Professional cycling is an anomaly among sports as it allows fans to get unusually close to the athletes while they are competing.Sometimes fans get too close, as captured in the video above.One overzealous fan ran beside the cyclists in the Tour de France, offering them his encouragement. However, he is taken out by a fellow fan’s elbow as he tries to keep up with the racers.

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Photo by Yahoo! SportsIn a span of just a few months, Jason Kidd went from NBA player to coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Now, according to reports, he will be a minority owner of the team, having purchased rapper Jay Z’s small share of the franchise.Jay Z had to unload his percentage of the Nets when he developed Roc Nation Sports management, which represents NBA players like the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.Kidd will take over Jay’s .067 percent, 1/15th of a percent, stake in the team for about $500,000. A source told Yahoo! Sports:  “Other owners want to give Jason a part ownership of the team, and urged Jay to sell his shares to him.”According to the source, Jay Z controlled 0.1608 percent of the Nets, or roughly 1/6 of 1 percent through Nets Sports and Entertainment—not 1/15th of one percent, as reported by The New York Times last year and the New York Post Wednesday. Jay Z  has never revealed the exact amount of his shares of the franchise.The source said that Jay Z had originally planned to sell half his shares to another suitor, but that Kidd asked that Jay sell the stake to him. The transaction would close the circle for Jay Z and J-Kidd. It was Kidd who reportedly was the first to suggest that Jay Z buy into the Nets 10 years ago. That conversation took place at Kidd’s 30th birthday party, held at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan, according to reports.Not long afterwards, Jay Z met with Bruce Ratner, real estate developer and minority owner of the Nets. There are conflicting accounts as to how much Jay Z paid initially, with one report suggesting $100,000, and another hinting at $400,000.As for a potential conflict, the source said there is none: coaches can own part of a team, players cannot. Pat Riley owned a small share of the Miami Heat when he took over as coach in 1995. read more

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OSU redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius (left) sizes up his opponent during a match against Arizona State on Nov. 20 at St. John Arena. OSU won 28-9.Credit: Mason Swires | Lantern ReporterOhio State’s premier wrestlers delivered on Friday night as the team outmatched Arizona State 28-9 at St. John Arena.Another dual ended in another win, complete with another assertive effort from the nation’s fifth-ranked team.Taking seven of 10 matches — four via bonus points — the Buckeye lineup, consisting of seven top-20 wrestlers, dictated the night.It took the Sun Devils 12:00 to get six points.It took Bo Jordan 1:54.Within a period, the top-ranked 174-pounder scored a takedown, a four-point near fall and then a fall to defeat Zach Smith.The redshirt sophomore, now 4-0 on the season, said he measures one thing to find out how he’s performing.“I assess how I’m doing with my effort level,” Jordan said. “It’s hard to assess where you are at with wins and losses and how many points you’ve scored. I really just try to assess my whole effort throughout the match. If I have a lot of effort, that’s great.”Redshirt junior Nick Tavanello (285) added three points, scoring a tiebreaking takedown within the final 10 seconds of the heavyweight bout against Tanner Hall.Nathan Tomasello (125), the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class, scored six takedowns in a 16-6 major decision over Ares Carpio.“I just let it fly and went after it,” the redshirt sophomore said. “I think I wrestled a lot better than I did last week. The effort level was a lot better. I’m still working on improving on different things, but I put a lot of points on the board and it was overall a good match.”Johnni DiJulius (133), ranked fifth in his weight class, matched Tomasello’s six points with a 16-0 tech fall over Cord Coronado. Scoring 12 points in the first period, the redshirt senior sealed his 103rd career win.Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan (141), who is also Bo’s brother, completed the dominant three-match run between him, Tomasello and DiJulius with an 18-6 major decision over Robert Mathers.Pleased with the growth and energy he sees from Micah and the other young Buckeyes, Tomasello said, “I just know when I’m watching I’m excited because I was in the shoes of those younger guys last year.”Failing to win the third, one of the team’s focal points, Cody Burcher’s record is no longer unblemished. In a heartbreaker at the buzzer, the redshirt freshman scored a last-second takedown before finding himself in a headlock with no time left. Subsequently, the 157-pounder fell to Matt Kraus in a 4-2 decision.Ending the night, the final match included Jake Ryan (157) and a dramatic finish. Instead of winning the third, the redshirt freshman won in double overtime with a 2-1 decision over Oliver Pierce with an escape.OSU coach Tom Ryan applauded his guys for their aggressive, on-the-attack approach.