Young baseball squad fights through early losses remains determined to win

First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.”“We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.”Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team.“We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said.Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking.“For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said. “We’re gonna take it game by game.”With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses.“We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.”DeLucia also said his only personal expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient.While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings.Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field.“It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple.“Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.”There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive.“Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.” read more

Ohio State volleyball falls to Michigan State for first loss of the

Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) spikes the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team started its season by winning 13 straight matches, including a four set victory over then-No. 10 Michigan. The team’s winning streak came to a halt when the Buckeyes fell to No. 15 Michigan State in three straight sets.The Buckeyes (13-1) struggled early against the Spartans on Sunday, but still had a chance in each set. OSU jumped out to an 18-14 lead in the match’s opening set, but MSU fought back to take get the win, 27-25.Throughout the match, OSU struggled with passing, due partially to dominant serving from its opponent. The Spartans finished the day with eight service aces, as well as 14 errors. These problems and Michigan State’s strong serving led to OSU dropping the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-22.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary finished with 10 kills in the losing effort and said her and her teammates must use this match to grow as they move forward in Big Ten play.“We just didn’t come out strong, and we’re gonna use this, work on what we need to do this week to be ready for Indiana and Purdue next week,” Leary said.OSU coach Geoff Carlston was also impressed with the Spartans’ serving game.“We just didn’t pass very well, but in Michigan State’s defense that’s the toughest serving team I’ve ever seen,” he said.Carlston said the match exhibited poor play from some typical stars, while some others were able to step up.“We rely a lot on Kaitlyn Leary and she struggled today,” Carlston said. “I thought our freshmen really stepped up and played well.”Leary had an uncharacteristic seven errors on top of her 10 kills while freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe led the team with 12 kills while committing just one error. Sanbothe’s classmate, outside hitter Kylie Randall, added 11 kills of her own to go along with two errors.Following the first set, Carlston made a change at the libero position, as senior Julianne Mandolfo donned the scarlet jersey instead of senior Davionna DiSalvatore.“Davionna got aced three times in one set (against MSU), that’s something that can’t happen,” Carlston said. “That’s the luxury we have. They’re both really, really good and so if one is struggling, we can put the other one in and vice versa.”Carlston also shuffled his lineup late in the match, throwing sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell onto the court in the third set in hopes of extending the match.“What we had been doing the past two sets hadn’t been working,” Mitchell said.Mitchell said the team’s cohesion will have to improve this week in practice.“We kind of fell apart a little bit,” she said. “We need to bounce back as a group.”Freshman outside hitter Chloe Reinig and senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski led the way for the Spartans with 12 kills each.Even with a loss to the Spartans, the players were able to take some positives away from its win against Michigan on Friday night, especially the great play of Sandbothe and Randall, Leary said. She said she was proud to see them step up.“They both really stepped up as freshmen and we needed that, especially with me starting off a little slow, they definitely brought that and that’s what helped us win this game tonight,” Leary said Friday.Sandbothe said there were a lot of emotions for her coming into the first Michigan clash of her college career.“There’s a lot of people here, so I was a little nervous, but excited,” she said after the win against the Wolverines. “This is the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of.”The official attendance for the match against Michigan was about 4,500.Even though the Buckeyes came out victorious, the team struggled at times. OSU led the second set 22-16 before eventually losing 27-25.Randall said the team made some mistakes at the service line that contributed to the loss.“In the second game, we missed four to five in a row so I think we could definitely work on that,” she said.Carlston added that the personnel OSU had on the court in the set it lost did not leave them with a very good chance to win.“We got stuck in a rotation that we weren’t playing very well in and they were playing very well in, and that’s the game,” he said.Leary led the match with 22 kills while Sandbothe recorded 12 kills and eight blocks and Randall finished 11 kills and four blocks.OSU is set to travel to Indiana this weekend for its first road matches of the Big Ten season. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., at 7 p.m. Friday and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at the same time Saturday. read more

