Amid countless lawsuits from former players about concussions and its long-term effects, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu admitted to lying about concussion symptoms to team trainers and doctors.“Yes, I have, for sure,” Polamalu said on the Dan Patrick Show when asked the question. He added that he did not tell any “major lies” when it comes to concussions, but said that football players see a distinction between a hit to the head that completely removes you from play and a lighter one that doctors view as a concussion.“I’ve had, I believe, eight or nine recorded concussions. We’ll have another conversation after I’m done playing football,” Polamalu said on the show. “When you get your bell rung they consider that a concussion. I wouldn’t. If that is considered a concussion, I’d say any football player at least records 50 to 100 concussions a year.”The four-time All-Pro did not seem to understand that an injury to the brain is markedly different from other injuries.“Somebody may say, ‘Is your knee messed up?’ It may be kind of messed up but you just kind of push yourself to be out there with your brothers,” Polamalu said. “I wouldn’t say there are any major lies where I totally lied my way out of concussions. In fact, during concussions, if it’s serious enough you can’t even be conscious enough to lie.”More than 2,400 retired NFL players are plaintiffs against the NFL, claiming the league knew repeated concussions could lead to brain damage and yet hid the information.But Polamalu is the latest current player to admit being willing to hide a head injury. Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher admitted in February he also would lie about a concussion to stay on the field.Polamalu, who started all 16 games last season, said he’s willing to conceal a concussion because of the commitment players make to their teammates and the sport.“There’s so much built up about team camaraderie and sacrifice, and football is such a tough man’s game,” Polamalu said. “I think that’s why it’s so popular, why so many blue-collar communities and people feel really attracted to it, because it’s sort of a blue-collar struggle that football players go through in terms of the physicality of the game and the commitment you need. … It’s that commitment you need to play football. You feel sore, you’re beat up, you’re injured, you’re legitimately injured, most people may take three months off to work in an office, we choose to play the next week.”
Month: September 2019
Who said U.S. Olympic boxing was dead? Not Claressa Shields, a 17-year-old from Flint, Mich. who provided the Americans their only gold medal of the London Games.Shields, an unknown before the Olympics, capped off a remarkable journey by winning the middleweight gold in outpointing Russian Nadezda Torlopova, 19-12.Shields became the first U.S. gold medalist in boxing since Andre Ward took the light heavyweight prize in the 2004 Games. The London Games are the first to host women boxing and the first time at an Olympics, the U.S. men’s team failed to win a single medal.Shields started slowly in the first round, but warmed up with a few late exchanges that helped her find her striking range. The Excel Arena crowd chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” for about 15 seconds midway through the two-minute round, which was scored a 3-3 tie.In the second round, the pace stayed the same until 48 seconds remained, when the referee stopped the bout to have the Russian’s shoelace retied. When the break ended, Shields charged after her opponent and started landing a series of blows. Shields won the round, 7-4.In the third round, Shields again started as the aggressor. But both fighters tried to land long punches. In the final minute, Shields nailed Torlopova with a good exchange in a corner. The round ended with more “U-S-A!” chants. Shields won it, 5-3.That gave her a 15-10 lead heading into the final round.In that round, Shields held back at the start, for the first time not charging after the Russian. For 30 seconds, neither fighter attempted more than a punch or two. Shields, obviously, knew she was ahead and wasn’t taking chances.In the final 30 seconds, the Russian tried to press the action and Shields battled her evenly. The round was scored 4-2 for Shields, whose excitement could not be contained. And who could blame her?
