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Clutch second half keys Crew comeback win over Montreal Impact

July 21, 2014
The Columbus Crew seemed to be heading for another disappointing result Saturday night when they entered halftime trailing 1-0 to the Montreal Impact, but the sellout crowd of more than 21,000 at Crew Stadium was in for a redemption tale. The Crew (5-7-8) mounted a second-half comeback to notch a 2-1 victory on a pair of goals by midfielder Bernardo Anor. “I think we actually get more benefit out of a win like this than if we had come out and won 3- or 4-0,” Crew team captain and defender Michael Parkhurst said after the game. “It brings the team together when you have to grind out a win like… Read more

Opinion: While Columbus Crew shows strength in defense, midfield must regroup for home stretch

July 18, 2014
The Major League Soccer regular season is far from done but the Columbus Crew are facing the rapid approach of crunch time, and they know it. The Crew, winless since May 24 and seventh in the Eastern Conference, have to figure out a way to make gritty gameplay translate to valuable standings points if they want to be postseason contenders this year. Crew defender and captain Michael Parkhurst said Wednesday — after a disheartening last-minute 2-1 loss to defending MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City — his team needs to focus now in its pursuit of being in playoff contention come October. “Obviously, it’s down,” Parkhurst said of the team’s… Read more

Most important Buckeyes for 2014 – No. 7: Doran Grant

July 16, 2014
With three down and seven to go, The Lantern continues its rundown of the top 10 most important Buckeyes as their 2014 kickoff is less than two months away. No. 7: Doran Grant, senior cornerback Looking back at the Ohio State football team’s 2013 campaign, it is easily apparent that the team’s achilles heel was located at the cornerback position. Even though he was supposed to be OSU’s shutdown corner last season, former Buckeye Bradley Roby had a number of slip-ups in covering the opposition. Journeymen receivers like California’s Chris Harper and Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis each had 100-plus yard games against Roby, who consistently gave up big plays throughout the… Read more

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith uninterested in paying players

July 16, 2014
While Gene Smith supports covering all college costs and promising four-year scholarships, he doesn’t think student-athletes should be paid. “I am not a proponent of creating an employer-employee relationship, which changes the whole dynamic,” the Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern. “At the end of the day, you get fired if you don’t perform if you’re an employee, and we don’t want that.” Smith said he hopes the NCAA never makes it to the point of paying student-athletes beyond the cost of attendance, and added that if it did, it could lead to less lucrative sports being cut. “I hope… Read more

Opinion: Paradoxical journeys led LeBron James and me home to Ohio

July 14, 2014
The droplets trickled down my face, falling and creating mini oceans upon the speckled floor of the gym, when he uttered those unforgettable words. With a tank top and the chiseled physique I could only dream of, he walked towards me as the words slid so nonchalantly out of his mouth and into the air. “LeBron’s coming back,” the stranger said. “He’s coming back to Cleveland.” — Quite ironic that the announcement of LeBron’s arrival came amidst a workout, as workout routines were something that I’d never done as a boy in South Florida. Even as a high school football player taught daily the importance of rigorous workout regiments, I… Read more

Opinion: The return of LeBron James means everything to Cleveland

July 11, 2014
I will never forget where I was four years ago, when LeBron James broke the collective hearts in Cleveland by announcing his decision to join the Miami Heat. I sat in a Florida hotel lobby as the “King” made his announcement to take his talents to South Beach, and the lobby let out a collective roar. I sank in my chair knowing that the chances of a championship happening in Cleveland were, once again, dashed. Flash forward to today — I sat in my bedroom. Not my school bedroom but my bedroom back home. The bedroom in which I grew up, and I heard the news that James was returning… Read more

Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith unsure if arrests can be completely eliminated

July 9, 2014
At least one high-ranking Ohio State athletics official is unsure if there will ever be a time when a year will pass without a student-athlete finding him or herself in trouble with the law. On the heels of former Buckeye football player Tracy Sprinkle’s arrest, OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday he doesn’t know if “we’ll ever get to that utopia.” “It’s been like this for almost 30 years now, every year there’s something,” Smith said. “You know, people put themselves in positions where they just shouldn’t be, and they need to learn that.” Sprinkle was arrested early Saturday following… Read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No. 8: Ezekiel Elliott

July 8, 2014
With two already listed, the top-10 most important Buckeyes continues as the countdown to kickoff stands at just eight weeks. No. 8 Most Important Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott, sophomore running back Amidst a season filled with outstanding offensive output, Carlos Hyde became OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard back – despite having missed the first three games of the season. Half a year later, Hyde is a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Buckeyes are looking to fill the 1,521-yard hole that he left. Fortunately for OSU, roaming the sidelines for the Buckeyes during the 2013 season was a former four-star running back prospect, built almost exactly in the… Read more

OSU football player Tracy Sprinkle dismissed from team

July 7, 2014
Tracy Sprinkle is no longer a member of the Ohio State football team, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern Monday afternoon. Sprinkle was arrested in Lorain County early Saturday morning and charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia following a bar fight. According to the spokesman, Sprinkle’s status with the team will be re-evaluated at the end of the legal process. Sprinkle, who was set to be a defensive lineman for the Buckeyes, plead not guilty to all charges Monday morning, according to multiple reports. Sprinkle, who had yet to see the field in his time in Columbus, was a 2012 Associated Press first… Read more