Star TribuneFour off-duty police officers on post at the July 9 Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball game quit their positions after seeing the players’ T-shirts, which demanded “justice and accountability.” The message was made in the wake of the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week. Their deaths reportedly led to the Dallas shooting, in which five officers were killed, Atlanta Black Star reported.According to the Star Tribune, the four team captains – Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen – donned the shirts to honor victims lost in last week’s events. The group held a press conference in Target Center explaining the wardrobe was chosen to encourage an end to racial profiling and continued wearing the T-shirts during their warm up that night.“In the wake of the tragedies that have continued to plague our society, we have decided it’s important to take a stand and raise our voices,” Brunson said in the conference. “Racial profiling is a problem. Senseless violence is a problem. The divide is way too big between our communities and those who have vowed to protect and serve us.”Four off-duty police officers left the job when they saw the black shirts, which read “Change starts with us, justice and accountability” on the front. Philando Castile and Alton Sterling’s names were on the back with a Dallas Police Department emblem and “Black Lives Matter.”Star TribuneLynx coach Cheryl Reeve supported her team members’ political action.“In order to enact change, when you see an injustice, you can’t stand idly by,” she told Lynx Radio Network. “I think it was very thoughtful of them and, as usual, I’m very proud of them.”Minneapolis Police Federation president Lt. Bob Kroll backed the officers who walked out.“I commend them for it,” he told the Tribune.He added the four officers removed themselves from working future games, but he did not know who they were.“Others said they heard about it and they were not going to work Lynx games,” the police union head added.Kroll accused Lynx players of perpetuating “false narratives” since 2014, as some allegations of police misconduct leading to Black deaths were denied.“Rushing to judgment before the facts are in is unwarranted and reckless,” he said before claiming only four officers worked the game because the team has “such a pathetic draw.”However, Saturday’s game in Minneapolis saw more than 7,600 fans in attendance.
OSU redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes’ game against Northwestern on Jan. 22. The Buckeyes lost 74-72. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorKnowing what you’re going to get every night from your team as a head coach should be affordable. The 40-some practices in the preseason coupled with another 100-or-so and over 20 games played is more than enough time on the court to find an identity as a team.It was alarming, at the end of the nonconference season, that OSU had won by just two points against mid-major University of North Carolina Asheville. That came just days after OSU beat Youngstown State by 37 and allowed a season-low 40 points on defense. It’s back-to-back contests like those that hasn’t permitted the OSU fan base to have excitement for its men’s basketball team.The Buckeyes were winners of three out of four heading into their matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night, in Iowa City. With a win, OSU would have been tied for sixth in the Big Ten standings. Instead, the Buckeyes played one of their worst games of the year, losing convincingly 85-72. OSU never led in the final 31 minutes of the game.Coach Thad Matta’s team had played like that before. The team came out of the gate, unfocused, not ready to compete for 40 minutes like the players have discussed at length this season. But against Iowa, it was clear that the Buckeyes most substantial issue this season is stringing together productive performances.“You hope there’s a certain standard that guys are going to hold themselves and their teammates to,” Matta said. “This team has had a tendency to go back and we sort of start over and I think that’s been one of the challenges with this group of just continuing to demand as much as we possibly can.”Matta continued to insist on Monday that the Buckeyes have played some “really good basketball” — which they have.OSU played its best game of the season against Minnesota just three days prior to the debacle at Iowa. Against Minnesota, the Buckeyes were the team out to a double-digit lead in the first half. They were able to make stops and free throws down the stretch anchored by 19 points each from senior forward Marc Loving and redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson.At Iowa, the story couldn’t have been more different.Thompson had zero points and six rebounds. He fouled out of the game after just 13 minutes on the floor.Loving scored nine points and was 4-of-11 shooting in 32 minutes of action.Matta has had teams like this before. In 2013, OSU, ranked No. 13 at the time, lost at No. 20 Wisconsin by 22. It dropped Matta’s team to 8-5 in conference, but the Buckeyes rallied to finish second in the conference, won the Big Ten tournament and were five points away from a second consecutive final four appearance.Matta said the 2012 team had a similar struggle, finishing the regular season at 4-3. Yet that team found a way to turn the edge and make the Final Four.The argument can be made that those teams were vastly talented than the current OSU roster, but it’s true that Matta has had teams that surpass inconsistency. However, each time the 2016-17 Buckeyes have showed any sign of becoming a consistent team, they’ve fallen flat.“Sometimes it just has to click,” Matta said. “We got a great opponent (Tuesday) night in Maryland and we’re going to have to play 10-times better than we did the other night.”Matta said he doesn’t believe that this team, currently tied for 11th in the Big Ten at 3-6, will just lay down through adversity and fall off a cliff. He believes that all the problems are mendable, it’s just a matter of when the team buys into the message.“They’ve got to want to shake themselves out of it,” Matta said. “This is where the tough get going.”