Last season was among the zaniest in NHL history. An expansion team came within three games of winning the Stanley Cup. A New Jersey Devil won the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP. The Washington Capitals didn’t lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs — and went on to lift Lord Stanley’s shiny silver salad bowl for the first time in franchise history. As the NHL’s 2018-19 campaign is set to begin, we shouldn’t expect a repeat of last season, but what can we expect? Let’s have a look.Could Vegas somehow be better than it was in year one?The Vegas Golden Knights entered the 2017-18 NHL season without much in the way of expectations. Their roster was the best assembled by an expansion franchise in league history, but even that didn’t seem to matter — it just meant the Knights would be relatively bad, instead of embarrassingly bad, right?Oh what a difference the best expansion season in sports history can make.The Knights enter this season with the same Stanley Cup odds as the defending champion Capitals (14-to-1),1All odds in this article are as of Oct. 1. and they seem less like a glitzy desert novelty and more like a team built to make a deep playoff run. Vegas would have challenged for Western Conference pre-eminence even if they had made exactly zero roster moves during the summer. But the Knights added depth on the offensive side of the bench, signing veteran center Paul Stastny and trading for sharp-shooting left winger Max Pacioretty. Stastny makes the Knights a better possession team: His abilities at the dot (his career faceoff win percentage is 53.9) should bolster a troupe of centermen who tied for the eighth-worst faceoff win percentage in the league last season. Pacioretty makes up for the goals Vegas lost when James Neal signed with the Calgary Flames: Pacioretty has scored 30 or more goals each season in which he’s played more than 70 games.Vegas returns four players who scored at least 55 points and at least 20 goals — and while it’s probably too soon to ordain William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault as superstars, each played as such last season.So the team shouldn’t struggle to score. And if goalie Marc-Andre Fleury finds the same form he showed off during the playoffs last season — when he was a beast — the Knights also won’t have much trouble preventing other teams from scoring goals.Can Canada win its first Cup since the early 1990s?The last Canadian team to win the Cup was the Montreal Canadiens, all the way back in 1993. This season, two of the three teams with the shortest odds to win it all hail from the Great White North: the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs.The Jets return seven skaters who scored 43 or more points last season, each of whom is at least 6 feet tall. The Jets are big and fast and scary, and they’re nearly as good at protecting their own net as they are shelling the net of their opponents: Winnipeg scored the second-highest number of goals in the NHL last season and conceded the fifth-fewest. If goalie Connor Hellebuyck plays as well as he did last season, the Jets might do what seemingly everyone thought they were going to do last spring: win the Cup.Like their Canadian neighbors to the west, the Leafs look to be devastating in the offensive zone. Last season, they notched 270 goals, tied for third in the league. And their power play, which ranked second in 2017-18, will be even better with the addition of longtime Islander John Tavares — 213 of his 621 career points have come with the man advantage. Having to choose between Tavares and Auston Matthews to center the top power play unit is a dilemma that Leafs coach Mike Babcock will no doubt be happy to have.Canadians like hockey a lot more than Americans do, so it feels a bit cruel that they haven’t been able to celebrate a Stanley Cup title in nearly three decades. If the Jets and the Leafs can manage to pick up where they left off last season and continue to pour goals in with apparent ease, all that might finally change in 2019.Will another new name be etched on the Cup?Last season, the Caps ended 42 seasons of Cupless hockey in Washington, while two other teams to have never won it — Winnipeg and Vegas — reached the semifinals or beyond. This season, there are two franchises that have been knocking on the door for years that hope to end their own long Cupless streaks.We already know why the San Jose Sharks are contenders: Their rearguard is lousy with winners of the Norris Trophy (given to the league’s top defenseman) who are in the habit of putting up massive point totals. Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson, whom the Sharks traded for this summer, won’t be paired together at even strength, but they’ll hurt teams on the power play, along with Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane.Speaking of Thornton: There are a lot of miles on those legs (and lots of debris in that beard, shorter though it may be), and he’s no longer the player he was when he was 30. But he says he feels rested and healthy as he heads into his 21st season playing in the NHL. And there are precious few playmakers you’d rather have centering a line with goalscorers like Pavelski and Kane patrolling the half boards than a rested and healthy Joe Thornton. Thornton also appears to be happy about the Karlsson trade.If the Nashville Predators don’t strike soon, they’ll be in danger of joining San Jose’s ranks as perennial bridesmaids. Last season, the Preds finished the regular season with the most points in the league but underperformed in the playoffs.2They lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Jets in a weird series that was defined by blowouts despite going seven games. While Nashville doesn’t have a true offensive superstar, they’re stacked at the back: P.K. Subban, who won a Norris Trophy in 2013, and Roman Josi are among the best 10 defensemen on the planet, and Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm aren’t bad either. That group of four, along with goalie Pekka Rinne, are the reason the Preds conceded the second-fewest goals in the league last season.Or will the postseason mainstays add to their trophy case?Deference must be given to the Capitals: They enter as the defending champions, and their roster is filled with many of the players who’ve made the team so consistently good for the past decade. It remains to be seen how much the post-celebration hangover — especially Alexander Ovechkin’s — will affect Washington’s play early on, but the Caps should be taken seriously as a repeat threat.Also in the mix should be two frequent contenders: the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins. Both clubs will rely on high-scoring top lines and lethal power plays, which were crucial ingredients to their relative successes last season (they each made it to the second round of the playoffs). Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is still one of the two best players in the world,3The top distinction belongs to Connor McDavid these days. Sorry, Sid. and all he’s ever done in Pittsburgh is win. And if Boston’s temperamental talisman Brad Marchand can stop licking — and elbowing — people’s faces and instead focus on scoring goals, he could be a candidate to win the Art Ross Trophy, given to the league’s top point-getter. That’s a big if, though: He’s been suspended six times since 2011, and nothing in his past suggests that he’s learned his lesson. Boston fans will be forced to hold their collective breath every time Marchand takes the ice and to hope that he does something like this instead of something like this.If there’s a sleeper in the league, it might be the Los Angeles Kings, who have won two Stanley Cup titles this decade but were swept away by Vegas in the first round of the playoffs last season. They gave up the fewest goals in 2017-18 and boasted the league’s stingiest penalty kill. But while they were effective at keeping goals out of their own net, they were mediocre at putting them into the nets of their opponents: The Kings were in the middle of the pack in goals scored and power play percentage. The signing of Ilya Kovalchuk may change that. Kovalchuk is 35 years old and hasn’t played in an NHL game since 2013, but the Kings are hoping he can find some of the magic that allowed him to score 816 points in 816 career games. Whether or not the Russian still has some goals in his locker may determine if the Kings are first-round doormats or a team built for a Stanley Cup run.And let’s not forget about the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will be out to avenge their Eastern Conference finals loss to the Capitals. They’re the only team in the NHL that can match the blueline depth of the Preds, and their forward group isn’t half-bad either: They got 186 points from just Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov last season. Then there’s Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is one of the best goalies in the league — his quality starts percentage of .706 in the playoffs was far greater than his career regular-season mark of .517. And if we’ve learned anything, it’s that a hot goalie is crucial to success in the postseason.
Behind a pair of double-doubles from its star players, the No. 7 OSU women’s basketball team (5-0) overcame a slow start to defeat UNC-Wilmington 88-69 on Sunday at Value City Arena. Center Jantel Lavender scored 25 points to go with 11 rebounds and point guard Samantha Prahalis scored 21 points and recorded 11 assists in her second game back from serving a three-game suspension for committing a secondary violation in the offseason. The Buckeyes struggled to establish a rhythm in the first half, committing seven turnovers and missing five of their first eight free throw attempts. OSU coach Jim Foster said his team is still adjusting to Prahalis’ presence in the line-up. “Without a doubt it’s a work in progress,” Foster said. “In the first half we forced some issues … there’s no bad teams this time of year, let alone, that’s a good team.” UNC-Wilmington led the Buckeyes 17-16 with nine minutes remaining in the first half before a Prahalis floater regained the lead for OSU. Amber Stokes then added to the OSU lead with a jump shot and stole the ensuing inbounds pass, finding Prahalis for another floater, which extended the Buckeyes’ lead to 22-17. Paced by 12 first-half points from guard Brittany Johnson, the Buckeyes failed to push their lead to more than eight points, as UNC-Wilmington cut the Buckeye advantage to 37-32 at the end of the half following a 3-point shot by Abria Trice. Johnson finished the game with 17 points. “Brittany did a very good job at the offensive end,” Foster said. “On this team, if you run, you’re going to get pretty good shots.” The Buckeyes had a difficult time putting away the Seahawks in the second half, as back-to-back 3-point shots from Alisha Andrews and Jessica Freeman cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 57-54 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game. “When you win a lot of games, you’re targeted by your opponents,” Foster said. “We’re the big game on a lot of teams’ schedules.” The Buckeyes extended their lead to 11 points on a 3-point shot from Prahalis, but the Seahawks answered back again on the very next play when Brittany Blackwell was fouled as she converted a lay-up and made the subsequent free throw. The Seahawks, however, couldn’t find an answer for Lavender in the second half; with less than seven minutes remaining, she scored on six consecutive OSU possessions, pushing the OSU lead to 80-65. “We started running the floor really well, reversing the ball and making the extra pass,” Lavender said. “It was just, basically, attention to detail, running the plays right and reversing the ball.” Lavender’s basket with 6:02 remaining in the second half moved her past former OSU center Jessica Davenport for the school’s record for career field goals. “I’ve been fortunate to coach some very, very talented post players here,” Foster said. “Jantel got that running start as a freshman here and she hasn’t stopped since, so it was just a matter of time until that was going to happen.” The Buckeyes will next face Virginia on Thursday in the Big Ten-ACC challenge, when they’ll play their lone game of the season at St. John’s Arena before taking on No. 11 Oklahoma on Sunday at Value City Arena. “I like the challenge, I like the fact that we’re playing a lot of different teams with a lot of different looks,” Lavender said. “It’s basically preparing us for anything that we could potentially face in the NCAA tournament.”
