American Pharoahs A Superhorse But Hes No Secretariat

After American Pharoah (sic) won this year’s Preakness Stakes, I warned you all to be skeptical of him in the Belmont Stakes.Oops.In my defense, I was technically being skeptical of any Triple Crown hopeful, not this horse in particular — and I (mostly) stick by that. But American Pharoah appears to be a legitimate superhorse.Indeed, he may be one of the most super superhorses in history (at least among American 3-year-olds). Like Secretariat, American Pharoah has broken a multi-decade Triple Crown slump. Like Secretariat, American Pharoah won all three races without much difficulty. American Pharoah won the 1.5 mile (12 furlong) Belmont Stakes in a time unmatched by any other Triple Crown winner (save Secretariat) in history. American Pharoah also led wire-to-wire, and won by an impressive five and a half lengths.But as great a run as American Pharoah had, it still didn’t really approach Secretariat’s. Picture how far ahead of the field American Pharoah was at the end of the Belmont. Now double it (multiply by 2.4 to be exact). That’s about how far American Pharoah would have been lagging behind Secretariat (13 ¼ lengths). In a Belmont field featuring the 11 Triple Crown winners running their Belmont-winning times, Secretariat would have led the other horses by the following distances:1I converted the difference between each horse’s finishing time to lengths using the typical rate of five lengths per second. Still, this is amazing company, and American Pharoah’s triumph is only the fourth Triple Crown since 1948.All that said, American Pharoah’s win didn’t clear up whether a horse that wins at 9.5 and 10 furlongs (the distances of the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, respectively) is likely to be able to win at 12 furlongs. The types of horses that win the Belmont may be more naturally calibrated to the longer distance.There’s some evidence of specialization in the race’s winning times. Since the Belmont Stakes moved to 12 furlongs for good in 1926, American Pharoah’s time is only seventh-best, with four of the six better times coming during the most recent drought:The most interesting thing about this chart is what we do not see: There hasn’t been a recent bunch of Belmont superhorses. In fact, Belmont times have been on the rise for the past 20-plus years, and their five-year average in 2014 (pre-American Pharoah) was the highest it has been since the 1930s.While this makes a win by American Pharoah a little less spectacular than if he had to fend off a troupe of ever-improving distance-running specialists, it makes his time – the best by any horse in over a decade (since Point Given in 2001) – even more impressive, relative to the recent trend.CLARIFICATION (June 7, 3:37 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a chart that suggested it showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishes. It showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishers since the Belmont race was lengthened to 12 furlongs in 1926. read more

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Ohio State studentathletes receive help transitioning to college classes

Members of the OSU men’s lacrosse team celebrate a goal during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe transition from being a high school athlete to a career in college could be difficult, but the utilization of resources in college could help balance academics and athletics.A senior defender for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, Joe Meurer — who is set to graduate in May — said the time and effort he has put in with lacrosse compared to high school has increased drastically.“In high school you’re probably committing, you know, eight hours a week to lacrosse, here you’re committing double,” Meurer said.Some OSU athletes said with practice taking up a large amount of student-athletes’ time, getting support with classwork becomes essential.“I think high school is not nearly as demanding as college is, and you don’t have to make as many sacrifices as you do as a college student-athlete,” redshirt-junior goalkeeper for the OSU men’s soccer team Alex Ivanov said.OSU’s Student-Athlete Support Service Office seeks to aid student-athletes academically. The program supports about 1,000 student-athletes a year, associate director and athletic academic counselor for SASSO Vicki Melnick said in an email. Melnick said the program’s funding comes from the Office of Undergraduate Education, which amounts to about $2.6 million in the current fiscal year.Melnick said that the programs goal is to help students to stay the course.“Our office focuses primarily on academic support, and then also what we call student development support, primarily in the areas of career developments and some personal development along with leadership development,” Melnick said.Athletes are required to attend study table sessions in the Younkin Success Center located at 1640 Neil Avenue, for a time to study and do schoolwork. Requirement hours for study table vary depending on the sport. The head coaches with the assistance from academic counselors decide on the amount of weekly hours needed for study table for that particular athlete. Melnick said in an interview with The Lantern that only freshman are required to have study tables and that the average time spent on the table is six to eight hours a week.“Typically, it’s predominantly first-year students. One of the main purposes of it is to help them transition into college,” Melnick said. “To see the value of making sure they spend the minimum amount of time each week studying.”Ivanov became the first Academic All-American for the men’s soccer program this past season. Even as a fourth-year, he utilizes tutor facilities offered by SASSO to help maintain his grades as an electrical and computer engineering major.“I used to do the study table hours then the other years it’s all been on my own, just trying to meet people in class and stuff, like a normal student would, and if I ever did need a tutor for like a special math class or something, I could go to Younkin or SASSO to set something up for me,” Ivanov said.SASSO not only support student-athletes in the transition into college, but also prepares them for what comes after.“We have two classes that we teach that are designed for student-athletes. One is helping student-athletes transitioning into college, so it covers a variety of topics like nutrition, time management, a little bit of money management, study skills, introduces them to various help services around campus and athletic departments outside our office,” Melnick said. “The other course is designed for upperclassmen and it’s a ‘transition out of college’ class.”Some student-athletes at OSU are grateful for the support given to them.“It’s been really beneficial. Since day one I’ve been here and I’ve definitely utilized it to my full potential,” Meurer said. read more