Former OSU safety Malik Hooker (24) and redshirt freshman longsnapper Liam McCullough (49) high-five Buckeye fans after their 30-23 overtime victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA total of eight members of the 2016 Ohio State football team were formally invited to participate in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from March 2 to 5. OSU had 14 invites in 2016.Of the eight, Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are all projected in the first round. The lowest projected pick for OSU — punter Cameron Johnston — has been slotted as high as the sixth round, according to WalterFootball.com.Wide receiver/running back Curtis Samuel is expected to be the first OSU offensive player taken in the first two rounds of the draft. There are a total of four defensive players, three on offense and Johnston as the lone special teams invite.Hooker and Lattimore are two of the most polished prospects in this year’s secondary class. Both possess ball-hawk skills in pass defense and Lattimore has the ability to be a shutdown cornerback. Lattimore reeled in four interceptions as the cornerback opposite Conley in 2016, returning one for a touchdown. He is listed as the No. 1 cornerback prospect on NFL.com, with his weakness being his single year of experience.Hooker is likely to be OSU’s top draft pick and a threat to go in the top five of the draft. He showed an elaborate display of athleticism, breaking a school record with three interception returns for touchdowns. He was third in the NCAA with seven interceptions and is ranked as the top safety prospect.Conley is listed as the No. 6 cornerback by NFL.com.Linebacker Raekwon McMillan is projected as a second- or third-round pick. He was an integral part of the OSU defense for the past three seasons, two as a starter, racking up 275 career tackles and 221 as a starter. Pat Elflein, ranked as the third overall center by WalterFootball.com, will most likely be a mid-round pickup. Although Elflein’s 2017 campaign was full of success, the speed and strength of the three-year starter will be scrutinized during the combine.Noah Brown, a surprising early departure for OSU, is a bit of a mystery in the draft. A physical receiver who can create space, Brown has limited tape for teams to gauge his skills, making it necessary to have a strong combine performance to impress general managers and coaches.Regardless, Brown is projected to go in the second or third round.Michigan led all schools with 14 players invited to the combine.
When Anna Szerszen came to America, the first thing she noticed was how big everything was. Now, after four years at Ohio State, the only things that are “big” are her talent on the court and her aspirations off the court. To say that Szerszen has seen a lot in her life is an understatement. She was born in Poland, raised in France and is pursuing athletics and academics at OSU. “It’s been a long journey,” Szerszen said. “It’s very difficult but it’s also a very enriching experience.” Szerszen’s uniqueness goes farther than fact that she’s a French transplant playing college volleyball in America. She is also in graduate school pursuing a master of business administration. Her program in the Fisher College of Business combines a bachelor’s degree with an MBA in five years. At graduation, she will receives both diplomas. “I’m a full time MBA student right now majoring in operations and logistics with a focus on international business,” Szerszen said. Her family moved from Poland to France when she was 2 because her father, a professional volleyball at the time, joined a French team. Szerszen grew up in a volleyball family, but it took some time for her to warm to the sport. “At first I didn’t want to (play) because kids never want to do what their parents tell them,” she said. After experimenting with gymnastics, basketball and track, Szerszen decided to give volleyball a try. “Finally I tried volleyball, and I really loved it,” she said. As Szerszen progressed with volleyball, she didn’t know what she was going to do after high school. “In France the system is really different,” Szerszen said. “To study and play volleyball at a high level is extremely hard.” That’s when OSU came calling. “I got a scholarship offer from OSU and I was like, ‘Wow that’s so cool,’” Szerszen said. “I got in touch with the assistant coach. She came to visit my house in March of my senior year, and in April I committed.” Anna had never visited OSU’s campus when she committed but knew that the academics OSU could provide her with were important. “My parents pushed me to get a diploma because you can’t live off volleyball your whole life,” Szerszen said. Once Szerszen was on campus, it didn’t take her long to figure out what she wanted to study. “My freshman year I discovered” the MBA program, Szerszen said. She is the first female athlete to go through the program and the second athlete behind Stan White Jr., who played football for the Buckeyes from 2002-2006. “He helped me a lot with getting into it because basically nobody does the program. It’s really challenging,” Szerszen said. The demanding workload takes a toll on Szerszen’s social life. “The hard thing is the team, they all hang out