Who will win enough games to compete for this?College football expert Phil Steele projected what the preseason AP top 10 will look like yesterday. You can see that here. Another outlet has done the same, but expanded to the complete top 25. Pete Fiutak of Campus Insiders and CollegeFootballNews.com has projected what the first AP poll of the 2016 college football season will look like. Who will enter next season No.1 in the AP [email protected]‘s Post-Spring Projected Top 25: https://t.co/WnfJg75exo pic.twitter.com/fwIPBXDnLD— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) May 11, 2016Here’s his projected top 25:1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. Ohio State 7. LSU 8. Notre Dame 9. Tennessee 10. Georgia 11. Michigan State 12. Baylor 13. Oregon 14. Houston 15. Florida 16. USC 17. TCU 18. Wisconsin 19. Oklahoma State 20. Stanford 21. Iowa 22. Ole Miss 23. Louisville 24. UCLA 25. Nebraska You can view his full explanation for the rankings here.
Today, the first-ever U.S. We Day kicks off in Seattle with a remarkable lineup of speakers and performers, including Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson and Seattle Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll, taking the stage to inspire 15,000 young people at the KeyArena at Seattle Center.An initiative of international charity and educational partner Free The Children, We Day is the world’s largest youth empowerment event of its kind, created to ignite students’ passion to be active global citizens.Surprising the electric crowd of students and teachers from nearly 400 middle and high schools across the state are today’s hottest, chart-topping artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, as well as renowned singer and Free The Children ambassador Demi Lovato, sending an inspiring live Skype message all the way from Moscow.Leading the audience throughout the day are hosts Munro Chambers and Melinda Shankar from the hit television series DEGRASSI and international activists and co-founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Teachers and students will also hear from favorite fictional presidents young and old, including YouTube sensation Kid President and actor and activist Martin Sheen, as well as from Martin Luther King III, NBA All-Star Gary Payton, motivational speaker, actor and former U.S Army soldier, J.R. Martinez, Grammy award-winning performer Nelly Furtado and quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson, among others.“We Day is absolutely extraordinary – where else will you see world-renowned social activists, all-star athletes and award-winning musicians on one stage, firing up a crowd of 15,000 young people and celebrating their dedication to service?” said Pete Carroll, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks. “The We Day stage is packed with these big-time names, all here in Seattle, to inspire youth to begin their journey of taking positive actions to better our community and world.”Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service by making a commitment to take one local and one global action throughout the year as part of the We Act program. We Act supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustainable change. Together, We Day and We Act provide a blueprint for raising a generation of active global citizens.“We’re thrilled to bring We Day to the U.S. for the first time, kicking it off in Seattle – a city known for being a leader in education, innovation and philanthropy,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children. “Over the past five years alone, we’ve seen youth involved raise $26 million for more than 900 local and global causes and log 5.1 million volunteer hours. We can’t wait to see what youth across Washington State will achieve.”In partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and A Better Seattle, We Day Seattle is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance thanks to the generous support of co-title sponsors Microsoft and Amway North America, along with key Seattle-based supporters including Ballmer Family Giving, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.“Today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – have the talent and motivation to spark change in communities across the globe,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, who will address the We Day audience today. “Microsoft is thrilled to support young people around the world, through our YouthSpark initiative, with the technology and opportunities to power their dreams and help make them a reality.”Also announced on stage is Amway’s Who Cares Challenge: Youth Leadership Contest; a contest that will honor 10 young change-makers in the U.S. and Canada, and give them a chance to amplify their impact on the world. Over the next 10 weeks, applicants will be asked to share their stories of leadership in local community service and the selected winners will receive $10,000 to apply toward the cause of their choice. The top five of those 10 winners will also receive a trip to We Day Minnesota on October 8 for themselves and a companion.“As we join Free the Children in celebrating the first We Day here in the U.S., we hope to provide a further call to action for young adults passionate about service through Amway’s Who Cares Challenge,” said Tanios Viviani, Regional President of the Americas for Amway, who will unveil the contest on stage. “The contest will allow young people to share their story and continue on the path to making the world a more positive place.”We Day has taken the world by storm with 3.3 million fans, making it one of the world’s largest causes on Facebook. In Canada, We Day touches every major city coast to coast, bringing together hundreds of thousands of young people in their commitment to taking action for a better world.We Day Seattle will be captured in an hour-long special broadcast on Q13 FOX and JOEtv. “The Road To We Day” will feature how the movement got started, highlights and artist performances, inspirational stories of how local students earned their way in and a look ahead to what’s in store for We Day 2014. “The Road To We Day” airs April 12 at 8p on JOEtv (KZJO-TV) and again on April 14 at 5p on Q13 FOX (KCPQ-TV).
