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Cops Racial Slur Sprayed on LeBron James Los Angeles

The front gate of an L.A. home belonging to Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James is freshly repainted Wednesday, May 31, 2017, after someone spray painted a racial slur on it. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are investigating after someone spray painted a racial slur on the front gate of LeBron James’ home in Los Angeles on the eve of the NBA Finals.An unidentified person spray painted the N-word on the front gate of James’ home in the Brentwood neighborhood Wednesday morning, said Capt. Patricia Sandoval, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.James wasn’t at the home at the time, but the property manager told officers that they believe the incident was captured on surveillance video, Sandoval said. Police are investigating it as an act of vandalism and possible hate crime.Someone painted over the slur before officers arrived to investigate, Sandoval said.James bought the house in 2015 for over $20 million. The 9,440-square-foot home is not James’ primary residence, which is in Bath, Ohio.In 2015, James and his production company signed a developmental deal with Warner Bros. worth $15 million, an agreement that has him spending more time in Southern California. James spent several weeks in Los Angeles last summer working with his production company.James’ agent, Rich Paul, declined to comment on the vandalism.James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals beginning Thursday night with Game 1 in Oakland. read more

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Oaklands Bruce Maxwell First Major League Baseball Player to

Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell kneels during the national anthem before the start of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem. Saturday, pulling the sport into a polarizing protest movement that has been criticized harshly by President Donald Trump.Before a home game against the Texas Rangers, Maxwell dropped to a knee just outside Oakland’s dugout, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. The 26-year-old rookie catcher pressed his right hand against his heart, and teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders, and the two hugged after the anthem finished.“Everybody watches sports and so everybody loves sports, so I felt this was the right thing for me to do personally,” Maxwell said.Maxwell’s protest comes after Trump blasted football players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes.“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said of kneeling through the anthem. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.”Maxwell informed A’s manager Bob Melvin and general manager David Forst of his intention to kneel before Saturday’s game. He also held a team meeting in which he addressed questions from teammates. Maxwell did not play in Oakland’s 1-0 win.Canha approached Maxwell after the meeting to offer his support.“I could tell he was getting kind of choked up and emotional about his beliefs and how he feels about the racial discrimination that’s going on in this country right now,” Canha said. “I felt like every fiber in my being was telling me that he needed a brother today.”The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they “respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression” and “pride ourselves on being inclusive.”The league also issued a statement: “Major League Baseball has a longstanding tradition of honoring our nation prior to the start of our games. We also respect that each of our players is an individual with his own background, perspectives and opinions. We believe that our game will continue to bring our fans, their communities and our players together.”Maxwell was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, while his father was stationed there in the Army, but he grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, which is where Trump made his statements at a rally Friday.“The racism in the South is disgusting,” Maxwell said. “It bothers me, and it hits home for me because that’s where I’m from. The racism in the South is pretty aggressive, and I dealt with it all the way through my childhood, and my sister went through it. I feel that that’s something that needs to be addressed and that needs to be changed.”League executives and star players alike condemned Trump’s words on Saturday, and Maxwell predicted on Twitter that athletes would begin kneeling in other sports following “comments like that coming from our president.”A few hours later, he followed through.“This now has gone from just a BlackLives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for Their rights!” Maxwell wrote.Maxwell is decidedly patriotic and comes from a military family. His agent, Matt Sosnick, told The Associated Press that “the Maxwells’ love and appreciation for our country is indisputable.”“Bruce has made it clear that he is taking a stand about what he perceives as racial injustices in this country, and his personal disappointment with President Trump’s response to a number of professional athletes’ totally peaceful, non-violent protests.“Bruce has shared with both me and his teammates that his feelings have nothing to do with a lack of patriotism or a hatred of any man, but rather everything to do with equality for men, women and children regardless of race or religion.” read more

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Mike Trout Should Have Won A Playoff Game By Now