together, go to the movies and go do fun stuff — and I’m just drowning in books,” Szerszen said. Szerszen has also had to adapt to life in America. “It was extremely hard in the beginning,” Szerszen said. “I grew up and I learned how to live independently and make decisions on my own and just adapt to whatever is coming at me by myself.” On top of that, she gets to see her family only about a month out of each year. “I go back whenever I can, meaning in the summer, two-ish weeks, at Christmas, two-ish weeks,” Szerszen said. “It’s hard, but this is my fifth year doing it and we’re all used to it.” Szerszen also plays for the French national team. She has been a member since she was 14. “I’m very proud to be on the national team because obviously not many people get to do that,” Szerszen said. Being the lone fifth-year senior on the volleyball team, Szerszen is looked at as one of the main leaders. “She is our oldest and most experienced player,” said teammate Allie Schwarzwalder. “She is a good leader on the court and off the court.” Being around adults in her MBA classes all day, Szerszen brings maturity to the team. “She’s a grown-up,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “She’s like the mother of the team.” Szerszen realizes her time as a Buckeye is running out, and her final game as an OSU volleyball player looms on the horizon. But she said she will always appreciate her time as an OSU athlete. “I think as athletes, when we go through this, we don’t realize how lucky we are,” she said. “When you get out into the world, you are never going to have that again.”
Ohio State football player Marcus Baugh was arrested Sunday for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and for displaying improper identification, according to a Franklin County Municipal Court public record.According to the record, Baugh was arrested by OSU Police at 11th Avenue and High Street, where the South Campus Gateway is located. Baugh was released on a $1,000 bond and his arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday where he pleaded not guilty.Both offenses are listed as M1 misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.Baugh, a 6’4″ 230-pound tight end from Riverside, Calif., is an incoming freshman at OSU. He was considered a four-star recruit coming out of high school by major recruiting services Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports.Baugh was not yet enrolled during spring semester, and therefore did not participate in spring football drills.Upon asking the football team for a statement regarding Baugh’s arrest, an OSU spokesman told The Lantern that it is “aware of the situation.”Baugh did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan goes for a tackle during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhile many coaches wouldn’t admit it, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer had no problem saying his team had a talent advantage over Kent State.“Obviously a little talent advantage, but we had to have a game like this,” Meyer said after his team’s 66-0 thrashing of the Golden Flashes on Saturday.When a team has the quick success the Buckeyes had at Ohio Stadium — they jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead — it gives the coaching staff a chance to throw young but unproven talent into the fire early and often.OSU did just that against Kent State as 12 redshirt-freshmen and 11 true freshmen took the field for the Buckeyes. Of those 23 players, few reaped the benefits more than freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan.“Every time I came off the field, I just got a little more confidence here and there,” McMillan said after the game. “And then toward the second quarter, I felt like I can really do this.”As McMillan said he feels ready to be on the field for OSU, his numbers might have proved that for him as he led the team with seven total tackles and a pair of sacks.Regardless of the numbers he put on the score sheet, OSU co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said he wanted to save his opinion on McMillan’s performance until after the team sees footage from the game.“Just from watching in the press box, it looked like he did a good job,” Ash said after the game. “Until we watch the tape, I don’t know. But it looked like he was active and around the ball.”The first-year OSU assistant said McMillan is still learning the game, but added that he is “naturally gifted” and can bring another dimension to the Buckeyes’ defense.“He brings a lot of athletic ability (and) toughness,” Ash said. “He’s got some juice to him, things like that.”McMillan enrolled at OSU in January after receiving the high school Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker after his senior season at Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Ga. ESPN and Rivals rated him the No. 1 high school inside linebacker as a five-star prospect before he committed to Meyer and the Buckeyes.After arriving in Columbus, McMillan said he was immediately taken under the wing of senior linebacker Curtis Grant. The freshman said the support he has received from Grant has done a lot to facilitate his success on the field.