More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 16, 2017), Neil, Chris, and Kyle discuss the recent Time article on athlete activism by the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, Stan Van Gundy. Next, the Boston Celtics. The team’s prospects looked dire after Gordon Hayward’s opening-game injury, but the Celtics have won 13 consecutive games and have the best record in the NBA. Can they keep up this remarkable start? We investigate. Plus, a small-sample-size take on East vs. West parity.Subscribe to the show in your favorite podcasting app, or use the links in the player above.Here are links to what we discussed this week:Earlier this year, FiveThirtyEight found that NBA fans tend to lean liberal.Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.In case you missed it, check out our conversation about the Celtics in the immediate aftermath of Hayward’s injury. Embed Code
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OSU coach Urban Meyer smiles during his press conference on National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorOhio State coach Urban Meyer has championed recruiting. The Buckeye program has been known for recruiting and receiving commits from the state’s top football talents. Meyer, however, has done that and taken the program to new heights in recruiting across the country. His second-ranked 2017 class is a perfect example with the most out-of-state signees since he joined OSU.Eight of OSU’s nine early-enrollees were available to the media on Wednesday after team workouts. Here are three stories from National Signing Day.Meyer’s best class adds MunfordFive five-star, 14 four-star and two three-star recruits make up what many consider to be Meyer’s greatest recruiting class not just at OSU, but in his entire coaching career. The class had the most five-star signees in Meyer’s time at OSU. Twelve of the 21 new Buckeyes are ranked in the top five of their respective positions. The Buckeyes became richer on Wednesday with the addition of four-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford.The 21 players in the 2017 class are the fewest Meyer has ever had, but there’s reason for celebrating given the talent he brought in from across the nation, including the state of Texas. However, only 33 percent of the class came from the state of Ohio, which is not enough, Meyer said.“50 percent is kind of the mark that I’ve been trying to (meet). I keep it right in front of me and I stare at it and make sure that we’re doing right,” Meyer said. “I’m glad it worked out with Thayer. We had another spot saved if we wanted to go after an Ohio guy and it just didn’t materialize.”There were no surprises for OSU on Signing Day. Munford actually committed to the Buckeyes a couple days before, Meyer said. OSU targets Marvin Wilson and Jay Tufele signed with Florida State and University of Southern California, respectively.Now with 90 players on scholarship, counting sophomore punter Drue Chrisman who paid his own way in 2016, the Buckeyes have to cut down to 85 players by fall camp.Defensive backs readyThe OSU defensive back class is second to none. And that’s a good thing.With the early departures of cornerbacks Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker to the NFL draft, OSU had to replace its three key members in the secondary. However, Meyer is confident that the recruits in the secondary will help immediately.Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade are the top two cornerbacks of the 2017 class and both could see the field immediately. Those two, cornerback Marcus Williamson and safety Isaiah Pryor enrolled early to get a leg up on the open positions.Wade was the Gatorade National Player of the Year. He and Okudah are taller than most cornerbacks in college, both at 6-foot-1, but have a similar size to former OSU cornerbacks Lattimore and Conley, who will all be in the NFL next season.“I know a spot is open,” Okudah said. “It’s all about competition and I know the best two corners will get on that field. It’s just whatever I make of it.”Wade and Okudah are in the running to start alongside junior cornerback Denzel Ward, who will likely have one of the starting positions in 2017. But the No. 1 junior college cornerback signee Kendall Sheffield has already had the college experience at Alabama, which qualifies him for the starting job.Brendon White’s positionOne of the few Ohio players in this class is Brendon White. He doesn’t have a true position right now, but is arguably the most versatile player in the class. His position is designated “athlete,” but he thinks of himself as a receiver.Meyer told White this offseason that the unexpected early departure of wide receiver Noah Brown left a spot for White. He has been playing on both sides of the ball in workouts and said he likes the comparisons of Darron Lee at linebacker and Michael Thomas at receiver.“It definitely helps (being versatile) because it helps coaches know that I can play different positions,” White said. “If I struggle at wide receiver, I can go to linebacker. If I struggle at linebacker, I can go to safety.”On top of that, White has deep ties in his family to OSU and expressed his interest of becoming a captain in his time at OSU. He has started to do that within the freshman class having been with the team during bowl practice.“When they first got here and the first move-in day was Jan. 9, I told them this warm-up they were about to do was going to be hard,” White said. “After the end of the warm-up, they thought that was our workout and so I was like, ‘We got way more than this.’ We’re doing better now.”
