English Soccer Player Again Charged With Racial Slur

Chelsea soccer captain John Terry, who was cleared of attacking a player with racial slurs just two weeks ago, was was charged by the English Football Association on Friday with the same offense. And with the world in London for the 30th Olympic Games, no less.The FA, the London governing body, said it considered the evidence from the trial before charging Terry with directing abuse at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last October.”I deny the charge, and I will be requesting the opportunity to attend the commission for a personal hearing,” Terry said.The FA alleged Terry ”used abusive and-or insulting words and/or behavior … (and) included a reference to the ethnic origin and-or color and/or race of Anton Ferdinand.”In court, prosecutors claimed that Terry snapped in response to insults about an alleged extramarital affair and bellowed ”(expletive) black (expletive)” at Ferdinand.But Terry said he only used the offensive term sarcastically to counter the profanity he claims Ferdinand was accusing him of using.The magistrate who ruled on the case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court said in his judgment that Terry’s explanation was ”certainly under the cold light of forensic examination, unlikely.”But he found Terry not guilty of a racially aggravated public order offense after deciding it was ”impossible” to be sure what the defender said.The FA, which has already interviewed Ferdinand and Terry, had to suspend its investigation into October’s west London derby when the police probe began.Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches last season for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during another Premier League match in October. What punishment Terry would face remains to be seen. But his history of such ugly allegations very well could prompt more severe suspension. Worse, is that he’s painted a cloud over himself with these two incidents. read more

March Madness Lville Michigan Survive Advance to Title Game

Louisville showed its depth and Michigan did not show its youth, and those two elements carried the No. 1-seeded Cardinals and fourth-seeded Wolverines to Monday night’s NCAA Tournament championship game Monday night in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.With reserve Luke Hancock providing 20 points off the bench, Louisville pulled out a 72-68 victory over surprising Wichita State to move the Cardinals to the last night of the season for the first time since 1978. Michigan, meanwhile, edged Syracuse 61-56 in a grind-it-out-game.Neither win was easy.It took three-pointers by little-used Tim Henderson, playing for injured Kevin Ware, to give Louisville some life when the Cards trailed by 12 in the second half. The Shockers looked to be headed for another upset. But Henderson’s shots charged Louisville and Hancock–and some tough defense–helped turn around the game.The Cardinals outscored 37-21 in last 6:43 in an inspiring rally.“I just kept telling the team, ‘This is a dogfight. . . And you’ve got to win the fight.”“We just played super hard,” Cardinals guard Russ Smith, who led the Cardinals with 21 points despite a slow start. “Nobody wanted to go home.”It did not look good for a long time Wichita State was better and more confident.Louisville was struggling so badly that Ware actually got out of his seat at one point, hobbling over on his broken leg to the Louisville huddle.“He just wanted to tell us that we needed to pick it up,” Siva said. “We know how much it would mean for him to be out there. He just tried to give us whatever we needed, the extra motivation, the extra boost to get over the hump. That’s what he did.”Michigan, meanwhile, handled the vaunted Syracuse defense better than anyone has in the tournament, despite player of the year Trey Burke scoring just seven points on 1-for-9 shooting.“We know Trey is our leader, and sometimes he’s not going to have a game like he’s had all season,” said Tim Hardaway Jr.,  who led Michigan with 13 points. “That’s when our team stepped up.”Trailing 58-56, the Orange had a chance to force overtime. But Brandon Triche was called for a foul when Jordan Morgan stepped in to take the charge with 19.2 seconds left.“Jordan is our best charge-taker,” Beilein said. “He stood in there and took a good one.”Michigan held on from there, as Syracuse, down by three, curiously did not attempt a trey in the last 12 seconds, instead going for missed layup. The Wolverines secured the rebound, a last-second dunk and the win.“We’ve been a team all year,” said coach John Beilein, whose Wolverines were playing in the Final Four for the first time since 1993, when the Fab Five lost for the second straight time in the national title game. “It was great.” read more