TORONTO – The loonie lost more than half a cent on Tuesday as Canada’s main stock index fell and U.S. stocks ended a six-day winning streak following a long holiday weekend.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.23 cents US, down 0.51 of a cent US from Friday.“The dollar is at levels not seen at a while. We’re closing in on 79 cents,” said Luc de la Durantaye, managing director of CIBC Management.De la Durantaye said a decline in gold prices — the April bullion contract fell US$25.00 to US$1,331.20 an ounce on Tuesday — helped give the greenbank a leg up on several global currencies.“Gold had rallied along with the decline of the U.S. dollar. There’s always been a bit of a negative correlation between gold prices and the U.S. dollar,” he said.In currency markets, Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 13.20 points to 15,439.44, weighed by losses in the gold, base metals and materials sectors.South of the border, a sell-off Tuesday afternoon led by technology companies wiped out early gains in New York.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 254.63 points to 24,964.75. The S&P 500 index was down 15.96 points to 2,716.26 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 5.16 points to 7,234.31.Market commentators say some of the broader issues on investors’ minds right now are looking across to the bond market and seeing the U.S. 10-year Treasury starting to approach the 3 per cent level. Bond yields, which move opposite price, are rising on concerns of higher inflation.Worries about inflation sent stocks falling on Feb. 2 after reports of greater U.S. wage growth increased the likelihood that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates more rapidly, making it more expensive for businesses and individuals to borrow money.Elsewhere in commodities on Tuesday, the April crude contract was up 24 cents to US$61.79 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up six cents at US$2.62 per mmBTU.The March copper contract was down six cents to US$3.19 a pound.
OTTAWA – The union representing 50,000 employees at Canada Post panned the latest contract offers from the corporation Thursday, calling them “disappointing” and keeping alive the threat of a work stoppage as the busy holiday online shopping season approaches.Two separate offers for rural and urban carriers included “very small movements” toward resolving some key issues, said the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.On a proposal directed at rural carriers, the union said, “We have a long way to go to achieve a negotiated collective agreement.”The possibility of a work stoppage has hovered over Canada Post since Sept. 26 after postal workers voted overwhelmingly in late summer in support of a potential walkout to back their contract demands.But that initial deadline passed without any job action being launched, with CUPW saying it would stay at the bargaining table so long as there was progress in the talks.That position had not changed Thursday, said CUPW national president Mike Palecek.“Those are discussions that we’re having daily, based on developments,” he said.Job action could include a full or partial walkout, or a lockout, after a 72-hour notice period.The threat of a work stoppage over the holidays has forced companies that rely on Canada Post for parcel deliveries to make alternative plans to ensure their customers receive orders. However, it may be difficult to fill all of the service gaps in the event of a shutdown.Canada Post is the biggest parcel shipping company in the country, having delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season last year — an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.Utilities have also been urging their clients to register for online billing, reminding them that invoices must still be paid regardless of whether they are mailed out.Canada Post said its global offers to rural and urban carriers include improvements to pay, benefits and job security.But the job security proposals are limited, particularly for rural and suburban carriers, CUPW said in a statement on its website.“For those eligible to job security, Canada Post would be allowed to assign you or not to a vacant position within a 75 km radius from your installation,” the union said.“This is a very complex proposal and a substantial amount of clarification is required to fully understand its impact.”Canada Post also rejected demands that those same carriers get paid an hourly rate — and for all hours worked — and that the corporation guarantee minimum hours, said CUPW.For both rural and urban carriers, the post office offered wage increases of 1.5 per cent annually under a four-year contract — virtually unchanged from proposals tabled Sept. 7. The union is seeking a 3.5 per cent hike in pay.“The offers are disappointing,” said Palecek.“Canada Post still hasn’t addressed any of our major issues.”CUPW has been pushing Canada Post to offer banking services in communities underserved by the big financial institutions.The Crown agency’s latest offer proposes “a selected set of new financial services,” a move Palecek described as encouraging.But he noted that no details about what those services might involve or when they could be launched have been forthcoming.