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Football Nick Bosa following in footsteps of older brother

Ohio State junior defensive lineman Nick Bosa answers questions from the media at Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Aug. 28, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNick Bosa faced high expectations before even touching the field at Ohio State.A five-star prospect ranked No. 8 nationally in the class according to the 24/7 Sports composite rankings, Bosa was already anticipated to be a future star for the Buckeyes on statistics alone.However, more than any ranking ever did, Bosa’s brother, Joey, a two-time All American, No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, made Nick the most hyped up defensive player that Ohio State has had in recent memory.In an interview with NFL Network in January, Joey Bosa said he never felt he had to give his younger sibling any tips for the college game. “He really doesn’t need any help. He’s an absolute monster. I think he’s light years ahead of any spot I ever got to in college,” Joey Bosa said. “Once he gets his full reign this year, people will understand what he’s capable of, which is, it’s going to be pretty scary to watch.”In his two seasons for the Buckeyes, Nick Bosa, a junior defensive end, has proved worthy of the hype his brother Joey had continued to give.Now, a season removed from being named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, the expectations are higher than ever.Nick Bosa has been compared to his brother since his college career began, and his junior season will be no exception.In Joey Bosa’s final year at Ohio State, he often faced double teams from opponents, lowering his stats from his first-team All-American season in 2014 and allowing for other players on the defensive line to make plays.When asked if he expects a similar situation this year, Nick Bosa said if teams decide to double-team him, it will be a mistake.“I think right off the bat, with all the hype that people are making up about me … I’ll probably get the double teams and the chips and stuff like that,” Nick Bosa said. “But once Chase [Young] is coming off the other edge and Dre’Mont [Jones] is on the other side rushing three-tick, if they slide to me, then it’s just going to be a sack.”Young, a sophomore defensive end, was named a co-starter along with junior Jonathon Cooper, and will be given a chance to take advantage of being on the opposite side of Bosa this season.In Joey Bosa’s final year for the Buckeyes, both defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard found success while Bosa was double-covered, accounting for 14.5 sacks to Bosa’s five.Nick Bosa could see a similar drop in stats this season, but said it is not a worry in his mind.“My No. 1 goal is to win a national championship, and, however we get there, I know I’m going to be a contributing factor if I’m out there,” Bosa said. “I’m not dying to get big numbers, I want to make plays and help my team that way.”Whether or not Nick Bosa gets double-teamed this season, this could be the year that he is in control, after the Buckeyes lost players like Hubbard and Lewis to the NFL Draft this offseason.With the anticipation higher than ever and the pressure to perform at its peak, Nick Bosa, a newly named captain for Ohio State, is ready to play.When asked how many snaps he is expecting this season, Bosa kept it simple.“However many I can handle.” read more

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Salah injury update

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the club are currently doing everything possible to make Mohamed Salah available for their upcoming game against Everton in the Premier LeagueOn the back of their convincing 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League, Liverpool will now face local rivals Everton for the Merseyside derby.Klopp’s side will be looking to secure the three points on Saturday as they look to maintain their place in the top four in the league standings with the decisive second leg against City coming up next.However, one concerning factor for Liverpool is Salah, who had to leave the pitch in the win over City and Klopp has now shared an update on his status.“We are trying everything to make him available,” said Klopp, according to the Express.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“There are still 24 hours to go. So let’s see.”The well publicised bus incident that took place when the Liverpool supporters attacked the City players as they made their way to Anfield has left even Klopp lost for words.“It’s so strange. You go with your own bus through the crowd and it feels fantastic and it’s great.” said the German.“It’s support, it’s passion. We come into the stadium and the first thing I heard was they had smashed the bus of Manchester City and it kills everything.“You can’t feel it anymore. You give everyone the opportunity to do something good and because of a few idiots it might never happen again.”last_img read more

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AS Roma wish Salah good luck for final

first_imgAS Roma has wished their former player Mohamed Salah good luck for the final of the Champions League after they were eliminated from the competition by LiverpoolThe Egypt international left the Giallorossi last summer for a move to Liverpool and came back to haunt his old club in last week’s first leg at Anfield with Salah bagging a brace of goals and assists in a 5-2 defeat for Roma.Upon returning to the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night for the first time since his departure, Salah was ultimately unable to have much impact in Liverpool’s 4-2 defeat in the second leg. But the Reds were still able to progress to the final of the competition with an aggregate win of 7-6 across the two-legged encounter.After their defeat, Roma sent Salah heartfelt message and wished the 25-year-old good luck for the final.“It hurts so much that AS Roma’s incredible dream of going all the way to Kiev is over,” Roma wrote on Twitter.“But you’ll be there in your new colours. Good luck in the Champions League final, Mo Salah. #ForzaRoma #YNWA”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…It hurts so much that #ASRoma’s incredible dream of going all the way to Kiev is over but you’ll be there in your new colours.Good luck in the #UCL final @MoSalah#ForzaRoma #YNWA pic.twitter.com/BOsVgoKLjI— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) 2 May 2018Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League at Kiev on May 24.last_img read more

