We continue examining findings that call into question the certainty of scientific consensus about global warming. Here are interesting papers from leading peer-reviewed science journals.Ozone depletion following future volcanic eruptions (Geophysical Research Letters). This paper concerns the ozone layer, another atmospheric phenomenon blamed on humans. What about volcanoes? “If HCl, a chlorine-containing compound often present in large quantities in volcanoes, were to reach the stratosphere following a future explosive eruption, substantial ozone loss could result, regardless of the year in which the eruption occurred.” Have humans really been the culprit?Satellite snafu masked true sea-level rise for decades (Nature). This data point seems to favor the consensus. “Revised tallies confirm that the rate of sea-level rise is accelerating as the Earth warms and ice sheets thaw,” Jeff Tollefson reports. The reason for the correction, however, might undermine confidence in other types of data gathering methods:Now, after puzzling over this discrepancy for years, scientists have identified its source: a problem with the calibration of a sensor on the first of several satellites launched to measure the height of the sea surface using radar. Adjusting the data to remove that error suggests that sea levels are indeed rising at faster rates each year.River networks dampen long-term hydrological signals of climate change (Geophysical Research Letters). Here’s another non-trivial factor that was not given adequate consideration in current climate models. [Anecdote: The Fraser River is shown in the salmon migration episode of the Illustra Film, Living Waters.]River networks may dampen local hydrologic signals of climate change through the aggregation of upstream climate portfolio assets. Here we examine this hypothesis using flow and climate trend estimates (1970–2007) at 55 hydrometric gauge stations and across their contributing watersheds’ within the Fraser River basin in British Columbia, Canada. Using a null hypothesis framework, we compared our observed attenuation of river flow trends as a function of increasing area and climate trend diversity, with null-simulated estimates to gauge the likelihood and strength of our observations. We found the Fraser River reduced variability in downstream long-term discharge by >91%, with >3.1 times the attenuation than would be expected under null simulation. Although the strength of dampening varied seasonally, our findings indicate that large free-flowing rivers offer a powerful and largely unappreciated process of climate change mitigation. River networks that integrate a diverse climate portfolio can dampen local extremes and offer climate change relief to riverine biota.Influence of shale-total organic content on CO2 geo-storage potential (Geophysical Research Letters). This paper concerns efforts to store excess carbon dioxide in shale rock, but indicates that how it stores the gas is poorly understood. Might natural carbon storage be more variable than thought?Shale CO2-wettability is a key factor which determines the structural trapping capacity of a caprock. However, the influence of shale-TOC [total organic content] on wettability (and thus on storage potential) has not been evaluated despite the fact that naturally occurring shale formations can vary dramatically in TOC, and that even minute TOC strongly affects storage capacities and containment security. Thus there is a serious lack of understanding in terms of how shale, with varying organic content, performs in a CO2 geo-storage context.Land surface albedo bias in climate models and its association with tropical rainfall (Geophysical Research Letters). This paper’s opening sentence undermines confidence in climate models by admitting, “The influence of surface albedo on tropical precipitation is widely appreciated, but albedo bias over snow-free areas in climate models has been studied little.” Even if modelers find ways to compensate for this factor, what other factors have been “studied little”?Glacial weathering, sulfide oxidation, and global carbon cycle feedbacks (PNAS). These authors found a negative feedback loop that could prevent runaway glaciation, so often worried about in the climate change literature. In addition, these researchers consider large climate changes over a million years, when man had nothing to do with big changes in global temperatures.Record Temperature Streak Bears Anthropogenic Fingerprint (Geophysical Research Letters). Despite the uncertainties and unknowns listed above, many climate scientists overstate their confidence that the consensus is right. A look at the statistical methods in this paper, however, shows a fair amount of selective data manipulation to come up with probability numbers that the authors infer point to anthropogenic causes. Then notice the lead author: Michael Mann, a staunch advocate of the consensus whom some conservatives feel is so tainted with political bias as to be untrustworthy.We think the public deserves to know how much error and uncertainty goes on behind the curtain of the science wizards. Think of the money and the global political fallout downstream of the trust world leaders put in the scientists modeling climate change. What if much of it is fake science? What if it impossible to gauge the extent to which humans are responsible? What if natural processes will warm the climate no matter what humans do about it? These are important questions. It’s not our place to decide human fault on this issue; we just report what we run across in the literature, and as you can see, a lot of it is much more uncertain than the media make it out to be. With our 20 years of experience watching a consensus overplay Darwinism, we have reason to doubt the credibility of scientists’ judgment on such a global, complex issue. And we certainly doubt their credibility as prophets! None of them will be around in a century to see whether their forecasts of warming will come to pass or not.