NEWARK, N.J. — After falling short of the team goal of a national championship with a loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Friday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team received some positive news: Freshman forward Jared Sullinger confirmed his plans to return for his sophomore season. “I’m coming back next year because I have to work on — a lot of things — and I don’t like the taste that I just had,” the freshman said to reporters after the loss. “I don’t appreciate losing. I never appreciate losing and I’m going to come back to win.” Sullinger led the Buckeyes in points and rebounds per game with 17.1 and 10, respectively. The Freshman of the Year award winner is also one of four finalists for the Naismith Award, handed out to the best basketball player in the country. Accolades aside, Sullinger’s motivation to return was simple. “The love of this basketball team makes me want to come back,” he said. “These guys are my brothers.” OSU coach Thad Matta was not surprised by his freshman’s vow to return. “He told me from day one he’d be back for two years,” he said. “I think all the things he learned this year, with a great offseason, I have no doubt he’ll be the best player in college basketball (next year).” Sullinger tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds in the team’s loss to the Wildcats on Friday. The double-double was the forward’s 18th in 37 games. It was not those numbers or the team’s 34 wins that made Sullinger’s choice an easy one, but rather the loss to the Wildcats. The freshman plans on getting right back to work. “I know I am going to be back in the gym as soon as we get back,” he said. Despite being widely projected as a top-five pick, Sullinger was adamant that he would not be swayed by the NBA. “I’ll be in an Ohio State jersey next year,” he said. “It’s my personal choice and I want to come back and serve this basketball team and play for Matta.” Sullinger has until April 24 to submit his name to the NBA draft, but said he is not interested in even testing the waters. OSU junior guard William Buford said he plans to return, but might look into the NBA by entering his name. If he does, he will have until May 8 to withdraw it and retain his college eligibility. Buford, however, doesn’t think he is ready to play professionally. “I’ll be back,” he said. “I just want to get better so when I do go, I’ll be prepared to make an impact and not just go to be a player in the league.” If both players return, OSU will retain its top two scorers and top rebounder from the 2010–11 season, along with the team leader in assists, freshman point guard Aaron Craft. Though he was emotional after the team’s tough loss, Sullinger said he did not take the decision lightly and was clear that he would not renege on his choice. “I’m a man of my word,” he said. “I won’t change my mind for anybody. This is what I want. This is where I’m happy. I’m happy being an Ohio State Buckeye and playing for coach Matta.”
Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoComing off a three-week road swing, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will prepare to host its first conference game this weekend.After playing to a 3-3 double-overtime draw against in-state rival No.11 Akron on Wednesday, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on another ranked opponent in No. 13 Penn State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Before its game against Akron, OSU was on a four-game losing streak, trying to find its momentum. Despite the team’s disappointing start to the season, it did not let it affect its mindset going into Wednesday’s game as the Buckeyes came from behind to tie the game against Akron.“We would have liked to get the win,” senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason said. “But I think it showed a lot about the heart this team has and the character to bounce back from a tough stretch and play a ranked opponent toe-to-toe; so I think we’re headed in the right direction.”OSU proved to be able to keep up with a ranked competitor, but the Buckeyes will face another heavy challenge as they prepare to face No.13 Penn State.“They are very solid and organized all over the pitch, and they have a few attacking plays where they can unlock the door and score a goal,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “So as hard as they are to beat, they’re also dangerous at getting a goal or two, so we have to be on our game against them.”Mason said that the team would really have to take its chances this weekend because it is going to be a 90-minute battle.Despite the challenge OSU will likely face, Doyle said the team would like the fans to come out and support the team on Sunday.