Andrew Miller Doesnt Have Any Saves And Hes The Best Reliever In

Zach PutnamCHA200+0.3 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Jose LeclercTEX110-0.2 Will HarrisHOU1020+0.7 Xavier CedenoTBA013-0.4 Mike MontgomeryCHN911+0.9 Nick VincentSEA613+0.5 Alex ColomeTBA1622+1.6 Tony BarnetteTEX630-0.2 Hector RondonCHN721+0.2 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Corey KnebelMIL1722+1.6 Erasmo RamirezTBA702+1.0 Kyle BarracloughMIA611+0.4 Al AlburquerqueKCA010-0.4 Eric O’FlahertyATL110-0.2 Heath HembreeBOS324-0.3 Pedro StropCHN413+0.2 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 David HernandezANA601+0.9 Brandon KintzlerMIN1221+1.1 Rafael MonteroNYN131-1.0 Fernando RodneyARI1233+0.6 Jeanmar GomezPHI411+0.2 Chad QuallsCOL100+0.2 Keynan MiddletonANA100+0.1 Ryan BuchterSDN742-0.6 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Hansel RoblesNYN422-0.2 Kelvin HerreraKCA1131+0.6 Jose AlvarezANA543-0.8 Danny FarquharTBA732-0.1 Brooks PoundersANA100+0.1 Jim JohnsonATL930+0.1 Josh OsichSFN012-0.4 Marc RzepczynskiSEA304+0.4 Mike MinorKCA1021+0.8 Adam WarrenNYA421-0.1 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Matthew BowmanSLN1023+0.6 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Aaron LoupTOR104+0.2 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Chris YoungKCA100+0.2 Sam TuivailalaSLN320-0.3 Michael FelizHOU100+0.1 Michael LorenzenCIN1010+1.0 Jeurys FamiliaNYN412+0.2 Richard BleierBAL210-0.1 Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 Carl EdwardsCHN811+0.7 Keone KelaTEX530-0.3 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.2 Josh SmokerNYN722+0.2 Jorge De La RosaARI831+0.0 Junichi TazawaMIA120-0.6 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Frankie MontasOAK100+0.1 Andrew ChafinARI033-1.1 Wade LeBlancPIT112-0.2 Ken GilesHOU721+0.3 Dan JenningsCHA012-0.4 Alex WilsonDET743-0.4 James PazosSEA613+0.5 Darren O’DayBAL722+0.3 Deolis GuerraANA720+0.3 Ryan MadsonOAK721+0.3 Koji UeharaCHN832-0.0 Sam DysonTEX361-1.7 Enny RomeroWAS733-0.2 Matt StrahmKCA221-0.4 Brian DuensingCHN300+0.4 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Miguel DiazSDN010-0.4 Mike DunnCOL501+0.8 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ J. C. RamirezANA020-0.7 Mychal GivensBAL922+0.6 Jose TorresSDN130-1.0 Joely RodriguezPHI514+0.3 Kirby YatesANA/SDN111-0.2 Joe SmithTOR1011+1.2 Roberto OsunaTOR841-0.3 Ryan TeperaTOR1120+0.9 Ryan DullOAK422-0.2 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Shane GreeneDET612+0.5 Warwick SaupoldDET001+0.0 Jeremy JeffressTEX131-0.9 Bud NorrisANA850-0.7 Matt BarnesBOS513+0.4 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Sean DoolittleOAK412+0.2 Alex ClaudioTEX524+0.0 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Juan NicasioPIT522-0.1 Jose RamirezATL920+0.5 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Steven OkertSFN524-0.1 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Brad HandSDN1232+0.5 Peter MoylanKCA302+0.5 Derek LawSFN1021+0.6 Pat NeshekPHI612+0.5 Justin WilsonDET1120+0.9 Casey FienSEA100+0.1 T. J. McFarlandARI400+0.6 Trevor RosenthalSLN1220+0.9 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Jonathan HolderNYA300+0.5 Seung-hwan OhSLN1612+1.8 Tyler PollNYN010-0.4 Hector NerisPHI1111+1.2 Jumbo DiazTBA232-0.8 Brad BrachBAL1520+1.5 Justin GrimmCHN101+0.1 Jacob TurnerWAS520-0.1 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Bryan MitchellNYA010-0.4 Edwin DiazSEA1321+1.2 David RobertsonCHA1020+0.7 Jake McGeeCOL402+0.6 Yusmeiro PetitANA712+0.7 Fernando SalasNYN422-0.2 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Tyler ClippardNYA434-0.5 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Luke GregersonHOU620+0.1 George KontosSFN531-0.5 Fernando AbadBOS300+0.5 Tony WatsonPIT1432+0.8 Jose AlvaradoTBA513+0.4 Anthony SwarzakCHA400+0.6 Cam BedrosianANA303+0.4 Ryne StanekTBA013-0.4 Mark MelanconSFN820+0.3 Addison ReedNYN1343+0.3 Matt BushTEX1020+0.8 Nick WittgrenMIA300+0.4 Nate JonesCHA410+0.2 Robert GsellmanNYN210-0.1 Luis AvilanLAN212-0.1 Wade DavisCHN1001+1.4 Jerry BlevinsNYN805+1.1 Joe KellyBOS412+0.3 Austin BriceCIN300+0.4 Taylor RogersMIN622+0.2 Jacob BarnesMIL1222+0.9 Josh FieldsLAN201+0.3 Steve CishekSEA011-0.4 Dan AltavillaSEA321-0.3 Chase WhitleyTBA521-0.0 Chasen ShreveNYA301+0.5 Travis WoodKCA331-0.6 Paul SewardNYN100+0.1 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Aroldis ChapmanNYA600+0.9 The Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller is the sort of pitcher we had in mind when we developed the goose egg, our replacement for the save stat that rewards pitchers for throwing scoreless