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — While much attention will be given to Daniel “Boom” Herron and the OSU rushing attack after Ohio State’s 17-7 win over No. 16 Illinois, credit also belongs to the Buckeyes’ special teams. Head coach Luke Fickell said after the game that he knew two of the key aspects of the game would be the rushing game and field position. “Obviously, the field position was a big part of special teams,” Fickell said. “When you come here (to Illinois), you know you’re going to get some kind of weather condition.” On the Buckeyes’ first drive of the game, the OSU coaches ordered up a shot at a 43-yard field goal going into the wind, which sophomore kicker Drew Basil converted for his eighth straight field goal this season. “Going into the game, we had a certain distance that we would take a (field goal) shot at,” Fickell said. “It was a little beyond where we said we wanted to take a shot, but we thought with how (the wind) was twisting, we’d take a shot.” Junior punter Ben Buchanan, one of the top punters in the nation, booted another seven punts in the game including a 54-yarder. Buchanan also had two punts that pinned the Illini inside their own 20-yard line. Buchanan leads the Big Ten with 17 punts inside the 20-yard line. In coverage, the Buckeyes allowed just 11 yards per kick return and -1 yards per punt return. Junior defensive lineman John Simon called the OSU special teams “tremendous.” “The punt is the most important play in football,” Simon said. “Our guys take so much pride in special teams. I’ve never been on a team that has so much pride in what they do, and they do a great job for us.” Redshirt junior tight end Jake Stoneburner, the recipient of the only pass completion of the game, said the win was a culmination of a total team effort. “We just needed a full team game; we’ve been lacking that the whole year,” Stoneburner said. “So, for … the special teams to play like they did and for us to come out and score points, that was a great feeling.” OSU (4-3, 1-2) continues Big Ten Leaders Division play against the Wisconsin Badgers (6-0, 2-0) Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives to the basket during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerWith just 58 seconds remaining, it looked as if the Ohio State Buckeyes were going to be knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten.No. 3 OSU trailed Notre Dame, 58-50, but used a 14-3 run over the final minute of play to beat the Irish, 64-61, in the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.OSU’s leading scorer, senior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr., did not enter the scoring column until the final minute of the game. His nine points just before the final buzzer coupled with a free throw by senior guard Aaron Craft with three seconds left helped the Buckeyes hold on to win.The Buckeyes (12-0, 0-0) led 33-26 at halftime after shooting 50 percent from the field and holding Notre Dame to just 34.4 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes.But the Buckeyes would hit a dry spell in the second half, going nearly nine minutes without a field goal. That allowed the Irish to take an eight-point lead.Back-to-back baskets by junior center Amir Williams and junior forward LaQuinton Ross cut the lead to four, but the Irish (8-4, 0-0) were able to extend the lead back to eight before giving up the late run to OSU that cost it the game.Four turnovers and a missed free throw allowed OSU to regain control for good.Ross led the Buckeyes with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Williams added 13 of his own. Craft and junior guard Shannon Scott chipped in with 10 each.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return home Dec. 27 against Louisiana-Monroe (3-3, 0-0). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Distance runners, freshman Dominik Seitzer (left) and redshirt-sophomore Josh Sabo, pace the field during the Buckeye Tune-Up Feb. 21 at French Field House.Credit: Brandon Claflin / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to pay tribute to legendary runner Jesse Owens as the team debuts at its only home outdoor meet of the season.This weekend, the Buckeyes are slated to host more than 24 collegiate teams along with several unattached runners Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the 29th annual Jesse Owens Track Classic.Owens, known as the Buckeye Bullet during his time at OSU, is most recognized for his ability in the sprints and long jumping events. He set three world records at the 1935 Big Ten track meet and holds four gold Olympic medals: one each in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, long jump, and 4×100 meter relay.In the past, Olympians such as John Drummond, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses and Buckeye Olympians Diane Dixon and Joe Greene all competed in the Jesse Owens Track Classic according to an OSU press release.The Buckeyes are excited to return home after five weeks on the road, men’s coach Ed Beathea said. He said he believes the Buckeyes have gotten off to a steady start into the outdoor season, but are looking forward to competing hard this weekend as they transition into the next phase of the season.“I think that we are on track for where we would like to end the season,” Beathea said.Beathea is confident the team is on pace to face high competition.