Should Alex Rodriguez Be Suspended By MLB

Major League Baseball could suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement for his latest drug controversy.Taking that step against the slugger would stop the New York Yankees player from returning to the field, even if his current injury has healed.Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug offense by MLB. A first-time offender under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement may still be able to take the field if the players’ union files a grievance. The penalty would simply be put on hold until after an arbitrator rules the case.But if the MLB suspends him under the collective bargaining agreement he would have to sit out.Rodriguez and other players have been involved in a major investigation by MLB. Since January, reports have surfaced alleging several players received performance enhancement drugs from Biogenesis of America, a former anti-aging clinic on Florida.In the past, the Yankees player admitted to using PEDs while playing with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. He has denied using them since then. read more

Patrice Bergeron Is Doing It All — Except You Know Putting The

The Frank J. Selke Award is given to the NHL forward who most demonstrates a high level of proficiency at both ends of the ice — responsible in his own zone, productive in his opponent’s. Boston Bruins center iceman Patrice Bergeron has won three of the last five Selkes, effectively taking the torch from Pavel Datsyuk as the league’s best two-way forward.Bergeron is not going to win the Selke this year. It’s not because he’s shirking responsibilities on defense — he’s a plus-1 on a team that can’t score — he has simply stopped being productive on the other end. More than a quarter of the way into the season, Bergeron has just eight points (four goals, four assists). But point production doesn’t tell the whole story — Bergeron is actually having a very good season. He just can’t seem to put the puck into the other team’s net.Among NHL players who’ve taken more than 400 faceoffs this season, Patrice Bergeron’s 58.6 win percentage ranks fourth. His Corsi For Percentage of 63.1 percent — a score above 50 implies a player’s team controls the puck more than 50 percent of the time that player is on the ice — is the best in the league among skaters who take a regular shift. His Fenwick For Percentage of 62.4 percent — Fenwick is another proxy for a team’s puck possession against a given player’s ice time — is third only to his linemates Brad Marchand (63 percent) and David Pastrnak (62.7 percent). And yet despite downright sterling possession metrics — faceoff percentage included — Bergeron is scoring at a historically low clip.Bergeron’s eight points in 23 games is good for an anemic .35 points per game — not great for a guy who’s used to scoring points in three of every four games he plays (entering the 2016-17 season, Bergeron had notched 618 points in 820 games). Somewhat bizarrely, linemates Marchand and Pastrnak are each having historically great seasons. Marchand is on pace to notch around 70 points — this would be a career high — and Pastrnak is on pace to tally close to 50 goals, which would shatter his previous high of 15. How is it that the wingers of the Bruins’ top line are each scoring at a hellacious pace while their centerman is struggling to find the stats sheet?It’s not like Bergeron isn’t getting his shots. Entering this season, Bergeron had averaged 2.8 shots per game for his career — in 2016-17, he’s taking 3.5. (It’s hard to tell exactly where those shots are coming from because, somewhat confoundingly, no one is doing a great job of keeping up-to-date shot charts, but it’s hard to imagine that Bergeron, who’s a centerman, is taking the bulk of his shots from outside his preferred slot/high slot region.) Bergeron’s four goals on 80 shots is good for a career-low shot percentage of 5. For reference, he entered the 2016-17 season with a career shot percentage of 10.3. While that’s not the shot percentage of a world-beating sniper, it’s still pretty damn good.Bergeron’s shots-per-goal ratio is necessarily up, too. He usually scores on every 9.9 shots he takes — this season, that number has swelled to 20. His power-play scoring percentage is also down from last year — 25 percent this season vs. 37.5 percent from last. He scored more than a third of his 32 goals in 2015-16 on the man advantage but is only on pace to net just under four on the power play this season.Something is amiss. But what?Part of Bergeron’s scoring dearth might be because of hot goaltending. In the seven games, Bergeron has taken five or more shots and not scored, opposing goalies have a combined save percentage of .931. Take Jake Allen’s .909 and Robin Lehner’s .921 out of the mix, and that combined save percentage rises to .940. If that were an individual goalie’s stat line, it would be good for the third-best mark in the NHL. Some of Bergeron’s drought must be related to the quality of goaltending he’s faced — and some of it could just be due to that beast the hockey gods call “puck luck.”The law of averages and his historical performance and his league-best possession metrics all dictate that Bergeron will right the ship. But the Bruins go as their alternate captain goes, and for a team that’s struggling to score this season — they rank 23rd in goals scored per game — it’s imperative for Bergeron to right that ship sooner than later. Otherwise, they risk missing the playoffs for a third consecutive year, which is something that hasn’t happened since a dismal stretch between 1959 and 1967 saw them miss out on postseason hockey for eight straight seasons.Some second-year guy named Bobby Orr helped end that eight-year slide in 1967-68. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they don’t currently have the second coming of Orr in their system. For now, it’s on their beloved alternate captain to start appearing on the stats sheet. read more