(Visited 485 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Kasparov would appear to be motivated more by love of the game than anything else. Though the winner’s purse in St. Louis is a not-paltry $150,000, the grandmaster said he would donate any winnings to promote chess in Africa.Kasparov did in fact return to the game, though only in informal capacity, once before, in 2015. He played a friendly match against Nigel Short — 10 years after formally bowing out of professional competition.Kasparov did not appear to have lost a step: He crushed his British opponent, 8 to 1. CBB So there was considerable surprise when he agreed to play in the new Rapid and Blitz tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, which follows closely after the annual Sinquefield Cup competition, a major stop on the world tour, in the same city on the Mississippi River.Kasparov, who became the youngest world champion ever at age 22 in 1985, is now 54, more than a decade past the age when professional chess players typically retire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIndeed, in a Facebook posting early Sunday, he made clear that the Rapid and Blitz tournament represents “not an end to my retirement from chess, only a five-day hiatus.”He added, “I have no plans to play after this event.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The younger generation, which Ramirez sees emerging almost by the day, “certainly looks up to him,” he said. “His contribution to chess theory and our understanding of the game resonate still today.”But what are Kasparov’s realistic chances after so many years away from the grueling competition of professional chess?“Garry Kasparov has always had a fighting spirit second to none, and he is extremely competitive,” Ramirez said. “But he is still going to be facing very stiff competition,” including “some of the best of the best of the world.”The man himself sought to “manage expectations,” quipping in his Facebook post Sunday that “at the age of 54 I would have as much hope of returning to my chess form of age 40 as to my hairline of age 20!”The high-pressure, speed-chess format of the St. Louis tournament, where players are forced to make their moves far more rapidly than during normal competitions, could be tough on the graying Kasparov, as he takes on much younger players who specialize in that approach.“I expect him to be fighting for the top spots, but I would be surprised if he wins it all,” said Ramirez, 29, who became a grandmaster at age 15.His ‘incredible aura’But in a tournament that will include four of the world’s top 10 players, Kasparov is not expected to be a pushover, said Sylvain Ravot of France, who has a master rating.“His sense of the game, his passion for winning, his experience and his reflexes should all help him do well, perhaps even land in the top three, even if it will be much harder for him,” Ravot said in an interview, while emphasizing Kasparov’s “incredible aura.”Accustomed to being a step ahead of the field, the Russian “chose the venue well — more or less within his reach — for his comeback,” Ravot said, adding that the mere fact of Kasparov’s return might be more important than his actual performance.“It’s a bit like Pete Sampras making a comeback” to tennis, he said. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NLEX zooms to 5th win Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses From Monday to Saturday, the Russian will put aside the business that has kept him busy in retirement — his vocal and determined opposition to President Vladimir Putin — to play against some of chess’s big guns, like fellow Russian Sergey Karjakin.The world’s current No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, will not be there, however.Still, the return to competition of the Azerbaijan-born Kasparov — a man once dubbed the “Beast of Baku,” whose epic clashes with Anatoli Karpov are part of chess legend — has had an explosive impact in the chess world, particularly in St. Louis.‘To see this dude play’“Everyone is talking about it,” American chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez told AFP. “People are flying from India and China to see this dude play.”Kasparov’s long and “unparalleled” dominance of the chess world made him “a cultural icon,” said Ramirez, a US Open champion who coaches the chess team at Saint Louis University.ADVERTISEMENT This file photo taken on September 07, 2011, shows Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, playing simultaneous chess games in Porto Alegre, during his visit to Brazil. The former World Chess Champion and one of the leaders of Russian political opposition owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics. But he just can’t seem to stay away from the chessboard. The 54-year-old former world champion is coming out of retirement on August 14, 2017 to play in an official tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, against nine top-notch players. AFP FILELOUIS, United States — In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement — if only briefly — to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a “chess god.”Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. Since his withdrawal from a tournament in Linares, Spain in March 2005, the Russian’s absence has left many chess fanatics feeling orphaned.