“Performances have been a bit of a mixed bag,” Beathea said. “Some guys have thrived and done well and some guys have done relatively average. But when I look at our results from last year, we are where we should be on how we train.”Senior sprinter and hurdler Justin Hines agreed with Beathea, saying the pace the Buckeyes have taken in their training during the outdoor season.“We usually start off a little slower, then pick it up a little,” Hines said. “Coach usually peaks us right before conference. We are at a good spot based on the marks we have right now and I think that if we keep moving forward, we will be very competitive in the conference meet.”Moving forward is one thing Beathea hopes to see his team do this weekend.“We are taking each week for what it is, but we understand that for our training, we need to get our legs back and turn over a little bit faster,” Beathea said. “I would like to see them fight a little more and compete with a stronger sense of urgency.”He said many athletes are still adjusting from the indoor to outdoor season. But with a few meets under their belts in the outdoor season, he hopes they will be “more spirited.”One athlete who intends to improve and compete harder is senior sprinter and hurdler Demoye Bogle.Bogle said he has had a “rough” couple of meets to start the outdoor season, but is being patient with his training. He hopes this weekend at home will help him get his confidence back.“We want to do our best and show that we can’t be beat at our own track,” Bogle said.Bogle said he and his teammates are continuing to practice hard each day and keep healthy in order to be successful this weekend.The home track advantage comes with bittersweet returns for Hines because this is his last race at home as a Buckeye. He said he is excited, however, to have his family and friends make it down to the meet.“The guys tend to enjoy being at home because they get more support,” Beathea said. “Mechanically (they) look the same, but there is a feeling of comfort of being at home.”The meet starts Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Correction April 17: An earlier version of this story noted the athlete in the photo on the left to be Jackson Neff. In fact, it is Dominik Seitzer. The caption now reflects the correct individuals in the photo.
The OSU baseball team celebrates a walk-off win on April 5 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU defeated Penn State, 7-6.Matt Wilkes / Lantern photographerThere’s no place like home.Dorothy might have said it in “The Wizard of Oz,” but that’s been the theme for the Ohio State baseball team throughout the month of March, and now into the first week of April. That stretch has seen the Buckeyes win 12 of their last 14 games at Bill Davis Stadium, and the run continued through the weekend.In a back and forth battle, OSU beat the Penn State Nittany Lions in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon, giving the Buckeyes their fifth walk-off win of the year.After struggling in the batters box for five at bats, sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery dug in again with a runner on base. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions were tied, but Montgomery got the hit when it counted most, smashing a double to right field that allowed freshman outfielder Tre’ Gantt, who had come in as a pinch runner, to score, giving the Buckeyes (21-7, 6-2) the 7-6 win.“When you have a chance to win a ballgame, you have to win a ballgame,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “This is a series where we need to take care of business, to play good baseball.”Getting runs and coming up with big hits in crucial moments has become a trend for the Buckeyes, and redshirt-junior second baseman Nick Sergakis attributed that to the team’s resiliency.“We are overall a scrappy team, top to bottom,” Sergakis said. “We fight till the last out is made and I think that’s the biggest difference between this year and last year.“We remember last year. It’s good to go out there and when we need it, we get the hits. It’s good to know we have that ability.”OSU struggled to put any runs on the board until the bottom of the third, when senior catcher Connor Sabanosh stepped to the plate. Sabanosh continued his dominance at the batters box with the first home run of his OSU career.The catcher has impressed with a .426 slugging percentage and a .373 on-base percentage. He has also recorded six doubles this season to go along with his career-high 14 RBIs.The Buckeyes also hit back-to-back home runs for the first time since 2011 this weekend, as senior outfielder Pat Porter and junior third baseman Troy Kuhn slammed back-to-back homers in sixth inning to give OSU a two-run lead going into the seventh.“These guys just continue (to) battle, we have two outs, nobody on and we just barrel two balls and Porter and Kuhn get two big hits to get us back in the lead,” Beals said.After hitting 23 total home runs last season, OSU is on track to surpass that with 20 home runs so far in 2015. The Buckeyes swatted a total of four home runs this weekend with sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson tallying the lone homer in Saturday’s 7-1 win over the Nittany Lions.“We have confidence, there’s no doubt about that. I think that ability to win, our guys feel that,” Beals said. “Winning is a learned thing and our guys have that right now. They feel like they can get hits and find ways to win games.”The Buckeyes are set to complete their third Big Ten series on Monday at 1:05 p.m. against the Nittany Lions at Bill Davis Stadium.