Gee adheres to students seating gripes hopes for louder environment at Schott

Despite continuous requests for more student seating in the Horseshoe, OSU President E. Gordon Gee said he wants to see more support for other Buckeye sports before he will consider upping the allotment of student football tickets.   With that goal in mind, the university announced in late August it will move 800 of the student seats at the Schottenstein Center from behind the baskets to behind the benches and scorer’s table for some men’s basketball games in the upcoming season. “We need to create an environment in which our basketball programs have the same kind of intensity as our football program or other things,” Gee told The Lantern on Oct. 6. “So we needed to make the change, too, because the students made a very important point to me, ‘Well you know if you’re just sitting behind there and (they) have you sitting there in the middle, you’re not a very good fan, Mr. President.’” Gee took the students’ words to heart, as he and fellow faculty members will vacate their previous seats behind the benches for all-Big Ten contests and an additional non-conference game this season to make room for what Gee hopes to be a more boisterous NutHouse student section.     “Now I have every expectation that we’re going to have a ring of fire around our court and I’ll be very disappointed if every game is not sold out by our students,” Gee said. So far, so good. When men’s basketball tickets were released last week, tickets sold out in two hours. Although the 1,400 tickets available to students this year were a drop from last year’s total, senior forward David Lighty said the move could provide a big boost for the team. “I think that’s going to help us out a lot,” Lighty said. “We feed off the crowd. Big plays happen and they are loud and rowdy. … That’s just going to get us excited. I think it’s going to be a good thing for us.” Schools such as the University of Michigan and Michigan State University already have a similar type of seating arrangement. Lighty said he is glad OSU pulled the trigger on the adjustment. “You go to Michigan State and they have a whole student section in the bottom bowl, and my parents are sitting with the students going crazy,” Lighty said. “It’s a more suitable atmosphere for college basketball and something that gives the fan a better experience and makes them want to come and get more excited.” As the students move closer to the action than ever before, senior guard Jon Diebler said he hopes they will have the arena rocking.    “I think we have a great student fan base,” Diebler said. “I think they are excited about the new seating because I think they might feel more into the game instead of being on the ends.” Having become accustomed to verbal lashings from opposing student sections, junior guard William Buford said he hopes the seating change will entice the Buckeye students to return the favor to visiting squads.       “I don’t really pay attention to them too much, but I hope that it will mess with the opposite team,” Buford said. “We get dogged everywhere we go, so they need to do something.” read more