relief innings in clutch situations. Miller isn’t the Indians’ closer — that distinction belongs to Cody Allen — and in fact, Miller doesn’t have a single save yet this season. But no reliever has contributed more to his team’s bottom line so far.Miller has appeared in 23 games, usually entering in the 7th or 8th inning. All but a handful of those appearances have come in high-leverage situations. He’s yielded just two runs — one of them unearned — while striking out 37 batters and allowing just 5 walks and 13 hits in 26.1 innings. He’s been as unhittable as pitchers get. But while Miller hasn’t earned any saves for his efforts, he does have 17 goose eggs, tying him for the major league lead. He also leads the majors in goose wins above replacement (GWAR), having added 2.3 wins to Cleveland’s tally so far. If his performance so far is the source of any disappointment, it’s that, unlike during last year’s postseason, Miller hasn’t been used in many multi-inning appearances — but that’s on manager Terry Francona, not Miller.The co-leader in goose eggs is the Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who started out as a setup man but worked his way into the closer role. We’re more interested in pitchers with less conventional usage patterns, however, and a couple of them have fallen off the pace slightly. The Astros’ Chris Devenski, who we highlighted last month for often working multiple innings at a time, is up to 15 goose eggs, but he also has 5 broken eggs (the goose equivalent of a blown save). And the Reds’ Raisel Iglesias, who’s mainly used as a closer but who often enters the game in the 8th inning instead of the 9th, is stuck on 12 goose eggs, mostly because the Reds have been playing like crap and not providing him with enough clutch situations to pitch in.You can find a complete rundown of goose stats in the table below. We’ll continue to update these numbers once a month or so. Austin PruittTBA200+0.3 Liam HendriksOAK411+0.2 Danny BarnesTOR120-0.6 Randall DelgadoARI300+0.4 Chris DevenskiHOU1551+0.3 Daniel HudsonPIT332-0.7 Robby ScottBOS206+0.3 Blake ParkerANA731-0.1 Cory GearrinSFN210-0.1 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Chad GreenNYA001+0.0 Joe BlantonWAS120-0.6 Dominic LeoneTOR223-0.4 Blake WoodCIN220-0.5 Grant DaytonLAN011-0.4 Ryan GartonTBA030-1.1 Jared HughesMIL200+0.3 Tony CingraniCIN110-0.2 Tyler DuffeyMIN410+0.2 Bryan ShawCLE912+1.1 Jean MachiSEA101+0.1 Cody AllenCLE1022+0.9 Jordan LylesCOL110-0.2 Source: Seamheads.com Joakim SoriaKCA1431+1.0 Chris RusinCOL412+0.2 Kenley JansenLAN1201+1.6 Luis GarciaPHI300+0.4 Brandon MaurerSDN850-0.8 Jake JunisKCA100+0.2 Neil RamirezNYN002+0.0 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.8 Kevin SiegristSLN610+0.4 Ryan PresslyMIN420-0.1 Jason MotteATL101+0.1 Miguel SocolovichSLN101+0.1 Ty BlachSFN101+0.1 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 Andrew MillerCLE1711+2.3 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Dellin BetancesNYA1010+1.2 Greg HollandCOL1200+1.8 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Emilio PaganSEA110-0.2 Scott AlexanderKCA210-0.1 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Blake TreinenWAS320-0.3 Shawn KelleyWAS620+0.1 Carlos TorresMIL431-0.6 David PhelpsMIA440-1.0 Matt GraceWAS110-0.2 Pedro BaezLAN222-0.5 Sammy SolisWAS110-0.2 Diego MorenoTBA010-0.4 Bryan MorrisSFN300+0.4 Matt BelisleMIN713+0.7 Koda GloverWAS712+0.6 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Jonathan BroxtonSLN120-0.6 Arodys VizcainoATL1031+0.3 Raisel IglesiasCIN1200+1.7 Kevin QuackenbushSDN110-0.2 Ian KrolATL311+0.0 Sergio RomoLAN230-0.9 Boone LoganCLE002+0.0 Alex WoodLAN301+0.4 Wandy PeraltaCIN810+0.8 Francisco RodriguezDET272-2.3 Drew StorenCIN212-0.1 Tommy HunterTBA310+0.1 Goose stats through Thursday, June 1 Archie BradleyARI1121+0.9 Felipe RiveroPIT1412+1.6 Hunter StricklandSFN710+0.6 Matt AlbersWAS413+0.2 Jesse ChavezANA010-0.4 Jason GrilliTOR331-0.6 Scott ObergCOL310+0.1 J. J. HooverARI621+0.1 Adam OttavinoCOL1132+0.6 Asher WojciechowskiCIN100+0.1 Brett CecilSLN621+0.1 Bruce RondonDET010-0.4 Neftali FelizMIL840-0.4 Daniel CoulombeOAK011-0.4 Craig KimbrelBOS1210+1.5 Oliver DrakeMIL110-0.2 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Joaquin BenoitPHI930+0.1 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Chris HatcherLAN110-0.2 Josh EdginNYN522-0.1 Brad ZieglerMIA412+0.2 Tony ZychSEA321-0.3 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 A. J. RamosMIA411+0.2 Santiago CasillaOAK931+0.2 Ross StriplingLAN541-0.8 Tommy KahnleCHA820+0.4 Edubray RamosPHI060-2.3 Oliver PerezWAS402+0.6 read more

