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Athletics

OSU’s Gene Smith receives top honorCleveland Plain Dealer Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith will be honored with the National Football Foundation’s 2009 Distinguished American Award.

Softball

Catcher bats leadoff to give team instant offenseColumbus Dispatch Sam Marder seemed an unlikely choice to move into Ohio State’s leadoff spot when softball coach Linda Kalafatis recently shuffled the lineup in search of offense. Marder, a junior catcher, doesn’t bunt much. She doesn’t steal many bases. And she is one of the nation’s leaders in home runs and slugging percentage. But the Buckeyes don’t need her to do the typical things one expects of a leadoff hitter.

Baseball

With mind at peace, Dew delivering Columbus Dispatch Dew, a junior from Worthington Kilbourne, is tied with two other players for the Big Ten lead in hitting with a .402 average going into the Buckeyes’ three-game series against Michigan State. The first game is at 6:35 tonight in Bill Davis Stadium.

Todd, OSU host Spartans after 12-0 win against MoreheadOSU LanternThe Ohio State baseball team will start a very important Big Ten series this weekend as they look to keep pace with other top teams in the conference. The No. 28 Buckeyes (22-7, 3-3 in the Big Ten) will face the Michigan State Spartans (11-17, 3-3 in the Big Ten) in a three-game series this weekend at Bill Davis Stadium….

Men’s Track and Field

OSU hosts ‘The Dual’ SaturdayOSU LanternThe countdown clock looming in the locker room of the Ohio State men’s track represents the team’s first outdoor meet – one that has more significance than usual. Saturday, OSU and rival Michigan University will face off in the Michigan Dual meet at home….

Men’s Lacrosse

Dalgarno gets support from teammate for awardOSU LanternA senior and captain on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, Joel Dalgarno, celebrated his first road win with his teammates Saturday night, and returned home to Columbus as the featured Athlete of the Week on the Big Ten Web site. Dalgarno was already having a positive start to his week when he noticed a Facebook group supporting him as a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award….

Women’s Lacrosse

Senior day for women laxersOSU LanternThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will be hosting another nationally ranked team this weekend. The Bucks will be playing against the Vanderbilt Commodores who are ranked 10th by Womenslax.com at noon on Sunday at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Although the Bucks lost two games last weekend, they moved up to No….

Men’s Golf

Final home event in 36-year career for coach Jim BrownOSU LanternThe Ohio State men’s golf team will look to build on its success from last week’s Buckeye Quad Meet as the team hosts the 40th Annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at the Scarlet course this weekend. The 54-hole tournament’s field will be highly competitive, consisting of several in and out of conference opponents.

Football

Cleveland Browns’ hosting Ohio State running back Beanie Wells, Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry Cleveland Plain Dealer “Of course Beanie’s excited,” said agent Adam Heller. “It would be a dream come true for him to play for his hometown team.”

Tressel shows gratitude to militaryBig Ten Network WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE – Jim Tressel knew he’d be showered with adulation when he made an appearance here before about 2,000 base personnel and their families, but the Ohio State coach felt somewhat sheepish about being on the receiving end of all that applause.

With Wells gone, Buckeyes assess remaining 2 TBsUSA Today

Also: Sports Illustrated: With “Beanie” gone, Buckeyes assess remaining pair of tailbacks

Ohio State Buckeyes: If you can’t beat ’em, visit ’em.Cleveland Plain Dealer Since spring does not come to Ohio as early as it does in the South, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel sent some of his coaches to the state of North Carolina, Texas and Florida to take a peek at what goes on at other spring practices.

Terrelle Pryor and rest of rushing game to …
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
Ohio State running back Dan Herron, above, one of Beanie Wells’ replacements, lacks Wells’ tackle-breaking power, the Buckeyes will run inside less.

Lawrence Wilson’s comeback, round twoCleveland Plain Dealer

Kiper has six Buckeyes in first three rounds
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
It includes six Ohio State players, all in the first three rounds, but only two in the first round. I’ll still be surprised if James Laurinaitis is not a

Fullbacks could play bigger role this yearColumbus Dispatch

Saine out to make up for season in shadowsColumbus Dispatch In Piqua, Wendi Croft is better known as “Brandon Saine’s mom.” Wherever she goes, she is asked about her now-you-see-him, now-you-don’t son, a hometown hero and Ohio State running back.

Rowing

No. 12 Buckeyes host first home regattaOSU LanternThe No. 12 Ohio State rowing team will have its first home meet Saturday at the Scioto River against Indiana, Notre Dame and the 2008 national champions, No. 8 Brown. The Buckeyes are coming off a three-win weekend at No. 13 Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge April 4, where the team’s First Varsity eight beat the Cavaliers by 1….

