Dennis Rodman, the attention seeker and former NBA player, wants a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition for his recent peacemaking efforts.A few months ago “The Worm” traveled to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters, where he met and conversed with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un and pronounced him a “friend for life.”As a result of the meeting, Rodman feels he should get recognition by the Nobel Committee for trying to mend the relationship between the United States and North Korea. He compared himself to peacemakers such as American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu.“My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman told Sports Illustrated in an interview for its annual “Where are they now?” issue.“Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [that would be President Obama] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”
LeBron James’ return to Cleveland has been a flop. . . so far. The Cavaliers, consensus choice by NBA pundits to make it to the NBA Finals, are 5-6. The Miami Heat, the team James abandoned to return home, have a better record.So does Milwaukee. And Atlanta. And . . . getting the picture?It’s a portrait hardly anyone expected when James signed as a free agent to join the immensely talented Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love was acquired from Minnesota.What was not taken into account is this: Irving and Love were good players on bad teams. There is a process to transform into a winner, and neither Love nor Irving—or the remainder of the Cleveland roster—are grasping it well.And neither is first-year coach David Blatt, who has to adjust to the NBA game and working with a dominant figure like James.More than that, Friday night was so exasperating that James was uncharacteristically lackluster in his effort in a blowout loss to the Washington Wizards. He did not hustle back on defense more than once, and that kind of display came from the player brought in to teach the players how to win.James called his lack of effort “never a good example.” His teammates followed his lead, and the Wizards had fun at their expense in a 91-78 victory.“It’s something we’ve got to work on,” James said of his and his team’s effort and body language. “We understand that. It starts with me, for sure. It’s something I’ll always work on, too,” James said. “It trickles down to everyone else.”The lack of effort by James was disappointing, but also telling. The game’s top player is frustrated. When he arrived in Miami for his first season, Dwyane Wade had won a championship and knew how to win. He actually showed James what it took, and Chris Bosh had the acumen and common sense to embrace the role as the third component.The Heat made the NBA Finals James’ first year in Miami and won it the second. By April, the Cavaliers might have reversed themselves and this point will be long-forgotten in an interminable season.To get there, though, is going to take more work than James thought. Love seems lost, uncertain of where to get his offense—in the post or on the perimeter. Irving is used to dominating the ball and wants to display his enormous gifts.James is the key. He is impeding progress more than he is facilitating it. He and Irving have to come to an understanding about how the offense is run, who’s running it and how it should be run. James also has to find ways to get Love some love on the offensive end. Right now, he’s flounder.Above all, the Cavaliers have to make an effort on defense. James cannot jog as players sprint. He has to lead by example, with hustle and heart. If James struggles, surely Cleveland will, too.The bet is that James will inspire his team and the Cavs will emerge as a threat in the Eastern Conference. But it will take more time and effort than James—or anyone—expects.
FiveThirtyEight Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 22, 2017), we ponder the Indiana Pacers’ allegations that the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with the Pacers by trying to lure Paul George to L.A. Next, we’re joined by SB Nation writer Bill Connelly to preview college football. We talk about the validity of preseason polls, the lack of parity in NCAA football, and which metrics are most important. Plus, a significant digit on Felix Hernandez.Here are links to what we discussed during the show:Tom Ziller at SB Nation wrote about whether tampering should still matter in the NBA.Check out more of Bill Connelly’s work in SB Nation’s 2017 College Football Preview.On Monday, the Associated Press released its first poll of the college football season, and results were mixed, according to The Ringer’s Shaker Samman.Significant Digit: 51.8, the number of wins above replacement that Felix Hernandez has produced in years the Mariners did not make the division series of the playoffs. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed
Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Sunday night, the Ohio State men’s soccer team lost their second overtime game in a row, this time to UC Santa Barbara 1-0.The only score in the match was by Gaucho junior midfielder Kevin Feucht on a far cross from freshman forward Jonah Adomakoh. The goal came just three minutes into the first overtime period. “You can’t win when you don’t score,” Ohio State coach John Bluem said. “We probably, maybe deserved a draw in both games we played this weekend. To come up on the short side in both and in overtime is mentally tough on the team.” The game kicked off at 9:15 p.m. after a delay that lasted over two hours due to rain and lightning in the area. The Buckeyes spent much of the early goings with possession of the ball, playing solid defense and connecting on their passes. However, OSU was unable to find scoring opportunities, getting outshot by UC Santa Barbara 8-1 through the first 45 minutes. Opportunity presented itself for the Gauchos as a shot by sophomore striker Nick DePuy was saved by OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. DePuy launched another shot a minute later, this time the ball ricocheting off the post and out. Offside calls were an issue for the Buckeyes in the first period, registering three in the first 25 minutes of play. One such offside call resulted in a would-be goal getting taken away from OSU senior forward Danny Jensen. The teams went into the half tied at zero. In the 56th minute, OSU had a good scoring chance with a three-on-two man advantage in the Gauchos zone, but UC Santa Barbara freshman goalkeeper Titouan Le Roux made a diving save on a shot by Buckeye junior forward Marcus McCrary. OSU had opportunities to put one in the back of the net in the second period, including a stretch around the 71st minute that included four straight corner kicks, all of which were defended well by the Gauchos. In a match that got continuously more chippy as the night went on, UC Santa Barbara was called for 19 fouls, including two yellow cards, while OSU was called for six fouls. Siegfried had a big night in net for the Buckeyes. The redshirt freshman goalkeeper recorded six saves, including a huge save in the 83rd minute on a penalty kick by Feucht after an OSU handball in the box. Siegfried thwarted his goal attempt, guessing correctly and falling to block the right side of the net, stopping the ball in its tracks.Despite the impressive night in goal for Siegfried, the Buckeyes would eventually fall short. “Its tough taking two overtime losses like that, but the one thing we really do have is a lot of fight,” Siegfried said. “This team is really made of a lot, and these guys have a lot of heart.”Despite the two losses over the weekend, Bluem remains confident in his team’s abilities.“I am very pleased with our performance,” Bluem said. “I know we can get better. We just got to encourage the guys to stay with it and keep after it, because we are going to be a good team.”The Buckeyes next matchup is Friday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. at the University of Portland.
The Ohio State University women’s soccer team compete in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament vs. Dayton. November 12, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State women’s soccer team played through its very last whistle of the season Friday night as the Buckeyes fell to No. 1 West Virginia in a tightly contested 1-0 match. The Mountaineers defeated OSU in double-overtime in the 104th minute of the second round of the NCAA Tournament.West Virginia junior forward Michaela Abam sent a designed cross into the back of the net, just over the reach of OSU sophomore goalkeeper Devon Kerr, ending the game.West Virginia came into Friday night’s game as the top seed in the tournament, along with having bested the Buckeyes earlier in the regular season, 2-1. The Mountaineers outshot OSU 26-5 on the night, but the Buckeyes defense did not break in regulation. Kerr kept the Buckeyes in the game with multiple key saves.Although the West Virginia offense dominated play throughout much of the game, Ohio State had several close goal-scoring opportunities. In the 28th minute senior forward Nichelle Prince found her way past the Mountaineer defense, with a strike towards the left of the goal, but was saved by a diving stop. Three minutes into the first overtime period, senior forward Lindsay Agnew had a one-on-one faceoff versus the goalkeeper, but was turned away.The Buckeyes finish the 2016 season with a record of 11-7-3 record after making the program’s 11th NCAA Tournament, and the seventh time in eight season
