OSU senior forward Michela Paradiso (9) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Anbo Yao / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s soccer team is headed to the Big Ten tournament semifinals after an upset victory in Madison, Wisconsin, defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 2-1. The Buckeyes entered Sunday’s match as the No. 7 seed, with the Badgers holding the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten after the teams went 5-4-2 and 8-2-1 in regular-season conference play, respectively.With the win, the Buckeyes are now 11-5-3 overall on the year.OSU was first to get on the scoreboard in the 30th minute when senior midfielder/forward Michela Paradiso was taken down in the box and converted the ensuing penalty kick.The penalty score was Paradiso’s third goal in the last two games after a two-goal performance in OSU’s regular-season finale. Two of the Columbus native’s goals in the span were off of penalty kicks.Four minutes after the opening score, junior defender Nicole Miyashiro shot a cross from the right wing and sophomore forward Sammy Edwards headed it in from six yards out to grab a 2-0 lead in front of the crowd of 478.The Buckeyes continued to attack, nearly taking a 3-0 lead a minute later when junior forward Nichelle Prince played a low strike, but her shot narrowly missed the far post.OSU sat atop the Badgers 2-0 heading into halftime. Shots were knotted at 8-8 at the break.Prince played a big role in maintaining the lead in the second half, as she pressured the Badger defense throughout much of the final 45 minutes.However, in the 71st minute the Badgers cut the lead in half when redshirt senior forward Nikki Greenhalgh finished from inside the box after a loose ball off a corner kick.In the 75th minute, the Badgers had consecutive chances off a corner to level the match but both were blocked.The second half consisted of very physical play, and the Badgers pushed until the final buzzer to even the game at 2.With 20 seconds remaining, the Badgers had a final shot attempt off a header, but the attempt missed wide left to seal the upset win for the visitors.For the game, Wisconsin held a 22-10 lead in shots, 10-4 on goal. The second half was all Badgers, as they outshot OSU 14-2 in the latter stanza.OSU goalkeeper Devon Kerr played an impressive game in the net, making nine of 10 saves to improve her record to 5-0-1 in her freshman season. After splitting time in net with redshirt junior Jillian McVicker throughout the season, Kerr seems to have displaced her at the tailend on the depth chart, as she made her second consecutive start.OSU will look to pull off another upset on Friday, as it is set to play the No. 3-seeded Rutgers Scarlet Knights in State College, Pennsylvania. Kickoff time is yet to be announced.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team has not always excelled in the late stages of games this season, sometimes struggling to score for extended periods of time. Such was the case again Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center, as the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes avoided a complete collapse to squeak by unranked Iowa, 72-63. OSU spent the first three quarters of the contest dominating the Hawkeyes in nearly every facet of the game. The Buckeyes’ lead swelled to 24 midway through the second half, and a rout seemed imminent. But the Hawkeyes implemented a full-court press in the second half, using pressure to force a myriad of OSU mistakes. In all, the Iowa harassed OSU into 17 turnovers, a game-high six coming from junior point guard Aaron Craft. “They changed some things up, got in a press and just kind of sped us up a little bit,” Craft said. “We just started not executing our offense. We weren’t thinking as well as we should have been, it wasn’t until the end that we tried to figure it out.” As the Buckeyes gave away the ball, they slowly gave away their big lead. With 1:29 to play, the Hawkeyes had cut the OSU lead to four. The Buckeyes, though, regrouped and finished with a 9-4 run to close out the win in less than spectacular fashion. “A win is a win in conference play,” Craft said. “In this league you’ve got to protect home court. We didn’t do it the prettiest way, we didn’t finish the way we probably wanted to, but we got the win.” OSU coach Thad Matta agreed, though he acknowledged the Buckeyes will have to learn from their mistakes. “I do think in the league we’re in right now, you take your wins and semi-celebrate them,” Matta said. “By the same token, you’ve got to look at things and say ‘How do we get better?’” Craft struggled with ball security, but he forced four turnovers as well. His first swipe of the night put him in OSU’s record book as the school’s all-time leader in steals with 205. “It’s a great honor, a great accomplishment,” Craft said. “We have a lot more important things to worry about than individual awards.” Aside from turnovers, the Buckeyes’ biggest problem likely came on the glass, where they were outrebounded, 40-34, gave up 22 offensive rebounds and didn’t receive any production from their starting big man. Sophomore Amir Williams blocked six shots but didn’t pull down a single board. It was a fairly bizarre performance from the 6-foot-11 center, and one that he was disappointed in. “Me having zero rebounds, that’s just unacceptable on my behalf,” Williams said. “I feel like I was going after too many blocks and I kind of put myself out of position a little bit to rebound the basketball. It’s something I’ve got to continue to work on.” Junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, scored a game-high 16 points despite taking an elbow to the face in the second half. Thomas briefly left the game, and returned with a bandage above his right eye. Craft and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. also chipped in 12 points and senior forward Evan Ravenel added 11. With the win, OSU improves to 14-4 on the season and 4-2 in Big Ten play. Iowa falls to 13-6 on the year and 2-4 in the conference. The Buckeyes return to action on Jan. 26 against Penn State in State College, Pa. “Our guys are exhausted,” Matta said. “I probably pushed them a little bit harder than I’ve ever pushed a team, dating back to a couple weeks ago. We need rest physically and mentally to come back on Thursday (for practice) and get ready for Penn State.”
