Ohio State point guard Samantha Prahalis didn’t disappoint in her season debut. The flashy guard from Commack, N.Y., scored 18 points and recorded eight assists as the No. 7 OSU women’s basketball team (4-0) defeated East Tennessee State (2-2) 80-47 Monday night. Prahalis made her first appearance of the season after an NCAA-imposed three-game suspension stemming from a secondary violation committed in the offseason. She recorded her first assist of the season on the Buckeyes’ second offensive possession, finding center Jantel Lavender underneath the hoop for a basket. OSU jumped out to an 11-2 advantage to start the game. OSU coach Jim Foster said he knew his point guard was eager to make her return to action. “If you know Sammy, sitting at home for three games, I’m sure that there’s some marks on her wallpaper from crawling up the walls,” Foster said. ETSU battled back, taking a 20-19 lead off of a Shawn Randall 3-point shot with less than seven minutes remaining in the first half. Lavender regained the lead for the Buckeyes on the next possession with a jumper, which started a 17-0 run to close the half for OSU. The Buckeyes never looked back. “We acted like a veteran team,” Foster said. “You’ve got to adjust. You figure out what works for you, and what hurts them.” Lavender finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Tayler Hill scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had five assists for the Buckeyes. Prahalis displayed her signature flash, using the no-look passes and scooping lay-ups that have made her one of the most exciting players in the nation. However, she also showed signs of rust, committing nine turnovers. “I was a little bit anxious,” Prahalis said. “I said to a couple of girls in the locker room that I felt like I was a freshman. I was a little bit nervous.” Prahalis left the game with more than nine minutes remaining after a cramp had her limping following a steal and subsequent fast break lay-up. She returned to the game five minutes later. The Buckeyes next play on Sunday, when they host UNC-Wilmington.
Coach Urban Meyer leads the OSU football team onto the field at AT&T Stadium before the College Football Playoff National Championship game against Oregon in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20.Credit: Lantern file photoWith the start of the 2015 college football season less than two weeks away, the Ohio State Buckeyes are clearly the top team in the country — at least in the eyes of the Associated Press.The AP published its preseason Top 25 poll on Sunday afternoon with OSU unanimously standing on top with each of the 61 first-place votes.The unanimous standing in the preseason poll is the first occurrence in the history of the poll.OSU, the defending national champion, returns all but seven starters from last season’s squad, including a pair of 2014 AP All-Americans in junior defensive end Joey Bosa and redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett.Following the Buckeyes at No. 2 is TCU, with Alabama, Baylor and Big Ten counterpart Michigan State rounding out the top five.The SEC led all conferences in number of teams appearing in the poll with eight.Just three Big Ten teams made the Top 25, with Wisconsin coming in behind OSU and Michigan State at No. 20.Last season, the Buckeyes opened the season at No. 5 in the AP Top 25. They fell to No. 22 after losing at home to Virginia Tech in their second game but won their next 11 games to secure a spot in the College Football Playoff, which they then won by defeating Alabama and Oregon.The No. 1 Buckeyes will look to live up to their preseason ranking and begin their title defense when they travel to Blacksburg, Virginia, to face the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sept. 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.AP Top 25:Ohio State (61)TCUAlabamaBaylorMichigan StateAuburnOregonUSCGeorgiaFlorida StateNotre DameClemsonUCLALSUArizona StateGeorgia TechMississippiArkansasOklahomaWisconsinStanfordArizonaBoise StateMissouriTennessee
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to the Buckeyes in the second half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPreseason expectations for Ohio State’s men’s basketball team were about as low as they’ve ever been for the program. The Buckeyes missed not only the NCAA Tournament, but the NIT last season. Even with the change at head coach from Thad Matta to Chris Holtmann and the addition of three new recruits, Ohio State was not counted on as a contender in the Big Ten.That narrative is gone.After Ohio State beat No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 Sunday, the questions turned to the postseason. Will Ohio State contend in the Big Ten tournament? Not only will it make the tournament, but what seed will it be when it gets there?But Holtmann said after the game he will not look further ahead than Thursday. There will be no talk of postseason play in the locker room. Ohio State beat high-caliber opponents in recent seasons before and struggled shortly thereafter. It beat Michigan State at home last season and lost eight of its next 14 games to end the year.