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Ali Hatipoglu Named Director of Security – North America with Gucci.

first_imgAli Hatipoglu has been named Director of Security – North America with New York based Gucci. He is a former Director of Loss Prevention at Aeropostale and has held leadership roles with bebe stores and Bloomingdale’s. Ali holds a Bachelors degree from John Jay College (CUNY) in Security Management.Gucci is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories that owns a portfolio of powerful luxury and sport and lifestyle brands.Congratulations Ali!- Sponsor –  Information provided by our partners at Loss Prevention Recruiters Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img

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India vs Australia, 4th Test Day 4: as it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from day four of the fourth Test between Australia and India in Sydney.ScorecardAustralia (2nd innings):Stumps: India hoped of bundling Australia out soon when they got the wicket of David Warner early, however, fifties from Rogers, Smith and Burns have shut out the visitors. Australia at stumps were 251 for 6 leading by 348 runs.39.4 overs: Out. Burns destructive 39-ball 66 comes to an end as plays a Ashwin delivery to Umesh Yadav.35.5 overs: Burns hits another six off Ashwin to take Australia’s lead past 300. Runs coming thick and fast for Australia. 33.6 overs: 15 runs off Ashwin’s last over, which included a six and two boundaries. Burns going after the bowling as Australia nearing a lead of 300. 30.6 overs: Out. Reverse swing from Shami as he traps Steve Smith lbw for 71. A dream series of Smith comes to an end. Ashwin getting big turns off the pitch, India definitely missed the bus by not playing an extra spinner. Australia lead by 260. 25.3 overs: Out. Ashwin picks up his third wicket by getting Shaun Marsh caught in the slips for 1. 22.6 overs: Out. Going for the big shot off Bhuvneshwar, Rogers (56) didn’t get the timing right and holes up to Raina at midwicket. Australia 132 for 3.21.3 overs: Six. Great shot from a man in top form in this series. Smith comes out and lofts Ashwin over the fence. Australia lead by 215 runs. Rogers and Smith have stitched together a 50-plus stand as Australia now lead by 202 runs. 12.6 overs: Poor bowling from Umesh Yadav, 17 runs give which included four boundaries. Australia extend their lead to 182. advertisement7.2 overs: Out. Ashwin strikes again by dismissing Shane Watson for 16. Watson looking to play the cut shot to a spinning ball chops on to the stumps. Australia 48 for 2. Tea: The last half of the session was pretty interesting and action-filled. Australia were 38 for 1 and lead by 135 runs with Chris Rogers batting on 21 and Shane Watson on 13. India could have had the wicket of Watson, if Wriddhiman Saha managed to gathered the ball and then taken the bails off. 4.6 overs: The problem still persists with India’s bowling as they keep leaking runs. Eight runs off Bhuvneshwar’s last over. 3.6 overs: All drama in Ashwin’s last over, three boundaries and a missed run out chance by Wriddhiman Saha. Watson was the batsmen struggling to make his ground. 1.3 overs: Out. The pitch helping spin as Ashwin strikes in his very first over as Warner (4) edges one to the slips. Australia 6 for 1. India (1st innings): 475 all out as Australia secure a 97-run lead. Kohli (147) and Rahul (110) got centuries with Ashwin down the order contributing with a crucial fifty. Australia in their first innings had declared on 572 for 7.Mohammad Shami decides to play the way he knows the best – going for the big hits. Shami scores 14 runs off Lyon’s over, which included a six and two boundaries. 158.6 overs: Out. Starc coming round the wicket creates that angle but does well to take the ball away as Aswin nicks to Haddin behind the stumps. India 456 for 9. 158.2 overs: Brilliant fifty from Ashwin off 110 balls, his fourth in Test cricket. India 456 for 8. 153.1 overs: Out. Surprise decision by the third umpire and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has to walk back for 30 caught in the slips by Watson off Lyon. In replays it looked like a bump catch. Bhuvneshwar had a stand of 65 runs with Ashwin, crucial one though. Lunch: India were 407 for 7 at lunch with Ashwin unbeaten on 33 and Bhuvneshwar on 3. Australia in the first session picked up two wickets by dismissing overnight batsmen Virat Kohli (147) and Wriddhiman Saha (35). Day 3 round-up: Virat Kohli marked his elevation to India’s captaincy by smashing his fourth century of the series on Thursday to lead the visitors to 342 for 5 after day three of the fourth Test, still trailing Australia’s total by 230 runs.Lokesh Rahul also scored his maiden century and Rohit Sharma made 53 as India moved to the brink of avoiding the follow-on. Kohli, who was appointed captain when Mahendra Singh Dhoni suddenly retired after the third Test, produced a sparkling 140 with 20 boundaries to go with his twin centuries in the first Test at Adelaide and his highest score of 169 in Melbourne’s third Test.The 26-year-old has 639 runs for the series and passed Rahul Dravid’s record of 617 runs in a series (2003-04) by an Indian batsman in Australia. Rahul, playing his second Test, earlier reached his milestone, having survived an incorrect bat-pad decision, a missed run out and a dropped catch which was partly caused by interference with a TV camera suspended above the field.advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months ago​Middlesbrough targeting Huddersfield winger La Parra

