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April 2-16

Athletics

It’s academic: OSU tops Big Ten in scholarly athletes for winter quarter
OSU – The Lantern
Kyle Madsen waits for a rebound during Ohio State’s victory over Georgia Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State boasts

5K offers chance to run with OSU athletes

OSU Lantern – Ohio State athletes will be running, but it won’t be for conditioning or punishment. On Sunday morning, the Athletic Training Club will host the inaugural “Running with the Buckeyes 5K” at Fred Beekman Park on OSU’s West Campus.

Baseball

Game-changer Columbus Dispatch – Stephens ditches his sunny disposition when he takes the field

Outfielder discovered by accident: DeLucia excelling in field, at plate following injury The Columbus Dispatch

Wimmers strikes out 14, OSU beats IU
Big Ten Network
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Friday was a great day for Ohio State’s junior Alex Wimmers. He led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a 7-1 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers

College Update: Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers starts 6-0
Cincinnati.com
The Buckeyes improved to 15-7 overall. Wimmers’ 6-0 start is the best for an Ohio State pitcher since 2007. Transylvania junior Ben Kuebbing (St. Henry)

Dominating Wimmers goes distance The Columbus Dispatch Professional baseball scouts had their radar guns raised in anticipation of Ohio State ace right-hander Alex Wimmers doing his usual stuff, and that is to make batters look as if they are trying to hit a Wiffle Ball in a gale. Except something was out of whack shortly after the national anthem last night.

Buckeyes put bats to work to win series The Columbus Dispatch It was during the top half of the fourth inning when Ohio State coach Bob Todd began to get that familiar, painful knot in his stomach. Dean Wolosiansky was pitching, and a four-run lead was in the process of vanishing against Indiana.

Buckeyes continue hot hitting, take two of three from Indiana

OSU Lantern – Ohio State used seven two-out runs to top Indiana 10-8 Sunday in the deciding game of the three-game series at Bill Davis Stadium.   A bases-loaded throwing error in the first inning by Indiana catcher Dylan Swift got the scoring started for the Buckeyes, who claimed a 4-1 lead in the first.

Softball

Late runs help Buckeyes rout Fighting Illini
Big Ten Network
20 Ohio State finished off its 10-2 upset victory over No. 18 Illinois (27-5) in emphatic fashion on Sunday. The Buckeyes (22-11) scored six runs in the

No. 18 Illinois beats No. 20 OSU on walk-off HR
Big Ten Network
20 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-11) on Saturday. The game was tied when Conrad came to the plate against Nichols with no outs and nobody on base, and knocked a

Men’s Track and Field

Recruit Dazzles WHIO TV

Men’s Tennis

Men’s tennis to face toughest conference battle in Columbus
Daily Illini
For the past four years, the Big Ten men’s tennis champion has been the Ohio State Buckeyes. Sunday provides Illinois with an opportunity to improve its

Men’s Gymnastics

Wynn gets rings title in the Big Ten meet The Columbus Dispatch Brandon Wynn scored a meet-high 15.85 on the rings to win his first Big Ten title at the conference individual championships last night in St. John Arena. Wynn became the first Buckeye to win an individual title since 2007. He also finished third in the vault.

Buckeyes gymnasts qualify for NCAA championships
Big Ten Network
After the Buckeyes hit a bit of a skid on parallel bars, the squad’s upperclassmen got Ohio State back on track on high bar. In the third rotation,

OSU notebook: Men’s gymnasts make NCAAs
Columbus Dispatch
Sophomore Steven Spencer, the 2009 NCAA runner-up in the event, led Ohio State with a score of 14.75. • All-tournament passes and group tickets to the 2010

Men’s Golf

Ohio State adapts to its new coach The Columbus Dispatch Bo Hoag and his teammates on the Ohio State men’s golf team spent the offseason working out with strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson – the same man responsible for training the likes of All-American basketball players Evan Turner and Jantel Lavender. “I stepped on the scale and gained 10 pounds of muscle,” said Hoag, himself a 2009 honorable mention All-American. “It doesn’t look like it, but it’s there somewhere. Golfers are still athletes, so you’ve got to take care of your body and get it in the best shape you can.”

Home course unkind to Ohio State in Kepler Invitational
OSU – The Lantern
Brad Smith, a senior from Cambridge, Ohio, led the Buckeyes with a 1-over par 214 for the weekend, finishing sixth among all golfers at the tournament.

Men’s Lacrosse

Hobart stickmen fall to Ohio State
MPNnow.com
The Hobart Statesman lacrosse team, playing without its leading scorer Kevin Curtain, fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes 14-6 in an ECAC game

Lacrosse roundup: No. 7 Loyola outlasts Ohio State
Baltimore Sun
7 Loyola scored the first four goals of the game and took a seven-goal lead into the fourth quarter, and the Greyhounds defeated visiting Ohio State, 11-9,

Early Offense Spurs No. 12 Loyola Past Ohio State
LaxPower
Langan added a goal 30 seconds after MacDonnell’s second before Ohio State’s Mario Ventiquattro scored the Buckeyes‘ first with 3:40 to play in the quarter.