“Knowing that I’ve got support from my big brother (Grant) and a guy who’s been starting here,” McMillan said. “Going in and him telling me that he’s got confidence in me, that I can do it, really gave me confidence.”While Grant won the starting job heading into the season, he was able to give McMillan the support he needed despite the fact they were — and still are — directly competing for playing time, Ash said.“That’s a testament to the program coach Meyer has, when an older player is going to take a younger player that could potentially take his job underneath his wing and help him develop and grow and learn what he needs to learn in order to get out there and play,” Ash said. “It’s a great testament to Curtis, that tells you what type of person he is.”While Grant might be his big brother on the team, junior linebacker Joshua Perry said all of the veterans were excited to see McMillan and other young players at the position contribute against the Golden Flashes.“When a guy like Raekwon makes a play, or (freshman linebacker Dante Booker) makes a play, I think we’re more excited than they are that they actually made the play,” Perry said. “Which is a really good thing.”OSU is set to have a bye week before taking on Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
OSU senior forward David Gust (17) skates toward the puck while Michigan State defenseman Carson Gatt (18) looks to slow Gust in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerAfter finding themselves dumbfounded and on the wrong side of 5-4 scoreline in Game One Friday night, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team relied on its Big Ten-leading powerplay efficiency to carry them to a victory in Game Two.Converting on 3-of-4 powerplay opportunities, the Buckeyes (18-10-6, 9-8-1-1) closed out their home slate of the 2016-17 season with a 5-3 win over the Michigan State Spartans (7-22-3, 3-13-2-0) on Senior Night.Senior forwards Nick Schilkey and David Gust, junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forwards Mason Jobst and Dakota Joshua all found the back of the net for OSU in the victory. Jobst, Joshua and Schilkey also registered assists in the game, as well as three helpers from senior defenseman Josh Healey and one from sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran.Senior goaltender Matt Tomkins proved effective between the pipes for the Scarlet and Gray despite allowing three goals, notching 22 saves.“I just think our guys were going to be determined to win a hockey game tonight for a lot of reasons,” said OSU coach Steve Rohlik. “I think most importantly it was the group in the room — they just weren’t going to let each other down tonight, and I think that was our attitude.”The OSU penalty kill was on display early in the first period, as Joshua entered the penalty box twice in the first six minutes. But after warding off two Spartan powerplays, the Buckeyes earned one of their own and quickly capitalized on the opportunity.Jobst took a pass from Healey, and the sophomore fired a wrister from the slot into the top corner to put the Scarlet and Gray up 1-0 with 7:55 remaining in the period with his 16th goal of the season and second of the series. Schilkey also recorded a helper on the play, his 13th of the year.The lead, however, quickly disappeared as Michigan State freshman forward Sam Saliba cashed in on a power play just 36 seconds later to tie the game at one with his second goal of the weekend.With three minutes left in the first, the Spartans found themselves on the penalty kill for a second time — and the nation’s most efficient powerplay offense again took advantage of the extra man.Off a pad save from Michigan State freshman goaltender John Lethemon, Gust one-timed the rebound from the point into the back of the net to put OSU in front 2-1 heading into the first intermission with his 15th goal of the season and third point of the series. Healey and Schilkey each notched their second assist and point of the game on the goal.Out of the locker room, the Scarlet and Gray lead swiftly vanished as the Spartans tied the game at two just 52 seconds into the period when freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko tapped in a pinpoint pass from outside the crease on the powerplay. Less than two minutes later, the Scarlet and Gray regained the lead as Miller’s shot deflected over Lethemon and trickled into the net to put OSU back in front 3-2 on the junior forward’s 10th goal of the season. With 16:18 remaining in the period, however, the visitors netted their third goal of the night on the rush as Saliba buried his second of the contest.Chances remained abundant for both sides throughout the final 10 minutes of the period, but as the horn sounded around the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes and Spartans entered the locker room in a 3-3 deadlock.Five minutes into the final frame, it was the OSU powerplay again. Jobst pushed a pass to Joshua behind the Michigan State net, and the Dearborn, Michigan, native carried the puck to just outside the crease and wristed a shot past Lethemon for his 10th goal of the season and second point of the night. Healey also notched his third assist of game on the go-ahead goal.With time winding down, both OSU and Michigan