Tom Brady Will Be Bad Eventually

The other graybeards had a rapid declineWarren Moon, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning had great seasons between the ages 39-41 after which their stats fell It’s Tom Brady’s 40th birthday, and the New England Patriots quarterback has without a doubt earned himself a heaping bowl of avocado ice cream. Brady has been one of the greatest quarterbacks ever and is playing at an age when few football players are still putting on pads, let alone producing at an elite level.Brady is coming off his second-best statistical season ever1Brady posted his second-best career single-season marks in passer rating, adjusted net yards per attempt and ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating in 2016 (his best for all three came in 2007). and arguably his greatest on-field achievement. Brady finished the 2016 regular season among the top three in nearly every major quarterback rate stat: touchdown rate, interception rate, yards per attempt, passer rating, ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating and adjusted net yards per attempt. He finished the playoffs with the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.It may appear that Brady is football’s Benjamin Button — a QB magically getting younger as he gets older. But it’s Brady’s commitment to hard work that’s the most likely source of his longevity. The offseason has been filled with stories about Brady’s anti-aging regimen, with everyone from Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop to All-Pro teammate Rob Gronkowski trying Brady’s self-care regimen. Brady even has a forthcoming book on how to replicate his age-defying performance.But despite Brady’s unwavering intent to demolish both the AFC East and time, it’s reasonable to ask how much longer he can keep this up.Brady’s 2016 season didn’t just stand out from the rest of the NFL — it towered over his own recent campaigns. Compared with his other recent seasons, 2016 almost looks like an aberration:Before the start of the 2015 season, Brady seemed to be on the decline; his rate stats in 2013 and 2014 were the worst since he first achieved All-Pro status in 2007. “Worst” is relative: Over this stretch, he was good enough to earn four Pro Bowl nods, four division titles and a Super Bowl win.Brady’s numbers improved in 2015 and then skyrocketed in 2016 — but his overall 2015 numbers don’t tell the complete story. In that season, his production started off significantly better than the previous two seasons, but he wasn’t able to sustain it:The drop-off in his level of play over the last month of 2015 was unmistakable, and it carried into the playoffs. His two-interception, four-sack, 56.4-rated passing performance in the AFC championship game was one of the worst playoff outings of his career.2Brady’s 56.4 passer rating is the second-lowest he’s ever posted in 34 playoff appearances; his two interceptions and four sacks that day are both tied for fourth-most.Unlike in 2015, Brady may have looked sharp late in the 2016 postseason because he had fewer games on the odometer — and not by his choosing. His Deflategate-related suspension for the first four games of the 2016 season not only served as a rallying cry for the entire Patriots organization, but also spared his body and arm from a month of bumps, bruises and repetitions.This season, Brady will have no such early-season sabbatical. He’ll be facing players who were born while he was in college at the University of Michigan. Thriving at his age in the NFL is certainly rare — but it’s not unprecedented. Warren Moon, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning all had a dominant season at or near age 40. But all three experienced a sudden decline in performance, as if a switch had been flipped on their ability: YEARAGEANY/APASSER RATINGRECORDANY/APASSER RATING LAST HURRAH SEASONREST OF CAREER New England seems intent on helping Brady replicate his 2016 season. This offseason, the team traded for speedy wideout Brandin Cooks to bolster the Brady arsenal. Patriots owner Robert Kraft compared the impact of this spring’s trade for Cooks to the team’s acquistion of Randy Moss in 2007. That deal sparked the greatest statistical season of Brady’s career. Some experts are projecting the Patriots to go undefeated, as they did after Moss arrived.There are a lot of reasons to believe Brady will stay excellent, from his self-care regimen to the talent around him to perhaps the best head coach in NFL history. But Favre and Manning were both playing their best football immediately before playing their worst.Brady picking up at age 40 where he left off at age 39? That would be unprecedented. ANY/A is adjusted net yards per pass attempt; regular season onlySource: pro-football-reference.com Peyton Manning2014397.68101.57-24.5267.9 Brett Favre2009407.61107.25-84.5769.9 Warren Moon1997415.8583.74-74.6974.7 read more