Columbus crowd witnesses Cavaliers victory over Bucks

In front of 7,092 fans at the Schottenstein Center, the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks 83-77, in their final tune-up before the start of the regular season. “It’s fun to play in cities like this that don’t have an opportunity to see you on a day-to-day basis, especially in the state of Ohio,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “It’s fun for us and hopefully it’s fun for the city of Columbus.” Point guard Ramon Sessions led the Cavaliers with 26 points. Sessions started in place of Mo Williams, who was excused from the game because of the death of his father-in-law. “I thought he played well. He was in a kind of tough situation with Mo not being here,” Scott said. “He knew he would have to play some tough minutes, but I thought he played pretty well on both ends.” Point guard Daniel Gibson also missed the game for the Cavaliers with a neck strain, while the Bucks were without former Ohio State star Michael Redd and rotation regulars John Salmons, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Corey Maggette. With neither team at full strength, the game was closely contested throughout. Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker connected with Sessions for an alley-oop layup to give the Cavaliers a two-point lead to start the second half, but a scoring burst from guard Chris Douglas-Roberts gave the Bucks a one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. After battling back and fourth throughout the final quarter, a breakaway lay-up by Sessions gave the Cavaliers a one-point lead with less than four minutes remaining. The Cavaliers extended their lead to as many as seven points, and forward Jamario Moon intercepted a pass from Bucks center Brian Skinner, which lead to a Parker 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers an eight point lead with 24 seconds left. Parker finished the game with 18 points and zero turnovers, while playing a team-high 38 minutes for the Cavaliers. “He not only picked up the scoring, but he ran the offense a lot. He played 37 to 38 minutes and not one turnover,” Scott said. “That means that you can count on him to do the little things, and he’s one of the guys who knows what we’re doing pretty well.” The 7,092 attendance number was a significant drop from last year’s Cavaliers preseason game in Columbus, which drew 18,021 fans. Now the Cavalier with the longest tenure with the team, center Anderson Varejao said that he wasn’t disappointed with the Columbus fans. “It’s my fourth time here and it’s always good to come here and play games,” Varejao said. “The fans do a good job.” Despite not playing, Gibson said that it’s a good experience for Cavaliers fans in Columbus to get to see the team live. “It’s just a lot of fun, getting out there in front of fans that don’t have the opportunity to come to the ‘Q,’” Gibson said. “You got to assume you have funs in just other than Cleveland.” Moon said that playing in front of a city without an NBA franchise reminds him of his days playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. “I’m always excited to play in front of different people who can’t come watch me play, and that’s what I did for my whole career for my other teams that I played for trying to come and get to the NBA,” Moon said. “It gives a lot of people that can’t get to Cleveland a chance to come out and see a good brand of basketball that the Cavaliers put out on the floor.” read more

Ohio State jumps to No 14 in latest Associated Press college football

Ohio State football’s opening-day win came against a Miami (Ohio) team that finished 4-8 in 2011, but it still left a strong impression on Associated Press college football poll voters. The Buckeyes (1-0) have jumped four spots in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll to the No. 14 slot following their 56-10 win against the RedHawks Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Voters’ opinions of the Buckeyes ranged from placement at the No. 5 spot in the poll to leaving the team unranked. OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller starred in the contest, setting the program’s single-game rushing record at his position with 161 yards and a rushing touchdown on 17 carries. He also completed 14-of-24 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Junior OSU running back Carlos Hyde tallied 84 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries to help spark OSU to the win. On the defensive side, OSU limited the RedHawks to -1 yards on the ground and held the formidable combination of Miami senior quarterback Zac Dysert and junior receiver Nick Harwell to a single touchdown in the game. Dysert finished the contest with 303 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions. Elsewhere in the Big Ten conference, Michigan, previously the highest-ranked Big Ten team, dropped 11 spots in the poll to No. 19 after the drubbing it suffered against now-No. 1-ranked Alabama, 41-14. The Crimson Tide rolled up to No. 1, surpassing the previously top-ranked USC Trojans, which fell to No. 2 despite their 49-10 win against Hawaii. Nebraska jumped a spot in the poll, from No. 17 to No. 16, after its 49-20 opening-weekend triumph against Southern Mississippi. Wisconsin eked out a 21-16 home win against Northern Iowa and dropped one spot to No. 13 in the AP poll. That position was previously held by Michigan State, which moved up to No. 11 after a 17-13 home win against Boise State. The Broncos are the only team to fall from the top 25 poll this week. Week 2 Associated Press Poll: 1. Alabama (45) 2. USC (11) 3. LSU (4) 4. Oregon 5. Oklahoma 6. Florida State 7. Georgia 8. Arkansas 9. South Carolina 9. West Virginia 11. Michigan State 12. Clemson 13. Wisconsin 14. Ohio State 15. Virginia Tech 16. Nebraska 17. Texas 18. Oklahoma State 19. Michigan 20. TCU 21. Kansas State 22. Notre Dame 23. Louisville 24. Florida 25. Stanford  (First-place votes in parenthesis). Information courtesy of the Associated Press. read more