Casablanca- Who knew our Moroccan sheep’s horns had an international value! Well, it hasn’t been the case until recently! According to the Moroccan daily Al Massae, the Israeli army intends to acquire a large amount of sheep and gazelle horns from Morocco to be used during both Roch Hachana and Yom Kippour celebrations. Daily Al Masaa was first to report this news after it appeared in Israeli news paper Yediot Aharonot. Based on it, Israeli secretary of defense expressed his intention to acquire a considerable amount of sheep corns from Morocco for both Jewish celebrations.He also reportedly stated that there would be no need for intermediates during the acquisition, and that army representatives would get the needed amount of horns themselves. Getting the horns from Moroccan traditional souks would allow the Israeli army a decrease of 50 % compared to the prices suggested by international intermediates. The Israeli Secretary of defense also reportedly stated that he was particularly interested in gazelle horns coming from the Middle Atlas. That is why Eid El Adha celebration in Morocco represents an excellent opportunity to get enough supply of horns for the upcoming Jewish celebrations. Sheep’s horns constitute one of the sacred, Jewish objects called “shofar.” During Jewish, religious rituals, the corn symbolizes the trumpet whose sound reunites Israeli tribes during the exodus. Since antiquity, the horn has been used as a symbolic, Jewish instrument of music played during religious rituals.
In other words, up until his caddie, Michael Greller, pulls his Scotty Cameron Circle T 009 from the bag, Spieth is generally where he has been in recent years: ahead of the field. Only then, however, does Spieth transform into Judge Elihu Smails.“Everyone goes through peaks and valleys of results in any part of your game, and I just got a little off in setup (with the putter),” Spieth said this week. “I’m really starting to bring it back now. It feels very good.”Top golfers often get put into two categories: those who win with the putter and those who win despite the putter. But a closer look at the numbers reveals that it’s not unusual for putting performance among top golfers to be inconsistent year to year. Take Phil Mickelson: He ranked between 40th and 70th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting from 2005 to 2008, fell to between 130th and 145th for the next three seasons, and then stormed back, ranking 11th in 2012 and tied for 5th in 2013. This season, Mickelson ranks second, behind only Jason Day. So it’s possible Spieth could get it back quickly.One can only hope. With so few scoring opportunities this weekend at wind-swept Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, in Southampton, N.Y. — there are only two par-5s and numerous unreasonably long holes on the 7,445-yard course, which boasts undulating, relentless greens — putting will no doubt be crucial. Since the turn of the century, no major has a higher average score to par than the U.S. Open.And if Spieth wants to start winning again, he’ll need to correct his putting problems. A strong showing at Shinnecock Hills, one of the toughest courses out there, would go a long way for his confidence — and for his fans. A week later, Spieth missed a 1-foot putt at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament. “You’ve got to be joking” was the reaction from one broadcaster.As the season whirls into its second half, the yips haven’t subsided for Spieth on the green, where he ranks 190th out of 205 qualified players in strokes gained with the putter, a metric that measures each shot a player takes based on how much it reduces his expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. Considering that Spieth ranked no worse than 42nd in the metric in each season from 2014 to 2017, even ranking in the top 10 in 2015 and 2016, this precipitous decline is perplexing.Spieth doesn’t discriminate, either; he misses putts of all lengths. He ranks outside the top 140 in putts inside of 5 feet, putts from 5 to 10 feet, putts from 10 to 15 feet, putts from 15 to 20 feet and putts from 20 to 25 feet. On putts exceeding 25 feet, Spieth ranks a cool 91st.These marks are made starker by the fact that he’s still performing at an incredibly high level in other areas of his game. It’s as though Kyle Korver