May 24, 2016

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Ohio State-Michigan State is spotlight football game for Big Ten

COLUMBUS — The entire Big Ten season has been leading to this: No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Ohio State. Just about everything that has come before will either be validated or forgotten. There have been a few bumps along the way and the biggest game on the regular-season schedule for both teams has Read More…

Big Ten football: Buckeyes, Badgers ripe for a rematch?

The Big Ten East’s a beast. Ohio State is loaded with returning talent and is the popular pick to return to the College Football Playoff to defend its national title. Michigan State has won 24 games the past two seasons and four straight bowls. Jim Harbaugh’s arrival in Ann Arbor shows Michigan is serious about Read More…

College football: Ohio State enters spring game with few holes

COLUMBUS — Ohio State won the inaugural College Football Playoffs championship in January, yet the Buckeyes do not utter the word “repeat” around their spring practices. “We don’t even have conversation about that around here,” coach Urban Meyer said. Instead, they try to deal with the here and now. The thinking is, a team concentrating Read More…

College football: East Division changing Big Ten’s reputation

The Big Ten’s reputation as an underachieving football conference is so 2014. The pundits are talking up the league this spring, largely because of the achievements and trends in the East Division. There was Ohio State’s national championship under Urban Meyer, Michigan State’s bowl win over a Baylor team that narrowly missed the College Football Read More…

Ohio State Football: Coach Urban Meyer gets raise, extension, will average at least $6.5M a year

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer keeps winning big. Meyer can pair Ohio State’s national championship with a hefty contract extension that will make him the second-highest-paid coach in college football. Meyer was rewarded Monday with an extension through the 2020 season. His previous contract ran through 2017 and would have paid him $4.9 million for 2015. Read More…

Final Four offers another test for NCAA family travel program

Getting to the Final Four won’t be as costly for the parents of many players this week, thanks to an NCAA pilot program that is helping pay for families of athletes to travel and see their sons and daughters play in the biggest college basketball games of the season. The family travel program was approved Read More…

Even Ohio State football players can’t refuse request from Starr

ELYRIA — When Elyria High School intervention specialist Stacie Starr makes a request, her unbridled abundance of energy makes it hard to say no. It doesn’t matter if you are a former Elyria Schools student, living the college life at The Ohio State University and a part of the national champion Buckeye football team. When Read More…

College basketball: Ohio State rolls Rutgers behind D’Angelo Russell’s triple-double

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — After his first college triple-double, Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell covered his ears when the questions turned to being a one-and-done player, shooting up on draft boards and being under the ever-watchful eye of NBA personnel. While he didn’t want to hear or talk about it, Russell gave basketball fans something to Read More…

Ohio State Football: QB Cardale Jones picks school over NFL, will return to Buckeyes for another season

COLUMBUS — Quarterback Cardale Jones shocked the college football world in three late-season starts leading Ohio State to the national championship. He surprised a packed crowd again Thursday, declaring at his old high school in Cleveland that he would return to the Buckeyes rather than jump into the NFL Draft. “My decision was very simple. Read More…

Men’s college basketball: Ohio State routs Michigan

COLUMBUS — D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points, Sam Thompson added 12 and Ohio State defeated Michigan 71-52 on Tuesday. The Buckeyes (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten) also got 10 points from Amir Williams while Shannon Scott had eight assists to go along with seven points. Caris LeVert scored 14 points and Zak Irvin had 11 for Read More…