“I think pursuing your opponent is the best way to win wrestling matches, and our guys who did that tonight were successful,” Tom Ryan said. “We need to continue to develop that instinct to attack, be aggressive and score as many points as possible. Overall, it was a good win for us.”The Buckeyes are set to return to the mat Tuesday when they head north to take on Cleveland State. read more

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For a quarterback to be at his very best, he needs the best wide receivers. Terrelle Pryor will be lucky enough to have two veteran wideouts in senior Dane Sanzenbacher and junior DeVier Posey. They could become one of the nation’s best receiving tandems, and their skill sets should give Pryor two reliable weapons.Sanzenbacher has been dependable for three seasons, catching passes from Todd Boeckman and now Pryor. As he prepares for his final season wearing scarlet and gray, he is still working at being a better target. “He can get better,” wide receiver coach Darell Hazell said. “He has to work on second-level releases and those types of things, but he’s got a chance to be really special for us this year.”Pryor found Sanzenbacher several times early in the season, but as the year wore on, Posey seemed to emerge as his favorite receiver.Posey is an NFL-ready receiver who has a special blend of size, speed and excellent hands. He made his presence known in the biggest contests last season, catching game-changing touchdowns against Penn State and Oregon. Ohio State has produced several phenomenal wide receivers since Jim Tressel took over in 2001, and Posey could be next. “He’s got a lot of characteristics of a lot of different guys,” Hazell said of Posey. “He’s got the explosiveness of Santonio Holmes, he’s got almost the top-end speed of Teddy [Ginn], he’s got wiggle like Gonzo [Anthony Gonzales] has in the slot, so he’s got a lot of different characteristics of a lot of those guys. So it’s pretty fun to watch.”Although Posey has shown flashes of being the next great wideout for OSU, he isn’t content with anything but perfection. “I want to go from being a good receiver to a great receiver and those are just expectations for myself,” Posey said. “I like to set the bar high and I don’t like settling for anything less than that.”OSU has nothing to worry about when using a two-receiver set, but when the Buckeyes look to spread the field with more than just Sanzenbacher and Posey, the depth at wideout is something the Buckeyes are still working on. Last season it looked as if the Buckeyes had found their third guy in Duron Carter. He pushed for playing time all season and made some catches that looked as if his father was still on the field. Carter, however, has been held back for academic issues and didn’t travel with the Buckeyes to Pasadena for the Rose bowl. He hasn’t practiced with the team this spring. “It hurts a lot. We miss him [Duron] but the show has to go on,” Posey said. “We can’t wait for him to get back. We love the kid. He is a great guy and he is a great personality in the meeting room, and he is a fun guy, and I know I miss him and we need him as soon as we can get him.”With Carter unable to fulfill his role as the Buckeyes’ third weapon in the passing game, two players seem to be in line for that duty. Freshman Chris Fields and senior Taurian Washington are two very different players but they are both vying for the same position. Washington, who has had several opportunities to assert himself over the years, might have one final shot to prove he can be an asset to the Buckeye receivers. He has struggled in his time at OSU with consistency and letting his past mistakes hold him back.Fields, on the other hand, is a redshirt freshman who has used the lack of viable options to get recognized, and spring practice has been his time to shine.  The Buckeyes will also have three freshman wideouts in James Louis, Ty Williams and Corey Brown who could add depth along with veteran Grant Schwartz and redshirt freshman James Jackson. “I feel like we have a nice core group and we are looking for some younger guys to step up,” Posey said. “It is just exciting to see younger players do their things. Guys like Chris Fields and James Jackson and guys like Grant Schwartz that you haven’t seen yet. “It is just exciting to see the younger guys grow.” read more