“I think Ohio State and Penn State have a rivalry in a lot of sports and what else is there to do on Sunday afternoon a 3 p.m.?” Doyle said. “Might as well come out in the nice weather and enjoy the game.”About the Nittany LionsPenn State comes into Sunday’s game after defeating 10th-ranked Indiana 1-0 on Sunday in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State stands at 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play. Freshman forward Marc Curran leads the team with six goals, while senior midfielder Brian James has three goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Matt Bersano is 4-1-1 overall with a 0.48 goals against average and .880 save percentage and has played a total of 470 minutes.What’s next?Following Sunday’s action, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Dayton at 7 p.m. on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Former Ohio State men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson won’t be leaving the university for his next opportunity as he has been hired as the Buckeyes’ men’s lacrosse strength and conditioning coach, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.“Coach Richardson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He is an incredible leader and builder of young men,” men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers said in a release. “We look for him to make an immediate impact as we prepare for the 2018 season and beyond.”Richardson was hired in 2005 by former men’s basketball coach Thad Matta as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. He spent the past 12 season with the men’s basketball team.When Matta was fired and Chris Holtmann was hired as head coach, Richardson was not retained. Ohio State announced former Indianapolis Colts performance and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks would be Richardson’s replacement as men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Friday.Last season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team reached the national championship for the first time in program history, falling 9-6 to Big Ten rival Maryland.“I have known coach Myers for a number of years and have a ton of respect for how he runs the program and the passion he has for building and teaching men,” Richardson said in a release. “I am excited to get going with this team and have high expectations for what we can achieve.”Richardson has never worked as a strength and conditioning coach with a specific focus on a lacrosse team.Prior to his time at Ohio State, Richardson spent five years as assistant strength trainer at the University of Miami (Fl.). He became the Hurricanes coach after working for six seasons as head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day speaks during the Ohio State offensive availability at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter adding two former Michigan assistants, Greg Mattison and Al Washington, to his coaching staff, head coach Ryan Day hired another Big Ten assistant Thursday. Ohio State announced that former Maryland linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Matt Barnes would join the Buckeyes as their special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach next season.“Matt is young coach who has really done a great job at Maryland,” Day said in a statement. “He’s an energy guy who has considerable knowledge of the Big Ten Conference plus experience coaching in the Southeastern Conference. He’s going to work well with our staff and I’m pleased to have him on board.”Last season, Barnes helped lead a Terrapins linebacker room that excelled in terms of tackling, housing Tre Watson, the Big Ten’s leader in tackles, who was named as a first-team All-Big Ten as well as a second-team All-American member by the Football Writers Association of America. Barnes was a defensive and special teams graduate assistant at Florida under former Gators head coach Will Muschamp from 2012-14. In 2013, the Gators held the second-best kickoff coverage and the third-best punt returns in the country. In 2015, Barnes spent a season at Michigan as a defensive analyst. The Wolverines had the No. 4 total defense in the NCAA that year.He was named as the Special Teams Coordinator of the Year by footballscoop.com in 2012. Barnes is one of three new coaches that have joined Day’s coaching staff with Washington, Mattison and newly-hired co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Upcoming bracelets with technology from Intel Corp and design cues from fashion brand Opening Ceremony will connect the wearer with Facebook, Google and Yelp via an AT&T data plan without having to carry a smartphone.Called My Intelligent Communication Accessory, or MICA, the snakeskin bracelets are aimed at fashion-conscious women and are an attempt by the two companies to stand out in a growing field of often-clunky smartwatches and fitness brands that have yet to catch on widely with consumers.”We really approached this first and foremost about why would a woman want to wear this everyday, and how can it be incorporated into her wardrobe,” Humberto Leon, creative director at Opening Ceremony, said in a phone interview last week.As well as lapis stones, obsidian and an 18k gold coating, the devices include a sapphire curved screen on the inside of the wrist that displays text messages, calendar items and events from Google and Facebook, and recommendations of nearby restaurants and stores from Yelp.After Intel was late to smartphones and tablets in recent years, Chief Executive Brian Krzanich has been determined to make sure the top chipmaker is at the forefront of future trends in mobile computing.Krzanich gave the green light for the chipmaker to develop the bracelet with Opening Ceremony after his wife wore a prototype for several days and liked it, he recently said.Incoming alerts discreetly vibrate the bracelet instead of making a noise. Its $495 price tag includes a two-year data plan with AT&T, which means it does not rely on a smartphone for connectivity, as do most smartwatches, the companies said in a press release on Monday.As well as working with Opening Ceremony, Intel in March bought fitness bracelet maker Basis Science and it has teamed up with watch retailer Fossil Group to develop other wearable computing devices.The bracelets, which Intel says have a battery life up to two days, will be sold starting by early December through Opening Ceremony and Barney’s upscale department stores.(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Tom Brown) This story originally appeared on Reuters November 18, 2014 Register Now »
This is now a confrontation between “We, the people”…and “all the money and all the power in the world.”With the U.S. shut tight for Thanksgiving on Thursday, the price and volume activity in all four precious metals everywhere else on Planet Earth was subdued…and that’s being kind.However, the ‘Black Friday’-shorted trading day in New York was a different matter entirely.Gold traded pretty flat in early Far East trading on their Friday…but during the Hong Kong lunch hour, it began to developed a slightly positive bias…with the European high tick coming at the 10:30 a.m. gold fix in London.From there it more or less traded flat until about 10:15 a.m. in New York…and then it blasted off to the upside, which had all the hallmarks of a short covering rally of some kind. That only lasted a few minutes, but from there the price continued to work its way slowly higher.The high tick of the day…$1,756.10 spot…came around 12:45 p.m. Eastern time…and then backed off a few dollars into the close, which came early at 1:45 p.m.Gold closed at $1,751.90 spot…up $22.20 from Thursday’s close. The net volume over both Thursday and Friday was very light…around 117,000 contracts. Switch/roll-over volume was heavy.The silver chart is almost a carbon copy of the gold chart, so I’ll spare you the usual play-by-play. The high tick of the day…$34.28 spot…came around 12:15 p.m. during the New York lunch hour.Like gold, silver got sold off a bit from there and traded more or less sideways into the 1:45 p.m. close…but the price sure looked like it want to move higher if it had been given half the chance, which it wasn’t.The silver price closed at $34.10 spot…up 75 cents. Net volume for the two trading days was also very light…around 28,000 contracts.The dollar index decline continued for the third straight day on Friday. After sliding 10 basis points on Thursday, the dollar began to head south with a vengeance starting at 12:30 GMT in London…7:30 a.m. in New York. The decline ended shortly before 12:30 p.m in New York…almost exactly five hours after it had begun in London. From there, the dollar index recovered a few basis points going into the 5:00 p.m. Eastern close of trading. The index closed at 80.21…down a hair under 49 basis points from Thursday’s close.One would be hard pressed to match the rally in the precious metals to the dollar index chart below. The only co-relation I could see was the fact that the rallies in gold and silver ended at approximately the same time as the index hit its nadir. Here’s the 3-day dollar index…And Friday’s chart on its own…The gold stocks nearly duplicated the price path of the metal itself, but a thoughtful seller showed up at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time and sold the rally down hard. From there the gold stocks moved slightly higher…and closed just off their highs of the day. The HUI finished up 1.64%.As a group, the silver stocks put in a much better performance…especially most of the junior producers. Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 2.14%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that only 1 lonely silver contract was posted for delivery on Tuesday. There should be next to nothing left to deliver in the November contract between now and First Day Notice [for December delivery] next Thursday evening.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday…but it was an entirely different story over at SLV, as an authorized participant[s] withdrew a whopping 1,984,432 troy ounces of silver and shipped it off for parts unknown. That’s one full day of world silver production. This withdrawal had nothing whatsoever to do with price activity and everything to do with the fact that the silver was more desperately needed elsewhere, so the corresponding number of SLV shares were redeemed…and the physical silver shipped out the door.There was a smallish sales report from the U.S. Mint. They sold 75,000 silver eagles…and that was it. Month-to-date the mint has sold 67,000 ounces of gold eagles…10,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 2,659,500 silver eagles. Based on this data, the mint’s silver/gold sales ratio is a bit over 34 to 1.The Comex-approved warehouses did not receive any silver on Wednesday…and shipped only 90,143 troy ounces of the stuff out the door. The link to this activity is here.Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there was no Commitment of Traders Report published yesterday. It will be posted on the CFTC’s website on Monday.This photo, along with the 1-paragraph commentary below it, was posted on Frank Holmes’ website yesterday…and I thank West Virginia reader Elliot Simon for sending it along.“For the ultimate gold lover on your shopping list, one amazing purchase you can nab is a Christmas tree complete with Disney characters and gold leaf ribbons made of 88 pounds of pure gold from a jewelry store in Tokyo, according to Reuters. The ornamental tree will set you back $4.2 million, but there’s also a smaller version available for $243,000.”It was nice to have a day off from writing this column, but because of that, I have quite a number of stories for you today…and I hope you have the time in what’s left of your weekend to at least read the ones that interest you.The real-time knowledge that JPMorgan is the big concentrated silver short not only represents the pinnacle of the history of the silver manipulation, almost by definition that knowledge must also be at the core of the manipulation’s future. JPMorgan has been the prime price determinant since the Bear Stearns takeover in March 2008 and they will remain responsible for the price of silver as long as they maintain their concentrated short position. Seeing how there is little likelihood of a transfer of the concentrated short position, the question becomes – can JPMorgan maintain and increase its COMEX silver short position indefinitely? I say…not a chance. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…21 November 2012I’ve got a couple of ‘blasts from the past’ again this week. The first is a pop classic from 1967. It was a Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition that made Dionne Warwick a superstar. Everyone knows the song in one form or another…but here’s the original…and the link is here. And if my memory serves me correctly, it was Herb Alpert himself playing trumpet in this piece. Those were the days.The second piece is another short classical composition by French composer Hector Berlioz…the third week in a row I’ve featured his work. This is the fourth movement from his monstrous symphonic composition Symphone fantastique. It requires an equally monstrous orchestra to do this work justice…and that’s precisely what this recording offers. I counted 13 cellists…and that’s a lot! Gustavo Dudamel conducts…and the link is here. It’s a stunning recording…and I would have loved to have been at this performance.Well, I must admit that I wasn’t quite expecting what happened yesterday in the precious metal markets…and I doubt that many people were. Nothing would surprise me going forward…up or down. And as I’ve said countless times, I’ve got a perfect explanation for either scenario. But what happens from here is anyone’s guess.The stories about countries and their supposed reserves held safely in New York or London are coming thick and fast now. One has to wonder what is going on behind the scenes at the Western world’s central banks and bullion banks. On the other side of the coin, one has to wonder what’s going on at the top levels of the gold and banking world in places like Russia and China…or the Gulf States. This is not a penny ante poker game anymore…it never was…but more and more people are starting to realize how high the stakes are in this game. This is now a confrontation between “We, the people”…and “all the money and all the power in the world.” GATA’s Chris Powell made that remark more than ten years ago when we finally came to the realization of what we had stumbled over.It wasn’t just JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs out to make a buck by scamming the gold traders. It was more than that…and far more sinister. It was G. Edward Griffin’s “Creature From Jekyll Island” in the flesh… and the Dark Lord of Morder‘s “most terrible servants”…the Nazgûl…all rolled into one.I haven’t the foggiest idea of where we go from here. The only thing I can say is that you should be prepared emotionally and psychologically for anything. Events are now happening so quickly that it’s really impossible to know what will happen next…and as this economic, financial and monetary train wreck approaches the end game, it’s a near certainty that even “all the money and all the power in the world” will stand helpless before it as well.I’ll leave you on that cheery note…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. The 2012 exploration program includes additional drilling on both Golden Summit and Vinasale. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in December 2011 and using a 0.35 g/t cutoff is 14,840,000 tonnes @0.66 g/t Au – hosts 316,000 ounces in the indicated category and 50,0460,000 tonnes @0.61 g/t Au – hosts 991,000 ounces in the inferred category. 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