1Mike Trout+ RkPlayerBattingPitchingTotalWinsLosses Greg Maddux392968.9Wade Boggs71160.0 Joey Votto2749.3Carlos Beltran121050.6 Lou Gehrig20374.7Rogers Hornsby5795.1 Bert Blyleven7659.3Roberto Clemente4362.0 Barry Bonds81580.8Rickey Henderson11469.4 Mike Trout0364.5Alex Rodriguez262276.5 * Includes all games played by a player’s team, regardless of whether the player appeared in the gameSources:, FanGraphs 5Joey Votto+ It’s certainly more possible for baseball’s best players to come up short in the postseason than in, say, basketball. Going back to the start of the NBA in 1949-50, no best player of any decade (according to a mix of value over replacement player, win shares and estimated wins added) ever played on teams that posted fewer than 30 playoff wins during that span.4As recently as the 2000s, the best player — Kevin Garnett — was on teams that won 37 playoff contests, and that is a low number by NBA standards. Yes, more than 50 percent of NBA teams make the playoffs each year, but we’re still talking about a handful of playoff wins per season as the minimum baseline — at the high end, LeBron James’s teams have 120 playoff wins this decade (though he won’t be adding to that tally this year). But several moves to add more postseason slots since 1994 have theoretically made it easier for MLB to show its best players in the games that matter most. For the most part, you can see the effects of that bearing out in the playoff records for top stars since the 1990s — except in the case of Trout.And this season may not remedy the situation. The Angels are desperately trying to put Trout in a position to drive more runners in, and Ohtani could be part of that equation as a hitter again by May. But for now, FiveThirtyEight’s early preseason MLB forecast projects Los Angeles to win 81 games, with a 25 percent chance of making the playoffs. If we assume they’d have about a 45 percent chance of winning any given playoff game,5L.A.’s current Elo rating of 1508 would have a 45 percent win probability against the average division-series team since 1995, which has had an Elo of 1546. there’s an 85 percent chance they won’t win a playoff game this year either, continuing Trout’s dubious streak through the end of the decade.If that does happen, it shouldn’t reflect poorly on Trout’s own greatness. In fact, it’s a testament to how far we’ve come in analyzing players that we no longer ask postseason records to carry anywhere near as much weight as they used to in these kinds of debates. But it won’t make Trout’s record any less of a historical anomaly. In an era where making the playoffs is easier than ever, baseball should be able to showcase its greatest player winning games on the postseason stage. That hasn’t happened yet — and the Angels are running out of time to change Trout’s fate before he potentially leaves town for good. Pete Alexander3863.5Rube Waddell1453.2 Max Scherzer212750.0Barry Bonds121360.6 Mickey Mantle262167.9Ted Williams3468.0 18Ian Kinsler+ 12Buster Posey+ Eddie Collins191572.5Nap Lajoie0064.1 7Adrian Beltre+ Clayton Kershaw313058.5Albert Pujols292772.2 Johnny Bench261959.4Frank Robinson9863.8 Willie Mays6457.7Hal Newhouser7756.2 4Robinson Cano+ 14Cole Hamels+0.937.738.6914 20Ben Zobrist+ Tris Speaker8475.6Cy Young5366.4 8Miguel Cabrera+ 15Paul Goldschmidt+ 3Max Scherzer+1.548.650.02127 Robin Roberts0459.4Stan Musial131058.2 11Andrew McCutchen+ 1970sWLWAR1960sWLWAR WARTeam Postseason* 19Josh Donaldson+ 2Clayton Kershaw+2.855.758.53130 When it comes to the best players of this decade, longtime Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, whose teams have won just two playoff games during his tenure, and New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton come closest to Trout’s zero-win postseason record. (Stanton used to be in the zero-win club, too, before winning two playoff games with the Yankees last year.) Most of the other top players of the 2010s crack at least double-digits in the playoff win column — headlined by Buster Posey, Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw, whose teams have all won at least 30 playoff games this decade.Granted, Trout has had comparatively fewer chances — he’s played only eight of the decade’s nine possible seasons (through 2018), and one of those was an abbreviated rookie year during which he appeared in just 40 games. In a way, it’s only by virtue of how individually brilliant Trout has been that we’re even in a position to compare playoff records with his rivals like this. But Trout also started his career by joining a team that had been one of the winningest of the previous decade, so you might think that advantage would have helped him make up for the lost time.Instead, the Angels have consistently surrounded Trout with one of the worst supporting casts of any star ever, largely squandering the windfall his historic output (and cheap price tag) should have offered