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Freshman Logan Schuss said that when he played high school lacrosse, he was used to doing his own thing.But now, playing for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, he’s “on a strict schedule.”Schedule or no schedule, Schuss has earned six weekly league awards this season.Schuss has earned four rookie of the week honors and two offensive player of the week accolades.His biggest award came at the end of the season when he was named Eastern College Athletic Association Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference first team.Schuss, who posted an impressive seven goals against No. 4 North Carolina in the Buckeyes’ last regular-season game, is currently the team’s leading scorer with 56 points, the most points for a freshman in OSU history.“It’s nice to be recognized,” Schuss said. “It shows for all the hard work I’m putting in everyday. But I’d almost rather get the win than any award.”Whether his numbers show it or not, Schuss said he had some adjusting to do.“I want to come in next year in better shape, be faster and stronger,” Schuss said. “I kind of came in this year not in the best of shape and it took me a while to get back into it.”Where Schuss grew up, in British Columbia, lacrosse is played inside on a hockey rink with only five players on the floor with smaller nets. Schuss said that when next fall rolls around, it should be better for him as he is now accustomed to how the American field game is played.“When I saw him play and the things that he can do, are exceptional in his hands and his scoring ability, I knew how well that would translate,” coach Nick Myers said. “I knew there’d be an adjustment period, but the work ethic and the kid that he is with school and lacrosse, I knew he’d take care of himself.”Schuss might get teased for saying “eh” too much on and off the field, but he knows how to have fun with his American teammates.“I always tell my buddy (teammate) Jeff Tundo, ‘This is how we do it in Canada’” Schuss said, jokingly. “He’ll always bug me and say it back to me in a Canadian accent.“I tell my friends back home that I get to play with almost 50 of my new best friends,” Schuss said.When Schuss was asked what he couldn’t do, Myers overheard and said, “Defense!”“He’s right, I can’t play defense. That’s my bad thing,” Schuss said.But Schuss did divulge a few hidden talents.“I’m quite the dancer. Everyone always bugs me because in the locker room, I’m the only one dancing. I’ve missed my ride three times,” Schuss said. “I’ll be blasting music and everyone just leaves me.”That energy continues on and off the field for Schuss.“He’s a natural leader. Freshmen have a tendency to get burnt out or wear down, but even in the last week of the season, Logan’s still a guy who comes in with a smile on his face, you know, eager to get better, eager to meet new people,” Myers said. “He’s not the type of guy who gets too high or too low whether we win or lose … which is what you like to see, especially with a freshman.” read more

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PITTSBURGH – It was a good time for Ohio State sophomore guard Aaron Craft to channel a career-high performance. Craft notched his first career double-double, scoring 17 points and adding 10 assists in No. 2-seeded OSU’s 73-66 win over No. 7-seeded Gonzaga in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday in Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center. Craft’s 17 points came on 7-of-9 shooting. He also nabbed three steals to bring his season total to 88, which tied Mike Conley Jr.’s single-season record he set in 2006-07. Craft said he found success by finding holes in Gonzaga’s defense. “Tonight there were some open lanes,” Craft said. “I found some. Did a good job of getting in and letting teammates make enough plays, as well.” Craft’s first bucket in the game came with 13:44 to go in the first half, when he knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game at 12. He made another mid-range jumper about two minutes later. Craft said those early buckets helped his confidence, especially with the Bulldogs’ defense honing in on sophomore forwards Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger. “It always helps when you make your first couple baskets,” he said. “They did a good job focusing on Jared and focusing on the other guys that just kept me a little open. Fortunately, I knocked a couple down.” Sullinger started off hot himself, knocking down two-straight 3-pointers to open the game for the Buckeyes. However, he was forced to sit for much of the first half with foul trouble. Craft and the rest of the Buckeyes struggled in the first half to keep pace with Gonzaga. The Buckeyes were down as much as seven in the first half, but Craft made