These Broncos Look Nothing Like The Broncos Of Two Years Ago

24Pittsburgh Steelers1990688.1540.0-148.143.8 TOTAL POINTS/GAME 5Buffalo Bills197534.955.4+20.460.7 22Washington Redskins2001729.4580.1-149.356.3 2St. Louis Rams200041.463.2+21.843.8 3Buffalo Bills197755.433.8-21.639.3 10Kansas City Chiefs1975507.9674.5+166.646.4 In the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Miami Dolphins made it to the Super Bowl on the strength of an incredible defense that allowed the NFL’s fewest yards, first downs, passing yards and net yards per pass attempt. The offense wasn’t very good, but the defense — known as the Killer Bees because the last names of six starters began with the letter B — guided the team to the Super Bowl, as Miami ranked second in points allowed and third in takeaways.Just two years later, the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl, and once again, the team was one-dimensional. But, remarkably, it was the offense that was the dominant unit, as Miami led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per pass attempt, while a second-year quarterback named Dan Marino set single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.It’s rare for a team to be incredibly dominant on one side of the ball, and then similarly dominant on the other side just two years later. By selecting Marino in the first round of the ’83 draft, Miami became one of those teams. The first overall pick in that draft, John Elway, is now the architect of another. The 2013 Broncos were a lot like the ’84 Dolphins: Peyton Manning, like Marino, set single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns, while Denver, like Miami, led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per attempt. This year’s Broncos led the NFL in yards allowed, while becoming just the fourth defense since 1970 to lead the league in both net yards per pass and yards per rush.That sort of transformation is remarkable. After losing to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver added three Pro Bowl players in outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward the following offseason. Denver then added safety Darian Stewart in March, and it has turned nose tackle Sylvester Williams and linebacker Brandon Marshall — role players on the 2013 Broncos — into starters. As a result, the 2015 Broncos defense doesn’t look or feel all that similar to the 2013 one. Only Von Miller (who missed seven games because of injury or suspension in 2013), Chris Harris Jr., Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and Derek Wolfe played at least 45 percent of the team’s snaps in both 2013 and 2015; of course, that’s a pretty excellent core to build around.1 And the Broncos added defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, long respected as one of the game’s top defensive minds.On the offensive side, the turnover has been even more drastic. The team has turned over four of its five starting offensive linemen (only guard Louis Vasquez remains), while losing starting wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker, tight end Julius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno. And offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who earned great praise for his coaching in 2013, has moved on. That means just three of the team’s offensive starters from Super Bowl XLVIII are still around, and all three — quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Vasquez — were playing a lot better two years ago. The difference is most stark with Manning, of course, who has gone from having one of the best seasons ever by a Super Bowl quarterback to one of the worst.As a result, Denver has had a remarkable turnover from an unbalanced team with an offensive identity to a one-sided team with a defensive identity. This can be seen clearly even with basic stats such as points and yards.PointsBroncos games were extremely high-scoring in 2013, as Denver and its opponents combined to average 62.8 points per game (Denver averaged 37.9, while allowing 24.9). This year, only 40.7 points are being scored in the average Broncos game, courtesy of 22.2 points by Denver and 18.5 points by opponents. That’s a decrease of 22.1 points per game in Broncos games, the largest swing, positive or negative, in any two-year stretch following a given season since 1970. 1Miami Dolphins1984552.2772.3+220.082.6% 24Kansas City Chiefs197530.244.5+14.346.4 8New Orleans Saints2012678.8851.0+172.356.3 22Cincinnati Bengals198540.554.9+14.443.8 7Denver Broncos2015813.3638.6-174.778.1 25New York Jets197749.435.1-14.321.4 7Denver Broncos201343.762.8+19.165.6 23Detroit Lions1995582.9732.0+149.162.5 13Green Bay Packers1983627.8785.9+158.250.0 15Detroit Lions199033.349.1+15.831.3 3St. Louis Rams2000584.5785.6+201.143.8 19Minnesota Vikings199838.353.3+14.975.0 16Atlanta Falcons197737.822.0-15.839.3 While yards and points are hardly perfect measures of performance, they do the job in this instance. Using 23Chicago Bears201343.457.7+14.350.0 TOTAL YARDS/GAME 20New England Patriots198247.933.3-14.559.0 9Chicago Bears1995523.1694.7+171.650.0 8San Diego Chargers198756.438.0-18.451.7 16Minnesota Vikings2006765.1609.1-155.943.8 12Oakland Raiders2006693.1531.0-162.121.9 21Minnesota Vikings199535.449.8+14.453.1 11San Diego Chargers1987800.0636.1-163.951.7 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN % 18Washington Redskins197742.927.5-15.460.7 2Atlanta Falcons1979463.4668.0+204.643.8 6San Diego Chargers1981627.4805.0+177.668.8 18Cincinnati Bengals1995566.9721.3+154.431.3 12Washington Redskins198554.638.1-16.575.0 17Cleveland Browns200733.349.0+15.750.0 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN% 5Buffalo Bills1975571.4752.9+181.460.7 14Washington Redskins200151.334.9-16.356.3 4Atlanta Falcons197922.043.0+21.043.8 Biggest two-year differences in total yards per game 6St. Louis Rams200263.242.8-20.453.1 19Green Bay Packers2011663.5816.7+153.281.3 In an interesting bit of symmetry, the 2013 Broncos show up twice on the list: Not only do they form the first leg of the 2013-2015 Broncos row, but they form the back end of the Tebow Broncos, the 2011 Denver team that snuck into the playoffs despite a very inefficient offense. Most impressively, Denver ranks as the team with the largest swing in total scoring since the merger while being excellent both years, with an average winning percentage of 0.781. Teams like the 2000 Rams made the list courtesy of some terrible years in ’98 and ’02; Denver’s appearance wasn’t due to a massive dip in quality, but from a complete transformation of its identity.YardsIf we look at total yards per game, Denver once again stands out as the team that has suffered the biggest decline. However, the Broncos are no longer the most extreme team, as the ’82/’84 Dolphins had an even larger move, albeit in the direction of more yards. In 1982, there were 552.2 total yards of offense per game — combined among the two teams — in Miami games. Two years later, that number was a whopping 772.3, which represents an increase of 220 yards per game in just two seasons. There were 813.3 total yards of offense per game in Broncos games in 2013, but just 638.6 yards of offense in Denver games this year; that difference of 174.7 yards per game is the seventh-largest shift in a two-year period since 1970. And, given the general movement toward offensive efficiency, it also stands out as the largest decline in total yards per game during this period: 10Kansas City Chiefs200657.440.4-17.050.0 13Oakland Raiders200647.631.3-16.421.9 17Pittsburgh Steelers2014608.6764.4+155.959.4 4San Francisco 49ers1979503.6685.4+181.724.1 9Chicago Bears199529.047.0+18.050.0 11New Orleans Saints198248.632.1-16.525.3 20Atlanta Falcons1980530.8682.1+151.365.6 15Atlanta Falcons1977619.5463.4-156.139.3 25Philadelphia Eagles1991638.4490.7-147.765.6 1Denver Broncos201562.840.7-22.178.1% 14Baltimore Colts1971651.9494.5-157.466.1 21Carolina Panthers2013767.4618.1-149.456.3 read more