Senior guard Aaron Craft walks off the court while Michigan players celebrate the win after the game. OSU lost to Michigan, 72-69, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be.Despite fighting back from a 16-point deficit to take the lead in the second half, a second straight comeback victory was not in the works for Ohio State, as it fell to top-seeded Michigan 72-69 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday.OSU (25-9, 12-9) quickly found itself behind early, as the Wolverines shot a blistering 6/8 from beyond the arc in the game’s first 10 minutes to jump out to a 24-14 lead.“From the standpoint of the fact that this team is sitting at 25 wins right now after everything they’ve been through, we’ve played good basketball and we’re going to continue to play good basketball and I think that’s the job that we have to do,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the loss. “As I challenged them after the game, I said, ‘Hey, how much better can we get next time we take the floor,’ and I think they’ll do that.”The shooting barrage for the Wolverines would continue, as six Michigan players made 3-pointers in the first half causing OSU to struggle to keep pace.“Beginning of the game, it started out much different than our last two games. It wasn’t us making mistakes it was them. Couldn’t miss — they couldn’t miss shots today. I think they hit at halftime like 8-13 from the three or something like that. So when you shoot like that they could have beaten almost anybody,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said after the loss. “But we fought back — we fought back and got in the game. That’s what we’ve been doing this whole tournament and it came down to the end, couple of plays that we didn’t make and that’s on us.”Trailing 37-25 at the 4:15 mark of the first half, the Buckeyes scored 12 of the game’s next 16 points to pull within four at halftime.In a high scoring opening 20 minutes, only one player – OSU junior guard Shannon Scott — scored in double figures, with 10.The Wolverines (25-7, 17-3) started the second half much like they did the first, nailing three more 3-pointers in as many possessions to extend the lead to 50-42.Scott bounced in a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 12:19 left to cut the lead to five, but then the Buckeyes received a huge blow.Senior guard Aaron Craft — trying to defend a 3-pointer by Wolverine leading scorer and Big Ten player of the year sophomore guard Nik Stauskas — got a piece of his body and committed his fourth foul. He would head to the bench until the 2:55 mark.“It’s unfortunate but you gotta be pro’s pro in that situation,” Craft said of his foul trouble. “Those guys did a phenomenal job of fighting and clawing and finally getting us a lead.”That lead came with junior forward Sam Thompson slammed home a lob pass from Scott at the 7:57 mark which gave OSU it’s first lead of the game, 61-60. A back-and-forth affair the rest of the way then ensued.Two free throws by sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III gave Michigan a 69-68 advantage with 2:55 to play, a lead they would not relinquish.The Buckeyes missed three of four free throws in the final 2:27 which would prove to cost them down the stretch.After Stauskas missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left and Michigan up two, but sophomore guard Caris Levert leapt high for the rebound and found sophomore guard Spike Albrecht on the perimeter. He would make one of two free throws, and the ball would slip out of Craft’s hands just before the buzzer to seal the win for the Wolverines.“You’ve got to step up for your team in that moment, and I didn’t,” Craft said, referring to the final play as well as missing two free throws late. “We knew that was going to come back and haunt us sometime. The two games we’ve had, we haven’t shot the ball well from the free throw line, and it cost us today.”Stauskas led Michigan with 18 points, and Levert added 17.Ross led the way for the Buckeyes with a game-high 19 points, while Scott tied a career-high with 18.The Buckeyes will await their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday, when the brackets are scheduled to be announced at 6 p.m.