them. Thanks to a series of terrible free-agent signings, weak drafts and — Shohei Ohtani aside — an inability to add prospects through the international pipeline, Los Angeles has somehow won an average of only 83.8 games per season since Trout’s debut campaign. Even when the Angels looked like they might finally have some promising players around Trout in 2018, they still found a way to finish around .500 in spite of Trout’s MVP-level numbers.All of which is to say that very little of Trout’s zero-win postseason record is actually Trout’s fault. But it would still be historically notable if the best player of a decade (by WAR) ends up being on a team that wins no playoff games that decade. The best player of the 2000s, Alex Rodriguez, was on teams that won a whopping 26 playoff games, for instance, which is the same number as the best player of the 1950s (Mickey Mantle). Most decade leaders win fewer than that, especially as we go back in time — Willie Mays was the best of the 1960s, but his team won only three postseason contests that decade because, for most of it, the playoffs were World Series or bust. Even so, the last decadelong MLB WAR leader whose teams won zero playoff games was Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators in the 1910s.3Johnson might be the poster child for the unfairness of the old “only one team per league makes the playoffs” policy. His teams won at least 90 games twice and failed to win the pennant both times. 10Zack Greinke+4.338.342.51420 Mel Ott7969.4Harry Heilmann0055.4 Stan Musial0060.0Lou Boudreau4260.4 6Justin Verlander-0.247.547.33232 Ty Cobb0084.3Christy Mathewson4168.0 1930sWLWAR1920sWLWAR * Includes all games played by a player’s team, regardless of whether the player appeared in the gameSources:, FanGraphs 1910sWLWAR1900sWLWAR Tom Seaver6968.3Willie Mays3482.2 1990sWLWAR1980sWLWAR Joe Morgan221566.6Hank Aaron0378.4 13Giancarlo Stanton+ Roger Clemens11866.0Robin Yount8952.7 1950sWLWAR1940sWLWAR 17David Price-0.338.037.72227 Charlie Gehringer7660.8Tris Speaker5250.6 Lefty Grove7666.1Frankie Frisch141555.4 Jimmie Foxx7674.9Babe Ruth1815104.9 9Chris Sale+0.042.642.6126 Ken Griffey Jr.6966.7Mike Schmidt131256.6 Trout is the rare decade’s-best with no playoff winsBest player of each decade according to wins above replacement (WAR), along with playoff record* of player’s team(s) 2010sWLWAR2000sWLWAR 16Evan Longoria+ Warren Spahn7756.5Joe Gordon13846.9 Gaylord Perry1357.1Bob Gibson111059.2 Walter Johnson00100.3Honus Wagner7881.5 Jeff Bagwell2956.9Alan Trammell8550.9 Robinson Cano101349.4Randy Johnson171950.8 Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is a positive outlier in far too many ways to count. But one of the rare negatives in his career to date has been a lack of postseason success — or practically any postseason action, period. The lone playoff appearance of Trout’s career happened back in 2014, when the Angels were unceremoniously swept by the pennant-bound Kansas City Royals in the American League division series. Trout hit 1-for-12 in the series, and his teammates fared little better, bringing Los Angeles’ playoff journey to an end just three games after it began.It’s hard to believe that those three winless games represent the sum total of playoff experience for a player who, by the numbers, is the greatest of this generation. Even though it’s impossible for any single baseball player to carry a championship team the way stars can in other sports, it is highly unusual for the best player of any given MLB era to go without as much as a single victory in the postseason. The last time it happened was 100 years ago, and that was back when the “postseason” was simply the World Series — so it’s especially shocking to see it happen with today’s expanded playoff structure in which 10 teams make the postseason each year. Even worse, there’s a very good chance that the drought will continue this season for Trout and the Angels, as the decade comes to a close.Trout has, without question, been the best individual player of the 2010s. Over the decade thus far, he leads all hitters in on-base plus slugging and ranks No. 1 among all players — both batters and pitchers — in wins above replacement (WAR).1Using an average of the WAR metrics found at and FanGraphs. But among his peers atop the WAR leaderboard, Trout stands alone with that goose egg under the postseason win column:2An important distinction for the numbers in this story: These postseason records are for the team the player ended each season with, not necessarily for postseason games the player himself played. (This is most pertinent for starting pitchers, who can’t possibly pitch but in a fraction of their teams’ entire playoff schedule.) Trout is the best — but his playoff record isn’tMajor League Baseball leaders in total wins above replacement (WAR) — including both batting and pitching — from 2010 to 2018 read more