State produced opportunities to extend or cut the lead. The Spartans emptied their net and controlled the puck with less than a minute remaining, but a sloppy pass in the neutral zone turned into Schilkey adding another for the home side with an empty-net goal with under 10 seconds left.After 60 minutes, OSU captured three important conference points on Senior Night to close out the home slate of the season with a 5-3 victory. “I think we just played a better team game tonight, especially in the third,” Healey said. “The boys knew what was on the line… and every win is important, so we just came out in the third, locked it down and did everything we could to limit their chances.”One series remains on the schedule for the Scarlet and Gray, as they will travel to the Kohl Center for two conference clashes with the Wisconsin Badgers. With that, Rohlik said his team will have to continue to make adjustments down the stretch, and that refining skills in certain parts of the game will lead to more success on the ice.“We’ve got to still become a better five-on-five team,” Rohlik said. “We’re understanding that it takes a lot of hard work five-on-five to get to the dirty areas, and I think if we can improve in that area, if we can improve on the (penalty kill), I think our best hockey is still ahead of us.”
Ohio State sports information director Jerry Emig (left) and co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson (right) survey the media at the first practice of fall camp on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Just as he has the past six seasons, Kevin Wilson will open the season at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. But instead of crimson and cream, the new Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach will be donning scarlet and gray. From 2011 to 2016, Wilson was the Hoosiers’ head coach, improving them from 1-11 in his first season to 6-6 in his final year. Indiana possessed one of the Big Ten’s top offenses and made bowl games in his final two seasons. He resigned from Indiana on Dec. 1 amid off-the-field issues concerning player mistreatment. Despite the rocky departure, Wilson said he still reflects positively on his time coaching the players.“You hugged them all, you love them and that to me is the tough thing because you lost a relationship with the kids you love because those kids played very, very hard for us and I’ve got a lot of respect for them,” Wilson said.Many of the players now playing against Wilson are familiar with the former Indiana head coach and Oklahoma offensive coordinator. Seven starters on last year’s Indiana offense, including quarterback Richard Lagow, and nine starters on defense, led by AP preseason second-team All-American linebacker Tegray Scales, return for the 2017 season.OSU then-redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) holds onto the ball against Indiana’s defensive back Rashard Faint (16) during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe familiarity extends from the players to the coaches, as well. Tom Allen was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach after Wilson’s exit. On Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Allen said he and his team have watched some of Wilson’s games at Indiana from last year to scout the new Ohio State co-offensive coordinator.But Wilson — who will be in the press box with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day during the game — said that won’t help Indiana very much. “I mean I never had a playbook,” Wilson said. “You go with what works and what the guys are in the way you attack and you have a game plan and as soon as you get hit in the mouth, things happen and you wad it up and you’ve got the ability to adapt and adjust is what makes it so.”Last year, the Wilson-led Indiana offense relied primarily on Lagow, a pocket passer. This year, with J.T. Barrett, who rushed for 845 yards in 2016, Wilson believes the offense will look very different from Indiana’s last season.The co-offensive coordinator isn’t only focused on putting points on the scoreboard. He has also played a role in preparing Ohio State’s defense for an offensive unit he coached.“[Wilson] and [defensive line] coach [Larry] Johnson have been working together to talk about some things,” redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle said. “Coach Johnson is giving us cues and stuff every day in meetings. [Wilson]’s helping a lot.”How much Wilson can truly offer defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Johnson and the rest of the defense is unknown. The former Indiana head coach was replaced by former Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Debord, who runs a different style of offense. But, the personnel remains largely the same. The quarterback, two wideouts, the tight and end three offensive linemen who started last season all return. “I know the way that we’ve played [at Indiana] in years past and I [have] respect for coach Allen, those defensive coaches — all those guys were there with us,” Wilson said. “I know the way they’re coached, I know the way they’re prepared and there’s a reason they’ve been battling and been so good. We’re going to get a tremendous challenge.”
