The Wake-Up Call: Ebner shines, Bosa’s holdout continues, John Daly and others descend on Columbus
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OSU Olympians bow out with highlights
With rugby back in the Olympics, former Ohio State walk-on Nate Ebner came close to advancing the United States to the knockout round.
His try in the final minute of a 24-19 loss to an unbeaten Fiji team put the USA within one point of advancing, but a teammate missed the subsequent kick that would have punched their ticket to the next round.
— Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff) August 10, 2016
Meanwhile, Ohio State women’s fencer and Canada native Eleanor Harvey took down the No. 1 ranked fencer in the world in women’s foil, Italian fencer Arriana Errigo, to advance to the quarterfinals. The video of her winning point is worth watching for the celebration alone.
— RealSports (@RealSports) August 10, 2016
Unfortunately for Harvey, she was eliminated by eventual bronze medalist Ines Bubraki of Tunisia in the quarterfinals.
Bosa holdout draws ire of teammate
As Joey Bosa’s holdout stretches further into San Diego’s training camp, the arguments from each side are becoming more heated. The former Ohio State defensive lineman wants offset language in his contract — something that’s commonplace among top draft picks — but the Chargers are thus far unwilling to agree to pick up the tab on the rest of his contract if they cut him.
And while the rookie defensive end might expect some support from his teammates in his contract dispute given that players generally side with each other over management, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that tight end Antonio Gates blasted Bosa for his hard-line stance.
“Sometimes you’ve got to just, as a man, you’ve got to step in and say, ‘This is what it’s going to be,’ ” he said. “Because sometimes, whether or not (there is) miscommunication with the general manager or the agent, whatever it is, at the end of the day, it’s your life, it’s your career.
“And you kind of know what’s best for you, and you know what you need. You still have to have that tunnel vision of being able to go out and perform at the highest level. So, to me, that was always the determining factor when I had issues.”
Whether other teammates will join in on either side remains to be seen, but there seems to be no question that missing training camp isn’t sitting well with those who are there.
OSU golf legends back on home turf
The 2016 U.S. Senior Open has teed off at Scioto Country Club, with stars like Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman and John Daly in Columbus to compete for a major championship.
As Tim Moody of Buckeye Sports Bulletin notes, there’s also a heavy Buckeye flavor for the tournament hosted in the hometown of golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
There’s one name synonymous with golf in Ohio – Jack Nicklaus – and he’s certainly a prominent figure at the U.S. Senior Open, set to take place at Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington this week, but four other Buckeye golfers will actually be teeing it up as part of the major championship field.
Former Ohio State stars Brian Mogg, John Cook, Rod Spittle and Joey Sindelar are all part of the field, with Cook, Spittle and Sindelar set to play at least the first two rounds together. While at Ohio State, Cook and Sindelar were teammates on the 1979 NCAA champion Ohio State squad, while Spittle played from 1976-78 and Mogg was a second team All-American in 1983.
Golf fans in the Columbus area can still buy tickets for the four-day event by clicking here. Cook Spittle and Sindelar tee off at 1:31 p.m. on Thursday, while Mogg began his first round at 7:30 a.m.
Buckeyes title odds drop
Once a 6-1 bet to win a national championship, Ohio State is now listed at 9-1 to emerge victorious from this season’s College Football Playoff according to the new odds released by Bovada. The Buckeyes trail Alabama (6-1), LSU (7-1) and Clemson (17-2) in the eyes of bettors, and Michigan is tied with the Buckeyes at 9-1.
Updated odds to win national championship, per Bovada. For entertainment purposes, of course. pic.twitter.com/kn1q6R9rLG
— Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) August 10, 2016
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