– ‘Not a walk in the park’ –“To be honest with you it really did upset me a bit,” said van Niekerk.“The amount of respect I have shown each and every competitor, including Makwala, and for him to come out and mention my name amongst something fishy with the IAAF, knowing how hard I have been working…“I have been putting out great performances for two years now and I definitely deserve way more respect from my competitors.“I wouldn’t say it affected me, but I expected more from someone I have been competing against for years now.“There has been continued respect, and for him to come out with that was a bit disappointing.”Van Niekerk said he was delighted with the performances of several other South Africans at the championships and the fact that his achievements have helped persuade others to take up the sport instead of opting for the more traditional ones of football, cricket or rugby.However, he had a warning for them.“I wish they could be a bit more patient and respect the process as well,” said van Niekerk.“It is not a walk in the park, you need to take it step-by-step and learn from your experiences and take it from there.“The youngsters who are coming through now get it a bit easier than we got, we had to fight a bit harder.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayde van Niekerk says he is building his own “image and brand” and doesn’t want to be tagged as the successor to track and field legends Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson.The 25-year-old South African 400 metres world record holder just missed out on emulating Johnson’s feat of the 200/400m world championship double, which the American achieved in the 1995 championships, when he took silver in the 200 metres on Thursday behind surprise winner Ramil Guliyev of Turkey.He had successfully defended his 400m world title earlier in the week.Nevertheless, van Niekerk, who was unusually emotional after the race, raising his arms in celebration when he heard he had finished second, said he believed his effort had been “successful”.However, he dismissed comparisons with either Johnson — whose 400m world record the South African shattered when he won the Olympic title last year — or 100/200m world record holder Bolt, who is competing in his final global championships.“I will never try and fill Usain’s shoes, or Michael’s,” said van Niekerk.“I’ve shown enough dominance, hard work and performances to start building my own image and brand.“I have the utmost respect for Usain and he is the one I have been watching over the last few years. I have got to know him quite well and I thank him for what he has done for the sport.“This week is the perfect time for us to honour him.”However, van Niekerk, who is coached by 74-year-old ‘Auntie’ Ans Botha, tore up the script with regard to his normal generous and complimentary remarks about his rivals when it came to Botswana’s Isaac Makawala, who made allusions to the South African and the sport’s governing body colluding to have him barred from the 400m so the double dream could stay alive.Makwala, who finished out of the medals in the 200m, had been barred after being diagnosed with the highly contagious norovirus — something both he and his team hotly-contested — and under British health rules had to be placed in quarantine for 48 hours.
24 June 2014The 2014 Mandela Day Marathon, to be run from Pietermaritzburg’s Imbali Township, where Nelson Mandela made his final speech before his imprisonment for 27 years, to Howick, where he was arrested in 1962, takes place on 31 August.The event has a R1-million purse, but for most of the thousands of competitors expected to participate in the marathon and its associated events, it will be more about an opportunity to honour the great man’s legacy.Now in its third year, the marathon will celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, with runners tackling what race administrator Johan van Staden, of KwaZulu-Natal Athletics, has described as “one of the hardest marathon routes in the world”.Around 10 000 athletes and 25 000 spectators are expected to converge on the province’s Midlands region for the race, while millions more will enjoy live television coverage on SABC2.‘Economic impact’“The envisaged economic impact is R80-million, with benefits for the local rural community, hospitality industry, transport and service suppliers,” Yusuf Bamjee, the uMgungundlovu District Municipality’s Mayor, said at the official on-site launch on 12 June.Also speaking at the launch, provincial minister for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the marathon would showcase KwaZulu-Natal to South Africa and the world.