OSU then-sophomore Kyle Snyder gets his hand raised during a meet against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. Credit: Lantern file photoThere are more lies than truths told at family functions. From dinner to shooting the bull afterward, most of the stories shared never happened, but they’re harmless lies.In my family, that “shooting the bull” devolves into the men sitting around trying to prove who knows best in remembering some of the most dominant Ohio State sports legends in their lifetimes.They remember watching from the nosebleeds, or through their first television, all the miraculous things Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Jerry Lucas, Jimmy Jackson and Scoonie Penn did while at Ohio State.I’m in my final year as an undergraduate at Ohio State, and I imagine decades from now when I partake in the debate of the greatest athletes to grace Columbus, it’ll go something like this: “Let me tell you about the most complete, dominant athlete in the world who won a gold medal at the Olympics while he wrestled in college.“And let me tell you how I never saw Kyle Snyder in person and I didn’t watch him nearly enough on TV.”When you’re told college will be “the best years of your life,” it’s generally referring to the experiences gained, lessons learned and friends made that last a lifetime. I’ve had plenty of those, and outside of trivial matters, I wouldn’t want my time at Ohio State to be any different than what it has been: except for a chance to watch Snyder every moment I could have.All of that is the truth.Snyder will wrestle for the final time at home as an Ohio State Buckeye Sunday in front of what might be a sellout crowd at the Schottenstein Center. And it will be another opportunity — like many other Ohio State students — I will miss seeing a man who is sure to be on the Mount Rushmore of Ohio State athletes, with the likes of Jesse Owens and Jack Nicklaus.It would take me more than this entire column to list his individual achievements, so a quick glance at his university bio should suffice for why Snyder will be remembered at Ohio State as one of its all-time legendary athletes.OSU junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder lifts Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery before slamming him to the mat for a takedown in the heavyweight finals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. OSU placed second, behind Penn State. Credit: OSU AthleticsIf there’s one moment that tipped the scales toward Snyder’s improbable career, it was becoming the youngest world champion in USA wrestling history during summer 2015, between his freshman and sophomore seasons. That following spring, he beat two-time defending national champion Nick Gwiazdowski at Madison Square Garden to capture his first NCAA title.All he did a few months later was win a gold medal as a 20-year-old at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.That should’ve been more than enough to convince me that Snyder had to be seen in person, or I’d regret it for the rest of my life. Only one other athlete from Ohio State had gone to the Olympics while a student before Snyder — it was Lucas. He was clearly dominant on the international stage, so why would I deprive myself from watching an Olympic champion in person, while I had the chance?That’s just not something a student gets to do at his own school.Yet, when given the chance again, when he announced he would return for his senior season, I didn’t give it a second thought outside of, “Oh, that’s cool.” The mistake was mine for not watching Snyder.I never paid attention to wrestling before I enrolled at Ohio State — and I still don’t. That’s not to say that I don’t find the sport entertaining or fascinating — I do. Wrestling season aligns with college basketball, which has always been my sport of choice for entertainment. However, a casual sports fan should be able to appreciate Snyder’s greatness and unequivocal skill at the collegiate level. A casual fan should have taken the time to sit in a mostly empty arena and watch Snyder’s unparalleled display of power.I watched him on TV win gold and show off the American flag draped on his back to the entire arena in Rio. Just last week, I stopped what I was doing to watch Snyder finish a fall at Rutgers on TV. It’s honestly quite funny watching Snyder give his opponents false hope by allowing them to stand up and earn a point for an escape before Snyder buries them again.But here I am on the eve of Snyder’s final match in Columbus with Ohio State, knowing I won’t be in attendance tomorrow because I’ll be heading to a concert in Kentucky. The little I know to be true about him will sound like false tales to whomever will hear me talk about all Snyder accomplished in his time at Ohio State.“Yes, all of that is true,” I will say. “And I missed most of it.”