April 9 

Football

Buckeye greats highlight kickoff benefit OSU Lantern – Ohio State football coaches Jim Tressel, John Cooper and Earle Bruce had some special guests at this year’s Buckeye Football Spring Kickoff on Wednesday. The coaches were joined by Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

Ohio State faces lots of questions this springAP via Dayton Daily News – Jim Tressel tries to avoid prematurely judging his Ohio State teams. With 31 players gone from last year’s squad heading into the start of spring practice on Thursday, it would be difficult to do anyway.

Columbus Dispatch Blogs:Defensive line out-takes   Tuesday practice: Football weather

Buckeyes check spring in the SouthToledo Blade – Before the Ohio State coaching staff sat down and mapped out its game plan for the Buckeyes’ spring football workouts, it was time for a field trip.

Defensive line loaded with experienceOSU Lantern Little has changed along the defensive line of Ohio State’s football team since the end of last season. Now, the task at hand for defensive coordinator Jim Heacock is to use spring practices to unearth the right combination of veteran lineman to stake claim to the line of scrimmage.

 

Cutler’s protector Pace: ‘I can still play at a high level’
USA Today – USA
Smith served as Rams defensive coordinator from 2001-2003, and Pace also played at Ohio State in 1995 when Smith was a Buckeyes assistant.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is third in the Big Ten Conference – says Sports IllustratedCleveland Plain Dealer – How would you rank the football coaches in the Big Ten Conference? Well the folks at SI.com rank two coaches ahead of Ohio State’s Jim Tressel. It’s one thing to rank Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz as the top coach in the league, but Michigan’s Rich Rodriguez No. 2?

Baseball

Ohio State dominates Morehead State BigTenNetwork.com
Eric Best pitched shutout, one-hit ball through four innings and the Buckeyes provided plenty of offensive support with 12 hits to lead No. 28 Ohio State to a 12-0 win over Morehead State Wednesday.

 

Pitchers combine for two-hitter, offense puts up a dozen against Morehead StateOSU Lantern – After struggling in his last start, pitcher Eric Best did his best to help the Buckeyes get the victory against the Eagles yesterday. Allowing a hit and a walk in the first, Best struggled in the early going against Morehead State. Best was just unable to place the pitches where he wanted them in the first…

Baseball Eagles Lose at 28th Ranked Ohio State
MSU Eagles – Morehead,KY,USA
Morehead State (10-19) managed only two singles off Buckeye pitching. OSU starter Eric Best (5-1) picked up the win. Cory Kovanda led the Ohio State (23-7)

Athletics/University

Ohio Stadium among potential sites in U.S. proposal for World CupColumbus Dispatch – Ohio Stadium, Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati and Cleveland Browns Stadium are among 70 potential sites in 50 U.S. cities that have attracted the interest of the U.S. bid committee hoping to stage the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

‘This is Ohio State’ Gee talks sports, economy, dorms on Marion visit Marion Star – MARION – A good-humored E. Gordon Gee received a warm reception on Wednesday as he visited the Marion Campus for the second time since returning as Ohio State University’s president.

Men’s Basketball

Cook sidelined by bum shoulder Columbus Dispatch

Men’s Gymnastics

Burns Blog: Preparing for NCAA Championships
Gophersports.com – Minneapolis,MN,USA
The big matchup for us will be between the Gophers and the Buckeyes and I think it will be the matchup of the century. Ohio State beat us at the Big Tens by

April 8

Men’s Golf

OSU golf coach will leave legacy of good guys Columbus Dispatch – if the measure of a man is the company he keeps — or in this case the company he recruits — then Jim Brown is a blessing to the university he has served for 36 years.

Football

Walk-on goes from hating one OSU to loving another

OSU Lantern – Tony Ranieri grew up just two hours from Columbus, but before he arrived at Ohio State, he considered Oregon-Oregon State to be among the nation’s most heated rivalries. “Coming to Ohio State, I’ve realized what a rivalry really means,” said the junior wide receiver from Cincinnati….

Heacock upbeat about defensive line Columbus Dispatch – Jim Heacock is a born yeller. The Ohio State defensive coordinator is happiest when he’s on the practice field, hollering until his face matches his scarlet jacket.

Jim Tressel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base April 8:

OSU notebook: Boren quick to make big impression Columbus Dispatch

Thaddeus Gibson wants to seek and destroy Cleveland Plain Dealer  COLUMBUS — “Destroy everything moving.” Be aware that Thaddeus Gibson followed that assessment with a laugh. But when the Euclid High grad, who will be a fourth-year junior at Ohio State in the fall, was asked to analyze what type of game he wants to play next season, he was succinct.