Ohio State field hockey drops regular season finale against Michigan

OSU redshirt sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) runs with the ball while being trailed by California players during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Robert Scarpinito / Copy Chief Three goals were enough for Michigan to take down the Ohio State field hockey team on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the regular season finale.The victory is the No. 11 Wolverines’ (15-3, 7-1) ninth straight win and third straight shutout this season.  The loss drops the Buckeyes to .500 for the season and conference play.OSU (9-9, 4-4) was unable to break through Michigan’s stout defense, but even with the loss, the Buckeyes finish their season in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro had a busy day as the Wolverines outshot the Scarlet and Gray 19-1. The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, native was faced with an array of shot attempts all game long. She tallied eight total saves on the night.A little more than 11 minutes into the game, Michigan freshman forward Emma Way struck first with a rebound off a penalty corner shot. For the remainder of the half, the Buckeyes’ defense stood tall and stunted Michigan’s attempts.Nearing halftime, OSU had a window of opportunity to level the match after Michigan senior back Lauren Thomas was called for a 10-minute yellow card, meaning the Buckeyes had a one-player advantage. Four minutes later when senior midfielder Jaime Dean committed a foul, OSU had a two-player advantage but even with it, the Buckeyes could not tie the game.The Scarlet and Gray kept its deficit to just one goal for much of the second half, but with 12 minutes left on the clock, the wheels began to fall off for OSU.Thomas — back from her yellow card — converted from the top of the circle. Then redshirt senior back Mackenzie Ellis scored the game-clinching goal on a rebound off a corner shot a mere three minutes later.With the regular season in the books, OSU will begin to prepare for its opening-round matchup against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes fell to the Wildcats 2-0 on Oct. 23 in their only meeting this season. The rematch — which is the first of the tournament — is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana. read more

Kurt Coleman finding a sunny start in Philadelphia

The professional nature of the NFL means less player-bonding outside of the team than at the college level. “There’s grown men out here,” Coleman said. “They have separate lives outside of what they do at work. In college, you got guys you are going to stay with forever.” Coleman still talks regularly to many people at OSU. “We talked about (me entering the NFL) a little bit,” Hines said. “He just said, ‘Just stay focused and all of that will take care of itself and just keep playing fast.’” Coleman used the same advice to begin his career. “As long as you make the team, that’s really all that matters because what you do with your opportunities is really a reflection of yourself and your character,” Coleman said. Hard work on the field has led to some fun off of it. “I might have jumped the gun because before I made the team I bought a new car,” Coleman said. “A Cadillac Escalade.” With a new ride and a firm position on the team, Coleman is enjoying his situation. “I have been having a lot of fun out here, and it’s been a very good season so far,” he said. “It’s a fun team and a fun atmosphere and a fun city to be in.” Evege expects the Eagles to have fun with their new acquisition. “They got a heck of a ball player in Kurt,” he said. “And they definitely won’t be disappointed.” Despite being a three-year starter at Ohio State and a selection to the 2009 Big Ten All-Conference team, safety Kurt Coleman was not selected until the final round of the NFL draft. Before April’s draft, ESPN gave Coleman a grade of 40, which places him with a group of players described as “underdeveloped prospects that need extra time and coaching in order to compete for a roster spot in the NFL. NFL teams are looking for a ‘diamond in the rough’ with this type of prospect.” Knowing 243 players were selected before the Philadelphia Eagles picked Coleman gave him motivation. “I don’t really look at it like I got to prove people wrong because I know I’m going to prove myself right,” he said. “But yeah, I do have a chip on my shoulder because I feel like I was good enough to be drafted high.” Former teammates also feel he was under-appreciated. “I was a little surprised because I know the type of football player and person he is,” OSU defensive back Donnie Evege said. “I feel like the Philadelphia Eagles got a steal on him because he is definitely … first- or second-round material.” Talent aside, Coleman had to adapt to what comes with being a late selection. “I had a lot of confidence in myself that I was going to be able to come in and learn the system and perform well,” Coleman said. “As a late-round draft pick or a free agent, you have to do it fast and you have to do it often.” Coleman has not only earned a roster spot, but he is second on the Eagles depth chart at safety and one of the first off the bench in obvious passing situations. Friends in Columbus have taken notice. “I heard on special teams he is doing a great job and even getting in a little bit at safety,” OSU safety Jermale Hines said. In filling those two roles, Coleman has made 11 tackles in his young professional career. Despite his success on the field, Coleman had adjustments to make in other areas. “The thing that you do have to get adjusted to is being in the professional world, living a professional life and … going to work each and every day and doing your best,” he said. read more