OSU senior kicker Jack Willoughby (98) during a game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorWhen Jack Willoughby’s 20-yard kick sailed through the uprights on Saturday, it was not just the first field goal he made in five years of college — it was the first he made in a game, ever.Willoughby, a former soccer player who walked on to the Duke football team in 2011, had never kicked a football until the summer after his high-school graduation. When he did learn how to do it, his coaching came in the form of an instructional DVD he purchased.While soccer was his sport of choice, football was his passion, and the Princeton, New Jersey, product saw an opportunity to contribute down the line for the Blue Devils.“My grandpa played college football, and I grew up a big college football fan,” Willoughby said. “I thought there was a chance to play college soccer at Duke, but I saw an opportunity to make the transition after high school.”Willoughby’s big leg enabled him to stick around on the Duke team and become its kickoff specialist, kicking off in three games in 2013 and all 13 the following year.However, with an All-American kicker in Ross Martin firmly in place as the placekicker, Willoughby knew his opportunity to kick field goals would likely only come elsewhere.“I decided during my (redshirt junior) season at Duke that I wanted to transfer. It was kind of a multistep decision,” he said. “First of all, do I want to play a fifth year of football or do I want to enter the working world? That was probably the hardest decision. Then after I made up my mind there, I decided that I wanted to leave Duke.”Willoughby said he put together a highlight tape that he mailed to coaches around the country to try to find interested schools, one of which ended up being Ohio State. Between the Buckeyes’ standing as defending national champions and a shaky kicking situation — last year’s starter Sean Nuernberger missed seven of his 20 attempts during his freshman year — Willoughby, who resides in his family’s home in Juno, Alaska, in the offseason, made the choice to move to Columbus in April.“I think Ohio State might’ve looked at me because of the role I could fill on kickoff, but for me it was about field goals as well,” he said. “If I wanted to just be a kickoff guy, I would’ve stayed at Duke.”Willoughby turned heads as a potential starting placekicker for the Buckeyes in August when he made back-to-back 60-yard kicks in practice.Now entrenched in a weekly one-on-one battle with Nuernberger, Willoughby has gotten the nod from coach Urban Meyer in each of OSU’s first two games.Things have not started great for the redshirt senior, as his first collegiate field goal attempt in OSU’s opener at Virginia Tech was a 43-yard attempt that went wide.While he raised his field goal percentage to 50 percent with the 20-yard make during the Buckeyes’ second game against Hawaii, two of his seven kickoffs went out of bounds for a penalty.Meyer said he has not been happy with the mixed performance by the kicker so far, especially on kickoffs.“We’re still not settled,” Meyer said. “Jack is — we had two penalties on kickoff, and that’s got to be addressed and got to get fixed.”As far as the issue of the kickoffs goes, Willoughby said he has been his own biggest critic.“I hold myself to a higher standard than to ever kick the ball out of bounds,” Willoughby said. “It’s definitely something I try not to beat myself up about, but I consider it unacceptable.”Whether he holds the starting kicker job from week to week or loses it to Nuernberger, Willoughby said coming to OSU has already been a worthwhile decision.“Clearly here, the tradition, the fans, the scale of a lot of what we do is at a slightly different level to me,” Willoughby said. “But if you ask guys why they really play the game, it’s for their teammates, for their coaches, and those things don’t really change here or at Duke, smaller places.”
Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) brings the ball down the court in the first half in the game against Clemson on Nov. 29. Ohio State lost 79-65. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorC.J. Jackson never expected to be the primary ball handler in such a short time at Ohio State. The junior probably didn’t expect to be benched 10 games into his first season as a starting point guard either.And with Jackson coming off the bench, the Buckeyes (7-3, 2-0) have pulled off two significant early conference victories against Wisconsin and Michigan.Jackson wasn’t meeting the demands through the team’s first eight games. His 23 percent turnover rate was unacceptable for a starting point guard in a Power Five conference, and the Ohio State offense wasn’t getting it done against top quality opponents. Holtmann moved Jackson to the bench and started senior forward Jae’Sean Tate at point guard.When asked Monday following a 20-point comeback against Michigan if benching Jackson was done to send a message, without explicitly saying it, head coach Chris Holtmann’s answer was yes. It was done to send a message.That’s life as a point guard under Holtmann, who has said in the past it’s probably no fun for a point guard to play for him.But Holtmann’s message to Jackson was simple: stay poised and be a leader on and off the court.Since coming off the bench, Jackson has been incredibly efficient. He has turned the ball over just three times, following games of seven and five turnovers in consecutive losses to Butler and Clemson. Jackson scored 10 off the bench against Wisconsin and 17 against Michigan, including seven free-throws in the final three minutes of a nine-point victory.Message received.“I guess you could say [I was pushing myself too much], like trying to make the perfect play and playing mistake free, which is when you start making mistakes,” Jackson said Friday. “I guess you could say that’s where I was at before.”Jackson entered the game off the bench for the majority of last year, then started the final six games. However, this year, he’s the guy. There can’t be any letdown from Jackson. For a team short at the guard position, with the backup being graduate transfer Andrew Dakich — who has a turnover rate near 40 percent — Jackson has to be a consistent point guard who won’t turn the ball over.Tate has filled in nicely at the point guard position, but it’s not his natural spot. He’s arguably Ohio State’s best option for taking a player one-on-one at the end of the shot clock, but he’s not a true point guard and isn’t a strong-enough shooter to be a combo guard.Jackson’s the natural point guard. But for the time being, it’s Tate’s role. And it’s working, with Jackson, ironically, providing some insight to Tate.“Kind of what my issue was, I was just telling him to make the simple plays,” Jackson said. “You don’t have to make the home run plays, things like that.”Jackson said coming off the bench allows him to examine the pace of play and play at that level when he enters the game, instead of adjusting to it on the fly when he starts.Holtmann didn’t rule out starting Jackson at noon Saturday against William & Mary, but acknowledged the guard’s improved play since moving out of the starting lineup.“I think he knows that his minutes will be pretty consistent as long as he can continue to try to do what we’re asking him to do in terms of limiting his turnovers,” Holtmann said. “It’s nice to be able to have him or at least a guy that can give you some scoring punch off the bench.”When making the jump from the junior-college level to Division I, Jackson didn’t expect such a significant role entering his second year in Columbus. Now that the Buckeyes have some momentum, his role is that much more vital for them to sustain any success.
Watch of video of the Camas-Washougal 9/11 memorial ceremony at the bottom of this story.Eleven years have passed since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It is a day that should never be forgotten, testified county residents, firefighters, police officers and elected officials.A handful of commemorative ceremonies took place across the county Tuesday.Camas“It’s a celebration of the selfless acts of courage of 403 firefighters and police officers on that fateful day,” Camas-Washougal Fire Department Chief Nick Swinhart said. “Those who tried till the last minute to save their fellow man even though they knew their own chance of survival was gone.”He spoke at a morning ceremony in Camas. After Swinhart spoke, a group of firefighters lowered the flag to half-mast, prayers were read, and the group went inside the library for a pancake breakfast prepared by firefighters.Mary Mabry is one of a few residents who attended the ceremony with firefighters, police, family members and a group of elementary schoolchildren.“I wish we had more private citizens here this morning,” she said. “I think it’s a very important day.”She said on Tuesday she planned on flying the flag given to her when her husband, Chuck, who was in the Air Force for four years, died. She flies that flag on important days.“We as citizens should give our full support to the people who gave their lives that day and never forget,” she said.VancouverThat day forever changed the lives of the families of the victims, said Chris Sutter, interim chief of the Vancouver Police Department.“Our country, our community and our lives will never be the same, either,” he said during a ceremony outside Vancouver City Hall.Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina recalled his experience on that day. Molina said he had just started a shift at a fire station in Waco, Texas, when he first heard about the attacks. He watched on TV as workers helped co-workers, police evacuated buildings and firefighters performed search and rescue and attempted to fight the flames.
