home would make the difference for us to come away with a win, but you know, you have those days in sports,” Avery said. “A lot of good preparation went into them coming out there today to perform. We left a lot out there today, but we certainly didn’t perform like we prepared to.”The next stop for the Buckeyes is the NCAA Championships in West Point, N.Y., and Avery is still holding the Buckeyes to high expectations despite their performance in the Big Ten Championship.“To finish in the top six, I think that’s what we expect to do, just like we expected to finish in the top three here,” Avery said. “These guys expect to do a great job, and I’m confident they will.”
The Ohio State football team’s season has been flawed perfection – and coach Urban Meyer and the rest of the nation have taken notice. After defeating Illinois, 52-22, Saturday, the Buckeyes sit at 10-0 heading into the bye week, and No. 5 in the Associated Press‘ top 25 poll. Out of the six undefeated teams in college football, the Buckeyes are only ranked ahead of Louisville, which plays in the traditionally-weak Big East conference. Georgia, which has an 8-1 record, is tied with OSU for the No. 5 ranking. The Buckeyes are battling the stigma that their undefeated record is less significant because of the perceived weakness in the Big Ten conference and a couple of close calls against opponents with poor records. “There’s such a lack of respect for the Big Ten as a whole,” said Doug Lesmerises, a voter in the AP poll and an OSU beat reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “You go through Ohio State’s schedule and it just hurts them when you start comparing them to other teams.” Before this season, the Buckeyes have been 10-0 three times since 2002, and in each season were in better position in the polls. In 2007 and 2006, the 10-0 Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 and in 2002 OSU was ranked No. 3 after 10 games. Even if the Buckeyes did not have a postseason ban after the 2012 season, they would likely need to count on multiple teams losing to get to the national championship. The players, though, think the team’s record speaks for itself. “We don’t think anybody in the country can stop us if we play our game,” said junior receiver Corey Brown. “They don’t even talk about us right now. They’re talking about the Oregons and Alabamas right now, but we’re just going to keep doing our job, keep playing.” Individual voters for the most recent edition of the AP poll ranked OSU as high as No. 4 and as low as No. 11, and the Buckeyes average ranking was just more than six. Lesmerises ranked OSU No. 6 in his poll behind Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon, Notre Dame and Georgia. Besides the weakness of the Big Ten, Lesmerises said OSU’s weak non-conference schedule and “miracle” win against 3-6 Purdue are what’s holding the Buckeyes back in the poll. “Sometimes one win can go a long way,” he said. “If you have one legitimizing win, it brings up your whole resume and they just don’t have it. The Nebraska win is good, but how good is Nebraska? I don’t know.” Meyer, who coached Utah to an undefeated season in 2004 and directed Florida to two national championships, acknowledged OSU has its flaws. “I’ve been fortunate to have a couple of top-five teams,” Meyer said, “and this probably has more holes than those other ones.” Some suggest those flaws don’t give OSU the feel of a typical undefeated team this far into the season. The Buckeyes have won by an average of 16 points per contest. Comparatively, Alabama and Oregon – the AP poll’s top two teams in the country – have won by an average of 29.3 points and 31.4 points per game, respectively. OSU has also only played one team – Nebraska – that’s currently ranked. Brown said the Buckeyes aren’t the same team they were in the beginning of the year, though. “We definitely didn’t play close to good games at the beginning of the year. It took a few games for us to actually sit down and watching film of us,” he said. “When we did that, everybody just came in together and like coach Meyer said, we got all in.” Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard agreed. “We’re definitely progressing,” he said. With NCAA sactions banning OSU from going to a bowl game, some – including redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby – have pointed to the AP No. 1 ranking at the end of the year as the ultimate prize. But even with an undefeated season, that might not be possible. “I really do feel like there’s only so far (OSU) can go and a good one-loss SEC team, a good one-loss PAC-12 team, a Big-12 team in that situation very well could stay ahead of them just because of who Ohio State’s going to play and they’re not going to have that conference title game at the end of the year to give them a boost,” Lesmerises said. Brown, though, isn’t counting his team out just yet. “At the end of the year, when we’re undefeated,” Brown said, “we’re going to see who they’re talking about.”