Liverpool midfielders Philippe Coutinho (center) and Steven Gerrard (left) and defender Jon Flanagan (right) celebrate scoring a goal during a match against Manchester City April 13 at Anfield. Liverpool won, 3-2.Courtesy of MCTWhen discussing the history of football — the European kind — there are certain clubs that stand out as giants of the game.Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Manchester United, Ajax and Liverpool.Between all of these clubs, numerous domestic and European titles have been claimed, including 13 of the last 16 UEFA Champions League titles.But one o f these clubs, Liverpool, despite all of its historical success, has been a ghost of its former self in recent years.The club owns 18 English league titles, but hasn’t won one since the 1989-90 season. It hasn’t won a European competition title either since 2005’s epic comeback from 3-0 down against Milan.But now, after taking care of Manchester City 3-2 at home this past Sunday, Liverpool has what seems to be its best chance to claim its first Premier League title (the Premier League was established in 1992 in place of the Football League First Division).As an avid Manchester City fan — judge me all you want, I don’t care — this loss pained me because it means that Liverpool controls their destiny in the race for the title.But not even the most dedicated fans of other English clubs can deny that on some level, Liverpool deserves to win another title eventually.Sure, striker Luis Suarez is deplorable — having the infamous distinction of biting an opponent during a game, on two separate occasions — but the storylines are just too great to fight against.A young manager in Brendan Rodgers, who is so close to reaching the summit at the sprightly age of 41.Suarez and striker Daniel Sturridge combine to create one of the more entertaining goal scoring pairings in recent memory, as they currently sit first and second in goals scored this season.It is also the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.During an FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest April 15, 1989, at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, a steel-fenced barrier broke, and 96 Liverpool supporters died from injuries related to the accident.But perhaps the greatest of the storylines is that of talismanic captain Steven Gerrard.Gerrard has been with the club since 1998, making 471 appearances and scoring 111 goals, and is likely to go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear the Liverpool kit. But despite all of his hard work and success with the team, he has never won the Premier League title.At age of 33, his career is likely coming to an end sometime in the next couple years, and it is hard to deny he deserves a title.Gerrard was emotional following the win against Man City, saying at times he felt the game would never end.“That win means so much,” Gerrard said in an interview with Sky Sports 1. “They got back into the game, but I think we showed today that we want to go to the wire. We want to go all the way. That’s the longest 90 minutes I’ve probably ever played in. It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of the game.”Sure, the title is likely to come down to the wire — Liverpool is only two points clear of Chelsea, and Man City sits six points back but have played one less game — but for now the Liverpool faithful has hope that the drought will end and Liverpool will be restored to the elite club it once was.