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The game was billed as a matchup between the defending league MVP Westbrook and the early season front runner for the award Bucks superstar Antetokounmpo.But unlike Greece’s Antetokounmpo, Westbrook got plenty of help from his supporting cast Tuesday as Paul George scored a team-high 20 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJeremi Grant also finished with 17 for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent and improved to 4-3 on the season.“I thought we played a great game on offense in the first half,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. “We really moved the ball well and we generated high-quality shots.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Milwaukee struggled to keep pace without him and fell behind by as many as 24 before going into halftime down 60-42.In Los Angeles, Julius Randle came off the bench to score 17 points and lead seven players in double figures as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the red-hot Detroit Pistons 113-93. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points, Larry Nance tallied 14 and 12 rebounds for the Lakers. Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris scored 18 points each for the Pistons, who dropped to 5-3 on the season. Lakers stop Pistons“I don’t think we are going to play that great every night but it shows that our team is capable of being a very good basketball team when we are playing together,” said Lakers coach Luke Walton.The Pistons were coming off back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The Clippers were the last unbeaten team before Detroit rallied from 13 points down in the third quarter to win 95-87.In Indianapolis, the Pacers also used a balanced scoring attack to crush the Sacramento Kings 101-83 as Lithuanian forward Domantas Sabonis delivered his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.Bojan Bogdanovic, of Croatia, scored a team-high 17 points while American Thaddeus Young chipped in 15 for Indiana who improved to 4-3 on the season. View comments The 22-year-old Antetokounmpo led the Bucks but failed to reach the 30-point mark for just the second time this season.Antetokounmpo, who grew up in Athens and is of Nigerian descent, hit nine of 14 shots, including a pair of three-pointers. But Milwaukee shot just 42.1 percent overall as they lost their second game in the last three.“They just played better than us,” Antetokounmpo said. “They were more physical than us. We need to do a better job of being ready, especially against teams like OKC.” Oklahoma City wasted little time setting the tone, using a 16-0 run to jump out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead. Antetokounmpo drew his third foul just a minute into the second quarter and spent the next eight minutes on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Victor Oladipo, who led the Pacers in scoring each of the first six games, finished with 14 points on four-of-10 shooting. Cory Joseph added 13 points off the Indiana bench.Elsewhere, the Phoenix Suns blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter but made enough timely plays down the stretch to beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114. Devin Booker scored 32 points for Phoenix, his second 30-point game of the season and the 22nd of his career. The Suns improved to 3-1 since Canadian Jay Triano took over as interim coach, replacing Earl Watson last week. MOST READ Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 28 points but reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook claimed bragging rights as the Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Tuesday night.American Westbrook finished just shy of his fourth triple double of the season, scoring 12 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and collecting nine assists for the Thunder in front of a crowd of 18,700 at the Bradley Center arena.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WBC orders rematch of Yamanaka-Nery bout over drug test
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Real Madrid fancy De Bruyne as Hazard alternativeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are planning a move for Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, has revealed Real have De Bruyne under consideration as an alternative to Chelsea ace Eden Hazard.And adding to the story, Inda says Real intend to use Isco as a makeweight in negotiations.He said, “Madrid are going to try to put Isco in the operation for Hazard or in a possible operation with De Bruyne. “In the Bernabéu they say that he is not to be sold. “(But) the hard core of the locker room is not with Isco because they consider that he is loose and out of shape. In addition, they have seen the rudeness to the coach, although they liked it when he asked for forgiveness. “Real Madrid now wants to keep things in house because it knows that he is an asset of the club and his price can drop if it affects public opinion.”
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Jardim delighted with form of Leicester striker Slimaniby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim admits he’s delighted with the form of Islam Slimani.The striker is on-loan at ASM from Leicester City this season.And Jardim is excited by his new-look partnership of Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder – both of whom struck in the 3-2 defeat of Rennes.”Ben Yedder-Slimani? It’s a beautiful wedding. One is strength, power and depth. “The other is the technical finesse coupled with a great sense of purpose,” enthused Jardim.
