Baseball Ohio State midweek series in Columbus

Senior shortstop Jalen Washington singles to third on a 0-1 pitch in the bottom of the first inning against Purdue on Sunday. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team (14-17, 3-6 Big Ten) seems to have found some momentum at just the right time ahead of a pair of midweek opponents and another road trip to Michigan State (18-10, 2-3 Big Ten).For the first time since its March 3-5 series against Campbell earlier this season, OSU was able to come away with a series victory over a weekend opponent, taking two of three from conference rival Penn State. Now, for the first time this season, the Buckeyes will host two teams in a midweek matchup when Cincinnati (15-16, 2-4) comes in on Tuesday and Eastern Michigan (12-19, 4-2) on Wednesday.Scouting CincinnatiThe Bearcats have endured an up-and-down season that has included key wins against then-No. 1 Louisville and then-No. 25 Tennessee. But they have struggled in conference play, resulting in a 2-4 record in the American Athletic Conference.Cincinnati’s lineup has seen notable production from a handful of players, but as a unit has struggled to consistently put runs up on the scoreboard. Despite having five batters with batting averages above .270, the team is batting just .249 with 18 home runs. The Bearcats have demonstrated promising plate discipline on the season with 120 walks, and taken advantage of those opportunities on base by converting them into 35 stolen bases in 45 attempts.The offensive leader of the Bearcats has been sophomore outfielder A.J. Bumpass. The team’s No. 2 hitter has posted a robust .360/.456/.596 slash line, leading the team in all three categories. He is only one of three players on the team with double-digit extra-base hit totals and is currently third on the team with three home runs this season.The team’s pitching, on the other hand, has been slightly above average compared with most Division I schools. The Bearcats’ 4.28 ERA ranks 105th in the country and their 8.52 hits allowed per nine innings is good for 75th in the nation. Their rotation has not been a particular strength, but six of their relievers (maximum four starts this season) have ERAs below 3.30 and have proved reliable for Cincinnati so far this season.Scouting Eastern MichiganThe season has not been the prettiest for Eastern Michigan, but the team has started to find its stride. The Eagles opened the season 3-15 in their first 18 games, but are currently on a 9-4 run in their past 13 games, outscoring their opponents 66-52 in that span.Despite the recent success, Eastern Michigan has not derived much production from its offense this season. The Eagles have only a .242 batting average and only 13 home runs with 233 strikeouts (19.5 percent strikeout rate). They have stolen their fair share of bases this season — 37 — but have been caught stealing 24 times already.Senior right fielder John Montgomery has provided the bulk of offensive production this season. Montgomery possesses team-highs in batting average (.295), home runs (five), total bases (54) and RBIs (22) while batting third for his team. While success at the plate has been up and down this season, production on the mound for the Eagles has been consistently lackluster. Of pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched, only three have ERAs below 4.00, while six pitchers have ERAs above 5.00. Their team ERA is at 5.71 on the season, largely the result of a .309 opponents’ batting average.Canzone named Big Ten Freshman of the WeekComing off a nine-game hitting streak and a dominant week in which he nearly hit .500, freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the first Buckeye to receive the award since Brady Cherry back in 2016. During his nine-game hitting streak, Canzone is batting .484 (15-for-31) with five runs scored, a double, a home run and 11 RBIs. He was bumped up to the fifth spot in the batting order for the Buckeyes on Sunday and hit in that spot for both games, helping lead OSU to two critical victories over Penn State. Since Canzone’s hit streak began, OSU is averaging 5.50 runs per game, up nearly a half-run from its 4.95 runs-per-game average prior to the hitting streak.Canzone and the rest of the Buckeyes will take on Cincinnati at home with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday. Their game against Eastern Michigan is on the following day at the same time. read more

Manuel Pellegrinis to bring trusted fitness coach to join him in

first_imgWest Ham’s new manager is yet to name his backroom staff at the moment but he is set to shape his backroom team by bringing trusted sidekicks with him, including his trusted fitness coach Jose CabelloJose Cabello has been with Pellegrini since their days at Malaga and has since been an important part of Pellegrini’s set up and that is not expected to change anytime soon because upon taking charge at Manchester City, Pellegrini immediately stressed how important fitness is, saying:“The most important thing at the moment is the fitness and they’re working very hard with Jose.”Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…The 64-year-old Iron’s boss is also expected to bring assistant manager Ruben Cousillas to join him as assistant manager at the London Stadium and others who have worked with the manager for the last 12 years are set to follow suit according to FootballLondonFitness coach, Cabello is known for his hard-working sessions where he likes to thoroughly simulate playing conditions within his fitness regime at football clubs.last_img read more

