Patrick Klein calls out a play from the sideline during an OSU basketball game. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsPatrick Klein didn’t quite get the introduction to basketball that he expected. He wished to become a walk-on player as an Ohio State student, but things changed quickly.“I left my dorm and my friends were wishing me luck,” Klein said. “I came back and said ‘Hey, I made it, but the women’s practice team.’”Even though the position was not what he had originally envisioned, Klein rolled with the punches and quickly began working his way up the ranks of women’s college basketball, recently leading to a promotion to associate head coach of the OSU women’s basketball team.By the time he graduated from OSU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Klein — a native of Belpre, Ohio — served as a student manager for the women’s basketball team from 2004-2005.Upon earning his undergraduate degree, Klein stayed at OSU as a graduate assistant under former head coach Jim Foster from 2005-2007.Klein then moved on to the University of Illinois, where he was an assistant coach from 2008 to 2010. For the 2011-2012 season, he returned to OSU, where he spent the next five seasons as an assistant coach.“For them to make that job title for me, it was an honor,” Klein said.Although he is appreciative of the promotion, Klein has never been caught up with labels.“When you work with great people, it’s not about the titles,” Klein said. “It’s just about every day working together for that common goal.”Despite the new title, Klein’s duties for the team remain the same. He will continue to be a key contributor in the recruiting process, provide detailed analysis on OSU and its opponents and will continue to push his agenda of proving OSU has a top women’s college basketball program“One of the big things for us here is being the best, the absolute best at developing young people,” Klein said. “In order to be the best, you have to really have the opportunity to focus on the details every single day.”Coach Kevin McGuff has had Klein as an assistant coach in his first three years at OSU.“He’s done a great job since he’s been here,” McGuff said. “He’s really helped us develop the program.”Off the court, Klein has helped bring in several highly rated recruiting classes for the Buckeyes.“Really, he’s been impactful on all of the recruits that we have gotten here,” McGuff said. “He’s very much a people person and he’s got great organization skills.”Klein also helped aid the club’s scoring spike in the 2015-2016 season, when OSU scored 86 points per game to set a new school record.“I think it’s just trying to execute coach McGuff’s vision, it’s trying to play really fast and aggressive,” Klein said. “We have great players out there that play hard and create an environment where both defense and offense creates points.”Looking ahead to the upcoming campaign, Klein said he is excited to see this year’s group take the floor.“Not only from a talent standpoint, but just the chemistry and how our team has grown together. I think that makes us really special,” Klein said. “When we’re playing the schedule that we’re playing — South Carolina, Miami, UConn — these are teams that you have to be totally focused and you have to continue to be prepared. Everybody’s role is going to be important this year.”As for his coaching future, Klein isn’t in any rush to move on from his current role with the Buckeyes.“Any time that you can coach at your alma mater, it’s a really special thing.” Klein said. “I have one of the best jobs in women’s college basketball.”
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) rushes upfield with his teammates during their game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorJunior H-back Curtis Samuel has decided to enter the NFL draft, forgoing his final season at Ohio State. Samuel’s decision was arguably the most important one of any players who could have declared early.The news was first reported by Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.com, then confirmed later by Samuel on Twitter.Samuel was the glue to OSU’s offense in 2016. The do-it-all running back/wide receiver was perhaps coach Urban Meyer’s closest replica of the production he witnessed from Percy Harvin at Florida. Samuel accumulated 771 rushing yards and 865 receiving yards with 15 total touchdowns.The Brooklyn, New York, native was the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision with more than 700 yards both receiving and rushing.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett will be without his top two targets, Samuel and Noah Brown, in 2017. The departure of Samuel could lead to a starting role for freshman running back Demario McCall, who provides a speedy threat both out of the backfield and on routes.Samuel is currently ranked as the fourth overall wide receiver and sixth best running back in this year’s NFL draft according to WalterFootball.com. He will most likely be a first or second round selection.#Gobucks pic.twitter.com/5U8guwNMn7— Curtis Samuel (@CurtisSamuel4__) January 9, 2017
Ohio State football was banned from the postseason, but you can’t say the Buckeyes didn’t make progress during college football’s bowl season. OSU grabbed two coveted recruits at the linebacker position during weekend all-star games to add to a 2013 recruiting class ranked No. 3 in America by Rivals.com. The two commits fill an area of need for coach Urban Meyer’s 2013 class, which lost linebacker Alex Anzalone to Notre Dame in May. Starting linebackers Zach Boren and Etienne Sabino will be lost to graduation, leaving sophomore Ryan Shazier as the only returning starter at the position. OSU gobbled up four-star linebacker recruit Mike Mitchell of Plano, Texas, late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Mitchell, of Prestonwood Christian Academy, boasts a 6-foot-4, 216-pound frame and was ranked the third-best player in talent-rich Texas, according to Rivals.com. The weekend’s first piece of good recruiting news for OSU came Friday during the Under Armour All-American Game when four-star linebacker Trey Johnson of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Central Gwinnett High School donned an OSU ball cap to announce his decision to join Meyer’s 2013 recruiting class. Johnson stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs in at 221 pounds, according to Rivals.com. The verbal commitments from Mitchell and Johnson bring the total number of four-star players in the Buckeyes’ 2013 class to 14, according to Rivals.com. Only Notre Dame and Alabama, respectively, have classes ranked higher than OSU’s. Verbal commitments are something of an appetizer in the world of college football, with the main course coming on National Signing Day, which falls on Feb. 6. Recruits are able to put pen to paper on that day and make their commitment to a given program binding.