“They will see our province as an example of rapid socio-economic development and increasing prosperity, and as a desirable destination for domestic and international tourism and investment,” she said.The KwaZulu-Natal Athletics Association, official hosts of the event, said it was committed to delivering “a fully IAAF-compliant race, with strong emphasis on safety and security”.Race routeThe route starts at the Manayi Hall in Imbali, where Mandela, in his last speech as a free man, uttered his now-famous quote: “One person, one vote. Amandla awethu (the strength is ours).”The race ends in Howick, at the official capture site where Mandela was stopped at a roadblock on 5 August 1962.In addition to the 42.2km Mandela Day Marathon, there will be a 46664 race for invited celebrities, Members of Parliament, national and provincial sponsors and VIPs, a 10km race and, for the first time, a 21km race. The number 46664 is famous as Mandela’s prisoner number while he was incarcerated on Robben Island.Bongumusa Mthembu, the 2014 winner of the Comrades Marathon, will join veteran long-distance running stars Bruce Fordyce and Willie Mtolo and a number of radio personalities who have been chosen as ambassadors for the race.‘Very humbling’“It will be very humbling for me to run in this race for the first time, commemorating this great man. I am not out to win, but will be supporting others along the way,” Mthembu said.On the day before the big races, Saturday, 30 August, there will be a 5km children’s race, 10km and 42km mountain bike races, and a 10km trail-running race.The overall male and female marathon winners will each receive R50 000, while the first South African and first KwaZulu-Natalian home will also be rewarded.The proceeds of the marathon will be used to bolster the many philanthropic projects initiated by Nelson Mandela in support of the less fortunate.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The cool, wet conditions that have been tough for planting corn and soybeans have been great for wheat growth and development. The conditions may also be setting up nicely for diseases, however.Wheat is starting to head out in some parts of Ohio and now is the time to keep a close eye on disease issues.“On average, it usually takes about five days from full head emergence (Feekes 10.5) to flowering, and flowering is usually over in about the same number of days. However, flowering could take a bit longer to occur and the flowering window could be much wider under cool conditions similar to those forecasted for the next week or so,” wrote Pierce Paul and Jorge David Salgado with Ohio State University Extension in a recent CORN Newsletter. “Once wheat begins to flower, scab and vomitoxin become our biggest concerns. It is therefore time for a refresher on head scab, and some useful tips to help you use the scab forecasting system to monitor the risk of this disease.“Scab develops best and the risk is highest when wet, humid weather conditions occur during flowering. These conditions favor the production of spore by the scab fungus, Fusarium graminearum, infection of the wheat heads, development of the disease, and production of vomitoxin. Scab not only affects wheat, it also affects barley and other small grains, causing significant grain yield and quality losses, particularly if the variety is susceptible and the right fungicide is not applied at the correct growth stage.”The challenge, of course, is that it is hard to scout ahead of time to monitor and treat head scab in wheat.“Unlike foliar diseases, you cannot wait until you see scab symptoms to make a fungicide application,” they said. “It usually takes two to three weeks for symptoms to develop; by that time it is too late to apply a fungicide. If it rains and you cannot apply the fungicide at the recommended flowering stage for wheat or heading for barley, you can still get good control with applications made about four to six days after the recommended time.”The scab risk tool at http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/ can be used to effectively monitor the risk for scab and as a guide for making fungicide application. The tool is currently showing that the risk is moderate to high in much of Ohio for wheat already flowering.While head scab is of greatest concern in wheat, it is not the only concern. Mark Apelt, a regional products specialist for Beck’s Hybrids, recently pointed out some other possible concerns for the wheat crop.“We are starting to see stripe rust enter several wheat fields in southern Ohio,” Apelt said. “The disease has progressed rapidly in some wheat fields due to the cooler temperatures we have been experiencing. Stripe rust thrives during temperatures in the mid-60s, which is exactly where our temperatures have been over the past few weeks. Stripe rust does not progress as rapidly at temperatures over 80 degrees.”In addition, the wheat spindle streak virus has also been found in Ohio.“This disease can also cause some yellowing on the leaves, but does not have the orange pustules that wheat stripe rust has. The disease also proliferates with cooler temperatures. Wheat spindle streak is a virus and cannot be controlled by fungicides. Warmer temperatures will stop the spread,” Apelt said.Another possible issue to watch for is an armyworm problem.“Although I have not seen any armyworms yet, there is still a chance that these may still become a problem. Consider using an insecticide if you decide to use fungicides for head scab or stripe rust. There were some significant captures of armyworm adults at the end of March and early to mid-April that could cause problems as the larvae continue to grow,” Apelt said. “The good news is that we have the potential for some very high-yielding wheat this year. We’ve had a lot of fall tillers, very little winter kill, and large head size from what I have seen. The cooler temperatures have also been beneficial as that is when wheat performs best. “