another jumper with five seconds left to give OSU a 39-37 lead heading into the locker room. Craft then rattled off seven-straight points for the Buckeyes to start the second half. OSU coach Thad Matta said Craft was not only a force on offense, but, as usual, on defense as well. “I think his play, especially how he opened up the second half, got inside the defense, finished,” Matta said. “Defensively, he’s the best defender in college. There’s nobody better than him in college basketball.” His teammates were equally impressed. “I think (Gonzaga) wanted Aaron to score the basketball,” Sullinger said. “Everybody doesn’t understand that Aaron is a scorer, but he passes first with this basketball team.” Senior guard William Buford, who added 13 points of his own, said it’s hard to stop Craft when he’s being aggressive. “Craft was aggressive, and when he’s in his mode, it’s hard to stop him,” Buford said. “He was getting to the rim, creating for himself and others. He had 10 assists, too, so it’s a tremendous game.” The Bulldogs switched to a zone defense in the second half, which stifled the Buckeyes’ offense and trimmed what was a 10-point lead, in the span of five minutes, to a tie at 61 with 4:03 to go. Craft didn’t score again after completing a three-point play with 15:54 left in the game. OSU, however, hung on. Gonzaga coach Mark Few said focusing on Sullinger and Thomas early may have doomed the Bulldogs. “Then we lost Craft,” Few said. “We didn’t stick with our ball screen coverage. Lost him twice. He was able to get some lay-ins on us, both at the end of the half and at the start of the second half.” OSU is set to play the winner of Sunday’s No. 3-seeded Florida State and No. 6-seeded Cincinnati matchup in the Sweet 16 Thursday in Boston. read more

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Senior Peter Kobelt serves the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorNot even a pair of top 20 programs could solve the riddle that is the Ohio State men’s tennis program when it plays at home.The No. 5 Buckeyes (9-0) dispatched No. 17 Kentucky 4-0 Friday and No. 8 Texas A&M 4-3 Sunday at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center over the weekend, making it 181 consecutive home victories for OSU. Coach Ty Tucker said his team could have been a bit overrated entering the season, but after the two wins, they could have proved they belong among the nation’s best.A big crowd was on hand Sunday as the Aggies came to town. OSU dropped the first doubles match of the day as redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach fell 6-1 to Aggie juniors Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo. OSU redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and freshman Herkko Pollanen defeated sophomores Harrison Adams and Shane Visant 6-3 to even things up, but senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka lost in a tiebreak 6-5 (7-5) to the Aggie duo of senior Junior Ore and junior Jackson Withrow.It was the first time OSU had dropped the doubles point all season, but the Buckeyes fought through the adversity in singles play. Needing to win four matches, Kobelt, Metka, Callahan and Steinbach each took the first set of their matches to spark the Buckeyes’ rally.Kobelt got the Buckeyes on the board first with a 6-4, 6-3 upset over Adams. Metka kept things rolling with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Withrow.The Aggies then took two straight matches of their own next as Vinsant beat Pollanen 6-2, 6-4 and Efferding downed Diaz 6-1, 6-5 (8-6).Steinbach won 6-5 (13-11), 6-4 after firing a big serve to force an error from Ore. They quickly shook hands and ran to court six where Callahan was serving for match point against freshman Max Lunkin. After a rally, Callahan smashed an overhead and threw his hands up in celebration as he realized Lunkin’s return was sailing out of play and he clinched the match with a 6-5 (7-3), 6-3 win.“When you play powerhouses, you have to come to the table,” Tucker said. “It’s frightening out there when you have one chance to hold serve and you’re (team’s) down 3-2, but Steinbach and Callahan did.”The team stormed onto the court and joined in a big congratulatory hug after their biggest victory of the season.“It feels amazing, beating a team like this,” Steinbach said after the win. “We didn’t want to be the guys to end the (winning) streak. It’s a great feeling and we’ve all worked hard for this.”A crowd of more than 100 was on hand to see the Buckeyes take on the Wildcats in the first real test of the season.In doubles, Diaz and Steinbach dropped their set to Kentucky freshman Nils Ellefsen and senior Ryuji Hirooka, 6-4. Callahan and Pollanen evened things up, though, defeating senior Alejandro Gomez and sophomore Beck Pennington 6-5 (7-5).The doubles point came down to Kobelt and Metka against senior Tom Jomby and sophomore Kevin Lai. With the Wildcats playing for set point, Kobelt calmly stepped up and fired two huge serves to turn the tables. With the Buckeyes now playing for set point, Kobelt’s massive forehand return caused an error by the Wildcats, giving OSU the doubles point, 6-5 (8-6).