Softball The music behind the player

Ohio State senior infielder Ashley Goodwin powers through the ball during the exhibition game against Wright State on Sep. 24 . Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternA player’s walk-up song can say a lot about who they are. Whether they want to get the crowd excited, hype themselves up or even calm themselves down, each individual player has different reasoning behind which song they choose. Members of the Ohio State softball team shared why they chose the songs they did. Senior center fielder Taylor White“X” by Kendrick Lamar“I saw the Black Panther and it’s on the Black Panther album and it’s cool and in the beginning, it says, ‘Black Panther’ and that sounds cool. I’m basically the Black Panther.”Freshman third baseman Niki Carver“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band“Our seniors chose songs for us. I’m from Georgia and they tend to make fun of my accent and stuff like that, so I guess it was suiting to choose that song.”Senior left fielder Bailee Sturgeon“Sauce It Up” by Lil Uzi Vert“I love music and my brother actually sent me a link to some SoundCloud rapper, at the time, and it was Lil Uzi. At the time he was only kind of popular, but he just mostly had stuff on SoundCloud. I listened to him and then, as he’s gotten bigger and bigger, it’s cool for me to have that connection with him because I was there when he was just a SoundCloud rapper.”Junior shortstop Lilli Piper“Pipe It Up” by Migos“Everyone calls me ‘Pipe’ because of my last name so it was just kind of ironic and I obviously had to choose it because it was just like a popular song.”Junior outfielder Bri Betschel“I Am the Greatest” by Logic“I picked this song because when I listened to it, the beginning sounded really fun and pumped up and I knew it would sound good on our system. It just kind of gives you some confidence hearing, ‘I am the greatest.’”Junior pitcher Morgan Ray“Jump Around” by House of Pain“I chose this song because it’s always been my dad and I’s song. We would dance to it and listen to it in the car before softball games since I was like 12. It makes me calm and it makes me ready to pitch.”Junior catcher Emily Clark“Bleed it Out” by Linkin Park“I chose ‘Bleed It Out’ because it’s a song that a lot of people know. I picked the beginning because it gets me hype but calms me down at same time. I like to pick songs that will get the crowd’s attention and that will also get them going.”Senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin“Swag Surfin’” by F.L.Y.“I picked my song because some days I’m stressed out about everything going on around me and I forget how blessed I am to play this game of softball at the greatest university.”Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” by Lauren Daigle“I chose my song because I love to use my platform as a Christian athlete to show who God really is and what he does in my life every single day. The song refers to the verse Ezekiel 37.”Freshman first baseman Kallie Boren“Where The Hood At” by DMX“I didn’t actually choose the song, the seniors did. They thought it was funny because I’ve never heard of the song or DMX before.”Senior catcher Becca Gavin“Good as Hell” by Lizzo“My brother chose it for me, actually. He thought it’d be a fun song and would get me in a good mood.” read more

Valverde is still unsure if he will remain in Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has everybody in the club uncertain because he still hasn’t given any hints about a contract extension.Being the Barcelona manager is always a really stressful job for anyone who decides to take it, especially during this era in which the club is going through a successful period and Ernesto Valverde is the latest to suffer the consequences of this job. Ever since Pep Guardiola started as the manager back in 2008, the position has been filled by some very interesting managers who have left for various circumstances and abruptly ended their relationship with the club. Pep himself gave everybody a heads up and he left as the most revered manager in the club’s history, after him, followed the late ‘Tito’ Vilanova who sadly lost his battle with cancer. That loss was a huge blow for the whole club because the Catalan manager was the ideal coach to keep the style alive, but the club had to bring in a new manager and they called Gerardo Martino who only lasted a season and didn’t win a single trophy. The Argentine manager had to part ways with the club due to an alarming lack of results, patience in clubs like Barcelona is not a luxury these institutions can afford and they quickly started looking for a new manager.CALLING ALL FANS! Who can sum up today’s win with a GIF? Any takers?#BarçaPSV?? pic.twitter.com/zchSDhgmaw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018Luis Enrique’s abrupt exit.The board of directors in the Catalan club found a suitable replacement quickly in Luis Enrique, a former Barcelona player who had already managed Celta de Vigo with acceptable results for a club of its stature. This was a man who knew the Barcelona philosophy very well, but brought a fresh approach on the attack and was fortunate enough to have one of the best attacking trios in history formed by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar. His spell was also short because of the temperamental personality that he had, problems with several players quickly began to emerge and his time in the club had an expiration date. But Luis Enrique’s time in his beloved club, brought the second treble in its history and he broke many records during his time. But even if the club wanted him to stay as the manager, Luis Enrique made up his mind and left once he had already won all the trophies he could with the Blaugrana. This is how once again, the Catalan club wasn’t able to keep a manager and started looking for another suitable replacement. They also found it in Ernesto Valverde, who is still the manager today and also won trophies during his first year at the club. When he arrived, the new boss agreed on a two-year contract because he knew that managers never last in this club.? Geraint Thomas, winner of the 2018 Tour de France, in the President Suñol suite with President Bartomeu during #BarçaPSV pic.twitter.com/dskz5ioGNQDavid Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2018After winning a historic La Liga and Copa del Rey for the Catalan club, Valverde’s problems came from the board of directors rather than the players. Actually, the boss has an excellent relationship with every member of the squad but the board didn’t like him getting eliminated in last year’s Champions League against AS Roma. Right after the shocking defeat, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu came out to criticize Valverde for the result and the manager didn’t appreciate him throwing all his technical staff under the bus like that. Now that the same people who came after him last season are trying to get him to sign a new contract, Valverde is right to leave them in suspense because he feels they were disloyal towards him in the most difficult moment for the club. But this behavior from the club’s president is not new, he has repeatedly committed mistakes that the Barcelona supporters don’t appreciate and they later accept only because the club keeps winning trophies with him as the chairman. But the fans might not accept this confrontation with Valverde, the manager who has done things right in the last season and the man who has Barcelona as the top title contenders in Europe right now. Ernesto’s contract ends next summer, there hasn’t been any movement in regards to an extension and people are starting to get nervous.? Hear what the boss and players had to say after #BarçaPSV?? #ForçaBarça? https://t.co/prPMF380an— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018How far do you think Valverde will wait until he gives news about a contract extension with FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Refugee explains how football saved him from war