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Hot Takedown for March 24 2015 Vintage Michigan State Fixing The Womens

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. This week, we discuss the first weekend of March Madness and why Tom Izzo’s Michigan State teams always seem to beat expectations; whether the Princeton women, even in defeat, showed that they were criminally under-seeded; the rumors that the Oklahoma City Thunder may trade Kevin Durant before he bolts through free agency; and what it would take for cricket to go mainstream in the U.S.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. Embed Code By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Links to what we discuss in this week’s show:FiveThirtyEight’s continually updated March Madness predictions.Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings.FiveThirtyEight’s ongoing March Madness reporting.Michigan State’s historical SRS ratings.The “white paper” prepared by Val Ackerman on the state of women’s college basketball.How the Celtics are trying to balance the middle ground between tanking and greatness.New Zealand reaches the Cricket World Cup final for the first time. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.CORRECTION (March 25, 12:14 p.m.): In this week’s podcast, we incorrectly said the Cricket World Cup uses the T20 format for matches. It uses the typical One Day International format, which gives each side 50 overs. That is still much shorter than the traditional “test” matches, but longer than T20, in which each side gets 20 overs. read more

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Vest or no vest its a new Tressel

While the likes of Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech were slinging the ball up and down the field in 2008, Florida won the national title with a mix of run and pass. Last year, Alabama rumbled to a ring behind a dynamic backfield duo of Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Quarterback Greg McElroy, capable when called upon, kept opposing defenses from focusing solely on the run game. Gunslinging doesn’t fall under Tressel’s offensive ideology. Under his reign, the Buckeyes have boasted strong running games and efficient passing games. OSU has long been a team able to manage the clock, avoid turnovers and rely on defense and special teams to provide the difference. OSU breezed through a November slate of games against Penn State, Iowa and Michigan last year by feeding off its running game. This year, Tressel has banished that approach. The Buckeyes smell blood early and often. When it appears their lead is insurmountable, they continue to prey on the opposition. Tressel had Pryor throwing downfield while up five touchdowns against OU on Saturday. Only when the Buckeyes took a 43-0 lead did the Senator pull the plug on the first-team offense. But is this newfound, aggressive style working? Pryor threw a pair of interceptions when forcing downfield heaves into double coverage against the Bobcats. He completed just 12 of his 27 passes against the Miami Hurricanes. The Heisman hopeful quarterback is better suited for a balanced offense, when teams not only have to worry about Pryor’s arm and legs but also the Buckeyes’ deep stable of running backs. The pressure is certainly on the No. 2 team in the nation to stay on course and reach the national championship game. But if Tressel loosens the vest too much, the Buckeyes might not make it that far. Minutes before kickoff between Ohio State and Marshall on Sept. 2, Jim Tressel entered the field vest-less. Though he eventually switched to his distinctive attire, the near-catastrophe was a sign of things to come from the old-fashioned coach. The fact that Tressel would teeter on the brink of such dramatic change provided a shock around the ‘Shoe. For a man so engrossed in preparation, fundamentals and respect, the sudden wardrobe modification didn’t add up. But now, three games into a season in which the Buckeyes are vying for a national title, the coach’s mannerisms have dislodged conservative “Tresselball” from weekly chatter. Keeping a strict, short leash on quarterback Terrelle Pryor? Not anymore. Chewing up the clock with countless rushing plays? Not so much. Sitting on big leads to avoid running up the score? No longer. The new Tressel, one who keeps the first-team offense on the field despite a 36-0 third-quarter lead against overmatched Ohio, holds no prisoners. The new Tressel, one who has called for Pryor to throw an average of 27 passes per game in the first three contests, ignores the traditional, smashmouth style of Big Ten football. And while that aggressive, no-holds-barred approach leads to big plays, big leads and big numbers, it doesn’t always translate into a winning formula. Instead, it takes balance. Championship-caliber teams find success both through the air and on the ground. read more

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Ohio State footballs quarterback conundrum