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is greeted at home by Andrew McCutchen after hitting a three-run homer against the New York Mets on May 24, 2015, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAs the summer has heated up, so too has the playoff race in Major League Baseball.Teams have now gone through the July 31 trade deadline, are tweaking their 25-man rosters for their playoff pushes, and are looking at players who clear the waivers until Aug. 31 (most notably being Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes). These teams will be looking to get the right formula to make a strong run at the playoffs to be one of the 10 teams with a chance at obtaining the coveted World Series trophy.At this point, teams are either all in or looking at what they can manage out of this year. There are just five spots in each league to make the playoffs and only two ways to get in: winning a division crown or wild card.This year has shown us that the game of baseball can be very strange at times. For example, at this moment the best five teams, by record in order, are: the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. The National League has four of these teams, with all but Kansas City. Three of these teams are even in the same division with St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago all being from the National League Central.In the National League, if the playoffs started today the top seed would be the Cardinals, the No. 2 seed would be the Dodgers, the No. 3 seed would be the New York Mets and the Pirates would host the Cubs for the wild card game. The winner of the wild card game would move on to face St. Louis in the divisional round, with whoever winning that series meeting either the Mets or Dodgers in the National League Championship Series and a chance to play for the World Series.Going back to how baseball this year is strange, look at the third- and fourth-best teams in baseball. Both would get a wild card, and the fourth-best team even has to go on the road. Look a little closer at it, though.The best team in baseball also gets shorted due to having to play either the third- or fourth-best team in the division series. When playing a wild card, you expect it to at least be worse than most of the division winners. In the National League, bizarrely, both of the wild cards are better than the leaders of the National League East and West divisions.The Dodgers and Mets are looking to win their divisions with weaker teams, meaning they need one fewer game to play to advance to the NLCS than the better-record wild-card teams. This is only in the National League, and we haven’t even talked about the defending World Series champion, the San Francisco Giants, who are a handful of games out of the second wild card.The National League has a lot of other storylines as well, with the other two division races.The East has been between the Washington Nationals and the Mets all year. The Mets have taken over at this point, but if the Nationals can string some victories together they can make a run for it. Plus these teams still have six games remaining on the schedule against the other.The National League West is having a very typical year as of recent. The Dodgers lead the division, but only by a couple of games over the Giants. These two have been going at it all season; both teams have the right pieces to make a late-September run. These two teams have seven games left against each other.The American League may not have as many teams in the top five, but they do have some good storylines, too. Kansas City starts it off by running away with the best record in the league, as well as in the American League Central. The American League East, which started out the year as the “American League Least,” has come into form with New York Yankees leading the Toronto Blue Jays by a shred of a game. They also have seven games left between one another. The American League West is slowly turning into the most talked about division in the league. The West features the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels in a back-and-forth battle this summer. Houston sits atop right now with a slight lead over the Angels.This season still has a lot to offer with October baseball just around the corner. Teams that might be viewed as a non-contender at the moment could go on a surprising run all the way to and through the playoffs. As we work our way into September and the air gets a little colder, look for MLB to be heating up into the 2015 playoffs.
Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa coaches his unit at a fall practice on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorPASADENA, Calif. — Ryan Day is focused on the Rose Bowl. Although Day has not been shy in expressing his feelings towards taking the Ohio State head coaching job after his stint as offensive coordinator for the past two seasons under head coach Urban Meyer, the current offensive coordinator would not disclose the specifics of the position, the decisions he will make after he officially takes the job on Jan. 2. He has not disclosed information regarding his coaching staff for the 2019 season other than taking the interim tag off wide receivers coach Brian Hartline on Dec. 8. “Right now it’s all about winning this game,” Day said. “It’s on us right now. That’s where the focus is.” Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa is one of the position coaches seemingly in limbo, not knowing whether his contract will be retained when Day officially takes over. Studrawa has a similar story to many other coaches on the roster, including defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and linebackers coach Billy Davis. After leaving the offensive line coaching job at Maryland in 2015, Studrawa joined the Ohio State staff because of a close friend: Meyer. “I’m going to miss him, obviously, because we are friends,” Studrawa said. “I came back to coach for him and obviously that is a part of our relationship that I am going to miss, seeing him every day and doing those things.” Studrawa knows his job is in flux, something he said is part of the business. He said he has to focus on his current job: getting his offensive line ready for its Rose Bowl matchup with Washington on Tuesday. However, Studrawa said he has been given no indication that he would be losing his position after the leadership change from Day. He and Day have discussed plans for the future on the offensive line, significant plans that are vital for success of the line in 2019. “We’ve had discussions of when we get back, what is going to happen with the line, how are we going to get this thing moving