The OSU women’s tennis team currently has 4 international players occupying its roster in sophomore Ferny Angeles Paz (left), sophomore Miho Kowase, junior Grainne O’Neill and sophomore Gabriella De Santis.Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern reporterTraveling to America from a foreign country can be a big change, offering an unfamiliar culture with new languages and learning experiences for some international students.The Ohio State women’s tennis team (12-4, 5-0) has eight players on its roster. Only half of those players are from the United States. The other four have traveled thousands of miles from Peru, Japan, Ireland and Venezuela to become Buckeyes.Coach Melissa Schaub said she considers international players to be great assets for the team.“Tennis is a very international sport, so you see a lot of international players in college tennis,” Schaub said. “It is much more popular in other countries than it is here in the U.S. These girls have been traveling around the world since a young age playing tennis, which is something not every American gets to do.”She said it can be difficult selecting eight scholarship players who can easily adapt to the program.“Recruiting in general is probably one of the biggest aspects of our job,” Schaub said. “There are some really good international tournaments called the Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr where you get to see the international players but get to stay here in the U.S. Once you see what you’re looking for, then you will take a trip over there to meet their coach and their family before bringing them to the U.S. for a visit.”Schaub said the girls brought a lot of experience as far as tournaments and playing internationally. She said the four international players have been a great addition to the program as teammates who show support for one another.“We have a good mix of different players on our team, and the American kids get to have a little bit of culture,” Schaub said. “College athletics for any athlete is an amazing experience, but for the international players, it’s even more amazing in some ways because in most other countries it’s either you continue with school or you continue with tennis, and here they get to do both.”Sophomore Gabby De Santis from Venezuela said she would have been faced with that difficult decision in her home country. Santis added that one advantage of moving to America is learning about a new culture while continuing her tennis and academic careers.“It’s interesting to know different people that think in different ways,” Santis said. “It is much more competitive here than in Venezuela where I would not have had the opportunity to study and play at a collegiate level at the same time.”Sophomore Ferny Angeles Paz said her native country of Peru and the U.S. are different in many ways.“I’ve never played indoors in Peru. It is very different because we don’t have indoor courts,” Paz said. “It’s pretty tough here. Everyone is good, everyone practices hard, and every team is competitive, so it’s tough.”Japanese sophomore Miho Kowase said the opportunity to move to the U.S. has offered several difficulties and benefits beyond playing tennis.“It’s hard for me because my family is 13 hours time difference compared to America,” Kowase said. “My sister lives in Georgia, so that has really helped me adjust to living in America. Also, for me to learn English and being able to speak English is such a huge advantage in Japan.”Junior Grainne O’Neill from Ireland said Buckeye tradition is what has helped make her experience at OSU so gratifying.“It’s great, I feel like the whole Buckeye community really helped me out big time when I first moved here because I really did not know anything at all,” O’Neill said. “It’s just great to have people behind you. We have a whole team and our coaches and staff are great so they really have helped out big time. When we travel to different places you hear ‘O-H’ and ‘Go Bucks’ and that’s really nice.”With no seniors on the roster, all eight players are set to return next year for the 2015-16 season. In the meantime, the Buckeyes (12-4, 5-0) are set to take on Purdue on Friday in Columbus at 3 p.m.
Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) and sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) defend against a member of South Carolina State’s basketball team during the first half of the game on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 89-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorIn Chris Holtmann’s first season as the head coach at Ohio State, he had Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate to rely on in the paint. Both players provided different styles offensively — Tate being the bruising, layup player down low and Bates-Diop having the ability to pull up, showing some production behind the 3-point line.However, both provided the size needed defensively to be a presence in the post, with Bates-Diop and Tate each averaging more than six rebounds per game in their final season with the Buckeyes. For much of the 2018-19 season, both offensive roles and tha major defensive post role has shrunk from two players to one: sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson. He leads the team in points, averaging 16.2 per game while only increasing his average time played by 3.8 minutes. His attempts from inside the 2-point line have increased to 7.8 per game, connecting on 58.4 percent. He’s increased his willingness to shoot from deep, averaging 2.1 attempts from 3 and connecting on 32.4 percent, a 13.24 percent increase from his freshman season. He’s a force in the paint as well, exceeding both his offensive and defensive rebound totals to two more per game than he averaged a season ago. Wesson is Ohio State’s main game plan and target. And it’s something that other teams are very aware of. “It’s also tough when there is a lot of teams that will post trap and double and stuff like that,” sophomore forward Kyle Young said. Post presence was something that Holtmann wanted and expected to carry over into his second season, despite the decrease in team size with the absence of Tate and Bates-Diop. But this is a job for more than one player. “We have to continue to grow that aspect of our guys’ games,” Holtmann said. “Andre is a guy that has shown an ability to do that, as has Kyle at times, not really something that Kyle has ever done, but he’s shown an ability to do it, and [freshman forward Jaedon LeDee]. I think there are multiple guys that we are trying to play through.” Especially in terms of rebounding, no player has come close to the nearly seven rebounds per game Wesson averages. Young, junior forward Andre Wesson and senior guard C.J. Jackson are the closest, averaging more than four per game. Holtmann said Andre Wesson is the next player on the roster expected to have a post presence, averaging career highs in both offensive and defensive rebounding this season. But when Kaleb Wesson has gone to the bench early on in the past few games due to foul trouble, Young has been the one who has stepped up, providing a consistent presence down low, especially offensively. In five Big Ten games, including four starts, the sophomore forward has only averaged 7.2 points per game, but has made 17 of 21 shot attempts from the field, an 81 percent success rate that is leaps and bounds better than anyone on the roster not named redshirt junior guard Danny Hummer, who had connected on the only shot he has attempted. Young has also made an impact on the boards, finishing second behind Kaleb Wesson with 4.6 rebounds against conference opponents. However, 10 of his 23 total rebounds against the Big Ten have been offensive boards. Young said he and Kaleb Wesson have developed a good relationship, coming into Ohio State in the same recruiting class. He said they have developed chemistry and have developed a better connection the more he got to know him both on and off the court. Now Young’s focus is on taking advantage of extending Ohio State’s presence in the paint, not leaving it only to one man. “I think we can continue to be more tough and physical, utilizing that game more inside, maybe looking to get to a move first instead of just getting it in and passing it out right away,” Young said. “We just need to keep working on it every day and it will get better.”