The Ohio State men’s soccer team ended its regular season against Wisconsin on Sunday, as five seniors played their final game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After the scoreless draw, coach John Bluem and members of the senior class seemed to realize how quickly the time does fly. “You remember back to when you were recruiting them five years ago,” Bluem said. “It’s just amazing that the time is gone already.” The five seniors, forwards Chris Hegngi and Joshua Breto, midfielders Austin McAnena and Sebastian Rivas, and defender Chris Gomez, were individually recognized for their achievements prior to the game. Bluem called the seniors “soldiers” and praised them for being “good students and great ambassadors for the program.” He also said he was proud of the leadership they showed during a season that saw the Buckeyes struggle to a 6-9-3 record and 0-4-2 mark in the Big Ten. “They’ve never let down, they never hung their heads and gave up on the season,” Bluem said. McAnena walked on to the program as a freshman but evolved into a star for the Buckeyes. As a senior captain, he led the team with 11 points and four goals. While McAnena said the realization of playing the final home game of his career hadn’t sunk in, he echoed his coach’s words. “It was just awesome that I was able to choose this and then be able to come on to the team,” McAnena said. “Ever since then, it has just kind of been a blur.” Gomez, a co-captain, said he tried to enjoy his final game at home and will miss the camaraderie that he shared with his teammates. “I’ll miss all the joking around in the locker room before the games, before practice,” Gomez said. Gomez and the Buckeyes will have at least one more game together, though. The Big Ten tournament begins on Nov. 7 as OSU enters as the seventh, and lowest, seeded team. The Buckeyes are slated to play Northwestern at 7 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.
The Buckeyes line up to sing “Carmen Ohio” after winning the game against Oregon State on Sept. 1. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAfter opening the season with a 77-31 win over Oregon State, Ohio State was ranked as the No. 4 team in the country in Week 2 of the AP Poll. The Buckeyes failed to earn a first place vote. Ohio State started the season as the No. 5 team in the preseason AP Poll and was one of five teams from the Big Ten that were ranked. The Buckeyes switch spots with Wisconsin, who dropped to No. 5. No. 13 Penn State, No. 15 Michigan State and No. 21 Michigan each stayed in the Top 25. Ohio State was ranked at No. 4 in Week 2 of the Amway Coaches Poll after beginning the season as the No. 3 team in the country. With one first place vote, the Buckeyes are the highest ranked team in the Big Ten, with Wisconsin coming in at No. 6 and Penn State being ranked at No. 10. Ohio State’s first ranked matchup of the season will be against No. 16 TCU on Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. No. 4 Ohio State will open its conference schedule on Saturday at Ohio Stadium against Rutgers at 3:30 p.m.The AP Poll: Week 21. Alabama (48)2. Clemson (12)3. Georgia4. Ohio State5. Wisconsin (1)6. Oklahoma7. Auburn8. Notre Dame9. Washington10. Stanford11. LSU12. Virginia Tech13. Penn State14. West Virginia15. Michigan State16. TCU17. USC18. Mississippi State19. UCF20. Boise State21. Michigan22. Miami23. Oregon24. South Carolina25. Florida
Ohio State sophomore linebacker Pete Werner (20) takes to the field in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer knows what it’s like to run an offense with a dual-threat quarterback. He describes it as an offense playing with 11 1/2 players, utilizing a quarterback that has the tendency to tuck and run on an option, along with an accurate throwing ability in the passing game. This is an offense that Meyer is familiar with. This is an offense Meyer ran with former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett at the helm for the previous four seasons. “We’ve had a lot of yards around here over the last years and years and years because of having that ability to do that,” Meyer said. “So that’s a real threat. And that’s something that you have to game plan for.”This is an offense Ohio State has already faced this season with then-No. 15 TCU and sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson. The Buckeyes were successful in stopping his running ability, limiting a runner who has averaged over six yards per carry in each of his three other games to seven yards on eight rushes. Trace McSorley is different. With two games having started against Ohio State under his belt — throwing at least one touchdown and recording a rushing touchdown in each one of those games — the redshirt senior quarterback leads a Penn State offense that paces the nation in scoring, averaging 55.5 points per game. Through four games, McSorley has thrown eight touchdowns while recording six more touchdowns on the ground, averaging a career-high 5.7 yards per carry.