DETROIT — General Motors’ planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city known for “putting America on wheels,” but the closure and job losses are not expected to stall-out Detroit’s comeback since its 2014 bankruptcy exit.Experts say a more tech-driven and medical industry economy is moving Detroit further from a reliance on manufacturing and that GM’s downsizing in the name of cost-cutting and investment in autonomous and electric vehicles won’t hurt as much as past mass layoffs and plant closings.Detroit once was home to about a dozen massive assembly plants. A Fiat-Chrysler facility on the east side would be the last if GM closes its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. About 1,500 people work at the GM plant while Fiat-Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue plant employs about 5,000. Fiat-Chrysler reportedly plans to reopen a former engine plant on the city’s east side to make Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs with three rows of seats starting with the 2021 model year.“Manufacturing is now a tech industry — you don’t have to hire as many people to make as much stuff,” said Ned Staebler, president and chief executive of the small business incubator TechTown Detroit. “It’s not just General Motors. Every major OEM (original equipment manufacturer), major manufacturer is going through similar processes. It’s a trend that is going to continue.”GM wants to close four facilities in the United States and one in Canada. Nearly all of the 8,000 white-collar jobs GM expects to cut company-wide would be at the automaker’s technical centre just north of Detroit in Macomb County’s Warren.Some of the 3,300 global blue-collar job losses would come from the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and a transmission facility in Warren.The jobs account for only .2 per cent of local county employment “muting the immediate effect of the plant closures,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a report.That means there is less reliance on those jobs and plants to supply tax dollars needed to help pay for city services and fill out Detroit’s operating budget.But, Moody’s wrote, the impact could grow “as GM reduces salaried employees, if reduced production hurts ancillary suppliers or if there is a broader slowdown in the industry.”Detroit will experience some loss of tax revenue from the plant and people working there, said law professor Anthony Sabino of the Tobin College of Business at St. Johns University in New York.Owners of shops and restaurants that catered to those workers will be impacted, too.“This will not derail the (city’s) 21st century renaissance. They are working from a solid foundation. If this had happened prior to the city’s reorganization it could have been far more harmful,” Sabino said.Detroit was about $12 billion in debt before filing for bankruptcy in 2013. Much of that was erased or restructured allowing the city to improve services, like police and fire, and invest in neighbourhoods.Detroit’s general fund balance was about $595 million at the end of the 2017 fiscal year, compared to a deficit of about $73 million that the city faced at the end of the 2013 fiscal year following years of a plummeting population and tax base.A $36 million operating surplus was expected for the fiscal year 2018.A 30-year jobs forecast by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments forecasts manufacturing jobs in Detroit falling from 23,000 three years ago to 16,000 by 2045. Over that same time, professional and technical services, corporate headquarters, administrative, support, waste services and health care jobs are expected to rise.Preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics pegged unemployment in Detroit in September at 7.9 per cent. While this is still well above the U.S. rate of 3.7 per cent, Detroit’s unemployment has been dropping since January 2014 when it was nearly 18 per cent. Detroit’s unemployment rate was 28.9 per cent in June 2009.Preparing Detroit’s workforce for non-manufacturing jobs is one of the next hurdles.Mayor Mike Duggan has said more residents are enrolling in Detroit At Work free training programs. The programs offer training and certifications for jobs that include information technology, truck driving, health careers, computer networking and culinary arts.But many people in the city are not prepared for tech-related jobs that are in Detroit or on the way, said Ida Byrd-Hill, president of Detroit-based Uplift Inc. which provides computer programming language training.