OSU men’s basketball senior guard Aaron Craft (at podium) speaks at the OSU Scholar-Athletes dinner in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union April 14.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter being recognized for what they did on the field of play, it was time for some exceptional Ohio State student-athletes to be recognized for what they did off it.A total of 511 student-athletes were honored as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes at the 47th Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union Monday.The dinner recognized those student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 GPA during the 2013-14 school year, as well as other notable academic achievements.The Big Ten Medal of Honor, a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship given annually for the past 100 years to graduating student-athletes who have showed high academic and athletic proficiency was given to senior rowing team member Allison Elber and senior men’s basketball player Aaron Craft.“I feel very humbled and blessed to be in this situation,” Craft said, addressing the audience.There were eight finalists for the award: tennis player Peter Kobelt, gymnast Michael Newburger, lacrosse player Logan Schuss, track and field athlete Korbin Smith, synchronized swimmer Chelsea Aton, swimmer Alex Norris, field hockey player Berta Queralt and gymnast Melanie Shaffer.Fifteen student-athletes received honors for a having 4.0 cumulative GPA.“I’m very, very honored by it,” Norris said, who received the Leann Grimes-Davidage Award, given to a female athlete with academic and community involvement.“It’s huge, Leann had so many accomplishments and just to hear her stories of what she did and what she accomplished and what her whole family accomplished is really impressive,” Norris said.Jane Lankes, a third-year in sociology and psychology on the rifle team, said she valued the time OSU took to take a step back and see what her and others did in the classroom as well as in the field of play.“We’re always recognized for our athletic achievement, I think pretty regularly, so I think it’s kind of nice to have recognition of academics too,” Lankes said.For some OSU students performing well academically is already difficult without the added pressures of playing a collegiate sport, but playing a sport can help them move forward in their classes.“The busier you get the more you learn how to manage your time … the more you have on your plate the better you get at time management and strategies and studying smart as opposed to studying everything,” said Megan Polonsky, a third-year in medical laboratory science on the rifle team.Others said one’s ability to perform well in academics and sports come down to prioritization.“I get work done first before I can play,” said freshman wrestler Blake Riley-Hawkins.In his speech at the dinner, OSU Interim President Joseph Alutto said the student-athletes were being honored not purely for their scholastic or academic achievement but for their yearn for knowledge.“You’re here because you know one of the things you want from university is an education … you understand what’s happening around you, you understand the dynamics of society,” Alutto said. “That ability to see beyond what you’re doing today makes all of you successful and is the reason why all of us take such tremendous pride in you guys as individuals, as well as, representatives of the Buckeye Nation.”
Junior defenseman Craig Dalrymple (24) looks on during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternCraig Dalrymple stood outside the visiting locker room at the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena three weeks ago with a disarming smile that belied his 6-foot-5-inch, 210-pound stature and reputation as a rugged junior defenseman on the Ohio State men’s hockey team.Moments earlier, Dalrymple was celebrating his team’s 3-2 win against the Falcons, but his jubilation was multifaceted; he’d just played his first game in 301 days.As the Buckeyes (5-8-1, 1-1-0) prepare for Friday’s road game against Michigan, Dalrymple, who’s been recovering from an upper-body injury he sustained on Jan. 17, said he’s fully healed.“Now that I’ve played six games here, I feel a lot better and I almost feel like everything’s coming into place,” Dalrymple said. “I think I’m at 100 percent.”Dalrymple was sidelined following OSU’s outdoor game against University of Minnesota last season and said his recovery timeline was “hard to explain.”There were multiple times during the recovery process when Dalrymple returned to practice only to realize he wasn’t in playing condition, he said.“He was at the rink every day at the same time as everyone else,” Buckeye junior defenseman Sam Jardine said. “(When) he wasn’t allowed to practice and he was done at lift, he’d watch us practice.”At the beginning of the season, Dalrymple could often be seen standing on the OSU bench wearing a pullover and ball cap, tasked with overcoming the mental and physical frustration his injury incited.“To take (hockey) away from someone when they’re that passionate for it is very tough,” Dalrymple said. “You feel helpless.”The feeling was mutual for the rest of the Buckeyes who worked to keep Dalrymple, who’d missed four collegiate games prior to his injury, in a positive mindset, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said.Once Dalrymple returned to the lineup on Nov. 14, he immediately strengthened OSU’s blue line, Jardine said.“He picked up right where he left off,” Jardine said. “All credit to him for staying in shape and staying focused through that time.”In a short exchange with Dalrymple, it’s not tough to imagine his roots influenced his work rate.A native of Kippen, Ontario, Dalrymple, 23, began playing hockey as a 5-year-old and spent summers working on a farm for Huron Tractor, he said.