Urban Meyer wants Ohio State quarterbacks rough and tough

Whether it was an apparent knee injury at Michigan State or a hit to the head versus Purdue, then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller made Ohio State football fans hold their breaths last season on multiple occasions when he had to leave the field due to injury. Miller went through another injury scare Tuesday during the Buckeyes’ ninth practice of the spring football season. The reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year was slow to get up following a hit during a team scrimmage near the end of practice. Following Tuesday’s practice, coach Urban Meyer said his junior quarterback was also hit during practice Thursday and is dealing with a sore rib. Miller was clearly unhappy about the hit – it occurred after the ball was out of his hands – and he approached the defensive sideline to confront a teammate before being restrained by coaches. He returned to throw more passes later in the scrimmage. Meyer said he was glad to see his quarterback’s competitive side even after the hit. “I like quarterbacks that want to go get in a street fight and go after it,” Meyer said. “That’s not probably the time to do it, but he’s a competitor. So you’re asking what kind of reaction would I want out of a quarterback? … That’s better than the opposite, (to) just lay on the ground and curl up … He’s a tough kid.” Offensive line issues Junior offensive lineman Antonio Underwood suffered a torn ACL during practice Thursday, Meyer said Tuesday. Meyer said it is a shame that Underwood suffered the injury, which will sideline him for at least a portion of the 2013 season. “For the first time in his career, he’s made a real push,” Meyer said of Underwood. “He’s going to have surgery, and we’ll see what happens, but he was having a heck of a spring.” Meyer said Underwood was “fighting his way into the rotation.” “He was in the top eight (offensive lineman on the depth chart),” Meyer said. Losing Underwood is not Meyer’s only concern with his offensive line. Meyer and the Buckeyes are still trying to determine their starter at right tackle where they are replacing last year’s starter, Reid Fragel, whose OSU career concluded last fall. Meyer said no one has established himself as a starter yet at the position, but it is currently a three-way competition between sophomore Taylor Decker, redshirt sophomore Chase Farris and redshirt freshman Pat Elflein. “That’s the hardest position to make a jump,” Meyer said of the right tackle position. Meyer said Decker, who was the early favorite to start, is “probably a little ahead of where Fragel was” at this point in the spring football season last year, as Fragel was still transitioning to the position after playing his first three OSU seasons at tight end. Meyer said Decker needs to make the same strides that Fragel did last season. Offense and defense compete in scrimmages The offense and defense competed against one another in a scrimmage to conclude Tuesday’s practice, which the offense won on a touchdown pass to the right rear corner of the end zone from redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Guiton to redshirt sophomore tight end Nick Vannett. Points were awarded to the offense for first downs and touchdowns and to the defense for stops and forced turnovers, but Meyer declined a request to explain the scoring system. “That’s between me and Mick (Mickey Marotti, assistant athletic director for football sports performance),” Meyer said. Other scrimmage highlights included a 51-yard field goal made by senior kicker Drew Basil and a deep-ball interception returned past midfield by sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, though Reeves was also beaten for a couple of deep pass completions. The Buckeyes had a scrimmage Saturday as well, which Meyer said the defense won. The Buckeyes will practice twice more this week on Thursday and Saturday, with Saturday’s practice being the program’s second annual Student Appreciation Day, which is open to students and begins at 11 a.m. OSU has five more spring practices between this week and next week leading up to the LiFESports Spring Game, which will be played April 13 at 1 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. read more