Geoff Carlston scheduled tough for a reason. In an effort to prepare his team for Big Ten play, the Ohio State women’s volleyball coach tasked his squad with one of the hardest nonconference schedules in the country.Thus far, it’s safe to say the team has responded well.OSU took home its second straight tournament win over the weekend at the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York, beating a pair of teams who came into the competition without a loss.On Friday, the No. 15 Buckeyes (8-1) took care of host Long Island University Brooklyn (0-7), before topping Syracuse (6-2) and No. 13 Arizona (8-1) on Saturday. After losing its season opener to Wyoming, OSU has now won eight straight matches, including three against top-15 opponents.Led by a strong defensive showing, OSU defeated previously unbeaten Arizona in four sets (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 29-27) in its final match of the weekend.The contest proved to be a tough early-season test for Carlston’s squad, featuring 31 ties and 12 lead changes as neither team won a set by more than three points.Junior libero Valeria León came up big for the defense, helping the Buckeyes hold Arizona to a .173 attack percentage. León set a new career high with 35 digs, breaking her previous best of 32 which was set just a week earlier against Florida State. Her efforts also marked the second-best single-game total in OSU history, and the most in a four-set match.The Buckeyes also had 14 blocks against the Wildcats, tying a season high. Four Buckeyes picked up at least three total blocks, while nine different players had at least one. Senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson led the way with five blocks, while junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe had four.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell had her third double-double of the season against the Wildcats, with a team-leading 19 kills to go along with 10 digs. Freshman setter Taylor Hughes also had a double-double — her third in as many games and fourth on the season — via 24 assists and 10 digs.Saturday’s first match was a four-set OSU win over Syracuse (25-12, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18), who had also entered the tournament undefeated before losing twice.Campbell again led the Buckeyes in points with 27, picking up 23 kills, four blocks and two service aces. Sandbothe put up big numbers as well, with 25 points on 18 kills, eight blocks (four solo) and one ace.OSU’s two freshmen — setter Taylor Hughes and outside hitter Audra Appold — continued to establish themselves as key contributors with impressive performances against the Orange. Hughes had her second of three double-doubles on the weekend on 36 assists and 10 digs, and Appold nearly had one of her own with nine kills and 11 digs.León once more led all players in digs with 22, averaging 5.5 per set.The Buckeyes didn’t have much of a problem against winless LIU Brooklyn in their first game of the weekend, rolling to a win in three sets by a combined 31 points (25-17, 25-10, 25-17).OSU never trailed in the first set, but was slow out of the gate in the second as LIU Brooklyn grabbed an early 6-3 lead. The Buckeyes were able to gather themselves, however, closing the set on a 22-4 run.A pair of senior outside hitters led the OSU offense, as Campbell had 12 kills and Katie Mitchell tacked on 11 at a .450 attacking percentage. Sandbothe continued her hot start to the season with 13.5 points on nine kills, six blocks (one solo) and one ace.The freshmen again played a big role in a win as Hughes had her second career double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs, while Appold had eight kills and three blocks.León was named the Blackbird Invitational’s most valuable player after leading all players with 71 digs (6.5 per set). For a second straight weekend, she was joined by Sandbothe (38 kills, 17 blocks) and Campbell (54 kills, 23 digs) on an all-tournament team.OSU is scheduled to wrap up its nonconference schedule in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational next weekend, facing Eastern Illinois and Western Michigan on Sept. 18, and Oakland on Sept. 19.