“I remember for three summers I was kind of like the utility boy,” Dalrymple said. “I was delivery, I was doing this, doing that, but I mean, I was working Monday to Friday and I loved every second of it.”It’s a testament to his work rate that Dalrymple has re-established himself as a top defenseman in the Buckeyes’ lineup after six games.Dalrymple has two points, 12 shots and 18 blocked shots this season, logging time on the power play and penalty kill units.“He’s got a rocket from the point and he’s a big physical guy defensively,” Jardine said. “I don’t think a lot of people realized how much we missed him.”OSU will have another chance to prove its improved defensive stability this weekend against the Wolverines (7-6-0, 1-1-0).The Buckeyes are 3-1-1 on the road this season and have a chance to earn their second conference win of the season before a nearly month-long winter break.“We just have to empty the tanks,” Rohlik said. “We have nothing to save ourselves for.”Loose Pucks-David Gust is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Rohlik said-The Buckeyes went 0-3-1 against the Wolverines last season. OSU’s last win against Michigan was on Nov. 19, 2011
OSU junior forward Alexa Hart (22) and redshirt junior guard Kianna Holland (right) cheer a teammates’ basket on March 3 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports Director
Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) catches a pass in the second quarter of the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State had some things to prove in its first game against a ranked opponent. It had to prove whether it could get past a TCU offensive line that did not allow a sack through the first two games, allowing sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson to utilize both his legs and his arm equally.The Buckeyes also had to prove redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins would continue his momentum he had built at quarterback over the first two games against a highly-touted defense. Even with what Ohio State acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day called “ebbs and flows” during the game, the Buckeyes defeated TCU 40-28, bringing the team to a perfect 3-0 record just before head coach Urban Meyer returns to the sideline against Tulane on Saturday. Here are three takeaways from Saturday’s win that Ohio State can take with it back to Ohio Stadium against the Green Wave. Dwayne Haskins can run … if he wants toOver the first three games of the season, Haskins has shown what he can do with his arm, throwing for 344 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s 12-point win over TCU. What he has failed to show is something that Ohio State lost when quarterback J.T. Barrett ended his collegiate career last year: his running ability.Through this, Haskins has still been running similar sets, lining up in shotgun formations, running run-pass option offenses, giving opposing defenses that potential look if he keeps it and carries it.In the fourth quarter, with Ohio State leading 33-28, Haskins utilized his running ability. He held out the ball to sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins, eventually pulling it away and running it in himself from five yards out for his first career rushing touchdown.Haskins said, after the game, the play call on that run was actually a traditional read, where many of the offensive plays prior were designed runs made to look like an option.Day said Haskins has the ability to use his legs, saying it’s not the main part of his offense, but it’s something he can utilize.With a successful tuck and run by the redshirt sophomore quarterback, Haskins might feel more comfortable in future games running the ball on the option than passing or handing it off to either Dobbins or redshirt junior back Mike Weber. K.J. Hill stays consistentWhile junior wide receiver Austin Mack struggled to keep the ball in his hands, recording four drops in Ohio State’s win against TCU, redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill continued to be one of the more consistent options for Haskins and the Buckeye offense on Saturday.Hill led the team in receptions, hauling in six catches for a team-leading 94 yards. He also brought in his first touchdown of the year, a 24-yard pass from Haskins in the third quarter to give Ohio State a 33-21 lead.Hill has been one of Haskins’ main connections through the first three games, recording at least five receptions in each of his first three games, with six catches against both Oregon State and TCU. With his short-yardage approach and speed in the open field, Hill provides a different look than Mack or redshirt senior receiver Terry McLaurin give in the passing game. With the combination of Hill and redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell, the short-yardage, quick speed, tempo passing game has become a weapon for Haskins early on this season. Ohio State still has work to do in its rush defense TCU junior running back Darius Anderson found a way to beat the Ohio State defense much like Oregon State running back Artavis Pierce did in the season opener: beating the second-level of the defense. With a better offensive line than anything Ohio State had faced this season, TCU provided ample amounts of room for Anderson to run through. When he got to the second-level of the defense, the Richmond, Texas, native beat the Buckeye defense with his feet. Anderson, after bursting through the left side of the offensive line, beat the Ohio State secondary, out-stepping them in the open field as he scored one of two touchdowns on the day on a 93-yard run. The 93-yard run was the longest play from scrimmage in TCU history, beating out 89-yard runs by former Horned Frog running back LaDainian Tomlinson. However, for Ohio State, it was the longest run every allowed in school history by the Ohio State defense. With a continued rotation at safety and middle linebacker, Ohio State showed it can be beat with the lack of stability it has in those positions. If the defensive line is not working, especially if junior defensive end Nick Bosa is out with an injury for a significant amount of time, the second-level of the Ohio State defense will have to step up in all facets of the game.