Buckeyes lean on Buford early in rout of UTSA

CLEVELAND — Though the Buckeyes left Texas-San Antonio’s coach saying, “Wow,” what many thought would be a cupcake matchup got off to a slow start for the overall No. 1-seeded team. The Ohio State men’s basketball team (33-2) buried No. 16 seed UTSA, 75-46, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but for the first seven minutes of the game, only one Buckeye put points on the board. Junior guard William Buford matched UTSA (20-14) nearly shot for shot in the opening minutes, as the Roadrunners sank four of their first five shots, including one from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-5 Buckeye began with 3-for-4 shooting, including 1-of-1 from deep, accounting for OSU’s first seven points. “My teammates, they were giving me the ball and shots were open,” a soft-spoken Buford said following the game, “so I was just taking good shots and I was able to knock them down.” Freshman forward Jared Sullinger was the first of Buford’s teammates to score. With the Buckeyes trailing, 9-7, Sullinger made a game-tying layup 6:57 in. UTSA never regained the lead. The homelike atmosphere at the Quicken Loans Arena, just two hours north of Columbus, provided the Buckeyes with ample support throughout the game. Of the more than 20,000 who attended Friday’s game — the largest crowd ever to attend a college basketball game in Ohio — a vast majority were Buckeye fans. Each of OSU’s baskets was met with a roaring applause, while the Roadrunners received some audible boos throughout the contest. Freshman point guard Aaron Craft said the overwhelming crowd support made the team feel like it was playing at home in Columbus. Though Buford’s energy was all that kept the Buckeyes’ heads above water early, coach Thad Matta said the rest of the team stayed focused to come out with the win. That collective discipline paid off, as the Buckeye defense did not allow UTSA to return to enjoying the 80 percent shooting it did in the beginning. “We came out with a slow start,” Buford said, “but picked up our pace and clamped down on defense.” OSU held UTSA to 10-for-22 shooting, including only 1-of-8 from 3-point territory, in the first half. The Buckeyes entered halftime with a comfortable 37-21 lead behind 15 points from Buford, who finished the game with a team-high 18 points. “Will can do whatever he needs to do,” Craft said. “He’s definitely willing to take his shots, and he knocked them down.” The Roadrunners’ shooting success only diminished as the game wore on, and the Buckeyes’ 16-point halftime lead inflated to as large as 38 in the second half. OSU held UTSA to just 25.8 percent shooting in the second, at times more than doubling the Roadrunners’ score. “We wanted to send a message out today,” Buford said, “and let people know we’re here to take care of business.” UTSA coach Brooks Thompson heard that message loud and clear. “Wow,” he said. “They’re good.” Despite his team’s second-round thrashing, Matta said the Buckeyes don’t take anything for granted as they look toward their next matchup and a tougher road ahead in what many call the tournament’s most competitive region. “Every step you take in the NCAA Tournament forward,” he said, “you’re going to play a better basketball team.” The Buckeyes will move on to the tournament’s third round, in which they will face No. 8 seed George Mason (27-6) on Sunday. Minutes before the OSU-UTSA opening tip, the Patriots clawed back from a consistent second-half deficit to defeat No. 9 seed Villanova (21-12), 61-57. OSU forward David Lighty, who contributed eight points in the Buckeyes’ victory, said George Mason is a team that’s good enough to make it to Houston. “They’re no cupcake,” the fifth-year senior Buckeye said. “When you hear ‘George Mason,’ you hear about a team going to the Final Four.” The Buckeyes and Patriots will tip off at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena. OSU has not won a national title since 1960, but Devin Gibson, who netted a game-high 24 points and was the only Roadrunner to post double-digit points Friday, said this could be its year. “I think they play how a championship team plays inside out,” the senior point guard said. “They passed the ball around and just found the open man and made shots — what a championship team does.” read more