With three games in the books for Ohio State football (2-1), the team’s quarterback situation isn’t any clearer than it was when former Buckeyes’ signal caller Terrelle Pryor departed the university on June 7. While he wouldn’t name a starter or say how snaps would be split between quarterbacks, coach Luke Fickell said at a Tuesday press conference that he would allow the quarterbacks, including redshirt freshman Taylor Graham and redshirt sophomore Ken Guiton, to continue to compete against one another in practice. Both senior Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller are currently listed as the starters on the team’s weekly depth chart. “We don’t know what the plan is just yet,” Fickell said. “We’re going to have these guys compete. We know we need to get better. We had a hard time throwing the football.” On Saturday, Bauserman and Miller combined for 4-of-18 passing for 35 yards in OSU’s 24-6 loss against Miami. Miller, who threw an interception on his first pass attempt of the game, also fumbled to halt a Buckeyes drive in the fourth quarter. “I think that’s always something you worry about with a young guy,” Fickell said. “I think we had two fumbles all last year. I think it’s almost two times or three times as many (this season).” The team has lost three fumbles on the season. Fickell said he considered Millers’ turnovers a cause for concern. “We turned the ball over, that’s the obvious,” Fickell said. “We missed some shots, that’s obvious as well.” To say that the team missed some shots might be an understatement — Bauserman and Miller couldn’t connect with a single Buckeyes’ wide receiver in the contest. All four of the completed passes in Saturday’s loss were caught by running backs. Fickell said he didn’t consider using Graham or Guiton during the Miami game, adding that he didn’t see anything Graham or Guiton could have done differently from the Buckeyes’ quarterbacking tandem of Bauserman and Miller. Fickell said all four quarterbacks would get a chance to compete for playing time in this week’s practice. “We’ll probably give a lot more reps to all those guys (the quarterbacks),” he said. “I don’t know how it will work out exactly.” Fickell said he doesn’t place the blame for the offense’s lack of production on a single player and that the quarterbacks are receiving an undue amount of criticism. “We (have) to find a way to get our best 11 on the field,” Fickell said. “You focus on the quarterback. We focus on the tailback as well. We focus on the middle linebacker as well.” Fickell said that who plays at Ohio Stadium on Saturday will be determined by performance on the practice field throughout the week. “I don’t have the crystal ball,” Fickell said. “We know what we think. We’re going to see a battle (in practice) and we’re going to work at it.” read more

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Ohio State assistant mens golf coach resigns

Former Ohio State assistant men’s golf coach Ryan Potter (left) talks with then-redshirt senior Logan Jones during the second round of the NCAA Men’s Golf Central Regional at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich., May 18th.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State assistant men’s golf coach Ryan Potter has resigned after four seasons.Potter resigned to “pursue other professional opportunities” in intercollegiate athletics, an OSU press release said. He joined OSU’s staff in 2010 after spending two years at University of Mississippi as an assistant coach.“I want to thank (coach Donnie Darr) for the opportunity he gave me four years ago,” Potter said in a released statement. “I have learned so much at Ohio State and I truly enjoyed working together to help our student-athletes both on and off the golf course.”Potter earned a base salary of $44,587 in 2013.Darr said in a released statement he was grateful for Potter’s time with the Buckeyes.“He had a big impact on our program and our players. He has a tireless work ethic and is passionate about coaching. I wish him the very best as he moves forward in his coaching career,” Darr said.While at OSU, Potter helped the program qualify for three NCAA Regional appearances and earn a sixth-place finish in the 54-hole stroke play portion of the 2010-11 NCAA Championship. OSU men’s golf also garnered the 2013-14 NCAA Public Recognition Award.According to the release, OSU will begin a national search for a new assistant coach immediately. read more

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Football No 2 Ohio State upset by No 5 Oklahoma 3116 in