Women’s Lacrosse

Lions look to change conference success
The Daily Collegian Online
With only three regular-season games remaining, the Lions will have their last chance to change their in-conference fate when they play at Ohio State at 1

Lacrosse tops Ohio State for eighth straight win
InsideVandy
Ohio State (7-4, 1-2) had emerged victorious in five of six contests, prior to its date with the Commodores. On Senior Day in Nashville,

Haggerty breaks OSU lacrosse career record

OSU Lantern – Though Ohio State women’s lacrosse lost to Vanderbilt Saturday, one player still had something to celebrate.   Senior Kelly Haggerty scored her 221st point, breaking OSU’s record for most career points.   “I was aware that I was kind of close to it and it was definitely something that I wanted to accomplish,” Haggerty said.

Football

Ohio State knows next step is national title

ESPN – Jim Tressel has a belief about this place that his Ohio State Buckeyes players are starting to echo. “Tressel has always thought that if you don’t go undefeated,” Buckeyes defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said, “the town’s against you.”

Tressel the perfect fit for Buckeye Nation Dayton Daily News The Vest has done it again. Depending on what poll, Web site or talking radio head is offering, Ohio State ranks anywhere from 2-5 for the incoming college football season.

Linebacker a key role at OSU: Rolle, Homan shy away from comparisions to past greats Toledo Blade

OSU’s version of Tailback U. Columbus Dispatch

OL Justin Boren back for final year with Buckeyes

Sports Illustrated COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Justin Boren, who famously transferred from Michigan to hated rival Ohio State, is relishing his final year as a Buckeye.Three years after an ugly departure from the Wolverines, the senior figures to be an anchor on the offensive line.

Boren ‘glad it’s all in the past; I’m a Buckeye’
Detroit Free Press
He ended up transferring to Ohio State and now is reticent to discuss his controversial transfer from the Buckeyes‘ chief rival.

Zach Boren didn’t let injury hurt his chances The Columbus Dispatch

Pryor’s improvement draws praise The Columbus Dispatch When asked to name a fellow player who has improved since last spring, Ohio State senior guard Bryant Browning didn’t throw out a name at first, just a position. “Our quarterback, every time he gets a chance to be a better leader, he takes that step up,” Browning said after yesterday’s practice.

It’s a four-way tie at left tackle: Adams, Miller, Hall, Shugarts all have a shot at playing time, line coach says  The Columbus Dispatch With two answers yesterday, Ohio State offensive line coach Jim Bollman completely jumbled what once seemed a pretty clear situation at left tackle. First, Bollman doubled the number of players competing for the job. Michael Adams and Andrew Miller now have company at the spot. “There’s four guys that will play at left tackle before the spring is over, OK?” Bollman said after the Buckeyes completed their second practice of the spring. “Michael Adams, Andrew Miller, Marcus Hall and J.B. Shugarts. All of them are going to play on the left side at different times, (and) we’ll just keep rolling those guys throughout there until we feel like we’re settled.”

Tressel finally will see the lights illuminating his practice fields The Columbus Dispatch It was November 2005, and Ohio State was preparing for the Michigan game. Coach Jim Tressel was standing on the practice field with first-year athletic director Gene Smith. “I said to him, ‘Isn’t it kind of dark out here?'” Tressel said. “And he said, ‘Why don’t you have the lights on?’ I said, ‘We don’t have lights, but the parking lot does, and the softball (field) does, and the track does, and the baseball (stadium) does.'”

Video: Coach Jim Tressel says the Buckeyes are well-stocked at tailback Columbus Dispatch

Heyward’s back and Buckeyes are glad USA Today

Pass-rushing demon Cameron Heyward is only returning starter on Ohio State’s …
Fox 59
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State defensive lineman Cameron Heyward speaks from experience when he advises Buckeyes basketball star Evan Turner to do

Bucks to boast army of backs
OSU – The Lantern
The Ohio State Buckeyes are used to having quality running backs, just not having several of them at one time.

Passing game in good hands
Akron Beacon Journal
Both Buckeyes touchdowns came on passes and, for the first time, Ohio State looked as if it had embraced a pass-first-and-ask-questions-later offense.

Star search is on in Ohio State Buckeyes’ football team’s secondary
Plain Dealer
Ohio State’s “star” position, what the Buckeyes call the fifth defensive back they require the roughly 70 percent of the time they are in a nickel defense,

After playing follow the leader, Hines is now expected to be one Columbus Dispatch

Buchanan likely Ohio State punter, plus he’s pressuring Devin Barclay’s hold …
Cleveland News – Fox 8
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ben Buchanan is looking like the best value on the Ohio State football team. He only takes up one scholarship, yet may end up holding

Ben Buchanan may be a 2-for-1 bargain for Buckeyes

The Columbus Dispatch – Ben Buchanan is looking like the best value on the Ohio State football team. He only takes up one scholarship, yet may end up holding down two jobs.