Penn State hit with 60M fine vacates all wins since 1998

After a university-wide cover up of a child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the NCAA struck Penn State with a $60 million sanction and must vacate all wins since 1998. Penn State will lose 40 scholarships over the next four years in addition to a bowl ban and Big Ten championship ban over that same duration. That will reduce the football team to 65 scholarships by the 2014 season. The NCAA has permitted all current Nittany Lions players, if they wish, to transfer immediately. At a Monday morning press conference at the NCAA’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., the NCAA delivered perhaps the harshest penalty in the history of college sports. The NCAA and its president, Mark Emmert, said Penn State’s behavior was “egregious” and that it contradicted not only basic bylaws but “our value system” and “basic human dignity.” It was a “conspiracy of silence,” he said, that needed to be corrected. Emmert called Penn State’s day of reckoning a “gut check” and said its swift and severe punishment was in part to send a message of what may happen when athletics begin to overwhelm “the core values of an institution.”. “That’s the balance that every university needs to strike,” Emmert said. Over the next 10 weeks, the NCAA will help Penn State implement a “culture change” and will develop an athletics integrity agreement which will provide “a roadmap for changing the culture inside athletics” and putting in place “more formal control structures.” Next, at the university’s expense, Penn State must appoint an external third-party monitor who will report quarterly for the next five years to the NCAA, the university’s board of trustees and the Big Ten conference. For his part, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said that it was a “sad day.” “It is a sad day and our thoughts continue to be with the victim,” Smith said in a statement obtained by The Lantern. “Mark Emmert and Ed Ray spoke eloquently today about the NCAA’s decision.” The NCAA’s ruling is just the latest episode in what has been an ongoing saga in State College, Pa. On July 12, a university-funded investigative report by former FBI director, Louis Freeh, found that former Penn State president, Graham Spanier, former vice-president Gary Schultz, athletic director Tim Curley and former, late football coach, Joe Paterno, all aided in concealing allegations of child sexual abuse since 1998. Emmert applauded Penn State’s Freeh report as an “unprecedented degree of openness.” Sunday morning, Penn State officials made the call to take down the statue of Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium. Of the 112 Penn State victories, 111 of them were Paterno’s, dethroning him as college football’s all-time wins leader. read more

Opinion No matter Ohio State vs Michigan allegiance all should support Austin

When Michigan’s next basketball recruiting class takes the court for the first time, Ohio State fans might have to second-guess their usual reaction because of one player with a hard-to-believe story.Two plane crashes in the span of eight years. The first, in 2003, took the lives of his mother, brother and sister. The second, in 2011, killed his father and stepmother and left him in a medically induced coma for nearly two months.Austin Hatch, who at the time was living in Fort Wayne, Ind., had committed to play basketball at the University of Michigan just 10 days earlier.Three years later, Hatch is back in the news, only this time, it was for all the right reasons.Now 19 and playing for Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Hatch returned to the basketball court last Wednesday and sank the first shot he attempted in a comeback story that would make anyone come close to tears.As if that was not enough, John Beilein, coach of the Michigan Wolverines, has said he will honor the scholarship that Hatch earned before the plane crash.What a class act.During a time where winning is everything, and every scholarship matters, Beilein is honoring a commitment made to a player who deserves to put on a jersey every single night.Too often in today’s day and age, the sports world is overrun by individuals who are in the news for solely negative reasons instead of those who deserve recognition.It’s a shame that Hatch has had to deal with a great amount of adversity at such a young age, but I know one thing is certain: he has handled it better than I ever would have.Call it a miracle if you will, but at the end of the day, Hatch has displayed perseverance that gives a whole new meaning to the word resilience.Ultimately, when Hatch steps onto the floor next season for the University of Michigan, I know I’ll be watching, cheering for him and Beilein to succeed, regardless of who they are playing.I hope you all will too. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State going for fourthstraight win against Rutgers

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorThe No. 13 Ohio State women’s basketball team (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) has bounced back from a three-game losing streak with three wins in a row. Despite the recent success, the Buckeyes face a formidable opponent in Rutgers (18-7, 6-5 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Thursday for a chance to win their fourth straight game.During their three-game win streak, the Buckeyes have averaged 17.6 assists per game, three higher than their season average. Their ball movement has improved after a rough stretch earlier in the season and will be a focal point heading into the matchup against the Scarlet Knights, who create a conference-leading 12.5 steals per game.The matchup features one of the Big Ten’s top offenses facing the top defense. Ohio State is ranked first in the conference when it comes to scoring with 86 points per game, while defensively Rutgers’ stingy defense allowed 57.1 points per game. The Buckeyes will try to limit the production of Rutgers senior guard Tyler Scaife, who missed last season due to open-heart surgery. Scaife leads the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game. Rutgers does not have another player who averages more than 7.2 points per game.“They have some really talented players. Scaife is one of the best perimeter players in the country; they have other kids playing well,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said.Rutgers previously lost four straight games before upsetting then-No. 13 Michigan. While their conference record shows otherwise, the Scarlet Knights are not a team to be taken lightly. McGuff said limiting Scaife will be a priority, but emphasized the importance of playing strong team defense.“Really talented, great defensive team, they got a lot of athletic ability,” McGuff said. “Sometimes we can overwhelm people with speed, quickness and athletic ability, but that’s not going to be the case on Thursday.”In its last game, Rutgers was able to pull off a 63-56 win against Michigan, a team Ohio State has struggled against in two meetings this season. Ohio State won in overtime at Michigan, but lost on its home floor a week later.Thursday’s matchup will be the only matchup between Rutgers and Ohio State this season, and their first meeting since Ohio State’s 28-point win last February.Ohio State will lean on seniors Kelsey Mitchell and Stephanie Mavunga against the Scarlet Knights. Mitchell leads the Big Ten with 24.5 points per game, while Mavunga averages a double-double with 15.8 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game.Injury hampers rotationRedshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman sustained a neck injury in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. She was carted off the court and taken to a local hospital. Waterman has since been released from the hospital and is back with the team. After initially being put in a neck brace for precautionary reasons, Waterman said she was told she had no structural damage to her vertebrae and could remove the brace. McGuff said she is now day-to-day with a stiff neck. She said she is prioritizing her range of motion and doing her best to loosen up and get back with the team.Ohio State is already challenged with depth, given it plays a tight eight-player rotation. With the lack of depth, an injury to Waterman will be noticeable and she will be missed on the court. Waterman, who plays almost 17 minutes per game, is fourth on the team in rebounds with 3.9 per game and assists with 1.3 per game. read more