suddenly forgot how to shoot free throws but the rest of his arsenal was left intact. Spieth ranks in the top 20 in strokes gained off the tee, strokes gained on shots approaching the green, strokes gained on shots around the green and strokes gained tee to green. Spieth’s putting slumpJordan Spieth’s average strokes gained per round for different aspects of his game, 2013-18 2014+0.03+0.29+0.26+0.40+0.98 2015+0.49+0.62+0.47+0.57+2.15 YearOff the teeApproach the greenWithin 30 yds. of the greenPuttingOverall 2017+0.28+0.91+0.37+0.32+1.87 2013+0.61+0.48+0.20+0.18+1.47 2016+0.40+0.15+0.26+0.76+1.57 Strokes gained represents number of strokes by which a player outperformed the field in each round.Source: PGA Tour 2018+0.55+0.63+0.36-0.44+1.10 Not too long ago, pundits and golfers alike were awestruck by the meteoric rise of Jordan Spieth. The charismatic Texan, who claimed three major championships before he turned 24, ostensibly was en route to perhaps the greatest professional golfing career ever recorded. A fresh-faced kid — who in 2015 confessed to never having heard of the “The Price is Right” — was conquering golf.“Take any field — finance, marketing, other sports, whatever — and few, if any, can boast as impressive of professional achievements as Spieth can in golf,” read a July 2017 article on the official PGA website.Spieth has regressed considerably this season, however. Sure, he made a valiant charge on the final day of the Masters in April. But he has as many missed cuts as top-10 finishes on the season and hasn’t ranked in the top 20 at any event over the past two months. With the U.S. Open scheduled to begin Thursday on Long Island in New York, it’s worth noting that at this juncture in each of the past three seasons, Spieth had claimed at least one victory on tour. This season, he has finished no higher than third at any of the 15 events in which he’s played.That diminished success can be traced to a singular element of Spieth’s game: putting. Perhaps no player on tour has put forth a better Happy Gilmore impression this season than Spieth, who has imploded on the greens.Consider, for example, Spieth’s infamous final-hole performance at the Players Championship last month. After lacing his tee shot into the water, Spieth managed to land his approach shot within 5 feet of the cup. Rather than drain a shot that tour players are making more than 81 percent of the time this season, Spieth three-putted. The quadruple bogey dropped him from tied for 17th to tied for 41st. Average strokes gained
OSU sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed dribbles the ball against UC Santa Barbara at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State Men’s Soccer team remains winless on the season, losing a tough match 2-1 against Oregon State on the road in double overtime.The Buckeyes first goal of the game, and first of 2016, came from forward Nate Kohl. The junior was able to work his way around a defender to net his first career goal in the 28th minute.Ohio State entered the half with a 1-0 lead. Oregon State, however, would not go quietly into the night.In the 64th minute, freshman midfielder David Norman Jr. had a driving run into the box, where he was able to play the ball to junior forward Jordan Jones who put it into the back right of the net for the equalizer, at 1-1.The game winner would not come until double overtime, where the Beavers would come out on top.Just 17 seconds into the second overtime period, Oregon State sophomore forward Don Tchilao was able to surpass multiple defenders in the box and find the back of the net for the win.The Buckeyes again were outmatched on the offensive side of the ball, being outshot 19-7, despite having the advantage in corner kicks at 12-5.Foul calls were a trend throughout the match for both teams — 13 issued to Ohio State and 12 to Oregon State.The Buckeyes are still looking for their first win, falling to 0-4-0 on the season.It is the second year in a row that the team is off to a slow start, after beginning last season with a 1-4 record. OSU would eventually bounce back and rattle off eight straight victories to get back on track en route to a Big Ten Championship season.Coach John Bluem’s squad hopes to turn things around at home this Friday at 7:30 p.m. as they take on their first Big Ten opponent in Northwestern.