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Middlesbrough targeting Huddersfield winger La Parraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMiddlesbrough are interested in signing Rajiv van La Parra in the January window.According to Sky Sports, the Championship side want to take La Parra on loan for the rest of the season.The Huddersfield winger has seen little game time, having only started five games all season in every competition.The report claims the 27-year-old is a key target for Boro, who want to improve the side as they push for promotion to the Premier League.Boro are currently 4th in the Championship. last_img

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10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola asks Liverpool: Can you handle pressure?

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola asks Liverpool: Can you handle pressure?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has questioned whether Liverpool can handle the pressure of being Premier League leaders.Boxing Day could prove to be a crucial day in the title race after results saw Jurgen Klopp’s side extend their advantage at the top of the table to six points ahead of Tottenham, with City a point further back in third place after a 2-1 loss at Leicester condemned them to a second straight defeat.”From January, February last season people said, ‘The Premier League is over’. To live with that is not easy,” Guardiola said.”One month ago people said about [the match against] Liverpool and before [then] we had three or four games.”Football is that you are able to win a lot of games and you are able to lose a lot of games. When I was at Barcelona for one period I lost four games in a row.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 days ago​Everton assistant Ferguson: Players are behind Silva

first_img​Everton assistant Ferguson: Players are behind Silvaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton assistant manager Duncan Ferguson believes the entire dressing room is behind Marco Silva.The Portuguese coach is under significant scrutiny because of poor results this season.The Toffees are in the bottom three in the Premier League.But Ferguson feels that players and staff are fully behind Silva and believe he can turn around the club’s circumstances.”Everybody is behind the manager and we know the fans will always be behind the club,” Ferguson told reporters.”We just need to turn the positivity that we’ve got around the place into victories and that’s what we’re looking to do.”Silva is odds on with bookmakers to get the sack in the coming weeks. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Pete Wentz To Open MDA Show Of Strength Telethon With Special Guest

first_imgThe Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff of New Berlin, Wis., is set to open the 49th MDA Show of Strength Telethon alongside Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz this Labor Day weekend, Sunday, Aug. 31, 9/8c, on ABC television stations across the country.Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz will open the 49th MDA Show of Strength Telethon alongside MDA’s 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan ImhoffWentz will join Reagan, 9, on the telethon stage after a Fall Out Boy performance of their new single “Young Volcanoes,” at the top of the 2014 telethon.“Reagan is a total sweetheart whose positive attitude immediately captures the attention of everyone she meets,” Wentz said. “Being able to give back to an organization that’s making a difference like MDA has taken on a much deeper meaning for me since having kids. All the members of Fall Out Boy are honored to be part of this telethon as a band to help save and improve lives for all MDA families.”Wentz and Reagan will chat about the many adventures she’s had during her first year as MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, while viewing never before seen clips from a special meet and greet on the set of ABC’s show “Rising Star,” where Reagan had the opportunity to work her charm on the show’s co-mentors Brad Paisley, Ke$ha, Ludacris and Josh Groban.During the telethon broadcast, Reagan also will introduce Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes with help from ABC’s “Mistresses” star Alyssa Milano. The charismatic third-grader also served as an MDA “blue” carpet correspondent, nabbing exclusive interviews with some of the show’s biggest talent backstage during the show taping at the Hollywood Palladium. (Check out her interviews with Bret Michaels and R5.)Reagan is no stranger to the spotlight. This is her third consecutive telethon appearance. In 2012, Reagan lived out her dream when she starred in a moving dance performance, done from her power wheelchair, on the telethon. Last year, pop icon Paula Abdul surprised Reagan with her first pair of ballet pointe shoes after a performance of “I Hope You Dance” by country star Lee Ann Womack — a special highlight of the 2013 telethon.Now, as part of her role as MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, Reagan travels throughout the country (along with parents, Jenny and Joe) speaking to groups about MDA’s mission to save and improve the lives of families like hers affected by muscle disease. Reagan has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.Find out more about the MDA Show Of Strength Telethon here.last_img read more