Football No 3 Ohio State survives defensive struggles defeats Minnesota 3014

Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) catches a 41-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Ohio State’s matchup against Minnesota. Ohio State won 30-14. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State defense came out showing it may have learned from its mistakes from the week before. After allowing 22 yards on three plays, including a 13-yard reception by Minnesota junior wide receiver Tyler Johnson, redshirt freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad took a shot, something Indiana did many times against the Buckeyes’ press man coverage. Instead of another reception on a 50/50 ball by the offense, Ohio State redshirt junior cornerback Kendall Sheffield picked the ball off, recording his second interception of the season. The Sheffield interception could have been a launching point for the Ohio State defense. However, when the dust settled, the shock of the interception wore off, the defense struggled in some of the same ways it had before in the first half.However, after shutting out the Golden Gophers in the second half, No. 3 Ohio State  had enough to defeat Minnesota 30-14 for the Buckeyes’ seventh-straight win.After the Sheffield interception, the Minnesota offense had its way with the Ohio State defense. Utilizing an offensive line that pushed the Buckeyes defensive line around up front, allowing no pass rush and creating holes for the backs, the Golden Gophers recorded two touchdown drives in the first half, taking over nine minutes off the clock on a combined 20 plays.Minnesota redshirt freshman running back Mohamed Ibrahim took advantage of the room to run, recording 105 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns in the first half. He finished the game averaging 7.3 yards per carry, with 146 yards on 20 carries.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was not pleased with the performance of the rush defense and saw similar problems in the passing game, especially in the first half.“That player, their back had 160 yards rushing against us, and that’s not acceptable,” Meyer said. “And like you said, he was only 13 of 23, but I see the same thing, those slants, and we are — we’re a team that challenges every throw, and when you get beat, that’s a problem. So that’s something that’s not a strength right now.”Despite allowing 149 yards in the second half, with backs averaging 4.6 yards per carry, Ohio State did not allow a Minnesota score in the second half, something Meyer said, along with the turnovers, was the difference in the game. Offensively, the storylines for Ohio State stayed the same from its victory against Indiana. Despite the increased awareness of run blocking by both the offensive line and tight end positions in the days leading up to Saturday’s win, Ohio State still struggled, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Redshirt junior running back Mike Weber led the team with 13 carries, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins added added 35 yards on 10 rushes, averaging less than four yards per carry for his third straight game. However, the running game did not keep Haskins from continuing his success in the passing game from last week. With a 7-3 deficit in the first quarter, Haskins found redshirt senior receiver Terry McLaurin for a 41-yard score, McLaurin’s seventh of the season and his third in two games. McLaurin wasn’t Haskins’ main target, though. Beginning the game with a 42-yard reception in the first drive, redshirt junior K.J. Hill was the go-to for the redshirt sophomore quarterback. Hill erased Ohio State’s 4-point deficit in the second quarter. After Haskins overthrew him, the redshirt wide receiver brought the ball down on a one-handed catch, running it in for the 36-yard score.“It shows just more trust in the quarterback that, you know, if I can catch it one hand, I’ll definitely catch it two hands,” Hill said. “As a team, you know, I feel like that gave us momentum. I just tried to make a play and give us a spark.”Hill finished the day with a career-high 187 yards receiving on nine receptions, extending his streak of 27 consecutive games with a reception. He added another touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 27-yard touchdown pass from Haskins.Haskins finished the game completing 33 of 44 pass attempts for 412 yards, his second straight game of at least 400 yards through the air, with three touchdown passes.As the first quarterback in Ohio State history to ever throw for 400 yards twice in a career, Haskins said the Minnesota defense proved to be a tough challenge for the offense, but will use their performance as something to grow from.“The offense, not everything’s going to be pretty,” Haskins said. “There’s going to be adversity no matter who we play, especially a team like Minnesota. They’re a great defense. We just had to fight through adversity, made the plays when they mattered, and that’s a good learning tool for next week.”Annexstad continued to move the ball against the Ohio State offense in the fourth quarter. But after starting the drive with a 41-yard completion after a double-reverse, the redshirt freshman quarterback threw a prayer into the endzone, which was intercepted by sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, securing the victory for the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior kicker Sean Nuernberger was sidelined from the game Saturday after suffering what Ohio State called a “minor strain.” In his absence, sophomore kicker Blake Haubeil connected on three field goal attempts, making a 47-yard field goal in the third quarter. Junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper and junior linebacker Malik Harrison also did not play in Ohio State’s win over Minnesota, both sidelined with concussions. Meyer also said redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette and redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers suffered injuries in Saturday’s win over Minnesota. Sophomore left tackle Thayer Munford left the game with an injury in the third quarter and did not return. Meyer said, after the game, Munford rolled his ankle and has “a little bit of a hip issue,” but expects him to be ready to play next week. No. 3 Ohio State will try and continue its winning streak as the Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to take on Purdue at 7:30 p.m next Saturday. read more