first_img20-year-old Gerald Mballe played at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 after fleeing Cameroon.War-torn Cameroon is sadly not the best place to live right now.Many have flown the African country, trying to look for a better place to live.And for 20-year-old Gerald Mballe, football was the best chance to get rescued and to continue playing what he loves the most.“I encountered so many difficulties when I arrived in Italy,” the 20-year-old told FIFA.com“Everything was just so new for me. They spoke a different language. There was still discrimination. I felt different. I felt barriers everywhere.”Quiz: How deep is your knowledge about Samuel Eto’o? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 It’s time for you to tell us everything you know about Samuel Eto’o. We will ask you 10 questions about the Cameroon legend. Enjoy!  “Football played a big part in helping me integrate me into society. Football is a universal language. You don’t need to speak the same language to play together. I would play in the parks and then Luigi [Petrillo], my mentor, invited to help coach a team of people with intellectual disabilities,” he added.“I received such a warm reception from them. I felt people accept me without looking at my skin color, my eyes. It was so real, so pure. I regained self-confidence, self-identity. I felt part of a group. I felt that people were listening to me.”“Because I’m not a professional coach, I used my own soccer skills to teach people. And I tried to give them responsibility and encourage them, telling them, ‘You can do it’. I told them that if we’re passing each other the ball, then we’re a team, and as a team, we can do anything,” he explained.“When I heard I was going to the Special Olympics World Games, I was extremely happy, so excited. I had previously been denied the chance to go to a tournament in the USA because I had been a refugee and couldn’t get a visa.”“I must say a big thanks to the Special Olympics because they made the impossible, possible. They’re fighting for inclusion, for integration. They said, ‘If someone wants to integrate themselves into society, why does there have to be so many difficulties for him to get a visa?’ And they made it possible,” he concluded.last_img read more

GAIL to make Rs 5000 cr investment for construction of natural gas

first_imgKolkata: GAIL (India) Limited, the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company, is all set to make a fresh investment of Rs 5,000 crore for the construction of pipelines to supply gas and CNG in Bengal in the next 5-6 years. The project is being executed as a part of Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Pipeline Project. A 555 km long pipeline will pass through eight districts in the state, such as Purulia, Bankura, Burdwan, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah, East Midnapore and North 24-Parganas. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalS Bairagi, CGM (Marketing), GAIL, was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an interactive session on ‘Gas Industry in West Bengal’, organised by FICCI at a city hotel on Wednesday. The project is expected to be completed up to Durgapur within July 2019, while it would be done up to Kolkata within July 2020. Gas pipeline will then go up to Haldia in East Midnapore. The projects will be done in various phases. Further project activities for execution of pipeline in Bengal up to Haldia and city gas distribution in Kolkata are also expected to commence shortly. The project will usher industrial development in the eastern part of the country by supplying environmentally clean natural gas to fertiliser and power plants, refineries, steel plants and other industries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBengal has significant natural gas reserves, which will boost the state’s economy and provide scope for huge employment generation in the future years, if explored commercially. State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra, who attended the programme, said that the city gas network and GAIL’s joint venture project will create more employment in the state. This will create huge employment in producing sector, consuming sector and infrastructure sector, which is the intermediation between producers and consumers.last_img read more