The year of the defensive line
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
If last season was the year of the linebacker for the Buckeyes, this fall should be the year of the defensive line. The Ohio State Buckeyes will have such a

Buckeyes’ defensive line will shine in 2009
The Morning Journal – Lorain,OH,USA
By MIKE PERRY (Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a four-part series detailing the Ohio State football program during annual spring practice).

Baseball

Baseball finally back home

OSU Lantern – The Ohio State baseball team, finally through a stretch of 27 of its last 29 games on the road, can now take a break. “It was good for us as a team early on to have those away games,” centerfielder Michael Arp said. “It built up some toughness.” After playing most of their baseball on the road, it will be good for the Buckeyes to get a chance to come home and play…

Baseball Buckeyes break into Big Ten schedule
U Weekly – Columbus,OH,USA
By Eric Burch After a week filled with the excitement of a thrilling home opener, the Ohio State Buckeyes‘ baseball team will have to settle down with the

Softball

Softball travels to Bloomington for doubleheader with lowly IU

OSU Lantern – The second place Buckeyes will put their 5-1 Big Ten record on the line today against the Indiana Hoosiers from Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes are coming off of a pair of 1-0 victories April 4, with a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Minneapolis…

Hoosiers to face Big Ten’s best in Ohio State
Indiana Daily Student – USA
The Buckeyes have struggled as of late: Ohio State has averaged just two runs in its past three games. If the Hoosiers hope to knock off one of the Big

Men’s Track and Field

Pair of decathletes take part in Sea Ray Relays

OSU Lantern – Patrick Woods hasn’t competed in the decathlon in three years. Ineligible to compete in the winter indoor track and field season, Woods returns to the outdoor track a decathlete. “I’ve already ran indoors four years,” he said. “I red-shirted outdoor junior year, so this is only my fourth year outdoor….

 

April 7

Football

Air base abuzz for Tressel visit
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
But yesterday, he donned the scarlet sweater that also identifies him as a longtime Ohio State football fan and welcomed into his domain coach Jim Tressel.

OSU coach Tressel shows gratitude to military
Dayton Daily News – Buckeyes coach makes stop at Wright-Patterson before heading overseas for football coaches’ tour.  

 

Chekwa and Spitler will lead OSU defense
The Morning Journal – Lorain,OH,USA
Storm Klein (Licking Valley HS) was the first Buckeye recruit to sign with Ohio State, and he is with the team already. He was a four-year starter with

Rebuilding the offensive line

OSU Lantern – How does a football team improve an offense that lost seven starters and was held without a touchdown in two of its three losses a year ago? During spring practices, trial-and-error seems to have been the most effective route to composing a new group of Ohio State linemen, backs and receivers, said offensive coordinator Jim Bollman….

The-Review.com – Griffin speaks at HOF lunch
tailback for the Ohio State Buckeyes coached by Woody. Hayes, stopped in Stark County to address the Pro Football. Hall of Fame Luncheon Club at Tozzi’s Restaurant on Monday. afternoon. Griffin, who played eight years of professional

Carolina basketball grabbed title that …
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
AP… the career of Ohio State’s James Laurinaitis ended three months ago. “We all got together a little bit and we made that decision,” Ellington said at

Men’s Basketball

Top 10 prediction for 2009-10Chicago Tribune 9. Ohio State: If Evan Turner returns, the Buckeyes should be in good shape. They don’t lose any players to graduation.

Women’s Golf

Freshman leads Buckeye women golfers
OSU – The Lantern – Columbus,OH,USA
The Ohio State women’s golf team ventured to Greensboro, NC this weekend to take part of the annual Bryan National Collegiate tournament. The Buckeyes got

 

 

Rowing

Buckeyes win three in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
OSU – The Lantern – Columbus,OH,USA
16 Ohio State rowing team fared well Saturday against No. 7 Virginia, winning three of its key races in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

April 4-6 

Men’s Basketball

Commentary: 1939 Buckeyes ushered in tournament before …
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
The Buckeyes weren’t even aware they were playing for the national title until afterward. On the other hand, that Ohio State team was ahead of its time in

Final Four lore not threatened this year
San Francisco Chronicle – CA, USA
Ohio State, 1961 – Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek and Larry Siegfried returned from a team that beat Cal by 20 points in the 1960 NCAA finals and finished the

Women’s Gymnastics

Best does her best, moves on to national competition OSU Lantern

Ohio State sophomore Rebecca Best performs on the bars during Saturday’s NCAA Regional competition at St. John Arena. Best advanced to the NCAA National Championships.