“We could go in the tank here the next couple weeks. We certainly don’t want this moment to define us,” Holtmann said Sunday. “And we don’t want it to be the pinnacle of the season, as good as it is.”The grounds for pessimistic preseason predictions were warranted. Ohio State finished last season with a 17-15 record (7-11 in the Big Ten), its worst record since a 14-16 showing during the 2003-04 campaign — the year before Matta was hired. There was no reason to believe Ohio State would be a Big Ten title contender.“I think you only have to open a college basketball preseason magazine and read where we’re picked: 12, 13, 14, 11. It’s all over, but it’s near the bottom,” Holtmann told The Lantern Oct. 25.“We’re not discarding this year as kind of a throw-away year in any way. We are pouring ourselves into this team and this year, and hope that it will pay dividends.”This team is not last season’s Ohio State squad. At this point last season, the Buckeyes had an 11-7 record, were 1-4 in the Big Ten and had embarrassing losses to Florida Atlantic and Illinois. This recent win for Ohio State is not necessarily a fluke. Though it did not win games against its previous three ranked opponents, it had not been upset by a heavy underdog and it was already 3-0 in the conference with wins against Michigan and Wisconsin. Just as Matta turned that 2003-04 team around into a 20-12 record the next season in his first season of coaching, Holtmann is at the forefront of an unscheduled turnaround for the Buckeyes. “I’m surprised. Coaches get surprised. I got surprised,” Holtmann said Sunday, referring to the speed of the turnaround his team appears to be taking.Ohio State received the 29th-most points in the most recent Associated Press poll and is listed as the 33rd-best team in the nation by Ken Pomeroy, who projects the team will finish the year with a 22-9 record and 13-5 Big Ten record. Bates-Diop is now appearing to be a favorite for Big Ten Player of the Year and is in Pomeroy’s list of the top 10 best players in the nation. The Buckeyes have only beat one team considered to be in the upper echelon of college basketball, and they are still not going to be viewed as a national title contender. But winning the conference is no longer out of the question, and neither is making the NCAA Tournament. The script might not be entirely flipped on this Buckeye team, but no one is going to sleep on them anymore. Other teams will take notice, starting with Maryland at 7 p.m. Thursday.Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said the Buckeyes need to be prepared. Speaking as someone at the helm of one of the top teams in the nation, he knows what comes with the low number next to his team’s name.“This is what’s going to happen every night. It’ll happen to Ohio State. When you’re 15-2, 14-3, you know, 15-3, [the Buckeyes will] get ranked, and deservingly should be,” Izzo said Sunday. “You got to handle things a little differently because you’re going to get somebody else’s best shot.”
Kolkata: The monsoon in Bengal is going to set in from June 9. There is prediction of sporadic but heavy rainfall with the monsoon setting in.According to the Indian Meteorological Department, “Conditions are also likely to become favorable for further advancement of South-West monsoon into most parts of Arabian Se…Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and Sikkim, the remaining parts of Northeastern states and mostparts of Bay of Bengal during June 9 to 11.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt has been further stated that a low pressure area is very likely to develop over North Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours, with the cyclonic circulation over West Central and adjoining North-West Bay of Bengal.It would lead to a depression in the “subsequent 48 hours”. As a result, it will move towards the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast.There was, however, a heavy downpour in the city and its adjoining areas on Thursday afternoon and the heavy shower continued at a stretch for around 45 minutes, bringing the movement of vehicles almost to a standstill, with people searching for shelters as the rainfall was also accompanied with lightning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere was traffic congestion in certain areas and traffic sergeants took necessary measures to ease the movement of traffic as early as possible.It may be mentioned that there was a preparatory meeting of the state Irrigation department in North Bengal on Wednesday, to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience during monsoon.The temperature has dipped with the rainfall. The maximum temperature on Thursday was 36.5 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature was 28.1 degree Celsius.On Friday, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm in Kolkata and the maximum temperature will remain around 36 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature would be 28 degree Celsius.