Ohio State’s Washington ready to answer the call News Herald

Washington remains positive despite on-field struggles The Columbus Dispatch To the outside world, Taurian Washington has been relegated to the “Where Are They Now?” file. That’s what happens to receivers who haven’t caught a pass in nearly three years. But Washington is still with Ohio State, and his teammates, at least, are glad. They see a guy who works hard, even when he’s buried on the depth chart. They appreciate his ever-present smile in practice and his willingness to help others.

Ohio State football: Harvey’s Fields making quick strides at receiver
News-Herald.com
Ohio State’s coaching staff released its spring depth chart this week, and to the surprise of no one, returning starters DeVier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher

Buckeyes’ defensive line will be tested
Akron Beacon Journal
The Ohio State defensive lineman has been a starter for three years. Last season, he emerged as a force, with 10 tackles for loss and a

Sabino is new third linebacker for Buckeyes Canton Repository

Sabino’s opportunity has arrived The Columbus Dispatch Returning starters Brian Rolle and Ross Homan supplied Ohio State with two givens at linebacker when spring drills began this month. But it’s the little-known third fellow, Etienne Sabino, who is providing the intrigue. Sabino seems to be making his presence felt more each day because he’s now reacting more than thinking. That’s a good thing, according to co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. It means Sabino is swinging into the fray with more frequency from the strongside position.

Sweat eager to return to action after surgery The Columbus Dispatch When they pass out the yellow “limited participation” jerseys at Ohio State football practice, Andrew Sweat is one of the most reluctant to put it on. The junior linebacker is five months removed from major knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is being held out of contact this spring.

Coming and going The Columbus Dispatch Ohio State must replace five players off its 2009 defensive line, which helped the Buckeyes finish fifth nationally in scoring defense (12.5 points per game) and total defense (262.3 yards per game)

OSU rewriting its theme for this defensive edition
Columbus Dispatch
Solid, sometimes spectacular defense has become tradition at Ohio State the past few years, and so has the method by which coaches and veteran

Players get head start with early enrollment The Columbus Dispatch

Buckeyes making sure veteran offense has a spring in its step during drills Cleveland Plain Dealer Spring practice typically signifies the fresh start of a new season. That’s not how the Ohio State offense saw it this year. Halfway through spring ball, with practice eight of 15 taking place Tuesday afternoon, the Buckeyes, with experience throughout the offense, are thinking of this as Rose Bowl, Part II.

Men’s Volleyball

Loyola swept by Buckeyes
Loyola Phoenix
As if suffering their first conference loss of the season at Ohio State wasn’t disheartening enough, the bus carrying Loyola’s men’s volleyball team broke

Men’s basketball

New York Times: Ohio St’s Evan Turner Wins Wooden Award

Ohio State’s Turner wins Wooden Award – NCAA Division I Mens …
Ohio State’s Evan Turner won the John R. Wooden Award, claiming yet another trophy as the

Smith against expanding tournament to 96

ESPN – As the incoming NCAA tournament committee chairman, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will either preside over another traditional NCAA tournament or be forced to oversee the most dramatic change the event has ever seen. He says he has no idea whether the tournament will expand to 96 teams in 2011. But he knows what he’s for: keeping it the same or making a slight alteration.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: University of Charlotte hires Ohio State Buckeyes assistant Alan Major as its new men’s basketball coach

ESPN: Turner to enter NBA draft

Replacing Evan Turner: Buckeyes look toward life after NBA-bound guard

OSU Lantern – When next season begins, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will return with four of its five starters from the 2009-2010 campaign. But the one missing, Evan Turner, left a gaping hole in the Buckeyes’ roster when he declared for the NBA Draft last week.

Lighty gave brief thought to NBA The Columbus Dispatch While Evan Turner’s departure to the NBA was considered likely and there were some murmurs about the possibility of William Buford testing the waters, little if any speculation was given to David Lighty leaving early. Not that he came close to forgoing his final year of eligibility, but Lighty said today that the thought at least crossed his mind.

Awards prove Ohio State Buckeyes guard Evan Turner grew into his role Cleveland Plain Dealer Ohio State coach Thad Matta kicked open the door of the gym during a 6 a.m. practice and told Evan Turner: “You either grow up or you go home. I don’t care which one it is. Here’s the door. It’s open, you can leave.” Telling the story Friday, one from Turner’s freshman season, Matta’s ending was obvious. Seated at the head table near Oscar Robertson, accepting a college basketball national player of the year award named for the Hall of Famer, Turner didn’t walk out that door three years ago.

Women’s Basketball

Lavender named to State Farm All-America team The Columbus Dispatch Jantel Lavender was named today to the Division I State Farm/Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America team for the second consecutive season. It was the third All-America honor for the Ohio State junior who previously was voted onto the Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association first teams. OSU sophomore point guard Samantha Prahalis was named honorable mention .

Ohio State star earns national honor
Big Ten Network
Among the honorees for the second-consecutive season is Ohio State junior center Jantel Lavender who also took home USBWA and first team Associated Press