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Wenger to decide future before the start of the World Cup

first_imgArsene Wenger recently admitted that he is far from sure for his future after his departure from Arsenal, where he spent the last 22 years, but confirmed he will make up his mind before the World Cup starts.The manager claimed despite being physically well, he is unsure if he wants to stay in management as he thinks he should have complete influence on the club and not just on a couple of players.“I haven’t decided yet,” Wenger admitted, according to 101 Great Goals. “That’s a decision I have to make. I’m physically in quite good shape. I have to decide do I continue to manage.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m not decided completely unless I can have a huge influence on the club, how the club wants to be perceived, what is important to it, what kind of values does it want to represent.”“If I can have a complete influence on the club, I would consider it. I’ve given myself until the start of the World Cup to decide.”Currently, Mikel Arteta is considered the favourite as the now former Gunners manager himself backed the Spaniard for the position.last_img read more

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Robinson urges Hart to bounce back

first_imgJoe Hart was omitted from the England squad by Gareth Southgate and former national team keeper Paul Robinson believes that he should not give up and bounce back to the team.Joe Hart has made 75 caps for the Albion throughout the years and Robinson claimed that if he will be able to sort out his club career and start playing regularly again, there is no reason for him not to be called up again.The former Blackburn keeper spoke about Hart’s situation as he said, according to Daily Mail:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The lad’s had 75 caps. You don’t get them for anything. He’s had a great England career. He’s having a rough time at club level, he needs to find a new home, and there’s no reason why he can’t get himself back into the set-up.”“He’s of the age where he can go again. He needs to settle his club career, find a home – rather than going on loan – get himself settled, get himself happy again, gets his confidence, and without a shadow of a doubt he can be involved again.”last_img read more

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No 3 Louisville Rallies to Down Clemson Advances to ACC Semis

first_img GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Louisville coach Jeff Walz wanted to keep Clemson out of the paint and force the Tigers to take tough jump shots from long range.The third-ranked Cardinals figured out how to do it just in time to avoid a major upset.Asia Durr scored 24 points, and Louisville pulled away to beat Clemson 75-67 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.Dana Evans had seven of her 15 points during a fourth-quarter run that helped the second-seeded Cardinals (28-2) separate themselves from the Tigers and advance to the semifinals for the fifth time in five years in the ACC.The key, Walz said, was that his players finally kept themselves in front of the Tigers’ driving threats. The Cardinals outscored Clemson by 10 in the paint in the fourth quarter.”I thought we finally did exactly what we were trying to do defensively, and that was to make them shoot contested outside shots,” Walz said. ”We finally got our feet on the 3-point line.”Arica Carter added 10 points and Sam Fuehring finished with 14 rebounds for Louisville, which trailed 60-54 entering the fourth before outscoring Clemson 19-5 during the first 3 1/2 minutes. The Cardinals held the Tigers to 2-of-11 shooting during that span.Aliyah Collier and Simone Westbrook scored 17 points apiece while Kobi Thornton and Danielle Edwards each finished with 11 for the seventh-seeded Tigers (19-12). Playing in their first quarterfinal since 2009, they were denied their first appearance in the semifinals in 18 years.”As much as we like to say we’re just trying to be us, Louisville was just Louisville and played great defense when it mattered most,” Clemson coach Amanda Butler said.BIG PICTUREClemson: For more than 30 minutes, the Tigers looked capable of pulling the first seismic upset at the tournament and giving themselves their biggest victory under Butler, the ACC’s coach of the year in her first season at the school. Though they lost their advantage in the paint in the fourth, they served notice that they’ll be a tough out in the NCAA Tournament.Louisville: The Cardinals found out how tough it is to defend a tournament championship. Playing as a reigning champ for the first time in a quarter-century – the year after they won the Metro Conference title in 1993 – they took the Tigers’ best shot but made all the plays down the stretch of their fourth straight ACC Tournament victory.BRACKET WATCHThe Cardinals have nothing to worry about, though they didn’t look like their usual sharp selves for most of this one. The Tigers seem like a safe bet to receive their first NCAA bid since 2002, but they could have laid claim to a better seed had they polished off the upset. Walz said Clemson ”without a doubt” will be playing in the NCAA Tournament.STAR WATCHDurr played two days after she was selected as the league’s player of the year for the second straight year, making her the first two-time winner since Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas won the award three years in a row from 2012-14. ”For Asia to be able to do what she’s done and get back-to-back player of the years is pretty amazing,” Walz said.UP NEXTClemson: Awaits an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament.Louisville: Advances to Saturday’s ACC semifinals.Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Photo Gallery Story Links Postgame Quotes last_img read more

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