Buckeyes set kickoff time for Homecoming game
COLUMBUS — Ohio State alums can sleep in for Homecoming.
Ohio State has announced that its Homecoming game on Oct. 18 against Rutgers will start at 3:30 p.m. The TV network that will carry the game has yet to be determined.
Six Buckeyes game times are established, with home game times for the home opener vs. Virginia Tech (8 p.m., Sept. 6), vs. Cincinnati (6 p.m., Sept. 27) and Illinois (8 p.m., Nov. 1), in addition to Rutgers.
Game times have also been set for road games vs. Navy on Aug. 30 at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium (noon) and at Penn State on Oct. 25 (8 p.m.).
Wizards stay alive with 102-79 blowout at Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS — Marcin Gortat had 31 points and 16 rebounds, John Wall scored 27 points and the Washington Wizards rode a 39-rebound advantage to a 102-79 rout of Indiana on Tuesday night, cutting the Pacers’ lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals to 3-2.
Washington can even the series at home on Thursday in Game 6.
It was a stunning turnaround for a team that had lost the last three. But with Gortat matching a career high in points and posting a playoff career high in rebounds, Washington held a 62-23 rebounding edge.
David West scored 17 points for Indiana.
Washington used a 15-6 run to take a 45-38 halftime lead, extended the margin to 24 after three and to as much as 30 in the fourth.
Washington denied the top-seeded Pacers a spot in the conference finals and improved to 4-2 on the road in this year’s playoffs. They are just 1-3 at home.
Kynard transfers from OSU women’s team to Xavier
COLUMBUS — Ex-Ohio State basketball player Maleeka Kynard is transferring to Xavier.
She will have one year of eligibility remaining with the Musketeers after graduating from Ohio State in August.
A 5-foot-7 guard from Start High School in Toledo, Ohio, Kynard played in 74 games with four starts for the Buckeyes during the past three seasons. A three-year letter winner, Kynard averaged 3.5 points per game and recorded 24 steals and 26 assists last season while dealing with injuries and an illness.
Xavier coach Brian Neal says Kynard will be a veteran presence on his young team.
Rangers cap comeback, top Penguins 2-1 in Game 7
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Henrik Lundqvist set an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 victory, making 35 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and earn a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.
Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored for New York, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in the franchise’s 88-year history.
The Rangers did it behind Lundqvist, who stopped 102 of the final 105 shots he faced over the final three games as New York advanced to the conference finals for the second time in three years.
The Rangers will play the winner of the Bruins-Canadiens series in the conference finals. That series is tied 3-3 and Game 7 is Wednesday night in Boston.
Jussi Jokinen scored his team-high seventh goal of the postseason for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves for the Penguins, who were outscored 10-3 over the final three games.
Bettman visits Seattle regarding arena status
SEATTLE — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made a visit to Seattle to meet with local elected leaders to get an update on the status of a possible new arena.
NHL spokesman Frank Brown confirmed Bettman’s meeting on Tuesday after it was first reported by KING-TV. Brown said Bettman was on the West Coast for NHL playoff games and met with Seattle mayor Ed Murray.
Brown said the meeting was solely to get an update on the status of a new arena being proposed by investor Chris Hansen. Legislation approved by city and county officials call for an NBA team to be placed in Seattle first before an NHL team unless the memorandum of understanding on the project is rewritten.
Northwestern AD says athletes need a vote
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips says college athletes need more than just a voice when it comes to issues that affect them. They need a vote.
Phillips says that “has to happen” as the NCAA tackles a list of issues concerning athletes. He insists, however, that unionization is not the way to go.
As Big Ten administrators gathered at the conference’s headquarters for two days of meetings, there were several major issues hanging over the landscape. Unionization tops the list and the epicenter for that is Northwestern, where former quarterback Kain Colter is leading the push to form one. The issue is currently before the National Labor Relations Board.
Phillips says it “goes against all that is what we believe is right in the landscape of college athletics.”