Gladbachs vicepresidents ask for tranquility

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena just last weekend in the German BundesligaAfter Borussia Monchengladbach was able to beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena, Gladbach’s vice president Rainer Bonhof asks for tranquility.“For me, it’s a little too early to look too much into things. We’ve got off to a good start, but I’ve always said that it takes ten games to get a sense of how you’ll do that season,” he told the club’s official website.“We’re happy with where we are at the moment, but nothing more. I don’t want to downplay things, but the games in Berlin and Wolfsburg have shown that there’s still room for improvement. Those that think we’ll easily beat other teams just because we beat Bayern 3-0 have been warned.”“You have to give 100% every week in the Bundesliga, or you’ll find it hard against any side. Therefore, we need to take it one game at a time,” he added.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We can enjoy the victory at Bayern for a few days, but we shouldn’t get carried away”“The team seems more stable compared to last season. For me, an important factor is that we have a squad with two players for almost every position,” he continued.“We’ve got competition for all the positions, which has a positive effect on how the team performed overall. Our new system has also been hugely successful for the team so far.”“No matter who’s in the starting line up or who comes on during the game, each player fits into the system well. We want it to carry on like this,” he concluded.last_img read more

Fabian Ruiz discusses all things Napoli

first_imgAccording to the Spaniard, he joined the Partenopei because he was advised by the legendary Italian manager’s son Davide AncelottiNapoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz has revealed how the son of Carlo Ancelotti, Davide Ancelotti, helped him get to the Italian Lega Serie A as part of the Partenopei.“At the start, I suffered an injury which held me back for three weeks and then it wasn’t easy to break into the team, my teammates were doing very well. I’m better now and I’m happy,” he was quoted by Football Italia.“It’s going really well with Carlo Ancelotti, he’s a great Coach. He’s calm and close to the players.”“He rarely gets angry, but on the pitch, I’m often close to his technical area and when he does… it’s dangerous!”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Did his son recommend me? It’s true, Davide was engaged to a girl from Seville who he met in Madrid, and when he visited her he’d go to watch Betis and Sevilla matches,” he explained.“He saw me play on those occasions. When I met his fiancée, I thanked her.”“It’s a more direct and quicker style of football here, but now that I’m playing regularly I feel good. The players are strong, the quality is very similar and in the end, there is not a huge difference,” he added.“I’m learning the language little-by-little, it’s not as hard as it seems at the start.”last_img read more

Sanchez eyes Champions League glory with Man United

first_imgChilean forward Alexis Sanchez is dreaming of finally winning the Champions League at Manchester United.Sanchez has enjoyed a stellar career in Europe after representing Udinese, Barcelona, Arsenal and now United.The 30-year-old has won many domestic honours at club level with La Liga and two FA Cups being his most notable achievements.Aside from that, Sanchez also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup at Barcelona but never managed to win the Champions League during his three-year spell at Camp Nou.Ironically, the Blaugrana won the competition a year after Sanchez left them for Arsenal in a £31.7m deal in the summer of 2014.Now the Chile international hopes to make up for that by helping the in-form United lift the Champions League trophy again after 11 years.The Red Devils will take on Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain for the first leg of their last-16 clash on Tuesday at Old Trafford.“The Champions League is a dream for any footballer,” said Sanchez, according to Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool 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.“I lived with that dream at Barcelona and saw what it was like. I hope I can win it one day and why not here?“We have got through the group stage and PSG are next. It’s a big test but it’s 180 minutes of football – anything can happen.“United are a club with so much history and is capable of beating any rival.“If we win at Old Trafford and we don’t concede, then I think we would be favourites for the second leg.“I think we can do that and I see this United team with a lot of chances to score in Paris.”Sanchez made a 20-minute cameo on Saturday as United defeated Fulham 3-0 in the Premier League to move into the top four in the standings.The match between United and PSG will begin at 9:00 PM (CET) on Tuesday.LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Tim Ream of Fulham battles for possession with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on February 9, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)last_img read more

Italy on opera singers mind

first_imgHe wanted to be a magician as a child, for connecting with people is what he enjoyed most. However, what got this boy noticed was not the tricks up his sleeve, but his voice. Toshannbor Singh Nongbet, perhaps one of India’s only Italian opera singers, didn’t look back ever since he started singing and he has come a long way.‘I heard a lot of Pavarotti and Placido Domingo,’ says 22-year-old Nongbet who was in the Capital recently to perform at Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). Accompanying him in an evening of jazz and opera were other artistes like pianist Ronojit Chaliha, guitarist Amarnath Hazarika and drummer Samuel Shullai. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Popularly known as Toshan, Nongbet graduated in BA Music Honours in 2012 from St Anthony’s College, Shillong. He has been a member of the Aroha Choir from 2011. He filled in as a bass but he is truly a tenor and has featured as a soloist in many occasions. In 2012 end, Toshan reached the final round of the reality show India’s Got Talent Season 4 and was declared the fourth runner up.Stage fright is what kept Nongbet from acing the magic act perhaps, he ponders speaking to Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMillennium Post. ‘But singing made me overcome it all,’ says he adding that once he started singing he bonded better with people.Though his formal training started only when he was 19, Nongbet has made his mark in the music circuit. When he was younger, he dabbled in all genres but over time opera captured his imagination and the journey has begun.Italy is next in Nongbet’s line of sight, he wants to go there to train properly since opera is not a well known concept in India and the lucky guy has his whole family supporting him. While he makes it very clear that Bollywood is not on the cards at all, he just wishes the country could have offered more for his art.‘ICCR’s support to Aroha Choir led by Toshanbor is an attempt to diversify this support to the large number of artistes from Northeast and Meghalaya,’  said Dr. Suresh K Goel, Director General, ICCR.last_img read more