Crew tie FC Dallas in rescheduled match after lightning strike injures fan

The Columbus Crew and FC Dallas were able to reconvene for their inter-conference match Sunday, after “extenuating circumstances” during a pregame severe weather alert saw a fan get struck by lightning in Crew Stadium’s parking lot Saturday.A downpour of rain and lightning striking visibly close to the stadium had led to the issuance of an emergency alert that urged fans to seek shelter just before the scheduled kickoff of 8 p.m.Stu Tudor, an off-duty lieutenant of the Columbus Fire Department, was one of thousands of fans waiting to see if the weather would let up. A bolt of lightning struck near a bank of portable restrooms by the southwest corner of the stadium and seriously injured him.“First responders were called to Crew Stadium to address an incident surrounding the inclement weather that delayed tonight’s contest,” the Crew said in an press release via email at 10:07 p.m. Saturday. “Due to these extenuating circumstances, the match was postponed. During tonight’s thunderstorm that caused the severe weather delay, an individual was injured during the inclement weather and was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.”Bystanders said Tudor was unresponsive when emergency services arrived to provide care, according to multiple reports.He was later reported as being in critical condition.In a Sunday press release, MLS Executive Vice President Dan Courtemanche said the decisions to both postpone and subsequently reschedule the match for Sunday afternoon were made by the league, keeping fan safety in mind.“Due to the inclement weather in Ohio and the unfortunate incident that occurred in the parking lot outside Columbus Crew Stadium last night, Major League Soccer made the decision to postpone the game between FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew,” Courtemanche said. “The health and safety of our fans is always our top priority, and we believe it was the right decision to postpone the match.”Courtemanche also said it was “standard policy” to reschedule the game for the following day, if it is possible and feasible for both teams.“All of us—including Dallas as well—you prepare all day for a match, and then it gets delayed and you hear something like that. You don’t want to play,” midfielder Justin Meram said after the match of the team’s mindset after learning of Tudor’s injury Saturday evening. “I think it was the right thing to do (to postpone the match).”So on Sunday, the Crew (4-5-7) and FC Dallas (6-7-5) kicked off at 2 p.m. and played to a 0-0 tie in both teams’ first regular season action since June 7 and 11, respectively. MLS instituted a break in play for the FIFA World Cup, just as the NHL did while the 2014 Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi, Russia.Columbus played efficiently in the first half and notched two shots on goal on five attempts.Midfielders Ben Speas and Tony Tchani stepped up early to direct traffic and set the pace of attacking sequences, often relying on fellow midfielders Wil Trapp and Hector Jimenez to cross balls in from the side to generate scoring opportunities.The Black and Gold possessed and skillfully passed the ball often, attaining a 61.5 percent control advantage and 90.6 percent in passing accuracy in the second half.In the 13th minute, Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark moved forward to confront a Dallas attack and went down with contact in the penalty area, but play continued with no foul call. Defender Michael Parkhurst manned the goal in Clark’s stead and was able to block an accurate shot from Dallas midfielder Michel to keep the game scoreless.“It’s very important, me as a goalkeeper. It’s a very tight line between success and failure when you come out of your net like that,” Clark said after the match. “Michael’s been there for me all year and we have each other’s backs. And he had me today. It’s a really big save for the team and for me as well.”Clark later came up big in the 83rd minute when he stopped the ball on the goal line after a header from Dallas forward David Texeira. Sunday’s clean sheet marked his second consecutive shutout after not surrendering any goals at D.C. United June 7.Defender Eric Gehrig used his head to deflect a bending cross kicked from the left side of Dallas’ attacking half by Michel in the 61st minute, and Gehrig was consistently in position to defend the barrage of three consecutive Dallas corner kicks that happened next.“Every game, I always experience a time where it’s about survival mode. No matter what game it is, there’s always been a five-, 10-minute stretch where it’s about digging in and fighting and getting out of it. I think that was one of those cases,” Gehrig said of the task of defending three straight corners. “The message to the guys is just hold on and hang in there and not let that decide the game. I thought we bent a little bit but didn’t break.”Showing their support for the hospitalized Tudor, numerous Crew players—including Gehrig, Trapp, and defender Bernardo Anor—walked over to the Nordecke fan section after the match to sign a fan-made banner that read, “Get Well Stu.”The coaches of both teams also wore red ribbons pinned to their shirts as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity for Tudor.“This is something you have to do, this is your job. You have to kind of put it behind you … as well as, you know, play for him (Tudor),” Meram said.Columbus is slated to travel west to take on the Colorado Rapids next on the July 4 holiday. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 p.m. read more