“When I woke up I saw that we had passed the UK.”I asked the person next to me what was going on and he said: ‘We’re flying to Vegas’. “I said: ‘Oh f***! Can we turn the plane around?’ Credit:Samuel Jankowsky / SWNS.com Credit: Samuel Jankowsky / SWNS.com “I didn’t even know Eurowings flew to Las Vegas,” he added. The dad of Aston, six, and Thalia, one, said adding to his distress was the fact that his wife Monique, 25, was waiting for him in London and was seven months pregnant.He said: “I paid 12 Euro so I could get wifi and Whatsapp my wife to explain. She was distraught and called Eurowings to complain.”At McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Samuel said he was treated as “a common criminal” by US immigration officials who threatened to detain him.He said: “I was treated like a person who tried to enter the US without a visa.”The official said we had an hour to do the paperwork to put me on a flight back to Cologne.”If I missed the flight, I’d be detained until Tuesday when there was another Eurowings flight.”I had a boarding pass for London Stansted which cost around 120 euro.”They seemed to think I had sneaked onto the plane to get a flight to Vegas on the cheap. Las Vegas in the USA when Samuel Jankowsky touched downCredit:Samuel Jankowsky / SWNS.com “They even put me in a little cell and completely searched me. I was supervised the whole time I was there.”Mr Jankowsky has hit out at the airline for allowing him to board the wrong flight and for failing to treat him well on the flight back to Cologne.He said: “On the flight back I wasn’t treated at all well by the cabin crew. I didn’t want to be there anymore than they wanted me there.”The crew were professional but they treated me like they had a criminal on the plane, maybe a serial killer. It was like I was in the film Con Air.”The whole experience not only cost me time but also I am Euro 878.66 out of pocket for the food, hotel and flight home.”How could I have boarded the aircraft without a valid boarding pass for that flight? Staff checked my boarding pass three times. It shows the ineptitude of Eurowings staff.”Heaven forbid my intentions were not good. This is a major security failing.”He explained that his journey continued back in Cologne when he was unable to get a flight back to Stansted – because Eurowings banned him from their airline. But he claims when he landed he was treated as “a common criminal” by US immigration officials who he said threatened to detain him for not having a visa.He then flew back to Cologne, but after he was reportedly banned by Eurowings he had to travel to Stuttgart airport for a flight home.Mr Jankowsky from Basildon, Essex, who travelled 17,000 miles – said: “When I got on the plane I did think it was a big plane for a short flight, but I didn’t worry about it.”I put on my headphones and went to sleep. “I found one from Stuttgart airport so I had a two and a half hour bus ride from Mannheim to the airport.”He arrived at Stansted on July 2 – two days later than his intended arrival date. Cologne is just 308 miles away from London – he travelled over 17,000 miles to get home.However, Samuel said he can see the funny side of the situation.He said: “When I told my sister she just burst out laughing for ten minutes straight.”I think they could make a movie out of what happened to me.”Like The Hangover, where the main character wakes up on a flight headed to the party capital of the world!”A spokesman for Eurowings said: “We are aware of this case.”This case happened several weeks ago and has already been resolved.”The passenger had passed through passenger control and the identification documents had been properly checked by the Federal Police.”Due to an error by a service provider’s employee, the passenger managed to board the long-haul flight.”According to the authorities and Eurowings, at no time was there any safety risk.”Nevertheless, the incident has been thoroughly investigated in-house. “Eurowings conducted in-depth discussions with the service provider, in addition to requesting strict compliance with our quality standards.” “In the end, I took a train to Mannheim in Germany and stayed with a friend while I looked for an affordable flight,” he said. A British businessman ended up thousands of miles away from home when he accidentally boarded the wrong plane.Finance broker Samuel Jankowsky, 29, ended up in Las Vegas instead of Essex, even though airline staff reportedly checked his boarding pass three times.He was trying to travel home to Stansted after meetings in Cologne, Germany. When he boarded the plane, he settled down for a nap, only to wake up and see the Eurowings aircraft had flown past the UK on the journey-tracker.He contacted his pregnant wife using the on-board wifi before he landed 8,500 miles away in Las Vegas on June 30. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.