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins takes a handoff early in the first half of the Ohio State-Oklahoma game on Sept. 9 in Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThough Ohio State entered the game as the second-ranked team in the country the Buckeyes looked like anything but a top team in Saturday night’s 31-16 upset loss to No. 5 Oklahoma at Ohio Stadium.Instead, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield dominated the Buckeyes’ inexperienced secondary without sat tight end Mark Andrews, and the Sooners’ defense shut down the Ohio State passing game. Mayfield completed 27-of-35 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns.“He’s a good player, really good player,” coach Urban Meyer said. “And I told him afterwards. Got a lot of respect. I love his competitiveness and energy.”The Ohio State offense struggled to find its rhythm in the first half. The Buckeyes collected just 92 total yards, compared to Oklahoma’s 222 yards of offense. Barrett completed five of 11 passes for only 25 yards and was sacked twice in the half. He wasn’t much more productive the rest of the game either, as he went 19-for-35 in the air for 183 yards. The quarterback rushed 18 times for 66 yards. Wideout K.J. Hill, Ohio State’s leading receiver, caught five passes for 44 yards. Ohio State gained just 350 total yards and was penalized nine times for 87 yards. Meyer ensured Barrett was not solely to blame for the loss.“I’m going to make it perfectly clear, there’s not a bull’s eye on J.T. Barrett,” Meyer said. “It’s part of the system and a group that have to get better.”What was an offensive struggle in the first half, without a single touchdown, completely changed in the third quarter. The Sooners found the end zone twice, and Ohio State scored one touchdown and connected on a field goal. Both teams traded punts before Mayfield hit wide receiver Mykel Jones for a 42-yard pass and, on the next play, found wideout Lee Morris for an 18-yard touchdown to put Oklahoma ahead 17-13 late in the third quarter. Oklahoma began pouring it on in the fourth quarter, as the Sooners capped off a 64-yard drive with a touchdown, then intercepted quarterback J.T. Barrett and wideout Jordan Smallwood followed that by scampering into the end zone to give his team a 31-13 lead that proved to be insurmountable.The Sooners began the game aggressive on offense. In just his second game as a head coach, Lincoln Riley decided to send his offense out for the first down rather than punt on fourth downs on Oklahoma’s first and second drives of the game.On their first drive of the game, the Sooners were denied on the first fourth-down attempt by the Buckeyes as Mayfield couldn’t connect with his intended receiver. But on the second fourth down in as many drives, the Oklahoma quarterback went deep, drawing a pass interference penalty to extend the drive. The next play, linebacker Chris Worley knocked the ball loose from running back Abdul Adams and defensive tackle Jashon Cornell picked it up to give Ohio State possession on its own 25-yard line. That was the first of two first-half fumbles by the Sooners that were recovered by the Buckeyes. Wideout Jeff Badet let the ball slip out of his hands and safety Damon Webb recovered the ball, placing Ohio State on Oklahoma’s 49-yard line.The Sooners entered Ohio State territory on four occasions in the first half, but managed only a single field goal, which tied the game at three points apiece going into halftime. Kicker Austin Seibert connected on a 35-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter. Seven minutes prior, he missed a 37-yard attempt wide to the right. Ohio State’s only first-half points came on a 24-yard field goal by kicker Sean Nuernberger. Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins once again got the start versus Oklahoma after he set the record for most rushing yards by a freshman in program history last week. Dobbins rushed 13 times, picking up 72 yards and a touchdown during the game.Redshirt sophomore Mike Weber, who has dealt with a hamstring injury since the beginning of fall camp, didn’t play until the second quarter and only took three carries for 29 yards, appearing to still be hampered by his injury. After the game, he said he was not feeling 100 percent yet.H-back Parris Campbell took the opening kickoff of the third quarter to the Oklahoma 44-yard line, giving the Buckeyes a necessary spark. Dobbins finished the drive with the first touchdown of the game, taking a carry six yards into the end zone. But the Sooners responded with a quick score of their own as Mayfield found senior fullback Dimitri Flowers for a 36-yard touchdown to cap off a seven-play, 44-yard drive and tie the game at 10.Ohio State, looking to retake the lead, handed the ball off to Dobbins on three straight plays and the freshman gained 37 yards. On the next play, Barrett dropped back and connected with sophomore receiver Austin Mack for a 31-yard gain — the longest pass play of the game for Ohio State — which set the Buckeyes up at the 7-yard line. Mack exited the game with an apparent injury after the play. But Ohio State failed to score a touchdown and kicker Sean Nuernberger had to kick his second field goal of the game to give the Buckeyes a 13-10 lead with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter. After Ohio State turned the ball over on downs on Oklahoma’s 36-yard line to begin the fourth quarter, the Sooners, buoyed by a pass interference penalty by cornerback Damon Arnette, drove the ball inside the Buckeyes’ 10-yard line. There, Mayfield found running back Trey Sermon in the flats for a 10-yard touchdown pass to give his team a 24-13 lead with 11:11 remaining in the game.On the first play of the following drive, Barrett turned the ball over as cornerback Parnell Motley picked off the three-time captain. Mayfield handed the ball off to Smallwood who scored a 3-yard touchdown which gave the Sooners a 31-13 lead with 9:26 remaining.Nuernberger connected on his third field goal of the game, a 32-yard attempt, to pull Ohio State within two touchdowns. Ohio State will look to bounce back when it hosts Army on Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Football Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper see themselves in Zach Harrison