Ohio State mens hockey ready for Golden Griffins

Loose Pucks-Junior defenseman Blake Doerring (upper-body), senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple (upper-body) and freshman forward Nick Jones (upper-body) will all be out this weekend, Rohlik said.-Dalrymple skated after Wednesday’s practice, but Rohlik said he’s still “a ways away” from returning to the lineup Senior forward Tanner Fritz (16) controls the puck during a game against Miami (OH) Oct. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 5-1.Credit: Michael Griggs / For The LanternChristian Lampasso’s former teammates used to laugh at him, but now they’re probably wishing they hadn’t.The freshman forward who once took flack for taking lessons from a figure skating coach has established himself as a speedy winger on the Ohio State men’s hockey roster. This week, Lampasso has more energy than usual. The Buckeyes (1-3-0) will travel less than 30 minutes from his childhood home to play Canisius College (4-2-0, 3-1-0) in Buffalo, N.Y.“I recruited pretty much the whole team’s tickets,” Lampasso said. “I’ve got 32 people coming for each game. I told them they all have to wear scarlet or they can’t come.”Lampasso’s homecoming series is long overdue. Since he moved away from New York as a freshman in high school, he’s called six states home. “I was pretty much living on my own at 15,” Lampasso said. “I had to grow up fast, but a lot of hockey players do.”As Lampasso moved through junior hockey, he did it with the speed that has come to characterize his game. His short, choppy strides followed him the whole way, he said. Former coaches’ attempts to change Lampasso’s skating style have been met with rejection, he said. The lessons from his figure skating coach Sarah Potter, who gave him instruction until age 12, have stuck the most, he said.Potter recalled working with Lampasso’s posture and leg extensions during 6:30 a.m. lessons. Dedication and natural ability drove Lampasso’s progression, Potter said.“The first time i saw him skate I thought, ‘this kid’s got it’,” Potter said. “There was no question in my mind.”This weekend, OSU coach Steve Rohlik is tasked with slowing down the winger who’s defined his game with speed.“Its funny because that’s his M.O., is his energy,” Rohlik said. “He just doesn’t need to go up and do too much. Just go up and play like he always does with great energy.”The energetic play is not foreign to the Buckeyes’ roster. Lampasso’s line mate and senior forward Chad Niddery has made his career playing in a similar fashion.As a result, Niddery said he offers Lampasso advice with regard to patience in the corners or placement of pucks on dump-ins. “He reminds me a lot of my  freshman year,” Niddery said. “Good forechecker, good hitting, good speed. He’s pretty close to me, that’s for sure.”Niddery, who began his career as a winger but has transitioned to center, said he depends upon Lampasso for his own success as well. Coming off a bye week, the line mates have had plenty of time to develop additional chemistry.Rohlik said OSU’s bye week came at a good time, as it allowed the team to readdress fitness and recover from injuries.After sustaining an injury in OSU’s first game of the season, sophomore forward Nick Schilkey is expected to make his return to the lineup on Friday, Rohlik said.  Canisius enters this weekend following a road series sweep against American International in an Atlantic Hockey Association matchup. The Golden Griffins are set to open their new rink, HARBORCENTER, located in downtown Buffalo on Friday.The Buckeyes traveled to HARBORCENTER on Thursday to get accustomed to the new rink, Rohlik said. “There’s only one opening night and for us to be a part of that is certainly pretty special,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to have to play our best hockey.”  read more