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. Prof David Allsop, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Lancaster, said: “This study shows convincingly that it is possible to reduce the extent of amyloid plaque formation in the brains of people with very early signs of dementia.Encouragingly, this treatment also appeared to slow memory decline, demonstrating that amyloid formation is a direct or indirect cause of memory loss. This has been suspected for some time, but has never been proven in humans.“These findings could be a game changer if the effects on memory decline can be confirmed in more extensive follow-on studies.”The Alzheimer’s Society said the “most compelling” evidence from the trial was the fact that more amyloid was cleared when patients took higher doses of the drug.Dr James Pickett, head of research at the charity, said: “No existing treatments for Alzheimer’s directly interfere with the disease process, and so a drug that actually slows the progress of the disease by clearing amyloid would be a significant step.”While there were hints that it might have an effect on the symptoms of the disease, we need to see the results from further, larger research trials to understand whether this is the case. These larger trials are now under way, including in the UK, and due to finish in 2020.”Prof Richard Morris, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, said: “We cannot yet say we have a cure for Alzheimer’s, as this is only a first step … but the importance of this first step cannot be understated.“Let’s keep our fingers crossed for success in the next steps.”To join a trial click here Scientists said they were amazed to find that patients treated with the highest dose of the antibody drug aducanumab experienced an almost complete clearance of the amyloid plaques that prevent brain cells communicating, leading to irreversible memory loss and cognitive decline.Crucially they also found that after six months of the treatment, patients stopped deteriorating compared with those taking a placebo, suggesting that their dementia had been halted. More than 800,000 people in Britain suffer from dementia, and the majority have Alzheimer’s diseaseCredit:Alamy The red marks show amyloid plaques but after a year they are gone in the highest dose group The drugs are given intravenously once a month Dr Alfred Sandrock, from the Massachusetts-based biotech company Biogen, which is hoping to bring the drug to market, said: “This is the best news that we have had in our 25 years and it brings new hope to patients with this disease.”There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in Britain, a figure that is expected to rise to one million by 2025 and two million by 2050.The most common kind of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but scientists have been unable to reach consensus about the cause of the condition, and despite more than 400 drug trials, nothing has been shown to combat disease. The first drug that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease is finally on the horizon after scientists proved they can clear the sticky plaques from the brain which cause dementia and halt mental decline.Hailed as the “best news” in dementia research for 25 years, the breakthrough is said to be a potential “game changer” for people with Alzheimer’s. The last Alzheimer’s drug licensed in the UK became available more than a decade ago. Current treatments can reduce symptoms to some extent but doctors have nothing that can halt or slow progression of the disease.Not only does the new study suggest a treatment for the disease, but shows that the build-up of amyloid plaque in the brain is likely to be to blame.Aducanumab is a treatment made up of antibodies, tiny y-shaped proteins that latch on to dangerous substances in the body, acting like flags, showing the immune system what to clear away.Scientists tested various human immune cells with amyloid in a laboratory until they found one which produced an antibody that broke up the plaques. They then cloned it in large numbers for the new therapy, which is given intravenously just once a month. If shown to be effective in larger trials, the first drug to prevent dementia could be available in just a few years.”The results of this clinical study make us optimistic that we can potentially make a great step forward in treating Alzheimer’s disease,” said Prof Roger Nitsch, at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Zurich.“In the high dose group the amyloid has almost completely disappeared. The effect size of this drug is unprecedented.“Despite it being a small sample there appeared to be a slowing of cognitive decline and functional decline. The group with a high degree of amyloid removal were basically stable. If we could reproduce this it would be terrific.” In the trial, which was reported in the journal Nature, scientists tested varying levels of the drug over a year, as well as giving one group a placebo. They found that more amyloid was removed as the dose increased. Brain scans of those given the highest dose shown virtually no amyloid left at all.The drug is likely to be most effective for patients in the very earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, or those who have not yet begun to show symptoms. Several universities are working on early blood tests for dementia which could pick the disease up a decade or more before the first physical signs appear.Dementia experts and charities said that the breakthrough offered real hope for the future treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. These findings could be a ‘game changer’ if the effects on memory decline can be confirmed in more extensive follow-on studiesDavid Allsop, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Lancaster There are now two large phase-three clinical studies taking place to further evaluate safety and efficacy on a total of 2,700 patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and researchers are currently recruiting British participants.”These results provide tantalising evidence that a new class of drug to treat the disease may be on the horizon,” said Dr David Reynolds, chief scientific officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK.”The findings suggest that aducanumab may slow memory and thinking decline in people with early Alzheimer’s and, although the analysis is only exploratory in this early trial, it paints a positive picture for ongoing trials with the drug.”Although some people on the trial experienced side effects such as headaches, scientists believe that adjusting the dose may alleviate problems.