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng believes that Cristiano Ronaldo can be stopped on Wednesday night by closing down his spaceThe Portuguese star has produced another outstanding campaign in the Champions League this season for Real Madrid with Ronaldo having scored 15 goals.Real will travel to the Allianz Area in Munich for the first leg of their semi-final against Bayern, whom Ronaldo has scored against nine times in his six matches.Boateng acknowledges that stopping the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will play a key part in Bayern’s chances of making the final in Kiev and has called on his teammates to come together and give the “machine” as little space as possible.“We can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo as a team,” Boateng told German magazine Kicker (via Express).“In front of goal, he’s like a machine. You can’t shut him out completely, he always gets his chances in a game because of the lines he runs and his excellent timing.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Real base their game around him and it’s important we give him as little room as possible.“There is a no more complete striker than Ronaldo. Left foot, right foot, header – he is in perfect control of everything he does.“I went through only once against him with Bayern, but twice we have gone out.“He also has the best team-mates at Real. Shutting him out is only 50 per cent of it, the other players are simply too good for that at this level.”On the back of a disappointing domestic season, Real are now looking to save their campaign by winning the Champions League for an unprecedented third consecutive time. While Bayern last won the competition in 2013.
Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov insists Liverpool deserve respect as they continue to pursue a first league title in 29 years.Following Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth, Liverpool have moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League for the time being.Though critics have been quick to point out that the Reds’ recent run of form had seen them surrender a seven-point lead to Manchester City prior to this weekend following successive 1-1 draws against Leicester City and West Ham United.This had led to questions over whether or not the Liverpool squad could handle the pressure of being in the middle of a title battle at this stage of the campaign.But two-time Premier League winner Berbatov insists Jurgen Klopp’s men deserve more respect.“People need to pay Liverpool a little respect – they play great football, have a great coach and great players,” Berbatov told Betfair.“They are still in the fight.“If you play for Liverpool you need to be good and you need to know how to handle pressure.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That is going to be needed as it looks like a tough season that could easily go down to the final game.“That’s good for us watching from the side, but I’ve been there and it is nerve-wracking for the fans, players and staff of the clubs involved.“Both Liverpool and City would love to be champions well before the final couple of games but I don’t see it happening unless one of them – and Spurs, too, of course – blows up.”City will have the opportunity to become joint-leaders with Liverpool once more in this evening’s league match against Chelsea.The encounter at the Etihad Stadium will begin at 5:00 PM (CET).That Anfield atmosphere. ⚡️😍 pic.twitter.com/qdjIbkTuxA— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 10, 2019
Ex-Chelsea star Tony Cascarino believes Eden Hazard had no regard for team play in their 2-1 win over Newcastle on SaturdayManager Maurizio Sarri again opted to start Hazard in a “false nine” role at Stamford Bridge due to Chelsea’s current struggles up front.The Italian’s bold move has paid off over recent games with Hazard proving to be a capable centre-forward.But the Belgian’s showing over the weekend left one old Chelsea striker irritated, despite providing Willian with the assist for the match-winning goal.“I went to Chelsea on Saturday and Eden Hazard disrespected the false nine role,” Cascarino wrote on The Times.“He was flicking everything that came his way with no regard for team play.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He’s normally the one running on to the flicks but when you are asked to do a job for the team, do it properly.“He’s a wonderful player but I wasn’t impressed, it was like a Harlem Globetrotters approach.”Cascarino also added that it’s necessary that Sarri resolves Chelsea’s problems in attack with AC Milan loanee Gonzalo Higuain being linked with a move this month.He added: “There’s no way it’s [Hazard as a false nine] a long-term solution for Maurizio Sarri.“They need to get a central striker in quickly.”Chelsea will travel to the Emirates Stadium this Saturday to face London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.
02Jul Governor signs legislation to ease access to physical therapy treatment Categories: News State Rep. Margaret O’Brien (right) with Sen. John Moolenaar applauds the signing of Public Act 260 of 2014 to ensure greater access to physical therapy services.Michigan residents will now have direct access to physical therapy services thanks to recent legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, announced state Rep. Margaret O’Brien.Senate Bill 690, now Public Act 260, enables physical therapists to initially treat patients without a referral from a physician and provides the ability to assist patients without a prescription for 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever happens first. It also provides unlimited access to prevent injury and promote fitness.“I am beyond thrilled that direct consumer access to physical therapy has finally become a reality in Michigan,” O’Brien said. “After years of fighting for this cause, I want to applaud Senator Moolenaar, Governor Snyder, and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who supported this commonsense reform to our healthcare system. I believe this will benefit patients and physical therapists in the state for years to come.”