“A lot of the training programs have not really reached out to women or people of colour,” said Byrd-Hill, who added that funding has been limited for local tech-training providers.Companies are looking for more educated and tech savvy workers, especially those with critical thinking, communications, collaborating and team building skills — someone who is “able to think critically about when to use the appropriate piece of technology,” said TechTown’s Staebler.With Ford also considering thousands of white-collar cuts, Detroit-area auto industry workers may find it difficult to find new jobs or match their salaries if they go to other industries, said David Kudla, CEO of Mainstay Capital Management in Grand Blanc, Michigan, which advises many auto industry employees. “You’re going to be going out in a marketplace where everybody is cutting back,” he said.Those with skills in developing autonomous or electric vehicles will have an easier time finding work, Kudla said.He suggests that workers cut expenses and build savings to be ready in case of layoff.Still, there’s a human element to a possible Detroit-Hamtramck closure, assembly line worker Dnitra Landon told the Detroit Free Press.“I know you’re a big business, but what about the people who make you a big business?” Landon, 55, said of GM. “Everybody in here is a survivor and we’re going to survive no matter what happens.”___Associated Press writers Jeff Karoub and Tom Krisher, both in Detroit, contributed to this report.Corey Williams, The Associated Press
TORONTO — One of Canada’s largest distributors of vinyl records has shut down with little notice — leaving some retailers scrambling to find alternate suppliers and raising questions about higher prices.RPM Distribution, based in Concord, Ont., notified its clients by email on Monday that it would be “closing all operations effective immediately.”The move instantly put a stop to vinyl shipments for many smaller music shops, including Revolution Records in Hamilton.Owner Scott Bell says he’s relied on RPM to supply about 70 per cent of his new inventory, most which came from major label Universal, home of Bruce Springsteen, Imagine Dragons and an extensive hip hop catalogue.Other retailers leaned on RPM for an even larger chunk of their supply, Bell says, and some are worried about the fallout, which could include higher prices or a shortage of new titles.“I’ve not stopped talking about it,” he said of many calls he’s received from his friends in the retail industry.“Nobody knows. Everybody’s wondering what everybody else is doing.”Bryan Munn of Royal Cat Records in Guelph, Ont., says he first realized something was amiss when his post-Christmas restock order didn’t show up last week.“I’m already finding it a little bit difficult to get some regularly stocked items,” Munn says.He suggests customers keep a close eye on vinyl prices in the coming weeks, as the lack of supply drive them higher at some stores.The resurgence of vinyl has seen its share of casualties in recent years, despite the steady upswing in sales.Two years ago Calgary-based player Canada Boy Vinyl, one of the country’s only pressing plants, closed down little more than year after it opened.Despite the industry hurdles, vinyl sales rose over 21 per cent last year according to Nielsen Music Canada, selling more than 975,000 units. David Friend, The Canadian Press Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
MINSK, Belarus — The leader of Belarus has warned Russia that it could lose its ally if it fails to offer compensation for higher oil prices.President Alexander Lukashenko’s statement comes amid a bitter energy dispute that has marred close ties between the two neighbours and allies.The Belarusian leader, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation of 10 million with an iron fist for nearly a quarter-century, has relied on loans and cheap energy from Russia. Belarus has exported oil products made with cheap Russian oil, and Moscow’s decision to charge a higher price for crude supplies will cost it billions of dollars in lost revenue.Lukashenko warned Thursday that Russia’s refusal to offer compensation could result in “the loss of its only ally in the West.” He ordered officials to find alternative revenue sources.The Associated Press
Head coaches that began no wins through seven games, 1970-2015 1976John McKayBuccaneersYear 2944-88-133.5 2001Marty MornhinwegLions1325-2715.6 2009Raheem MorrisBuccaneers8317-3135.4 1984Hugh CampbellOilers1128-2226.7 YEARCOACHTEAMFIRST WIN IN GAME…SEASONS AS HEAD COACHRECORDWIN % 1979Bill Walsh49ers81092-59-160.9 1978Bud WilkinsonCardinals929-2031.0 Raheem Morris’s tenure in Tampa Bay is mostly remembered for how badly it ended, but it didn’t start off well, either. In 2009, his first season with the Bucs, the team started 0-7. Tampa Bay finished 3-13 and went 4-12 in 2011, the campaign that cost Morris his job. Those two terrible years were sandwiched around a surprising 10-6 season. 1971Harvey JohnsonBills1111-137.1 Although the recent examples are pretty ugly — and caution against giving any unsuccessful head coach too long of a leash — there are two inspiring names on the list for Browns fans.The late ‘80s Cowboys were a mess, just like the current Browns. In 1988, Dallas went 3-13, and replaced legendary head coach Tom Landry with Jimmy Johnson. The Cowboys went 1-15 in Johnson’s rookie season, with the sole victory coming in Washington in Week nine. Johnson quickly turned around the Cowboys in part because of his ability to accumulate high draft picks, a strategy that Jackson’s Browns are currently employing.Those Cowboys have been the blueprint for preaching patience in coaching, particularly when a coach takes over a bad team. Dallas went 36 straight games from 1988 to 1990 as underdogs; Johnson’s Cowboys weren’t favored to win a game until the 30th game of his coaching tenure. And this year’s Browns have been underdogs in every game this season, a sign of the poor roster Jackson is coaching.2Of course, Bradley’s Jaguars had a similar story: They weren’t favored until his 31st game. Inheriting a terrible roster sometimes means a team has to get worse before it can get better, and that’s exactly what happened in Dallas: The Cowboys went 1-15, 7-9, 11-5, 13-3 and 12-4 in Johnson’s five seasons with the team, with those last two campaigns ending in Super Bowl championships. 