“Any time you are facing explosive athletes, a quarterback that is as good as there is in college football at what he does, there’s a cumulative impact of them running the style of offense that they use,” co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch said. “There’s multiple plays on any given down to defend.” Grinch understands there are multiple aspects of a dual-threat option offense to be aware of defensively. He said it is difficult to “get numbers at the point of attack” when defenders at every position have to be prepared for multiple plays on any given down. With the running ability of both McSorley and junior running back Miles Sanders, Penn State has what Ohio State had last year: Barrett and the combination of the two running backs still on the roster — J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber. Sophomore linebacker Pete Werner has had to defend this type of offense before. From an outside linebacker’s perspective, he said he’s going to have to “spy” McSorley, making sure he watches and is ready in the event of a quarterback option. “You just have to keep your eyes in the right place and you can’t get over leveraged,” Werner said. “Can’t get sucked into the line and not be able to get off and get to the quarterback.” For the defensive line, redshirt junior defensive tackle Robert Landers said after the TCU game the unit has to “cage the pocket,” limit the quarterback from getting outside the pocket, making plays with his feet and therefore, extending offensive drives by rolling out left and right. Penn State’s offensive approach is Ohio State’s worst nightmare. The Nittany Lions thrive off big plays, whether they are long runs or pass plays by which McSorley shows off his confidence and ability to throw. This is something that the Ohio State defense is prepared for Saturday. “They live off the big play, so if we do the right thing and focus on our jobs, we will give up that opportunity to make big plays for them,” Werner said. “After that, they don’t have much.” Grinch feels as though the Ohio State defense has not reached its ceiling. He said the standard is not even close to being met, and the goal remains the same: to hold the opposing offense to one less point than Ohio State scores. However, he said his defense strives for much more. After four games, Ohio State has allowed 17 points per game, allowed opposing running backs to average 3.8 yards per carry and allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 53.6 percent of pass attempts. For Grinch, heading into Penn State, facing the top scoring offense in the country, this is the time for the Ohio State defense to show what it can do. “We have not played our best game. We believe that,” Grinch said. “The personnel that we have suggests we can be better, we need to be better, we should be better.”
Team GB’s light-up deck shoes were one of the hits of the Rio Olympics closing ceremony, and Simon Jersey, the company that designed the athletes’ outfits, says it has been stunned by the response. “We are having a competition to win some of them but are also monitoring demand and if there is enough interest, we will release them to the public.” The light-up deck shoes were designed by Lancashire-based Simon Jersey The shoes are charged using a USB port and flash in red, white and… The public could soon be wearing Team GB athletes’ flashing shoes after the company that produces them was swamped with expressions of interest. “The reaction on social media during the ceremony was huge,” said Liz Murphy, spokesman for Simon Jersey, which is based in Altham, Lancashire.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. No chance hahaha a girl in the year below me has got engaged to our schools janny😂😂😂 fear pic.twitter.com/h9U7RorPhv— darren law (@DarrenLaw712) September 4, 2016 “He had worked at the school for ten years. The pupil had left the school and was over the age of consent when we became aware of it. “At the time we became aware of this, the girl was over the age of consent so legally they hadn’t done anything wrong but professionally we did what we had to do. The investigation has now concluded.” The relationship has caused prompted widespread condemnation on social media. Another former pupil, Darren Law, shared a photograph of the couple getting engaged, writing: “No chance. Hahaha. A girl in the year below me has got engaged to our school’s janny. Fear.” Mr Kerr’s daughter Allison has also expressed surprise, saying: “It’s my dad and I’m 32 so imagine how me and my family feel seeing that.” She added yesterday that the family now had “nothing to do with him anymore”. A 60-year-old school janitor who recently became engaged to an 18-year-old former pupil was sacked “on the spot” when his employer learned about the unlikely relationship. Lisa Miller, 18, is understood to have proposed to Jim Kerr while visiting a Scottish airshow last Friday. The couple say they have been together since November last year and live together in Thornliebank, East Renfrewshire. The teenager was a pupil at Woodfarm High, East Renfrewshire, where Mr Kerr worked as the caretaker until earlier this year. A spokesman for his employer BAM, the private finance contractor, said: “We were informed about this in March and suspended him the same day. The school is fully aware and was informed over an email. A local radio station posted a video showing Lisa proposing to Mr Kerr beside the beach. She can be heard saying: “Jim, we’ve been going out for just under a year and I love you so much. I wouldn’t swap you for the world and, marry me?” He is then shown smiling before quickly answering, “Yes, definitely” before the couple kiss. A spokesman for East Renfrewshire Council said: “This individual no longer works at the school. “He was never a member of council staff but was employed by the PFI (private finance initiative) contractor for the campus. Contractors are however bound by our strict codes of contact. Further investigation satisfied the council that this matter did not involve anyone who was a pupil at the school at the time.”