“That’s what you play for. When you get up to the line, there’s no point in being nervous,” Kobelt said. “I just wanted to play my best at the biggest moment. That’s what a senior is supposed to do.”The team began to relax from there and singles play went much smoother as OSU won the first set on five of six courts. Steinbach was the first off winning 6-1, 6-2 against Lai. Metka finished right after winning his match 6-1, 6-3.It was Kobelt, again, sealing it for the Buckeyes downing Jomby 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. He won the match with an ace right down the middle that Jomby didn’t even attempt chasing after.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play in the National Indoors Team Tournament in Houston Friday. read more

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(Left) Michigan State’s Connor Cook (18) is forced into intentional grounding on the rush by Michigan’s Courtney Avery and James Ross III, right, in the first half at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday, November 2, 2013.Credit: Courtesy of TNS(Right) OSU sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa (97) reacts after sacking Illinois sophomore quarterback Aaron Bailey (15) during a Nov. 1 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternIt’s the game Buckeye, Spartan and Big Ten fans have been looking forward to all season long.No. 13 Ohio State and No. 7 Michigan State are set to square off in a game that will in all likelihood decide the Big Ten East division champion Saturday night in East Lansing, Mich. With the big game quickly approaching, The Lantern sports editors have come up with five things you should look for during the Buckeye-Spartan matchup. 1. How will J.T. Barrett perform on the big stage?The redshirt-freshman quarterback struggled to handle the combination of the Penn State defense and the Beaver Stadium crowd two weeks ago, and will be facing a very similar environment and defense on Saturday. The good news for Buckeye fans is that under Urban Meyer, OSU has yet to lose a true road game.Barrett played average at best in his last game against Illinois, completing 15 of 24 passes for 167 yards and two scores in a half of football before being pulled for redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones.Whether the lackluster performance was because of the brisk weather or the sprained MCL sustained in the first half of the Penn State game, Barrett’s performance could very well mean the difference between playing for a Big Ten championship, or watching the game back in Columbus.2. Will Connor Cook once again dismantle the Buckeye secondary? Coming into the 2013 Big Ten championship game, MSU now-redshirt-junior Connor Cook was known mostly as a game manager. Then he met the OSU secondary. Cook threw for his first career 300-yard passing game as the Spartans ruined a likely OSU appearance in the last installment of the BCS National Championship Game. Cook’s three touchdown passes along with 304 passing yards led the way to a 34-24 win over the Buckeyes and propelled the Spartans to the Rose Bowl, which they won over Pac-12 champion Stanford. Fast forward nearly a year, and the Buckeye defense is much improved as it ranks 13th in the country in pass defense, allowing just 181.4 yards per game through the air.  Cook is averaging 233.5 yards per game through the air this season and has 17 touchdown passes versus just five interceptions. Cook’s play against the Buckeye secondary will be just as crucial as Barrett’s play in determining the game’s winner. 3. Will sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa continue putting up ridiculous numbers?Bosa — not even two full seasons removed from playing high school football — has already been selected as a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik and Lombardi awards, which are two of the most prestigious awards in college football.And he’s certainly deserving of the recognition.In eight games this season, Bosa has put up Big Ten-bests in sacks with 10 and tackles for lost with 14.5. He ranks among the best nationally in both categories as well, and easily leads the Buckeyes in being really good at tackling guys behind the line of scrimmage. In fact, his closest teammate — redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee — has just 3.