3Dallas also won another Super Bowl two years later, with Barry Switzer as head coach.And then there is Bill Walsh, the legendary 49ers coach who won three Super Bowls during his decade with the team. He inherited a San Francisco roster that was low on talent: The team sunk to 2-14 in 1978, and was without a first round pick in 1979 (which turned out to be the first overall pick) after trading those rights to Buffalo for O.J. Simpson the previous year.San Francisco went 0-7 out of the gate in 1979 under Walsh, eventually finishing 2-14. And the 49ers improved to only 6-10 in 1980, before Walsh’s influence on the team began to take hold. From 1981 to 1988, San Francisco won over 70 percent of its games, the best mark in the NFL, and won three Super Bowls. And as with Johnson, the fruits of his work yielded additional success after he left, with the 49ers winning a fourth Super Bowl in 1989 and a fifth in 1994.For Jackson and the new Browns regime, expectations were very low entering the season. That makes it impossible to know whether this 0-7 start is more like a Bradley or Gailey 0-7, or a Johnson or Walsh 0-7. The likely reality is that many of the players responsible for the next great (or even good) Browns team aren’t currently on the roster. Johnson and Walsh selected Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Joe Montana in their first drafts, which laid the groundwork for the success years later. But that franchise quarterback is probably not on the current roster for Cleveland, with the team expected to take one early in the 2017 draft. That means, at this point, Cleveland sports fans anxious to figure out whether Jackson will be the league’s next great coach will have to wait. Fortunately for Cleveland fans, they still have the Indians and the Cavs.CORRECTION (Oct 28 6:55 p.m. EDT): A table in an earlier version of this article contained several errors. Six coaches were incorrectly included in the chart and have been removed: Rick Venturi, Ron Meyer, Chuck Studley, Dick Stanfel, Homer Rice, and John McVay. Two coaches who should have been included have been added: John McKay and Frank Kush. Bud Wilkinson coached two seasons with the Cardinals, not one, and compiled a 9-20 record, not a 6-10 record. Forrest Gregg coached three seasons with the Browns, not two, and compiled an 18-23 record, not a 12-16 record. Harvey Johnson coached only one season with the Bills after 1970, not two (though he did coach in 1968). Chan Gailey, like Jackson, was hired to cure an anemic offense. The 2009 Bills ranked 29th in offensive DVOA, prompting the hiring of Gailey, a coach with a long history on that side of the ball. Buffalo started the 2010 season 0-8 before Gailey got his first win; he lasted three years in Buffalo and went 16-32. 1982Frank KushColtsYear 2311-28-128.8 2009Steve SpagnuoloRams8310-3820.8 2007Cam CameronDolphins1411-156.3 2013Gus BradleyJaguars9414-4125.5% 2010Chan GaileyBills9316-3233.3 1975Forrest GreggBrowns10318-2343.9 1999Chris PalmerBrowns825-2715.6 1989Jimmy JohnsonCowboys9544-3655.0 Cam Cameron was hired to fix the Miami offense. In 2006, the Dolphins ranked 29th in scoring, so Miami hired Cameron, the offensive coordinator of the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL (San Diego), to change things. But Cameron went 1-15 in his lone season as the Dolphins head coach, winning his only game in overtime in Week 15.The table below shows the 16 head coaches from 1970 to 2015 that began their tenure without a win through seven games. For Bradley, the only active head coach on the list, the data is current through Thursday night’s game. Steve Spagnuolo was hired by a St. Louis Rams team that went 2-14 in 2008; the former Giants defensive coordinator somehow oversaw a decline as St. Louis went 1-15 in 2009, with the lone win coming against the 2-14 Lions. Spagnuolo went 10-38 (.208) in three years with the Rams and had one of the worst coaching tenures in league history. If good things are supposed to come in threes, nobody told the Cleveland Browns. This year, the Cavaliers won the NBA championship in remarkable fashion, and the Indians are currently playing in the World Series. Meanwhile, Cleveland’s other major professional sports team is 0-7, the last remaining winless team in the 2016 NFL season.The Browns hired Hue Jackson to lead the team’s latest rebuilding effort in a move that was regarded as one of the best coaching hires of the offseason. In an offseason in which the Browns also brought in Paul DePodesta as chief strategy officer to turn the franchise around, it seemed like Cleveland had its coach of the future. But Jackson is now just the 17th coach since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to fail to win a game in his team’s first seven contests.The most recent examples are not going to inspire confidence and hope for Cleveland fans:Gus Bradley, like Jackson, inherited a terrible roster. The Jaguars went 2-14 in 2012 1The Browns went 3-13 last season. before hiring Bradley, who won his first game in Jacksonville’s ninth game of the season. After another ugly loss Thursday night, Bradley’s record with the Jaguars stands at just 14-41 (0.255). Source: pro-football-reference.com 1985Leeman BennettBuccaneers1024-2812.5