In a fun, but serious, fundraising effort, celebrities, artists, sports teams and businesses are donating brains to The Brain Project in support for Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences, a hospital, assisted living and research centre focusing on brain health and age-related diseases.TV personality Kim Kardashian donated a brain and Canadian singer Michael Buble as well, but not the brains atop their shoulders, naturally. A total of 100 sculptures are popping up in and around Toronto, which have been artistically decorated by various artists and celebrities.Kardashian painted her brain with her daughter, whose coloured handprints appear on it; Bublé’s piece, as you might expect, is covered with musical notes and lyrics.Not all the sculptures went up in June, however. Some are mapped out on the brain project website, while others will have to be discovered as they appear throughout the summer, some for prizes. According to the co-chair of The Brain Project, Erica Godfrey, half of the sculptures were sponsored by companies and individuals, while the rest will be sold by auction at the end of the summer. The goal is to raise at least $1.5 million for the facility.Over 35 million people around the world are living with dementia, according to the WHO, expecting to double in 25 years. “One hundred percent of people are affected by [Alzheimer’s or dementia],” says Godfrey. “That’s what we’re really trying to shine a light on.”You can follow the latest news on Twitter at #TheBrainProjectTOCopyright ©2016Look to the Stars
OSU redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius competes in a match against Nebraska on Jan. 17.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe last dual meet of the season has arrived for the Ohio State wrestling team, and all eyes will be on how the Buckeyes handle their last opponent on the regular-season schedule.No. 10 OSU (9-3, 6-2) returns to Columbus after a three-week stint of away meets, where it is set to face Wisconsin (2-6, 1-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. After a grueling and taxing matchup with No. 1 Penn State last Friday, which resulted in a 24-14 loss, the Buckeyes will be looking to end on a high note against the Badgers. The two teams did not meet last year during the season, but Wisconsin picked up the victory in their last bout with OSU. The all-time series has the Badgers ahead 29-19-1.Despite the Badgers’ rough 2015-16 campaign, OSU coach Tom Ryan said he has the utmost respect for the program.Not only does this match mark the last regular-season dual meet of the year for the Buckeyes, but also the final time nine seniors will share that experience.Although the team will be back in Columbus to host a National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals Championships Series match, the outgoing seniors will be honored against Wisconsin for their careers at OSU.Notable seniors who will be honored are Kenny Courts, Mark Martin, Hunter Stieber and Johnni DiJulius.“Obviously it means a lot but it’s more like a shocker,” DiJulius said. “I’m in disbelief because I’m a senior. When I was a freshman watching senior night, I thought to myself I had all the time in the world, but it goes by so quick.”Courts, Stieber and DiJulius all began their journey as freshman in 2011, and will get to round out their careers together on the mat. Ryan isn’t as worried about the box score for his outgoing wrestlers against Wisconsin as much as his is about the Buckeyes giving it their all. “In any sport, we get so caught up in winning and losing, and that can be so stifling,” Ryan said. “You do not control winning and losing. You control effort.”Effort has been a point of emphasis for Ryan and the team for years.There is a strong sense of respect held by the OSU coaching staff and wrestlers toward a program like Wisconsin’s. “(Wisconsin) is a fully funded Big Ten team, with great tradition there,” Ryan said. “They’ve got a great head coach in Barry (Davis). He was an Olympian.”Wisconsin brings in two ranked wrestlers with No. 7 Ryan Taylor at 133 pounds and No. 3 Isaac Jordan at 165 pounds. The match at 165 pounds will be watched for more than just a bout between two wrestlers with the top five nationally. It will also be watched for the family matchup. Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan will be facing his cousin from Wisconsin at 165. The two met last season in the Big Ten championships, where Isaac Jordan earned a 3-2 victory. “The big one is at (165 pounds),” Ryan said. “Not only are they ranked two and three in the country, but they’re first cousins. That adds an element you don’t want to seep into it.” Ryan was referring to the extra emotional implication of a match between family. He also cited that in order for Bo Jordan to succeed, he must focus solely on wrestling, and not who he stares down before the opening whistle.DiJulius will be facing the other ranked opponent on Wisconsin’s roster in Taylor. He said he wants to use a quality opponent like Taylor to correct some wrongs from this season.“I just want to make sure I’m wrestling the way I want to wrestle at the national tournament,” DiJulius said. “This season I haven’t done a great job at winning the third period and scoring enough points in the third.”Wisconsin nearly emerged with an upset in its previous match against now-No. 18 Minnesota but dropped the dual meet 17-16. Against Wisconsin, all the starters from the team are expected to make an appearance. “We will have a full lineup against Wisconsin for the first time (this season),” Ryan said.Big venues aheadThe settings for the Big Ten and NCAA championships will be memorable environments, as the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Madison Square Garden, respectively. After the rowdy, sold-out Bryce Jordan Center in its previous match, Ryan said OSU feels prepared for crowds that will flock to Iowa City, Iowa, and New York City.“The environment is going to be every bit as crazy as it was at Penn State,” Ryan said.Carver-Hawkeye Arena holds more than 15,000 people, while Madison Square Garden holds over 18,000.After WisconsinAt the conclusion of the next match, OSU will get ready to play host to an NCWA National Duals match. The pairing will be announced on Sunday, as well as the time.