Men’s Gymnastics

OSU third at Big Ten’s; Onorato named Freshman of the Year

OSU Lantern – The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team had a stellar performance at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor last weekend, taking third for the third time consecutively. Also, freshman Philip Onorato, who placed second on the rings (15.275) and vault (16.0), earned the league’s Freshman of the Year Award…

Big Ten Network Highlights …

Men’s Golf

Hoag, Bucks win on home course

OSU Lantern – The Ohio State men’s golf team welcomed in-state opponents Cleveland State, Dayton and Youngstown State for the Buckeye Quad Meet Saturday at their home Scarlet Course. Ohio State won the event, with sophomore Bo Hoag taking top overall honors. Each university had six golfers compete, with the top five players’ scores contributing to the overall teams’ scores….

Softball

Sweep in doubleheader extends winning streak to four

OSU Lantern – The No. 17 ranked Ohio State softball team’s winning streak hits four after a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Buckeyes improve to 28-6 overall and 5-1 in Big Ten conference play after a pair of 1-0 victories Saturday April 4. OSU expected to play a two-game series this weekend Saturday and Sunday but because of a threat of inclement weather, was forced to play a doubleheader….

Baseball

Bucks drop two of three OSU Lantern

Ohio State junior Zach Hurley slides into home during Tuesday’s game with Xavier and is tagged out. OSU won the game 9-7. Over the weekend the Buckeyes lost two out of three games to Minnesota.

Minnesota tees off on Ohio State pitchers during 16-3 romp Columbus Dispatch

Baseball team tops Minnesota
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
17 Ohio State (28-6, 5-1) posted a pair of 1-0 wins over host Minnesota (20-21, 3-3), giving the Buckeyes six wins in their past seven games. …

Minn. bats hushed in 3-2 loss to Ohio State
Minnesota Daily – Minneapolis,MN,USA
But two swings were all Ohio State needed. Justin Miller belted a two-run homerun off Buske in the top of the first inning to stake the Buckeyes an early …

Gophers take series opener
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
Minnesota starter Chauncey Handran limited Ohio State to two runs and seven hits in seven innings and the Buckeyes lost 7-5 last night in the opener of a …

Football

Line gets hard lesson Columbus Dispatch

Depth chart released, with Cordle a starting tackle

Cleveland Plain Dealer The Ohio State depth chart is out for spring football, and as expected, Jim Cordle is one of your starting tackles, along with sophomore Mike Adams.

Ohio State football: There’s always time to talk kicking

Cleveland Plain Dealer Yeah, I asked about it, and it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. Reporters were given just over an hour with Jim Tressel on Wednesday, and I worked in a kicker/punter question. Consider it a gift to Tressel, special teams guru.

Spring practice starts for OSU, minus 31 players

Toledo Blade – The 2009 Ohio State Buckeyes start to take shape today, when spring football practice begins for what will be a new-fangled team in a number of ways. But don’t call it a rebuilding, a reloading, a rejuvenation, a reconstruction or a renovation.

 

 

 

Spring things: Key issues facing the Ohio State football team
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
By Tim May and Ken Gordon A year ago, Ohio State spring drills were more like a formality. With almost every starter back and brimming with seniors from a

OSU won’t find all the answers in spring
LimaOhio.com – OH
Everything you see about Ohio State spring football practice, which started earlier this week, says the Buckeyes have a lot of questions. Fair enough.

Men’s Volleyball

Lewis runs into Ohio State wall
Joliet Herald News – Joliet,IL,USA
14 Ohio State (12-9, 8-1) not only takes control of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Conference, the Buckeyes will now likely host the …

Men’s Lacrosse

Ohio State wins against GWLL’s Bellarmine on road
Inside Lacrosse (press release) – Baltimore,MD,USA
Senior Doug Ruhnke regained the Ohio State edge (6-5) with a goal at the 4:12 mark of the stanza. The Buckeyes were outshot in the quarter, 8-5.

Men’s lax earns first road win OSU Lantern

Ohio State sophomore Scott Lathrop runs upfield during the Feb. 7 game against Detroit Mercy. OSU won 21-1. The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team celebrated their first away game win Saturday when they defeated Great Western Lacrosse League opponent Bellarmine in Louisville, Ky….

Women’s Lacrosse

ACC competition too tough

OSU Lantern – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was looking to rebound after their loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels Friday. That wish came up short, losing to the 2nd ranked Maryland Terrapins 17-16. OSU got off to a quick start with the first three goals, but two yellow cards in a span of 25 seconds put the Bucks shorthanded…

Women’s Tennis

Wolverines Hand Buckeyes First Big Ten Loss
Bob Larson Tennis News – MN,USA
35 Ohio State women’s tennis team (11-7, 4-1 Big Ten), as the Buckeyes lost, 5-2, against rival and 23rd-ranked Michigan (10-5, 5-1 Big Ten) Friday.

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