The Japan Foundation presented FONTE for a jazz performance on Saturday at FICCI Auditorium in the national Capital. The independent administrative institution aims at promoting a greater awareness and appreciation of Japanese arts and cultures with a better understanding of culture, art and music through such functions. The event was conceptualised by Misako Futsuki, Director of Japan Foundation. FONTE is a Japanese music group who was joined by performers including Indian musicians Gaurav Mazumdar and Mohit Lal and Japanese musician Kiichiro Komobuchi. An audience of around 850 music lovers enjoyed the evening’s jazz performance to the fullest, as the six performing artists enthralled them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’FONTE has three members, Masami Nakagawa, Kazuhiko Obata and Gennoshin Yasui since their inception. The Japanese Foundation has invited Komobuchi for bass as a special guest. FONTE had come together when Yasui was in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Nakagawa visited him. During this visit, they had a chance to perform with Filo Machado (VoG) there and after coming back to Japan, they wanted to have the great performance again together with the guitar player, Obata. That is how the group got together and started performing. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen asked what Jazz meant to them, they said that Jazz is same as daily meal for them and that it is a global language (to communicate with people from all over the world). “We cannot survive without Jazz,” was the first-class reply. One of the group members, Yasui was based in Brazil, that is how Brazilian music caught their attention and dedication. FONTE aims to elaborate Brazilian music freely and playfully. To answer how they feel about Indian classical music, they said that, it is very different and Indian classical music has a very unique and long tradition, totally dissimilar from other musical genres. “Somehow it sounds very amorous or charming to us”, said the musicians. FONTE is hoping to have many chances to play around the world in the near future. The group was formed in 2004 and they released their first album, a live recording, titled ‘FONTE Live at Corcovado’. They spent a lot of time to record their second album, ‘Conforto’, whose theme was comfort, and was released in 2010, while recording of their third album, ‘ENERGIA’, started after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
May 9, 2019 5 min read Hooray! It’s that time of year! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, sunshine is streaming; and hordes of people are taking the opportunity to clear out their cluttered closets and drawers, reorganize their stuff and give their homes a deep clean.Related: How to Make Your Small Business Website Really, Really EffectiveBut, did you know that your website needs a spring cleaning, too?Of course, you can’t physically dust off your website content to make it look shiny and new. But, nonetheless, you do need to give your website content the proverbial spring cleaning it deserves — with a content audit.Conducting a content audit can provide you actionable insights into what type of content is performing the best with your audience, improve your content’s return on investment (ROI) and improve your content-marketing strategy for the future. Plus, cleaning and organizing is good for you. According to a study reported by Psychology Today, people with clean houses are healthier than those with messy one. The same could be said for people with clean websites.So, to give your website a refresh, follow these steps outlining how to “spring clean” your website, using content auditing.Set clear goals.Before diving into your content audit, first set clear goals. Setting goals for your content audit will help you better determine which content is working well, what needs improving and updating and what needs to be retired. By keeping the goals of your content audit in mind, you’ll find it easier to get the big picture on your goals overall. For instance, in terms of your content audit, do you want to:Improve your SEO results?Increase audience engagement?Improve conversion rates?Depending on your goals, you can consider different criteria for each page or post. For instance, to improve SEO results, you’ll look over and optimize internal linking. To increase audience engagement, you’ll determine what topics your audience is most interested in. And, to improve conversion rates, you’ll identify the most efficient content for each stage of the buyer’s journey.Related: How to Create a Site Structure That Will Enhance SEOCreate a content inventory.Next, you’ll want to create an inventory of all your content. So, compile a list of all your URLs and put them in a spreadsheet. If your site is small, you can easily do this manually.But, if you have a ton of content on your website, this task might be more time-consuming, so consider delegating it to another employee in your company, or hire a freelancer to complete the task or use a crawling tool like Screaming Frog, which is free to use for up to 500 URLs. In the spreadsheet you create, list all the URLS in columns along with other details such as:Title of the contentType of content (blog post, landing page, product description)Date of publication or last modificationAuthor (if you have multiple authors on your site)Stage of the buyer’s journey (awareness, consideration, decision)Number of wordsMetadata (title, description)Metrics such as number of page visits, time spent on page, conversion rate, backlinks, shares, ranking for the main keywords, and so on.Then consult your analytics tool to discover all of the key metrics you need to know. As you build this list of your content inventory, you’ll be able to easily identify which content is underperforming.Assess your content and take action.Once you’ve taken inventory of all your content in an organized spreadsheet, it’s time to assess your content and take action. In this step, you’ll identify what content is performing well for you, what you need to change/update, what you can merge and what you can get rid of.Again, go back to the goals you set for your content audit. If your main goal is to improve conversions, you’ll mainly want to focus on metrics such as conversion rate and time spent on the page as well as what stage of the buyer’s journey your content is for.For instance, when filling out your spreadsheet you may notice that you have lots of content for the decision stage of the buyer’s journey and not enough for the consideration or awareness stages. You can then go ahead and start planning more content to guide users through each stage of the buyer’s journey or edit your existing content as needed.To make the process of assessing your content easier, create another column in your inventory spreadsheet to grade your content. You can use A,B,C,D grading or give your content a score from 1 to 5. If the content is performing well across all metrics, you can give it a top score. Other content that’s not performing as well can then be updated and tweaked to meet your goals.Related: 27 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your WebsiteOver to you”Spring cleaning” has never been more enjoyable, right? By cleaning your website using content auditing, you can enjoy increased organic traffic, a rise in audience engagement and a big boost in conversions. Marie Kondo’s got nothing on you and your spring cleaning skills! Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »