If Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore forward Jared Sullinger’s recent injuries are still bothering him, he did a good job of hiding it on Tuesday night against Lamar. Sullinger led all players in both points and rebounds with 18 and 11, respectively, as No. 2-ranked OSU defeated Lamar, 50-70, at the Schottenstein Center Tuesday in the first-ever contest between the two schools. Sullinger, who was hampered by back spasms he suffered during OSU’s Nov. 29 victory against Duke and a bone bruise he suffered against South Carolina Friday, logged 30 minutes of playing time Tuesday. He had 31 combined minutes in the Buckeyes’ previous two games “It got better. The swelling went down,” Sullinger said of the foot injury that forced him from OSU win against the Gamecocks just six minutes into the game. “During the course of the game (Tuesday), it started to loosen up more. I played today, so that’s always a good sign.” OSU coach Thad Matta agreed. “We’re getting him and we can continue to see the improvement on a daily basis,” Matta said of Sullinger’s injuries. OSU led by just five points halfway through the first half before outscoring Lamar and growing the lead to 13 by halftime. OSU fans also got a bit of a scare in the first half when senior guard William Buford came out with what looked like a shoulder injury. Buford winced and tugged on his right arm and wrist as he darted for the bench to receive medical attention. Buford would later return and Matta said after the game that he sustained a “stinger,” or temporary paralysis, in his neck. Sullinger scored 10 of his team’s first 12 points in the second half, during which the Buckeyes led by double digits the entire time. Eight of the 10 points were scored via dunk or layup. “He’s so quick with the ball,” Lamar coach Pat Knight said. “He had my guys so buried and he was so close, he had the ball up before we could even get anybody down there to double down on him.” Knight’s father, former OSU basketball player and Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, was presented with an alumni award during a halftime ceremony by former OSU football running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin. Knight was a member OSU’s1960 national champion men’s basketball squad. When play resumed after Knight addressed the crowd, Lamar was unable to mount a comeback. The visitors failed to connect on all 12 of its 3-point attempts despite numerous open looks. “We just couldn’t hit shots,” Pat Knight said. The lead grew to 20 on a Sullinger lay-up with just under eight minutes in the game. The Buckeyes never looked back. “If you told me we were going to win by 20 points tonight, I would have told you you’re crazy,” Matta said. “I thought Lamar was a really good basketball team and we probably did some things better than I thought we did.” The Buckeyes (11-1) conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule Thursday against the Miami Redhawks at Nationwide Arena. Opening tip is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Karim Benzema plans to start afresh in the new season and continue with his path onto becoming a Real Madrid greatThe French striker had a difficult time last season and was only able to muster 11 goals in a total of 45 games in all competitions.Benzema’s struggles last term saw him lose his place in the France national team for the World Cup this summer and he was forced to watch from home as Les Bleus went on and won a second world title at Russia.To add to his woes, Benzema’s future at Real has been put into heavy doubt with many Spanish media outlets suggesting that it is time for him to pull the curtain on his nine-year stay at the Spanish capital this summer with Serie A giants Napoli reportedly interested.But, contrary to the speculation, Benzema has been hard at work since the very first day of pre-season and he is now raring to go for Los Blancos as the Frenchman looks to put the struggles of last season behind him.“So far this pre-season, we’ve been working really hard and putting in some good work,” he told the club website.“We know that it’s demanding, but it sets us in good stead for the rest of the season.“We have to keep winning silverware because the target here is always to win things as a team.“On a personal level, I’ll be looking to have a better season than I did last time around and continue to etch my name into the club’s history books.“I couldn’t have imagined achieving everything that I have, but I joined this club to win silverware, be a success and achieve a lot of things.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I knew that I’d have some tough seasons, but it doesn’t matter because this is the best club in the world.”He added: “I’m really happy.”Dancing with the ball ! ? @realmadrid #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/lYgK8VuYzJ— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) July 20, 2018The loss of Zinedine Zidane as head coach had only fueled speculation surrounding Benzema’s future at Real.But the 30-year-old is enjoying his start to life under new boss Julen Lopetegui.“We know that Lopetegui is a coach who likes his teams to have the ball and play a possession-based game,” Benzema said.“He also places great emphasis on working hard when we lose the ball and how we press after we’ve given possession away.”Benzema will likely be in action for Real in the first game of their pre-season tour against Manchester United next Tuesday night.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has rubbished claims linking him with the Tottenham job once Mauricio Pochettino heads to Manchester United.After Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday, many reports have linked Tottenham boss Pochettino to the United job, while suggesting that Eddie Howe will take his place at Wembley.Howe slammed the claims as “disrespectful” and praised the Argentine for the job he’s doing at Tottenham.“Tottenham have an outstanding manager who is doing an unbelievable job. I’m not going to comment on a club that has a manager – it is disrespectful,” he told Sky Sports.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I do not pay it any attention whatsoever. I do not give it any credibility. I do not waste my time seeking it, looking at it or thinking about it. It has got absolutely no relevance to me.“I always manage like I’m going to be here for the next 100 years. In my long-term thinking, I am always thinking what is best for the club in every decision that I make.“It is absolutely foolish of me to think of anything other than this club. I am absolutely committed 100 percent to every minute here. I am working as hard as I can for AFC Bournemouth.”
Carlo Cudicini praised the performance of two-goal Alvaro Morata, in today’s FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.The Spanish striker bagged a brace against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge that secured the passage to the FA Cup fourth round.Cudicini, the assistant to head coach Maurizio Sarri, provided his assessment of the afternoon’s events via the club’s official website.“I think Alvaro played an important part in today’s performance, he was very good in terms of working for the team, offensively but mainly defensively,’ said Cudicini.“It was very important for him to score two goals which can only be good for his confidence. We are all pleased with his performance but we were even when he didn’t score in previous games so hopefully, it will be good for his morale that he scored, and hopefully, he will be freer in his mind.Great job!! Great win at home with our fans!! Happy to score again!! Go Chelsea!! 🔵🔵⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ELrG1Z2uas— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) November 4, 2018Report: Morata suffers a knee injury George Patchias – August 29, 2019 Alvaro Morata has suffered a knee sprain injury in training.The Atletico Madrid forward apparently felt some pain in his knee during Wednesday’s training session. He…“Gianfranco Zola mentioned in the press conference before the match that for a striker it’s difficult when you go through a spell when you don’t score many goals, so his body language was a bit down, but in training he’s working very hard and we all knew that sooner or later he would be able to turn the corner and start scoring goals.“Thankfully he did it today, it was very important because we really care about this competition and we want to do well.‘He has all the possibilities to do that,’ Cudicini added when asked if Morata should set himself a big target in terms of goals for the season.“He’s a great striker, he has great qualities and now his confidence is back I’m sure he will keep on scoring goals for us.“I think everyone is different. Some players are perhaps more affected by criticism they receive but for us, the most important thing is that he’s training hard and he wants to improve. Performance-wise, on top of the goals it was very important he did a fantastic job for the team, that’s our concern.”
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