With all the controversy surrounding Michigan athletics lately, it’s a sure bet Woody Hayes is smiling down from heaven.Coach John Beilein’s men’s basketball team, a preseason sleeper to win the Big Ten and ranked No. 15 in the preseason AP poll, is 13-15 on the year. After reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, the Wolverines’ current campaign has been marred by poor shooting, inconsistent play and player insubordination. Junior guard Manny Harris, the team’s leader in scoring and assists, was suspended for his team’s Jan. 23 game against Purdue following an incident in practice.The two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wolverine men’s swimming and diving team was upset by Ohio State last weekend at the Big Ten Tournament, their first loss to OSU in the tournament since 1978. The favored Maize and Blue allowed the Buckeyes to score the second most points in Big Ten Championship history and win their first conference crown since 1956.If that wasn’t enough, the football program, the crowning jewel of Michigan athletics, is under NCAA investigation.The NCAA accused Michigan and coach Rich Rodriguez of five major rule violations. On Feb. 22, the NCAA said Rodriguez “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program,” and blamed the athletic department for not making sure the football program was in compliance with NCAA regulations.The report also said Rodriguez was negligent of his staff and the accused violations they were committing. Furthermore, the report says Rodriguez was ignorant of whether or not his players were following NCAA rules, specifically those which govern the time allotted for practice and football-related activities.These allegations by the NCAA stem from August 2009 reports. According to these reports, players on the 2008 and 2009 teams told the Detroit Free Press that the amount of time they spend on football activities during the season and in the offseason exceeds NCAA limits.One anonymous player said that in-season Sundays were spent at the football facility from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a one-hour lunch. For those of you who are mathematically challenged like myself, that’s an 11-hour day. The NCAA daily maximum is four hours; the weekly maximum is 20.A complementary letter from the NCAA to Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman dictated that Michigan “should understand that all of the alleged violations set forth in the document” are considered to be “potential major violations of NCAA legislation, unless designated as secondary.”Coleman, believe it or not, may actually have a more serious issue to deal with. When the University of Michigan Board of Regents met last month in Coleman’s office for an update on the NCAA investigation of the football program, they did so behind closed doors.Shutting out the media and the public isn’t permissible in most cases, at least according to a lawsuit filed by a Michigan alumnus.The suit accuses the Michigan Board of Regents of violating the Michigan Open Meetings Act, which places restrictions on how and why such public bodies can meet in private. Robert Davis, the plaintiff who also claims he “lives for UM football and basketball,” told The Detroit Free Press that he simply wants, “university officials to follow the same rules that they hold the student-athletes to.” Now there’s a novel concept.Look, I’m not trying to bash Michigan. The issues facing a few of their athletic programs are quite serious. Lawsuits and NCAA investigations are no laughing matter. However, I’d be willing to bet my OSU football tickets that at least five or six, and perhaps as many as 10, elite college football programs surpass NCAA practice limits on a regular basis.Maybe Michigan was snake-bitten by a few bad apples disgruntled with playing time. Maybe the rumors that Rodriguez rubs his players the wrong way because he constantly berates them are true, compelling them to vent to the media. Either way, it seems as if a few souls at Michigan could use a life lesson.When OSU offensive guard Justin Boren transferred from UM after his sophomore season, he claimed the football program’s “family values had eroded,” under Rodriguez. Growing up, one value my mother instilled in me was that honesty is always the best policy. I hope Michigan makes that phrase their motto in the coming months. Otherwise, their athletic programs will fall further from grace.
As the Ohio State men’s Lacrosse team trotted off the field following Saturday’s win against Hobart, each player beamed from ear to ear. Amid pats on the back and laughter, one could detect a sense of appreciation and gratitude from the younger members of the team toward the upperclassmen on Senior Day. The team, at first glance, seems to be dominated by youngsters, as much of the glitz and glamour is cast toward the statistical leaders on the team. Sophomore Logan Schuss leads the team in scoring, trailed by classmate Jeff Tundo. The team’s leader in assists is freshman Tyler Frederick, and freshman goalkeeper Greg Dutton has been nothing short of spectacular in the cage this season. The seniors, however, have been critical in their roles for the team. Aside from their four years of contributions on the field, which include a conference championship in 2008, shepherding the young players’ development has been key. “I think it’s our role to show our experience and let them know how things are in Division 1 lacrosse,” senior middleman Paul Beery said. “A lot of them have stepped up and played an integral role, so I would say we’ve been successful.” Even with 12 seniors on the roster, looking over such a large quantity of young players can still be difficult, senior middleman Scott Lathrop said. “It’s tough when you’ve got 45 guys and they are at all different age levels,” Lathrop said. “You’re trying to funnel them all into one focus.” Lathrop said he approaches the job by consistently working hard and leading by example for the younger players. He also said he will sit down and talk with the players if they need it. Beyond the seniors’ job in helping with the younger players, Lathrop sees a bond that has developed among the seniors over four years. “We all came in at the same time, and we’ve seen several different shades of this program,” Lathrop said. “We’ve been through tough times together and good times together. We have shared a special experience here.” With the season well past midpoint, and graduation quickly approaching, the seniors will begin to mull over their future beyond lacrosse. Lathrop plans to embark to Europe on a two-month internship, and Beery plans to pursue a degree to become a Certified Public Accountant. Senior captain Bryce Woodson has a more laid-back approach to his pursuits after college for the time being. “I’m just going to take a little time off and enjoy life a little bit,” Woodson said with a smile. Though Senior Day is over, there is still much at stake to add to the memories for the seniors. A shot at the Eastern College Athletic Conference still exists, and there are four games left in the regular season. “I’m very happy for these seniors right now,” OSU coach Nick Myers said after the team’s win against Hobart. “We’re going to keep taking it one game at a time, though, and continue to improve.” One game remaining is the Showdown in the ‘Shoe, in which the lacrosse team will face Fairfield in Ohio Stadium before the Spring Game on April 23. Lathrop said this game is particularly exciting. “Playing in the ‘Shoe gives you chills every time,” he said. “It will be a special experience. Hopefully we can get as many people out there as we can.” As the seniors’ careers wind down, Lathrop, Beery and Woodson say they plan on staying in touch with their teammates. “I’m going to try my best,” Lathrop said. “These guys are my best friends.”