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss on the year.With Cook playing at such a high level, Bosa’s disruptive pass rushing could be the difference between a win and a loss for the Buckeyes.4. Who will be the featured back for the Buckeyes?After starting the first seven games of the season, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott did not start against Illinois as freshman Curtis Samuel took the field for the Buckeyes instead. Samuel did not disappoint either, as he scored from 23-yards out on OSU’s first drive against the Fighting Illini. With the matchup against the Spartans looming, Elliott is listed as the starter on the Buckeyes depth chart, but Samuel could still see multiple touches. Expect Elliott to get the start as the more experienced player in a hostile environment. 5. Can redshirt-senior Spartan running back Jeremy Langford break down the OSU defense?In the seven games since matching up with Navy’s triple-option attack, the Buckeyes have given up more than 100 yards on the ground just three times. It took 41 carries for Virginia Tech to make it to 125 yards on the ground, 38 carries for Rutgers to reach 149 and Illinois 42 carries to just pick up 106 yards rushing. So even if the final number has been in the triple-digits, OSU has repeatedly proven it can stop the run.But the Buckeyes haven’t faced a back as good as Langford yet, and he’s been at his best over the Spartans’ past two games. In those two games — two big wins against Indiana and Michigan — Langford has totaled 286 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground.If he can keep up that form under the lights on Saturday, it could open up even more space for Cook in the passing game and cause huge problems for OSU when Michigan State has the ball.OSU and Michigan State are scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. read more

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Sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile (8) battles for the ball in a game against Saint Louis on Aug. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won the season opener 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team fell short on Friday at Buckeye Varsity Field, suffering their first Big Ten loss against No. 8 Maryland, 5-2. OSU (6-4, 2-1)  put up a fight from start to finish with freshman midfielder/forward Casey Cole and sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey scoring a goal in each period, but was outmatched by a strong Maryland attack.Despite the Buckeyes’ valiant defensive effort with six total saves, the Terps (9-3, 4-0) won the game in the second half when Sarah Sprink and Welma Luus scored back-to-back goals.With only a few moments left in the game, the Buckeyes were unable to climb the ladder and gain the lead before the final buzzer. Maryland took the first two points within 12 minutes of the first half, with Sprink scoring off a tip-in from a penalty corner 59 seconds in, and Luus collecting off a rebound for a pass in front. OSU cut into the Terps lead halfway through the period, however, when Cole scored off a fast break with an assist from Humphrey, bringing the score to 2-1. Maryland rounded off the half by increasing its lead to 3-1 after Emma Rissinger scored with a tip-in shot from Anna Dessoye in the 29th minute. Senior co-captain Emma Royce said the results may have differed if the Buckeyes had gained momentum in the first half. “We knew that Maryland’s interchanging and movement was quality. They’re not No. 8 for no reason,” Royce said. “If we had the chance to do it again I think we would have held stronger in those first five minutes.”Despite the slow first half, OSU came out strong on the field after halftime, with Humphrey scoring off an assist from Royce, her seventh goal of the season — adding up to one for every game.Halfway through the second period, Maryland pounded out two goals within 45 seconds of each other, giving the Terps a safe 5-2 lead with fewer than 15 minutes left in the game. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said her team put up a strong fight despite the challenging game.“Maryland is very opportunistic and they put away the chances they had end to end, though I think we stayed with them,” Wilkinson said. “We had two great goals, but once they had the two right in a row at the end and gained momentum, they were tough to beat.”Looking forward for the week and next week’s game, Humphrey said she will look for the team to keep improving as a unit, and working hard until the final horn.“We need to move forward from this and focus on the Big Ten because it’s not over,” Humphrey said. “We can learn from our mistakes, and just move on and continue to grow.”The Buckeyes are set to remain at Buckeye Varsity Field for the second game of their four-game home stand on Oct. 9 to face off against Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. read more

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