LOS ANGELES — The main storylines at bowl games usually does not revolve around the game itself. The topic is usually broader: the last game of a career for a senior wide receiver, the decision a draft-eligible quarterback will make after the final game of the season, the head coach who will be on the sideline one final time after a storied career on the sideline. But no matter the position, the focus is on the future. And when asked about the future of the defensive line, sophomore defensive end Chase Young could do nothing but smile. Because the future of the position was set: five-star 2019 defensive end Zach Harrison from Olentangy Orange High School, the No. 1 recruit in the state of Ohio, was the future. Knowing the decision was between Ohio State and Michigan, Young described himself as an integral part of Harrison’s eventual commitment, serving as his host when the 2019 recruit visited campus, calling him from time to time, hanging out with him when he was around. “I would just chill with him,” Young said. “We’d go get a bite to eat or just chill, watch TV, stuff like that. So not really too much about football.Just because [defensive line coach Larry Johnson] told him what he told him, [head coach Urban Meyer] told him what he told him. It’s really just like what you want to do.” That’s all Young could really do. The decision was up to Harrison. But it is a decision Young could relate to. Harrison seems to be an amalgamation of the two leaders at defensive end: Young and junior Jonathon Cooper. Young was a former five-star recruit and one of the most sought-after defensive ends in the 2017 class with expectations extremely high. Cooper, the No. 3 defensive end in the 2016 class and the No. 2 recruit from Ohio, played his high school ball at Gahanna Lincoln in Columbus. Now, with Harrison joining them shortly as an early-enrollee, Cooper and Young view themselves as mentors to a player they seem themselves in. “He’s definitely coming in not knowing what’s going on. He definitely going to have to follow somebody so he’s definitely going to have to follow me and Coop,” Young said. “I’ve just got to be a leader for him, take him under my wing. Anything I can do for him to speed up the process faster for him.” Young and Cooper were very praiseworthy of Harrison’s ability, calling him the best player in the nation. But with that comes an expectation. Cooper describes the transition to Ohio State as coming into a place that will give him love, but a tough love, one that’s going to get after him and toughen him up early on, which is something he had help with learning when he was a freshman. “It’s difficult, you know, because you’re going in and then you’ve got classes and weight lifting and you’re a freshman so you have to find your way and what’s going on, but I found big brothers, so I had like Tyquan [Lewis], Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Tracy Sprinkle, my big brothers,” Cooper said. “I latched onto them. They told me how to do it.” But the combination of being the highest-rated recruit Ohio State has had in recent memory an being from the Columbus area is something that Harrison will have to overcome. Cooper said being a highly-touted hometown recruit does add pressure, but that the standard he holds himself to is higher than any expectation he has seen or heard.To Young, it provokes a simple response. It’s what he did and what he thinks Harrison should do: outwork the players in front of him. “I think that’s what I came and did, and I think that’s why I pushed the people in front of me. It’s not like you want a young guy to come in and not work, you feel me? So that kid gets the whole unit going and keeps the whole train moving.” The train of the defensive line is the one that signees like Harrison will try and continue to fuel. “We’re excited,” Young said. “He’s going to be a very good player, especially under of Coach J. He’s going to craft into a beast. Definitely ready to take him under my wing and watch him bloom.” read more

