March 4, 2015

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

Ohio State forward Jae'Sean Tate goes up for a basket past Rutgers guard Bishop Daniels Sunday. Ohio State won 79-60. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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

Cardale Jones

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

Ohio State's Sam Thompson moves around Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr in the second half Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 71-52. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

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…

Ohio State wins first College Football Playoff national championship

Playoff Championship Ohio St Oregon Football

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones. The Buckeyes’ third-stringer matched Oregon’s Heisman winner as Cardale Jones led Ohio State past Marcus Mariota and the Ducks 42-20 in the first College Football Playoff national championship Read More…

Commentary: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer takes rightful place alongside college football’s greatest coaches

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer holds up the national championship trophy after theBuckeyes beat Oregon, 42-20, Monday in Arlington, Texas. (AP PHOTO)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — If he wasn’t a member of the club before, he definitely is now. Take a bow, Urban Meyer. You’re one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Meyer joined a very elite group — right up there with guys named Bryant and Leahy and Saban — by leading Ohio State Read More…

Despite winning opener by 20, Ohio State has its share of problems to clean up before San Diego State comes to town

COLUMBUS — The coaches at San Diego State and Ohio State have two things in common. First, their teams meet Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Second, neither was particularly thrilled with the way their teams played in the opener. That’s about where the similarities end. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer repeatedly told everyone he saw that, although Read More…

Ohio State perfectly … OK: Fast start yields big lead, but Buckeyes let Buffalo back in game before finishing off win

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer is a perfectionist. His second-ranked Ohio State team was less than perfect. Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes before fighting leg cramps and Jordan Hall ran for two more scores to lead the Buckeyes to a 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. “I preached Read More…

Ohio State’s Jordan Hall more than happy to carry the load after injury-riddled season

COLUMBUS — A lacerated foot cost Jordan Hall his starting spot last year. When he returned, a knee injury knocked him out for the rest of his senior season. Hall applied for and was granted a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility. During Ohio State’s 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, Hall took Read More…

Safety not a concern: Ohio State counting on veterans Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett to lead defense, entire team

COLUMBUS — Safeties are the players farthest removed from the action. Yet they’ll be in the middle of Ohio State’s hopes this fall. Starters Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett account for 50 percent of the seniors on the defensive side for the Buckeyes. They’ve been through a lot, with three coaches in their college careers, Read More…

Urban Meyer says he has to wait until practices get ‘a lot harder’ to find out how good Buckeyes can be

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer doesn’t know what to make of his current crop of Buckeyes yet. He believes he’ll have a better handle on them when practices get harder. A lot harder. “It’s the first day in pads. So right now this is all candy,” he said, flashing a wicked grin. “Come back in about Read More…