For the first time since 2005, the hype surrounding the Ohio State men’s basketball team has nothing to do with incoming freshmen. It has nothing to do with recently departed stars and nothing to do with “what could have been.”The Buckeyes, who had become all too familiar with players leaving early for the NBA, return all but one player from last year’s team and have zero incoming freshmen.The focus on this team is not on the talent leaving Columbus, but rather on the talent staying in town.A sense of continuity is something that has been absent from the program since 2006, when Greg Oden began a trend of “one-and-done” players making short stays at OSU. The team’s familiarity with one another is something coach Thad Matta knows is important. “Repetition builds confidence in my mind,” Matta said. “I think that’s the beauty of seeing guys that have been in the program for more than one or two years. Now, there’s not a lot that they’re going to see that’s going to be new to them.”Even though the season has yet to begin, Matta said he has already noticed an improvement in his team’s ability to recognize certain situations on the court — a recognition that, because of the youth of his previous teams, was not there in the past.“These guys have played a lot of basketball together,” Matta said. “They’ve got a pretty good feel for what other guys can do. So, from that standpoint, that carries some clout for us.”Getting healthyBoth David Lighty and Nikola Kecman return this year after seeing their previous season cut short because of injury.Kecman, a sophomore, played in only one game last season before tearing his ACL in practice.Lighty, who broke his foot in the team’s seventh game last season, is now a redshirt junior coming into his fourth year at OSU. He is considered by many on the team to be the Buckeyes’ vocal leader and will make his biggest impact on the defensive end.“Dave is a great player and a great leader,” senior Kyle Madsen said. “One of the best things he does is play defense and talk on defense. He’s a really loud guy who brings everyone together.”Though it was difficult for him to watch from the bench last year, Lighty said it was his absence that allowed for others to gain valuable experience.“I dropped off and everyone stepped up their game and came ready to play,” Lighty said. “It’s going to be really good for us.”As Lighty and Kecman make their returns, junior Dallas Lauderdale will fill the vacancy on the injury report. Lauderdale, who was projected as the Buckeyes’ starting center, broke a bone in his hand during a preseason practice and is not expected to be healthy in time for the season opener.He will be replaced by senior Kyle Madsen and sophomore Zisis Sarikopoulos until he is able to return.Buckeyes begin season nationally rankedFor just the second time in Thad Matta’s career in Columbus, the Buckeyes found themselves ranked in the preseason Top 25.OSU begins the season at No. 16 in the preseason AP Poll and is one of six Big Ten teams ranked by the AP to start the year.The Buckeyes are No. 17 in the Coaches’ Poll, one of five Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 25.Matta’s first OSU team to be ranked at the start of the year entered the 2006-07 season ranked as high as fourth. The Buckeyes went on to win both the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, and finished as the national runner up.Turner earns preseason All-Conference honors; team projected to finish thirdJunior Evan Turner, who averaged a conference-best 17.3 points per game a season ago, was named the preseason All-Big Ten team by the media.Turner, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, Penn State’s Talor Battle, Michigan’s Manny Harris and Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas, all juniors, were tabbed as the conference’s best players headed into the season.Lucas, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was projected by the media to retain the title, and was named the Preseason Player of the Year.Likewise, Lucas’ Spartans are projected to repeat last year’s regular season conference championship. The Buckeyes, who finished last year in a tie for fourth in the conference, are projected to finish third, behind Michigan State and Purdue. Roller coaster non-conference scheduleBefore beginning Big Ten play at the end of December, the Buckeyes will play 12 teams from out of conference, nine of which will be played at home.The Buckeyes’ non-conference home schedule doesn’t look to be much of a challenge.The home schedule includes only one team from a major conference in Florida State, and is filled with the likes of Lipscomb and Cleveland State, among others.Away from Columbus, however, the Buckeyes will be put to the test.OSU will play both North Carolina and either California or Syracuse as a part of the 2K Sports Classic in New York City. Along with a trip to Indianapolis to play Butler, the Buckeyes will be pitted against three teams ranked in the preseason Coaches’ Poll Top 25.“With the schedule like that you have a chance to play teams from other conferences that are high powered and that we may meet in the NCAA tournament,” senior P.J. Hill said.“[After our non-conference games] we’ll know where we stand as a ball club and as individual players so I think that’s going to be a great test for us.”The Buckeyes begin play Wednesday with an exhibition game against Walsh before getting the season officially underway Monday against Alcorn State.