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New era of cut and paste humans close as man injected with

first_imgCancer cells hide themselves from the immune system by using the body's own safety mechanism against it  Layla Richards who was given designer immune cells to fight her cancer after all other attempts failed   Dr Lu You of Sichuan University in Chengdu has become the first to inject a man with CRISPR altered DNA  A world where DNA can be rewritten to fix deadly diseases has moved a step closer after scientists announced they had genetically-edited the cells of a human for the first time using a groundbreaking technique.A man in China was injected with modified immune cells which had been engineered to fight his lung cancer. Larger trials are scheduled to take place next year in the US and Beijing, which scientists say could open up a new era of genetic medicine.The technique used is called Crispr, which works like tiny molecular scissors snipping away genetic code and replacing it with new instructions to build better cells.It has been hailed the future of genetic editing because it is far cheaper, easier and more accurate than previous methods of replacing DNA code.British experts said the technique has the power to be ‘transformative’ for many diseases and said they were expecting to see ‘significant progress in the next few years.’ Cancer cells hide themselves from the immune system by using the body’s own safety mechanism against it  To give the immune system a better chance against cancer, the scientists took immune cells from the Chinese man and altered their DNA to remove the antenna, before increasing them in a lab and injecting them back into the patient’s bloodstream.Experts say it is effectively like cutting the brakes on the immune system.The initial phase one trial was carried out for safety, and doctors will be monitoring the man’s progress over the next six months. They are also planning to inject ten more people with genetically edited immune cells in the coming months.Dr Carl June, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is also planning a trial in the US next year which will target three genes to treat cancer, while Peking University is planning Crispr trials for bladder, prostate and renal-cell in China next March.Prof June said the race had begun to get gene edited cells into the clinic.”I think this is going to trigger ‘Sputnik 2.0’, a biomedical duel on progress between China and the United States, which is important since competition usually improves the end product,” he told the journal Nature.Although there are no trials ongoing in the UK at the moment, British scientists have already been at the forefront of genetic editing techniques and are likely to start trials in the near future. Prof Andrew Sharrocks, of the faculty of biology, medicine and health at the University of Manchester said: “It is clear that with future improvements in the Crispr technology that the current study will be the first of many that attempt to harness this technology for treating human medical conditions.“Treating cancer is one of the uses but also potentially combating auto-immune type diseases including things like arthritis although a lot more work will be needed to bring that to fruition.“I would expect similar types of approaches to be pioneered in the next few years as the potential for using this technology in the medical sphere is high and potentially transformative.”In the case of the Chinese man, scientists led by oncologist Dr Lu You at Sichuan University in Chengdu, took immune cells from his blood and disabled a gene which holds the instructions to build a protein called PD-1.PD-1 works like an antenna, sitting on the surface of immune cells, and looking out for healthy cells, so that the immune system knows not to attack them.However cancer masquerades as a healthy cell  which is why it is often so deadly because the immune system does not see it as a threat.  Dr Lu You of Sichuan University in Chengdu has become the first to inject a man with CRISPR altered DNA  Layla Richards who was given designer immune cells to fight her cancer after all other attempts failed  Last year scientists at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London used a DNA snipping technique called TALEN to create designer immune cells which could hunt out and eradicate the leukaemia of 17 month old Layla Richards.It was so experimental and difficult that it had only ever been tried in mice, and specialists had to apply for emergency permission from health regulators and the hospital’s ethics committee.However Crispr is easier and is likely to make the practice more widespread for a range of conditions.Dr Adrian Thrasher of the Molecular Immunology Unit at UCL’s Institute of Child Health said:  “At the moment cancer is easiest and safest target as immune cells are modified in lab and given back.“But there are increasing numbers of applications for genetic disease which will be translated over coming years.”However some experts warned that there were still several hurdles to overcome. While scientists can manipulate the DNA of cells in the blood it is far harder when disease affect tissues.Dr Andrew Wood of the Institue of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said: “It’s certainly true that the technical barriers to the effective application of somatic genome editing are being steadily removed, particularly in tissues such as the blood where patient cells can be removed and edited ex vivo before being reintroduced.“The major difficulty arises where diseases affect tissues such as the lung or the heart where ex vivo culture is problematic.“In this case, low editing efficiencies in situ may not be sufficient to yield clinical benefit. Of course, there is a huge global effort to overcome this problem, and it is reasonable to assume that there will be significant progress in the next few years.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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