forward,” Studrawa said. “Those things, we have talked about a plan with him being the boss.”And one of those plans has begun being implemented in bowl practice. If junior Michael Jordan returns to Ohio State for his final season of eligibility, he said Saturday he wants to return to left guard, the initial position he held with Ohio State and was an All-American for before moving to center. With Jordan back at his original position, Day and Studrawa told redshirt freshman Josh Myers he would be the leading candidate for the starting center position heading into the 2019 season. To Myers, it’s an honor to be considered for this position, following in the footsteps of who he considered to be elite guard-turned-centers: Jordan, Pat Elflein and Billy Price. As a converted center himself, Myers said it takes a level of experience, a level of confidence and vocal leadership to take charge of the position in the middle of the offensive line. Even though he may be the favorite for the position heading into 2019, he said job security is no guarantee. “It’s something I will still have to fight for,” Myers said. “I understand that it’s not going to be a position given to me. It’s an elite position with a lot of really good players that have been there in the past. It’s something I have to go win for myself. It’s not given and I understand that.” That is a recent history Studrawa was there for, molding Price, molding Elflein into two Rimington Award winners, two NFL-caliber centers after spending three years at guard. He helped Jordan, even though he is moving back to his original position next season, to have an All-American season in the middle. This was something Studrawa mentioned when talking about his own job security, talking about how Ohio State held a top-ranked offense and had All-Conference players on his line. Studrawa knows football is a business. He knows that it’s Day’s decision to make. But, at this point, Studrawa is going to continue to coach the offensive line, preparing his unit for the 2019 season. “It’s unbelievable, but you know what? That’s part of this business, everybody understands it, you know, and you hope that you’ve done a good enough job and you’ve got the proof in the pudding, and that the guy wants you on his staff,” Studrawa said. “I’ve got no indications otherwise, so I’m looking forward to getting the guys ready to play this game.”
Celtic Football Club have been warned they face legal action if they fail to meet victims of paedophile Jim Torbett.Torbett, who is the founder of the Celtic’s Boys Club was jailed for six years on Monday for sexually abusing three boys over an eight-year spell.After continuous criticism, the Gers issued a statement on Wednesday expressing “deep regret” over Torbett’s crimes.However, solicitors insist it did not go far enough and has issued the Scottish champions with an ultimatum.In a message to the Celtic board, solicitor Patrick McGuire said, according to the BBC:“Please meet with me and my clients now and let us get this situation sorted out.”Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“This is an opportunity for Celtic to right the wrongs of the past and to lead the way in Scottish football where a club believes survivors and lives up to their responsibilities.”“I truly hope you do but if not then we will see you in court.”Kenny Campbell, who’s a former player of the Celtic Boys Club, said:“What makes me so sad is the way Celtic have just ignored me and other survivors.”“I see they have issued some sort of apology but it’s not enough.”“They need to accept responsibility for what was done and settle these legal cases.”
The West Ham United boss is not happy that his team couldn’t score more goals against Liverpool in order to secure a win.Sadio Mane scored for Liverpool at the 22nd minute to lift the Reds into the lead tonight against West Ham United.Then the Hammers saw how Michail Antonio scored the tying goal at the 28th-minute mark.But then both teams lacked what it needs to score more goals, and the game ended up in a 1-1 draw.And for coach Manuel Pellegrini, the result is very disappointing.“Disappointed not to get three points. If you create four clear chances then you must score,” he told Football London during the post-match press conference.“They scored when he was one meter offside, Origi was one meter offside too, you have to be disappointed.”“He cannot complain about anything. We deserved to win,” he spoke about Jurgen Klopp’s constant complaining.“I said during the week that we need to win this game for our fans.”“Man City was my club also so maybe the manager of Liverpool didn’t like it,” he added.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We need to repeat the way we play against the big teams against Palace.”“We have 8 or 9 players injured, we have no playmakers right now, problems with all the strikers during the transfer window,” he spoke about the team’s next match.“We need to do as best as we can for the remaining 13 games.”West Ham United is currently in the 12th position of the English Premier League table with 32 points.The team is just two points away from eight-place Watford.They will now visit Crystal Palace, before resting for two weeks to play against Fulham and Manchester City at the end of February.We gave that everything 👏 pic.twitter.com/Y9Cc2QcNnd— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 4, 2019
Kolkata: A 65-year-old man was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants.The incident occurred in the Goyalpothar area near Raigunge in North Dinajpur on Saturday night. It sparked tension among locals. The victim has been identified as Nitya Gopal Bala (65). The family members of the victim lodged a complaint at the local police station on the basis of which police have started a probe. The victim used to run a stall in a nearby market at Chakulia. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe was returning home from the market after closing his stall at around 10 pm on Saturday. While walking along the road side near Lodhi village, three miscreants stopped him and shot him from a close quarter. After receiving a bullet injury in his lower abdomen, the victim fell on the road. On hearing the gun shot, locals rushed to the spot only to find him lying in a pool of blood. Locals rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMiscreants managed to flee the spot immediately after the incident. Police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder. They are investigating if the elderly man had any rivalry with anyon e. The family members of the deceased told police the victim was a good-natured person and he apparently had no rivalry with anyone. The sleuths are interrogating other businessmen in the market. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.