Former Ohio State football center Mike Brewster has been fighting to improve his draft stock this past week during preparation for Saturday’s Senior Bowl — literally. A co-captain of the 2011 Buckeyes squad and a four-year starter for OSU, Brewster has had mixed results during the week of practice leading to the showcase game for NFL prospects. Thursday’s practices in Mobile, Ala., site of the Senior Bowl, was canceled due to severe weather. However, Wednesday’s practices didn’t go well for Brewster, according to a report from Tony Pauline, a Sports Illustrated draft expert. Some of the center’s successes during the week, as well as his struggles, came against an old rival from the “team up north.” “(Center) Mike Brewster of Ohio State is having a tough go of it this morning,” Pauline wrote on cnnsi.com. “He was just beaten badly by Mike Martin of Michigan, who had been quiet most of the day. Brewster has been struggling to hold the point and continues to get pushed back off the line.” After Tuesday’s practice, Pauline wrote: “(Center) Mike Brewster of Ohio State and (defensive tackle) Mike Martin of Michigan are again battling hard in practice. Brewster laughed about it yesterday and noted it’s just a continuation of what’s taken place the past four years.” A week of ups and downs for Brewster, a 2010 All-American and all Big Ten Conference honoree, might not deter the player from reaching professional football. In a November interview with The Lantern, ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay said Brewster, who could not be reached for comment, should still find his way to the NFL. “He’s really played well (for OSU),” McShay said. “He’s been their best lineman. He’s going to find a way to succeed in the NFL. He’s just one of those guys.” Saturday’s Senior Bowl in kicks off at 4 p.m. in Mobile at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on the NFL Network. Michael Periatt contributed to this story.
“That one stings,” said Ohio State senior defenseman Brandon Martell after rival Michigan completed a weekend sweep of his team. Michigan defeated OSU, 6-3, Saturday night, following a 5-3 victory the night before. Leaving the series empty-handed, OSU remains in a tie for fourth with Ferris State in the 11-team Central Collegiate Hockey Association. But even with two losses, the Buckeyes earned a first-round bye in the CCHA Tournament. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said his staff came into the weekend primarily focused on securing that objective. “Our first step was trying to earn a bye. That’s a big step for us,” Osiecki said. The Buckeyes started Saturday’s Senior Night with four of their five seniors on the ice. The spotlight soon moved to OSU sophomore forward Tanner Fritz. The Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, native scored two goals in the opening period, sandwiched around a pair of tallies from the Wolverines. Fritz was not finished yet. After Michigan took a 3-2 lead early in the second on a goal by sophomore forward Phil Di Giuseppe, Fritz assisted sophomore forward Max McCormick’s equalizer at the 5:16 mark of the period. “(Fritz) is on a whole different level,” Osiecki said of his forward’s recent play. Neither Fritz nor his teammates, though, could muster any offense in the final period against the Wolverines. Michigan scored the final three goals of the contest. Osiecki pulled senior goalie Brady Hjelle after he let in his fifth goal of the game. “He’s been solid for us … he didn’t have his A-game tonight by any means. I don’t want to leave him out there just dangling in the wind,” Osiecki said of the call to pull Hjelle on Senior Night. The Buckeyes came out of the gate slowly Friday night and were unable to find the net until the beginning of the third period. McCormick’s 10th goal of the season made it 2-1 with 19 minutes to play. The remainder of the period brought a bevy of goals, but OSU never pulled even. The final Michigan goal came on an empty net with 50 seconds left. The sweep of the Buckeyes (13-14-7, 12-9-5-1 CCHA) leaves the Wolverines (12-18-2, 9-15-2-2 CCHA) with 31 points in conference play. Although it sits in ninth place, coach Red Berenson’s squad has won four of its last six. “That’s probably the best weekend of hockey Michigan has played all year. The penalty killing was good and the power play was good,” Berenson said. OSU will shift focus to the final series of the regular season, a date with league-leading Miami (Ohio). Osiecki said a positive response to being swept at home will be key to preparing for the Red Hawks. “You’ve got to turn the page as quick as possible, but they also have to let it sting,” Osiecki said. “That has to drive you for Monday, has to drive you for Friday.” Game one of the two-game series will be played Friday at 7:35 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.
Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing off a 3-1 defeat at Penn State to open its Big Ten schedule, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-5-1) returns home to take on Northwestern on Friday. The Buckeyes have scored goals in consecutive games, following a three-game scoreless drought and will need the momentum to continue against a tough Northwestern squad.Ohio State’s first year head coach Brian Maisonneuve said Northwestern’s depth is a major concern.“They got it rolling. They’re organized, they’re talented, they’ve got some new pieces,” Maisonneuve said. “Some of the freshmen stepped up and are doing a really nice job, and then they’ve got a lot of returners, so they’ve got some experience.” The Wildcats (4-2-1) are anchored by solid play in all facets of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Miha Miskovic owns a 0.67 goals against average this season, which is good for 28th best in the nation. On the offensive end, the Wildcats are led by senior midfielder Camden Buescher and freshman midfielder Bardia Kimiavi. Buescher has scored three goals, while Kimiavi has scored two. Four other Wildcats have also scored this season. “They’re playing some really good soccer right now, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge,” Maisonneuve said. Maisonneuve also said that while the goals are starting to come, he doesn’t like that they gave up three goals the last time out and says his team will need to tighten things up defensively. “We were creating chances the whole year, sometimes it just takes a little bit to find the back of the net,” Maisonneuve said. “A lot of times when you have a new group, new tactics and just everything’s brand new, we’re looking at five weeks now, sometimes that final piece is the goal-scoring piece.”Friday’s match comes just days ahead of a trip to Ann Arbor to take onl Michigan. Redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell knows that they cannot look past Northwestern, and they will have to take things day by day, game by game if they want to be successful. “Northwestern’s a good team, they’ve got some good wins this season, so right now we’re looking to build off Friday and take that into Michigan,” Blackwell said. “If we can get a good win on Friday, that’ll give us a lot of momentum going into Ann Arbor.” The Buckeyes will have to excel in all areas of the game on Friday if they want to knock off Northwestern to claim their second victory of the season. Friday’s game is scheduled at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. start. Following Friday night’s match, the Buckeyes will travel to face No. 21 Michigan on Tuesday.
She said believes her husband was “worse treated than had he been an ordinary citizen” and claimed the “presumption of innocence had been set aside”.Lady Brittan, who says she was assisted by her two daughters during the “turbulent” times, told the BBC: “He would never say anything to me, but I cannot believe from what he said to my daughters that he was not affected by it all.“He was a strong man and he was a very moral man, and I think the last thing he wanted – because I think we both knew what was coming – was to upset me even further.”She added that she does not blame police in general, but rather has had her confidence dented in the Metropolitan Police officers involved in the investigation. Show more He was a strong man and he was a very moral man, and I think the last thing he wanted – because I think we both knew what was coming – was to upset me even furtherLady Brittan She wants “lessons to be learned” and “just [wishes] that none of it had happened”. It emerged in 2014 that Lord Brittan had been questioned by police in connection with a historic rape allegation.Throughout the investigation, he maintained the allegation was wholly without foundation. He died in 2015 aged 75 after a long battle with cancer – before police told him the case had been dropped.It later emerged police had concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed in September 2013, but the case was reopened. The Crown Prosecution Service told police in November 2014 – two months before Lord Brittan died – that there was not enough evidence for them to consider bringing charges.This decision was appealed by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse. It was not until April 2015 that the complainant was informed no charges would follow, even if Lord Brittan was alive.Lady Brittan received a letter from the police clarifying their position nearly six months later, in October that year.Explaining the reasoning behind the decision to reopen the case, the Metropolitan Police said: “It was felt that these were highly unusual circumstances where the previous independence of the police to tackle sexual offending by VIPs had been publicly called into question.“A decision to take no further action in respect of this allegation would undoubtedly have resulted in media criticism and public cynicism, and there was clearly a very strong public interest in ensuring that the correct decision had been made.”Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the force’s commissioner, later met with Lady Brittan to apologise.Lady Brittan’s interview with BBC Radio 4’s The Briefing Room will be broadcast tonight at 8pm. Lady Brittan leaves her home in central LondonCredit:Warren Allott Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Lord Brittan’s widow has spoken out for the first time since police dropped their investigation into her husband, revealing he kept his concerns to himself because he did not want to upset her.The former Home Secretary died before being told he would not face any further investigation over an historic sex abuse allegation.His wife, Lady Brittan, has now spoken about how the investigation impacted on the family, admitting her husband did not confide in her in a bid to protect her.