Then-sophomore guard Ameryst Alston drives to the hoop in a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Editor in chiefComing off its first losing record in 12 years, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is looking forward to the start of a new season.OSU is set to return to action on Sunday coming off of a 17-18 (5-11) season, which culminated in a loss to Iowa in the semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes will have to play without freshman forwards Makayla Waterman and Chelsea Mitchell for the season after they suffered ACL injuries during practice. OSU will also be without redshirt-freshman guard and Duke transfer Kianna Holland because of an ACL injury.Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell said it was difficult to see her teammates suffer such devastating injuries before the start of the season.“It’s a lot to deal with, it’s hard,” Kelsey Mitchell said. “Especially considering that we’re all teammates and we all love each other very much. It just made things a lot harder to see the ones that work hard go down over something they can’t control.”Freshman guard Asia Doss said the team is hoping for a fast recovery for their sidelined teammates and has come closer as a group since the injuries occured.“Everything’s just coming together,” Doss said. “With all the adversity we’ve faced, we’ve come together.”With sophomore forward and Georgetown transfer Shayla Cooper ineligible to play for the Buckeyes until the end of the semester and the dismissal of senior guard Raven Ferguson from the program, OSU will have to compete with only seven active members on the roster to start the season.“Most teams only play seven or eight players,” junior guard Ameryst Alston said. “We’re not going to let that discourage us.”Along with playing more minutes, the team will also have to focus on limiting fouls to keep players in games. Doss said fouling is something the team will have to be careful with but can’t let it change their style of play.“We can’t think about it too much to the point where we don’t play aggressive,” Doss said. “We just have to keep our hands off the offensive player.”Alston said with the lack of depth currently on the roster, the team will need to focus on being in shape to endure extra minutes.“We definitely have to make sure that we’re well conditioned,” Alston said. “We’ve just got to be in good shape and do what we do.”Alston was tied for first in the Big Ten in minutes played last season, averaging 36.7 minutes per game.Coach Kevin McGuff said the addition of Kelsey Mitchell has helped take pressure off of Alston and sees the pair working well together.“They play really well together,” McGuff said. “They’ve got good chemistry, they both share the ball really well, and so they make each other better and their teammates.”Alston had praise for her new teammate as well, and added she looks experienced beyond her years.“She’s such a great player,” Alston said. “She doesn’t look like a freshman at all. She’s very fun to watch and to play with.”The team is also looking forward to the return of redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach, who missed the previous two seasons because of knee injuries. McGuff said Beach has looked good in practice and hopes she can be a factor for the Buckeyes.“I think she’s making really good progress,” McGuff said. “She’s got great athletic ability and I think can really help us in an area we’re going to need it, rebounding.”Junior guard Cait Craft and freshman forward Alexa Hart are the final two healthy players McGuff has on his roster.McGuff also noted that there is a possibility for a walk-on to join the team but is waiting for the right person to come around.“If we came across somebody that made sense, we’d certainly entertain the idea but it hasn’t happened yet,” McGuff said.OSU is set to start its season with an exhibition game against Eckerd College on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.