Ohio State players celebrate a goal in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State’s men’s lacrosse team is headed to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history as the Buckeyes knocked off Towson 11-10 in the semifinals on Saturday.Trailing the Tigers 8-3 early in the second quarter, the game looked to be potentially out of reach for the Buckeyes. But behind an 8-1 run in the second half, OSU completed a miraculous comeback in the Buckeyes’ first-ever appearance in the semifinals.Towson (12-5) struck first as senior midfielder Mike Lynch scored the first goal of the game with 10:36 remaining in the first quarter. But the Buckeyes (16-4) found the back of the net twice in eight seconds as sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski and sophomore midfielder Logan Maccani scored a goal apiece to give OSU its first lead of the game.Late in the first quarter, Towson evened the game up at two when sophomore midfielder Jon Mazza barely slipped the ball over the goal line.The Tigers opened the game up early in the second quarter as two Towson players – senior attackmen Joe Seider (two goals) and Ryan Drenner – scored three goals in the first four minutes of the period.OSU freshman attackman Tre Leclaire ended the run with his first goal of the game, but the Tigers scored twice before the end of the quarter to pull ahead 8-3 at halftime.Towson opened the second half by extending its lead by one goal, but OSU came right back as senior attackman Eric Fannell threw a behind-the-back pass to fellow senior attackman Austin Shanks who finished the highlight-worthy play off with a goal.That goal gave the Buckeyes life.Leclaire scored his second goal of the game on a fast break, then Shanks scored his second goal of the game as OSU utilized a man-up advantage. With 4:11 remaining in the third quarter, Fannell ripped a shot, scoring his first goal of the game to pull the Buckeyes within one goal of tying the Tigers.But Towson senior midfielder Tyler Young ended the Buckeyes run as he scored his 13th goal of the season. OSU ended the season strong, though, as Fannell scored his second goal of the quarter to pull his team within one.With 11:42 remaining in the final quarter, Leclaire fired a laser past Towson’s goalie to tie the game for the first time since the first quarter.The Scarlet and Gray rally didn’t end there.With 10:20 remaining, senior midfielder JT Blubaugh scored, delivering OSU its first advantage since the Buckeyes’ relinquished their 2-1 lead in the first quarter. Just over four minutes later, OSU extended its lead to 11-9 when senior midfielder Johnny Pearson scored his first goal of the game.Towson pulled within a goal with 3:17 remaining as Drenner scored for the fourth time in Saturday’s game. But that was it for the Tigers as the Buckeyes held on for an 11-10 victory, sending them to the championship game.Saturday’s game wasn’t the first matchup between these two teams. OSU knocked off Towson 6-3 on March 15.OSU advanced to the NCAA semifinals with a 7-4 win over Loyola Maryland in the first round and a 16-11 victory against Duke in the quarterfinals. Towson reached the semifinals after upsetting Penn State, 12-8 in the first round, and Syracuse, 10-7 in the quarterfinals. The Buckeyes will take on the winner of Saturday afternoon’s No. 1 Maryland – No. 5 Denver matchup at 1 p.m. on Monday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Kevin-Prince Boateng may just be a Sassuolo player nowadays, but nothing stopped him from sharing his thoughts on the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debateMuch has been made in the past over which of the two superstars is the better player with both of them recording incredibly high goal and assists tallies of the years, whilst winning the Ballon d’Or five times each.And Boateng, who faced off against both Ronaldo and Messi in his career, shared his thoughts on the ongoing dispute.“For young people who are football players, Ronaldo should be the best in the world,” said Boateng, according to Marca.“He is the best example to look at because he trains to the fullest and has talent.“He works like a madman, he is passionate with everything he does and about football.”“He always wants to be the best.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He always wants to be first in everything, so, for a player who is just starting, the one to look at should be him because he is perfect.”But the German midfielder ultimately believes that Messi is the best.“Ronaldo makes all of this happen in this world, but only in this world,” he added.“In what transcends this world, the best is Messi, because he is incredible, he does things that nobody can do.“I do not see him in this world.“Ronaldo dominates this world and Messi is above everything else.”Boateng has played for the likes of AC Milan, Tottenham and Schalke 04 in his playing career.
Head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) Claudio Tapia says Barcelona forward Lionel Messi never left the national team and will be ready when coach Lionel Scaloni calls upon himMessi has not featured for his national team since his team crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 4-3 defeat to France on June 30“Leo Messi never left the national team,” AFA president Claudio Tapia said in an interview published on the association’s website via Xinhua.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I think the love he has for the shirt is so great that when he is called upon he’ll be there, I have no doubt about that. It will depend on the coach and not on him.”Tapia said Messi had been in a positive mood when the pair met in Madrid earlier this month after the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors.“He looked happy, very happy,” he said. “I hope that he will be a part of Argentina’s upcoming squads because it makes people happy watching him play. He represents our country and is a standard-bearer for world football. He is the best player in the world, without doubt”
Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus warned his old club that Borussia Dortmund could snatch Timo Werner from right under their nosesThe Bavarians have been strongly linked with a move for Werner over the past month as he considers whether or not to commit his long-term future to RB Leipzig.The Germany international’s contract at Leipzig will expire in June 2020 and the club’s chief executive, Oliver Mintzlaff, has already warned Werner he will be sold unless he signs a new deal.Recent reports in Germany have since suggested that Dortmund are ready to rival Bayern for the 22-year-old forward.And Matthaus believes Dortmund can be a genuine threat to Bayern’s bid to sign Werner.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“You can also win the Bundesliga, play in the Champions League and achieve great things there,” Matthaus wrote on Sky.“In the end, the question will be where he sees the best overall package, and which perspective he considers the most tempting if he leaves Leipzig.“Financially, of course, Bayern would be able to make a bigger offer than Borussia Dortmund. But Watzke and co have managed the club well, have full coffers and a lot to offer.”“If Timo has to decide between the two big German clubs, he will consider whether he would accept competition from Lewandowski and the other huge stars, and which impression the club bosses and the respective coaches make.”Werner has scored 11 times in 17 Bundesliga games for Leipzig this season.
September 14, 1999Workshoppers harvestingadzuki beans in the ArcosantiOrganics fields.Photos by: Doctress Neutopia