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Our Model Loves The Raptors Maybe A Little Too Much

sara.ziegler: HahahaThe way the Warriors have played the Durant injury is really interesting to me. Do you guys think he’ll actually end up playing?neil: It’s a little concerning to me that he still hasn’t begun basketball-related activites yet.chris.herring: I have no idea what’s going on in his head, aside from a feud with Chris Broussard.JaredDubin: I think the more interesting question is: If he doesn’t play, has he already played his last game for the Warriors.tchow: Oh no, Jared, not this again.sara.ziegler: Tony’s just waiting for him to get here, LOL.JaredDubin: As a Knick fan who is all too familiar with their repeated free-agency failures, I will believe KD is signing with the Knicks when he is in Madison Square Garden wearing a Knick jersey during a regular-season game, and not a moment sooner.tchow: That’s so many months too late, Jared.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: I like that we have the two polar opposites of Knick fandom here.sara.ziegler: All Knicks represented.Looking beyond KD, will DeMarcus Cousins actually play in the finals? And will he actually help the Warriors?chris.herring: It sounds like he’ll play. Less sure about whether he’ll have an impactMy question there is, if the Raptors pull ahead in the series early, and Cousins simply doesn’t have it, can you afford to play him for long stretches? Answer seemingly is “probably not.”As badly as you want him to feel involved.JaredDubin: He seems more likely to have an impact against Toronto, where he can bang inside with Gasol, than Milwaukee, where Brook Lopez might space him off the floor.I also feel like whether OG Anunoby is ready to come back from his appendicitis matters a lot, especially if Durant is able to come back during the series. Toronto’s ability to go small for extended stretches against the Death Lineup depends on having another big wing alongside Kawhi.sara.ziegler: Though, Jared, our model actually thinks the Raptors are better without Anunoby.JaredDubin: OG had a tough year on and off the floor (his father passed away during the season), but having another big wing is important in a matchup where you might need to go small a lot.chris.herring: Jared’s point is spot-on.That would be either my biggest or second-biggest question with Toronto.They usually have one of Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka on the floor. If the Warriors go up-tempo, with Draymond as their 5, it could be tough for them to match that.JaredDubin: Is your other biggest question, “How will Kyle Lowry deal with guarding Steph and not disappearing on offense at the same time?”chris.herring: Yes. It is/was.Lowry’s been pretty good in this series. Curry would be a brutal matchup for him, though.And Fred VanVleet is playing the series of his life at the moment. But I don’t think that would continue in the next series.JaredDubin: It was like a week ago that everyone was wondering if it was time to bench him because he hadn’t hit a shot in (seemingly) three years.neil: A lot of things were different for Toronto (and Milwaukee) about a week ago.chris.herring: Tell me about it!Only five teams in NBA history have come back from down 2-0 to win a conference final in the best-of-seven era.neil: Last one I remember being quite this surprised by might have been OKC beating the Spurs in 2012.chris.herring: And Ibaka was on that team, which was the last team to do it.JaredDubin: Stat! Teams trailing 3-2 in a series are 27-162 all-time, but when a team goes up 2-0 at home and then loses three straight, they are 8-7. All seven wins by the team leading 3-2 have come in Game 6. The team that went up 2-0 and then lost three in a row has won all eight Games 7. sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): The Toronto Raptors stole a road win Thursday night with a huge game from Kawhi Leonard and are now just one win away from taking the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.If the Raptors can win either of the next two games, they’ll move on to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. And, surprise — the FiveThirtyEight model favors the Raptors! What do you guys think about that?neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): That seemed … interesting. 🤔I suppose it’s largely about the Warriors’ many injuries? (Not that those seemed to matter much vs. Portland.)JaredDubin (Jared Dubin, contributor): The Warriors did just sweep the Blazers without Kevin Durant, and without Andre Iguodala for Game 4.neil: Right.sara.ziegler: But our model doesn’t think much of the Blazers, either.chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): Our model is wrong.All due respect to our model.neil: Fightin’ words, Chris! (Haha.)tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): Nate is not here to defend himself.sara.ziegler: But why is the model wrong?chris.herring: Even if it’s meant to be accounting for KD’s absence, the Warriors are 31-1 in their last 32 games without Durant but with Steph Curry.JaredDubin: The Raptors were much better defensively than the Blazers during both the regular season and the playoffs. But they also haven’t played the Warriors in the playoffs.chris.herring: I don’t think the Warriors will struggle to create half-court offense the way the Bucks have, mainly.I’ve been pretty vocal in saying that