A series of dramatic images captured lightning strikes over Cambridge on Wednesday eveningCredit:Wessex News Thunderstorms pushed northwards across southern parts of the UK throughout the night, with the Met Office saying more thunderstorms were possible on Thursday. Here’s the latest radar showing heavy #rain across parts of the UK, also #thunderstorms to the west of N Irelandhttps://t.co/nze1ktlJLj— Met Office (@metoffice) August 25, 2016 People took to the beaches across the UK on Wednesday as thermometers recorded the hottest day of 2016, with health officials warning people to take extra care of themselves and vulnerable friends in the blistering temperatures.Temperatures hit 33.9C (93F) at Gravesend in Kent, topping the 33.5C (92.3F) recorded at Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, on July 19. A boy jumps into the River Thames at Henley as temperatures soarCredit:Carl Court/Getty Thursday will still feel warm in the South East, with temperatures reaching the mid-20Cs, while across the rest of the country thermometers will register around the low 20Cs.Showers overnight will push northwards from the south coast, and while rain will only be sporadic it could be heavy in localised areas.The weekend will see a “mixed bag”, Ms Sharples said, with cloud and rain coming in from the South West on Saturday – before turning brighter and clearer on Sunday.Bank Holiday Monday is expected to be the best day of the long weekend, with sunny spells and temperatures reaching the mid-20Cs, along with the odd isolated shower.UK weather forecast – Friday, August 26 Fine for most yesterday, but it was hot in the southeast. 33.9C recorded at Gravesend, #hottestdayoftheyear so far! pic.twitter.com/Xv9gQa2vS2— Met Office (@metoffice) 24 August 2016 After issuing a series of heatwave alerts earlier this week, the Met Office said the hot weather was due to a combination of strong sunshine and extra warmth being pushed northwards from the continent.But there will be a respite from the heat in the coming days as temperatures fall a little, with some cloud and rain bringing fresher conditions. Bookmaker Coral is offering odds-on at 2/1 that August will be the hottest ever, and has it at 5/2 that the record high temperature of 37.5C (99.5F) is broken this year.Coral’s John Hill said: “The odds suggest by the time this month is out, it will have been the hottest August in history in the UK, while the gamble behind this summer being the hottest on record is showing no sign of stopping, leaving bookmakers sweating over a big pay-out.” Explaining the heatwave, Emma Sharples, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “We are drawing on the continental flow from France and Spain, where they have been having equally high and higher temperatures as we have seen today.”As we go through the next couple of days that changes subtly and we will see some cloud and showery rain around, which will cool things off.” Sunseekers take it easy on the coast at Llandudno in WalesCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty A man paddles on a surfboard at Henley-on-ThamesCredit:Carl Court/Getty The new high for 2016 spurred bookies to slash odds on it being the hottest summer on record, with Coral offering 2/1.With more people flocking to the UK’s beaches and after five people who were pulled from the water at Camber Sands died, the Royal National Lifeguard Institution (RNLI) has urged seaside visitors to take care and respect the water. The odds suggest by the time this month is out, it will have been the hottest August in history in the UKJohn Hill, Coral Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Issuing a warning to seaside visitors, an RNLI spokesman said: “The sea may look appealing, and the RNLI would encourage people to use it, but do so safely – it can be dangerously unpredictable.”Please visit lifeguarded beaches and swim between the red and yellow flags – the safe swim zone and the area watched by lifeguards.”RNLI lifeguards are always happy to answer any questions or advise of any risks, including where any rip currents may be, which can catch out even the most experienced swimmers.” Dramatic lightning storms have broken the heatwave causing parts of Britain to swelter after the hottest day of the year so far.After a muggy Wednesday evening that made for uncomfortable sleeping conditions in the south and south east of England, widespread heavy and thundery showers helped to clear the air and bring fresher weather.
The researchers asked 1,100 men in the US to respond to an online poll about their sex lives, such as how often they thought about sex.They also asked detailed questions about exercise habits like how often and how intensely the men worked out.Among those who took part were running, cycling and ameteur endurance athletes who were contacted through trade magazines. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. People who exercised for a shorter amount of time wanted more sex as well.Professor Hackney said that there was a clear ‘tipping point’ at which exercise started to ruin your sex life, a point he hopes to narrow down with further research.The study was published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.It said: “Exposure to higher levels of chronic intense and greater durations of endurance training on a regular basis are significantly associated with a decreased libido scores in men.”Normally women trying to get pregnant are the ones who face many questions about their love life and the amount of exercise they do.But Professor Hackney said: “Fertility specialists will often ask a woman about whether and how much she exercises.”Based on our data, we think they should also be asking the man.” Women trying to get pregnant are normally the ones who face questions about the amount of exercise they doCredit: www.eddiemacdonald.co.uk Men who strenuously work out have a lower libido than those who do low intensity exercise, a study has found.Males reach a ‘tipping point’ at which they are too tired to have sex or are just not interested any more.The study’s conclusions are so clear that fertility specialists should consider asking men how much exercise they do if their partners are trying to conceive, the results showed. Each of the men was then categorised according to whether they had short or long workouts and if they were light, moderate, or intense. Their sexual appetite was also categorised into high, moderate or low libido.According to the researchers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in the US, there was a ‘significant’ relationship that emerged.Lead researcher Anthony Hackney, a professor of exercise physiology and nutrition, said that those who had a less intense workout had a higher libido.