It normally spells doom for Ohio State when Deshaun Thomas struggles from the field, but Aaron Craft was there to pick up his slack against Michigan State Sunday – and then some. Craft sliced through the MSU defense and made a routine of getting to the rim on his way to 21 points (17 of which came in the second half) to help the Buckeyes secure a rare win against a ranked opponent. The junior guard shot 7-of-12 from the field and also dished out six assists in the 68-60 OSU victory. “(During the) second half he tore us apart,” Spartan coach Tom Izzo said of Craft’s performance. “He beat us every way you could beat us.” The win was OSU’s (20-7, 10-5) second in nine attempts against ranked teams this season and could prove to be valuable to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume. “This time of the year, we need to get something rolling,” Craft said. “The biggest thing is that we got a win against a great opponent. It doesn’t matter who scores, all that matters is that our team has more points at the end of the game. Hopefully, we can continue this going forward.” The Spartans (22-6, 11-4) led by six at halftime and nine early in the second half, but three 3-pointers, including two from Thomas, and a three-point play from sophomore center Amir Williams fueled an 18-4 OSU run that gave the Buckeyes a 45-40 lead it would never relinquish. Thomas, a junior forward, finished the game with 14 points on 4-of-16 shooting and added seven rebounds. “We made some shots,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “I told my players at halftime we had some great looks, but we have to put the ball in the basket. Defensively, we challenged Michigan State to defend us.” OSU capitalized defensively too, forcing the Spartans into 14 turnovers that the Buckeyes turned into 19 points. MSU’s gameplan was clear from the get-go. Izzo’s squad fed the ball into the post early and often and MSU’s big men were able to capitalize. Junior forward Adreian Payne scored 12 points and grabbed 15 boards while senior forward Derrick Nix added 12 points and six boards of his own. MSU’s first 10 points of the game came in the paint and by halftime, the Spartans scored 24 points inside the key. But OSU’s senior forward Evan Ravenel was able to mitigate the damage as he scored 10 points of his own and was a physical presence defensively inside. “I know Payne and Nix were the focus of the Michigan State offense today,” said Ravenel, who was wearing an ice pack on his right wrist after the game for what he called a minor injury. “They were killing us on the boards. My drive to win the game and be physical was what drove me today to do what I needed to do for my team.” The win caps a successful week for OSU. Following a 22-point loss to Wisconsin that was OSU’s worst defeat since 2009, OSU beat Minnesota by 26 points Wednesday. “We came off our loss against Wisconsin and knew we had to win,” Thomas said. “When we become a defensive team, we put ourselves in the best position to win.” The Buckeyes sit in fifth place in the Big Ten and 2.5 games back of first-place Indiana. OSU next plays Thursday against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team (6-1) cruised to a 104-62 victory against Florida Gulf Coast (6-1) behind senior guard Kelsey Mitchell’s 34-point performance in the second round of the Play4Kay Showcase on Thursday in Las Vegas.On her fourth triple of the game, she passed Connecticut’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to become the Division I all-time leader in career 3-pointers made. She went 11-for-15 from the field and hit 7-of-11 3-pointers. Ohio State had no issue scoring and jumped out to an early 32-9 lead after the opening quarter. It made 58 percent of its shots and Florida Gulf Coast converted just 35 percent of its shot attempts.That discrepancy extended beyond the 3-point line. The Buckeyes hit 14-of-24 shots from beyond the arc. The Eagles also made 14 3s, but attempted 42 triples.The Buckeyes dominated the glass for the second game in a row, though no player had more than six boards. Ohio State held a 47-29 rebounding advantage and scored 42 points in the paint, while the Eagles had just 16 points in the paint. Ohio State forward Stephanie Mavunga added 14 points, and guards Linnae Harper and Asia Doss dropped 17 and 10 points, respectively. Doss led the game and set a career-high with eight assists and zero turnovers.Forward Rosemarie Julien and guard Taylor Gradinjan each scored a team-leading 15 points for Florida Gulf Coast.The Buckeyes will take on the winner of Stanford and Belmont in the finals of the tournament at 11 p.m. Saturday night. In the first round on Thursday, Ohio State beat Memphis 100-69.