the Bucks are the best team to take down Golden State. I don’t feel that as strongly when Toronto is the team coming out of the East.neil: Maybe it also says as much about our model’s love for the Raptors’ players as it does about the Warriors’ injury issues. Our ratings think that almost all of Toronto’s current rotation is composed of at least above-average players, if not really good ones: sara.ziegler: Toronto won more games on the season than Golden State and has fewer injuries. Toronto would have the home-court advantage in the finals. Aren’t those important points in the Raptors’ favor?chris.herring: I can’t bring myself to think it matters all that much. At least not yet.Golden State has shown it can win despite not having home-court advantage.JaredDubin: I think I’d be more inclined to give those things weight if this were the first year of the Warriors’ run and not the fifth, and if we didn’t know that the Warriors essentially treat the regular season as an extended preseason. Draymond Green didn’t even start caring until he went on his crash diet in March, and he’s been one of the, like, three best players in the playoffs.chris.herring: If anything, the Durant injury is the thing to watch. They’d obviously be better positioned, and make the Raptors work a lot more, if they had him. (If for no other reason because of Kawhi presumably having to guard him at times.)But the Warriors haven’t given us any reason to suspect they can’t win the way they are. Also, one of the Raptors’ wins over the Dubs was a game in which Curry didn’t play.sara.ziegler: I guess my point here is that the opinions on who we think will win are based most on knowing that Golden State has won.chris.herring: That’s fair.But I also don’t think Toronto is a particularly great postseason match for Golden State.sara.ziegler: I get that.And the model is about the people playing — not about how they’ll play against the specific guys on the other team.chris.herring: I would have felt much better about the Bucks and think I’d favor them.neil: For what it’s worth, Vegas still has it as Warriors 69 percent, Raptors 18 percent, Bucks 13 percent.tchow: Hypothetically, if the Bucks were up 3-2, based on the CARMELO scores, they would also be favored against the Warriors in the finals at this point, no? Would we think there’s something wrong with the model then?chris.herring: * ding ding ding *neil: Tony, I think it might. Both teams currently have identical full-strength CARMELO ratings. Our model still thinks the Bucks and Raptors are pretty interchangeable, talent-wise.sara.ziegler: That’s kind of amazing.JaredDubin: This series has essentially shown that to be true, right? The Bucks and Raptors being relatively equal, talent-wise. Each team has a blowout, and the other three close games could have gone either way.tchow: The model has been really high on Toronto, compared to other models, all playoffs long. That prediction is looking pretty good so far this series, which is making us Bucks believers (fear-ers?) look bad. Maybe I’m still salty about being wrong about Toronto, because my initial reaction on seeing the new finals projections was also “no f-ing way.”neil: I mean, that was my honest reaction too, Tony: sara.ziegler: Ooooh, that’s interesting.I’m still trying to FEAR THE DEER.chris.herring: It’s a bit hard to.tchow: So Game 6 is Toronto’s Game 7.neil: That’s why Game 6 is so huge in these circumstances. According to this playoff leverage thing I did, Game 6 with the home team up 3-2 is the second most crucial possible situation.Trailing only (obviously) Game 7.chris.herring: Also, Toronto is a really difficult place to play anyway, let alone in a scenario where the Raptors can clinch a ticket to the FinalsMilwaukee made a lineup change, but it kind of feels like they’re stuck in the mud on offense when they aren’t in transition.JaredDubin: It feels like Mike Budenholzer really needs to lean in to the lineup he started last night, though. They crushed the Raptors with Bledsoe-Brogdon-Middleton-Giannis-Lopez and got destroyed in the other minutes. But he said before the game that he thinks it’s better to have 36 peak Giannis minutes than 40-plus of like 90-percent-ish minutes, basically.chris.herring: I won’t dwell on it too much, but I was so, so impressed by how many big plays the Raptors came up with at the end of a game on the road. So perhaps seeing that is reason enough to leave open the possibility that the Bucks can do that with their backs against the wall in Toronto.tchow: Can we talk big picture for a moment? Neil asked me this question this morning and I wanted to ask the group here: What would you put the chance of Kawhi staying in Toronto right this second? Before we know what happens in Game 6 or the end of this series.chris.herring: I imagine it’s really high if they win the series. It will show that you essentially can’t do any better from a team success standpoint than the situation he was traded into. So at that point, if you leave, it clearly becomes about wanting to play in another market. And with the exception of LeBron James, it’s hard to find a lot of first-rate players having done that.JaredDubin: I can’t imagine him finding a better running mate from a fit standpoint than Pascal Siakam. And if he stays, the Raptors can be even more aggressive in seeking out help for him than they were this year, and they were pretty aggressive in trading for Gasol