Nice try, Tiger.That “press release” apology was less than amusing and far from convincing.Sure, you admit that you are a disappointment, but you are more than a disappointment; you are a disgrace.You apologized to your fans, co-workers and the millions of children who look up to you, but they do not accept.Your foundation provided hope and education to millions of children, children who no longer look to you as a role model, but as a failure. They will no longer cheer for you or support you.We no longer have to question who you are. The media has exposed the true you.You have the audacity to blame the media for the explosive controversy concerning your affairs. The media is not at fault, though. You are.I’m sorry the media is following your children to school and stalking your wife. You should have considered how the ramifications of your actions would affect your family. You exposed your family to the public eye and it is your job to protect them, not the media’s. You claim that your wife does not deserve blame, but deserves praise. I agree. By no means are your extramarital affairs her fault, and on the same note she deserves more than praise. She deserves respect. Who deemed you worthy of playing by these “different rules”?You claim that you deserve to enjoy temptations because of money and fame. What you deserve is a one-bedroom apartment just big enough for you to write child support checks from. Your repeated irresponsibility has proven that you have blatant disregard for your wife, children, mother and friends, not to mention your sponsors and loyal fans. Instead of convincing yourself that the rules do not apply to you, try convincing yourself that one day your children will be old enough to understand this, with the hope that they forgive you. You put your needs above the needs of your family, and for that they may never forgive you.The shame you have brought to your family will fade but will never disappear. Take another good long look at yourself. I hope you see that your lying and cheating has earned you nothing but disgust. Making amends? We just hope you don’t repeat those mistakes.You say it is not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. You have achieved a lot, but you sure as hell have a lot to overcome.You are correct. When setting an example, character and decency are what really count. Your character will forever be tarnished and you have shown you have no decency.Go back to your Buddhist ways. Stop following every impulse and restrain instead. An indefinite leave of absence from golf is the understatement of the year. You can’t possibly be considering playing in the Masters in April, let alone at all this year. It doesn’t matter how great of a player you are; you have single-handedly destroyed your character and furthermore your career. Do us all a favor and retire from golf all together. You have wasted more skill than any other one person. You bring nothing to the game but shame.If you want your family, fans and the media to make room in our hearts to believe you, make your apology concrete.As hard as it may be to express sincere regret in a press conference apology, the true testament to your apology with be followed by your actions. That is why I’d like to see you remove yourself from the golf course long enough to prove to your wife that you love her and are committed to fixing your family. Endless therapy is a good start, but spend every waking moment with your family. Show your wife that she is more important than therapy, golf and other women. The public may one day believe that you are truly sorry, but by no means will we cheer for you again.
Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins blocks a shot during a game against Minnesota Duluth Nov. 2 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 4-2.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s ice hockey team (4-4-0) held on to an early lead and handed the No. 20 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs a 4-2 loss.After the opening period Saturday, the Buckeyes led, 2-0, off goals from senior forward Alex Szczechura and sophomore forward Tyler Lundey.Although junior forward Max McCormick widened the gap with another Buckeye goal early, Duluth (4-3-1) made it a one-goal game by the end of the second period with goals from freshman forward Alex Iafallo and junior forward Caleb Herbert.The Buckeyes were the only team to score in the third period, with an unassisted empty-net goal by junior forward Ryan Dzingel with 33 seconds left in the game.Dzingel said Wednesday the games against Duluth were going to be fast-paced because the Minnesota team “likes to get up and down the ice.”Szczechura said the team managed to hold its own against the Bulldogs’ speed.“Our team as a whole can definitely handle a fast pace as a style of hockey we want to play, and tonight I think we played a good game — a very up-tempo game and very physical — and I think it helped us,” Szczechura said Saturday following the win.Junior forward Nick Oddo said sticking with the fundamentals of the game was what led to the Buckeyes’ victory.“Just keeping things simple,” Oddo said. “Coach (Steve Rohlik) always preaches to push the puck north, get it forward, chips, get pressure on their (defense), and I think doing those little things helped us.”Freshman Matt Tomkins played in the net for OSU for the full 60 minutes, saving a career-high 39 shots.The first game of the series was played Friday at the Schottenstein Center, where the Buckeyes fell to the Bulldogs, 3-1.“I can’t fault our effort,” Rohlik said. “We made mistakes, and the mistakes we made ended up in our net.”Despite losing Friday, Rohlik said it was one of the Buckeyes’ best performances so far this season.“To be honest with you, I think we probably played a more complete game (Friday),” Rohlik said Saturday. “I thought we played in spurts tonight, I thought we were very good early, but they kind of took over maybe in the middle there.”The Buckeyes, in the midst of a seven-game homestand, are slated to return to action Friday against Niagara at 7:05 p.m with the two-game series against the Purple Eagles concluding Saturday.
Senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt (90) and junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) wait to start the next drill during during the Buckeyes’ first spring practice on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorThe Ohio State football team took to the field Tuesday to begin spring practice less than two months after winning the first College Football Playoff National Championship.While there will be a plethora of focus on the quarterback battle, the Buckeyes also have to find replacements for eight departed starters.That means position battles across the board will be underway throughout spring practice and into the summer, with one of the key battles coming at defensive line.With defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Steve Miller graduating, the Buckeyes will need to fill two spots on the defensive front. Coach Urban Meyer said he is counting on the young defensive linemen on the roster to step up, but at the moment, there seems to be an issue with that.“I’m very disappointed in the young defensive linemen we brought in here,” Meyer said. “Not with the kind of people that they are, just with their performance.”The Buckeyes will have All-American Joey Bosa back for his junior season, as well as senior Adolphus Washington. They are expected to anchor the line once again, but Meyer said he fears the team could take a step back if the holes created by Bennett and Miller’s departure aren’t filled.“If Mike Bennett leaves and you’re not as good as Mike Bennett, our team is not as good,” he said.Although the shoes left to fill are large, there will be plenty of players competing for those spots. On the national championship roster, there were four junior defensive linemen, two sophomores and eight freshmen.Tommy Schutt, one of the four juniors on the 2014 roster and a potential replacement for Bennett, needs to be better, Meyer said. Schutt has started just two games in his career, the last of which came in 2013 against Illinois.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry said Schutt has been good in the past “in flashes,” but consistency has been an issue.“Tommy Schutt is an older guy, but he’s been really good in the past,” Perry said. “So we’re hoping for some consistency with him.”If Schutt struggles to be more consistent, Donovan Munger and Michael Hill, two redshirt-sophomores, might get the start on the interior opposite Washington come Sept. 7, when the Buckeyes are set to open their season against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Munger rotated in on the line last season and recorded five total tackles. Hill appeared in three games early in the 2013 season before getting hurt and earning a medical redshirt.To replace Miller on the end, Meyer said he is looking at three players: Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes and Tyquan Lewis.Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard participates in a drill during the Buckeyes’ first spring practice on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorHubbard redshirted last season, his first in Columbus, but Meyer was positive about his efforts.“We almost pulled his redshirt last year because he came on so hard,” Meyer said.Holmes, a sophomore from Virginia, rotated in on the defensive line last season and totaled five tackles during OSU’s blowout win against Kent State and four in a win over Illinois.Lewis, a redshirt-sophomore, had nine tackles in 2014, including one in the national title game.With all the different players battling for the two starting positions, Meyer said he plans to watch “very closely” and added that the young guys “have to get better.”Perry, who tallied 124 tackles last season, has more positive projections when it comes to the younger guys.“Across the board, we’ve just got a lot of guys that we wanna develop and make sure that we can have some depth but also so they can step in and be really good players for us,” Perry said.Perry added he expects the defense, with the new guys, to be “really good” next season, with the help of spring practice.“It’s a great time to get in and actually learn the game of football, really learn what we’re doing and also develop players so we can have some depth, some experience and be ready to rock ‘n’ roll,” he said.