at the deadline this year already.chris.herring: Then again, it’s Kawhi, and no one has ever been more quiet in terms of their overall persona. Who knows?He may be intrigued by being able to partner with a team on going out and getting a second max talent.sara.ziegler: He’s loved in Toronto, too. He’d obviously be second fiddle in L.A.chris.herring: Not with the Clippers!sara.ziegler: LOLOK, fair.JaredDubin: Kawhi would probably hate being second fiddle.tchow: * Kawhi laugh *chris.herring: I said this last night, but even if the Raptors lose, you have to feel content with having gone all-in at this point.You got a legitimate superstar, and he’s given you everything you could ask for at this point, especially if they reach the finals. All you wanted was a chance to win the whole thing.tchow: Yeah, definitely. Last night’s game kinda proved that’s why you risk it for a player like Kawhi, even if you end up losing him.chris.herring: If you get to that round, and he leaves anyway, that’s more about what he wanted and less about anything you as a team did wrong.JaredDubin: Masai Ujiri, president of the Raptors, has also been trying to do a full-on rebuild with this team for years. It started with trading Rudy Gay, but then James Dolan supposedly nixed a deal for Kyle Lowry, and the Raptors turned into the Raptors team we’ve seen over the past several years. Dealing for Kawhi with a year left on his deal set them up to either extend a window of contention around a player who is likely better than any the franchise has ever had, or pivot to trading guys like Lowry and Ibaka, and build around Siakam, Anunoby and some of the other younger guys they have.sara.ziegler: In other NBA news this week, the All-NBA teams were announced on Thursday. Any big surprises?chris.herring: I thought Bradley Beal would make one of the teams. But honestly, when you don’t make the playoffs, it’s always a crapshoot if you’re borderline like that.JaredDubin: There were less “surprising” things than just the reveals of incredibly tough calls. Nikola Jokic vs. Joel Embiid for first team center, and Beal vs. Kemba Walker vs. Klay Thompson for third-team guard.neil: It was weird seeing LeBron only be third-team All-NBA.sara.ziegler: It was sort of weird to see LeBron make it at all!neil: Well, he hadn’t missed first team since 2007. (But yes, it made sense for him to drop, given how much time he missed.)chris.herring: I can’t tell whether people are sad for Klay having missed out on the supermax, or if they’re simply relaying the news that he missed out. This would have been a weird season to make a passionate argument for him, in my opinion.All in all, I thought the teams were generally fine — I just think the setup of contracts and incentives being based on how the media votes is somewhat dumb. I think they should change it in the next CBA, but I don’t know how it should work going forward.JaredDubin: I don’t think there’s anybody in the media who wants to have control over how much money players make.tchow: It’s such a weird thing.JaredDubin: But we’ve also seen with player votes for All-Star teams that they don’t necessarily take voting even as seriously as the least-serious media voters, so maybe this is the best of bad options. (Aside from getting rid of supermax qualifications based on voting altogether.)tchow: I wonder if it goes through the minds of the media members who do vote where they ask themselves if they see a player like Klay or Beal “deserve” a super-max contract, and if answering “no” factors into their All-NBA selections.chris.herring: As I explained all this to my girlfriend yesterday, she was quick to remind me that these guys who are up for potential supermaxes all are due to make well in excess of $100 million anyway.It’s a crazy amount of money, but I think it’s easy to forget that A) it wasn’t really the media’s choice to have this role in the process and B) we’re talking about the very best players, and it’s not easy to decide which are the 15 best all the time.JaredDubin: I feel like, even if I were due to make $190 million, I would still prefer to make $220 million. But I also have no idea what it feels like to make $190 million, which I’m sure surprises everyone.sara.ziegler: 🤣chris.herring: Yeah.neil: The alternative is something like the baseball arbitration system, where a formula determines pay.chris.herring: * ding ding ding *neil: (And that is obviously also very fraught.)JaredDubin: It has always seemed strange that the percentage-of-cap maximums are determined by your years of service in the league. It almost always leads to guys being underpaid early and overpaid late.neil: Although that’s basically how every sport runs its business now. (Or again, if we go with the baseball model, they underpay early and then don’t pay late.)tchow: I hope we see an angry Klay in the finals play like someone who just lost out on $30 million and irrationally blames it on the Raptors/Bucks.JaredDubin: In the unlikely event the Finals gets to Game 6, I bet we see a Klaysplosion then. He’s incredible in Game 6.neil: Those Toronto and/or Milwaukee based writers clearly had a vendetta against him.sara.ziegler: Maybe the writers vote based on who gives the best interviews.neil: He’s a great interview, if the topic is scaffolding.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Mitchells Big Ten tournamentrecord 43 leads Ohio State womens basketball into semifinals

OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — Coming into the Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Big Ten tournament on a two-game losing streak, No. 9 Ohio State (24-6, 15-3) wasn’t looking to take 10th-seeded Rutgers (18-14, 8-10) lightly.OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell took matters into her own hands, dropping 43 points to break a Big Ten tournament record for single-game scoring and directing the Buckeyes to a 73-58 victory over the Scarlet Knights in the quarterfinals.Mitchell has scored 91 points in her last two games, pushing herself to No. 11 on OSU’s all-time scoring list by tallying 1,650 points in mere two-year career.Although it seemed as though Mitchell could do no wrong, OSU had a difficult time getting shots to fall from the tip.“Coach (Kevin) McGuff just put the emphasis on we were a little too anxious,” Mitchell said. “Getting a lot of quick shots and just trying to rush the ball a bit more.”The Buckeyes had one of their most sluggish shooting performances of the season in the first half, going 10-of-33 from the field and finishing the first 20 minutes of play with only 26 points. All but eight of those first-half points came from the fingertips of Mitchell.Friday night’s first-half outing was OSU’s second-lowest scoring performance in a first half this season, with its low being 24 points against No. 1 Connecticut at the beginning of the season.Like the Buckeyes, the Scarlet Knights weren’t able to get offensive production from all five players on the court. Instead, senior forward Kahleah Cooper and junior guard Tyler Scaife anchored the Scarlet Knight offense.Scaife utilized her quickness to get to the rim, ending the half with 16 points, while Copper put her power in the paint to good use to chip in 13.Playing catch-up after a slow start in the first half is not a situation that the Buckeyes would consider foreign, but now, in a playoff environment, there was a bit more urgency for the Scarlet and Gray.“Well, the thing we talked about is just getting more balance in our offense,” McGuff said.“We ran more set plays to get drives and get the ball into the paint, either off a pass or off the dribble, and just so we wouldn’t settle for so many threes.”OSU was able to get its first lead of the game at the 7:15 mark after a 3-pointer from Mitchell. After the deep ball, the Buckeyes were able to regain the confidence and swagger that they were searching for. They did not look back for the rest of the game — kind of.The positive feelings of the second half came to a screeching halt when an injury left OSU holding its breath. Senior guard Ameryst Alston crashed into a few Scarlet Knights players in an attempt to grab a loose ball and injured her wrist on the ground, leaving the Buckeye fans in attendance in shock.The collision would send Alston to the locker room early, ending her night with 12 points. She later returned to the bench in the waning seconds with an ice bag resting on her wrist.“Yeah, she came down,” McGuff said. “I think she sprained maybe her wrist. But I don’t have much more than that. I just had a quick update, that was it.”OSU is set to continue its journey through the Big Ten tournament Saturday evening approximately 30 minutes following the semifinal matchup between Maryland and Northwestern, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.The Buckeyes are slated to face third-seeded Michigan State with a spot to get to the championship game on Sunday night at 7 p.m. on the line. The Spartans beat OSU in triple overtime in the regular-season finale last Saturday. read more

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