PHOTOS: Ilian Telkedzhiev A fatal mistake of the Ukrainian Yulia Tarasova brought the title of Mirinela Nineva in the first marathon in Kyustendil, which was valid for the national championship, as well as for the prizes of the Balkan Athletics Association.In the last 3 kilometers Julia confused the route and went around a lot to return. Marinela was so surprised by her triumph, explaining that she had not overtaken the Ukrainian. Tarasova tried to put the blame on the judges and the marking of the track, but his knowledge is the duty of the competitors. In the end, she finished 1.50 minutes after the Bulgarian. Third was her compatriot Svetlana Sovetchenko.Thus, the mistake led to three titles for Mirinela – in the marathon of Kyustendil, the Balkans and Bulgaria and over BGN 3,000 from the prize fund.For Tarasova, the consolation remained that together with Sovetchenko she won the team ranking in the Balkans, as Bulgaria remained second and Romania was in third place.After Marinela, Hristina Kozareva and Nadezhda Angelova remained in our national championship.In the men’s event, Ukraine’s Artyom Kazban and Turkey’s Yuzeir Soylemez ran together up to 10km before the final, where Kazban attacked and took the victory with 1.44 minutes ahead of his opponent. Third was the player of “Ever” (Varna) Ismail Senaji. He was left with the national title before Iliya Kutsarov and Dimcho Mitsov.Ahmed Alkanoglu came third in the Balkan Championship, which turned out to be decisive for Turkey’s team title over Ukraine and Romania.Senandji and Marinela Nineva also received telephones as the best performing Bulgarian athletes from the sponsor of the A1 federation.There was a family triumph in the half marathon. Rosen Lilov won the men’s match against Georgi Gergov and Alexander Vassilev. Among women, Lilov’s wife Anna Stefanova was first, followed by former 24 Chasa staff Jane Dimitrova and Svetla Staneva.The mayor of the town Petar Paunov also took part in the mass distance of 2 km. Emil Krastev, the son of our famous athlete Tsvetelina Kirilova, whose club was a co-organizer of the event, triumphed among the men there. Dimcho Mitzov’s graduate Romina Nikolova from Blagoevgrad became the first among the girls. Among the participants was the daughter of TV presenter Lara Vaya.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A torn Achilles tendon last December was supposed to put the start of the 2018 season in jeopardy for Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith.Instead, the veteran defensive back made a surprising appearance on the practice field for the second day of mandatory minicamp nearly three full months before the Sept. 9 opener and just over six months after the left Achilles that hampered him for much of the 2017 season ruptured in Week 13. For Smith to even be practicing on a limited basis like he did Wednesday prompted a teammate to question whether he possesses a mutant-like recovery power.“I don’t know if Jimmy is like half-Wolverine, but the dude is healed up in half the time than normal, regular human beings with an Achilles [injury],” safety Eric Weddle said. “But he’s worked extremely hard. I mean I’ve been in here since after the Pro Bowl every week, and he’s been in here rehabbing. The medical staff has done a great job. It was nice to see him out here doing backpedaling and just being a part of the team.”Smith spent much of the practice session on the sideline chatting with visiting former Ravens secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo, but his presence clearly bodes well for his availability for training camp and, more importantly, the start of the regular season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound corner will have much to prove as he comes off a major injury and enters the penultimate year of a contract that carries salary cap figures of $15.675 million in 2018 and $16.175 million next year.Injuries have repeatedly prevented the 2011 first-round pick from reaching Pro Bowl stature as 2017 marked the fifth time in his seven-year career that he’s missed at least four games in a season. Despite already being on injured reserve, Smith was also suspended without pay for the final four games of the season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, adding insult to injury.That history of not being able to stay on the field coupled with the fact that Smith will soon turn 30 could prompt the Ravens to move on next season with 2017 first-round pick Marlon Humphrey already looking the part of a future shutdown corner and other young cornerbacks on the roster showing promise. In the meantime, a healthy Smith would give new defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale a good problem of determining how to distribute playing time among Smith, Humphrey, and veteran Brandon Carr, who has started all 160 games of his career and was a solid No. 2 corner last season.“I think we have more depth in the secondary right now than we ever have,” Martindale said. “Where we’re going with this thing is really exciting to me.”Defensive lineman Carl Davis (shoulder) also returned to practice on Wednesday. He underwent offseason shoulder surgery and had been a limited participant in organized team activities prior to being absent on Tuesday.The Ravens are still without cornerbacks Maurice Canady (knee) and Jaylen Hill (knee) as well as safety Anthony Levine (foot) in the secondary. Guards Marshal Yanda (ankle) and Alex Lewis (back), linebacker Bam Bradley (knee), tight end Vince Mayle, and wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (leg) were not participating.Wide receiver John Brown was also absent after appearing to tweak his knee during Tuesday’s workout. The issue did not appear serious at the time as he remained on the field for the rest of practice and even did some extra work with other receivers after its conclusion.In addition to Smith, the Ravens welcomed back longtime reserve linebacker Albert McClellan, who practiced for the first time since tearing the ACL in his right knee last summer. The 32-year-old has been a core special-teams player for Baltimore since 2011.“Albert is a warrior. Our young players benefit so much from having Albert on the field,” special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. “He’s a mentor, but he’s a great role model for how to practice and how to play physical, smart football.“The other part of it is he’s really a great coach. If he wants to coach someday, he’s going to be a great coach because he understands football and is able to communicate to the young guys.”
UPDATE: One person has died after a crash on Route WW.According to Columbia Police, Eunice McCaleb, 79, was driving west on Route WW just before Hominy Creek Bridge. She crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes, colliding head-on with a car driven by Wendy Garcia-Raygoza, 24.After the initial impact, McCaleb was hit by Jared Ingalls, 31, who was driving a third car.McCaleb and Garcia-Raygoza were taken to the hospital, where Garcia-Raygoza was pronounced dead.McCaleb had serious injuries, while Ingalls had none. Both were wearing seat belts. Garcia-Raygoza was not.Icy roads are believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash.ORIGINAL STORY: One person is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash on Keene Street Thursday morning around 8:00.According to Assistant Chief Brad Fraizer, there were two people injured. The person with life-threatening injuries was taken to the hospital with assistance from fire department personnel.Highway WW was blocked while emergency personnel worked the crash.
After getting convincingly beaten by hosts Bangladesh in the first ODI, India will aim to put up a much better performance and level the three-match series in the second ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday.Bangladesh produced a clinical all-round show to claim a memorable 79-run victory against India in their first ODI here on Thursday, thanks to left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman (5 for 50) who made a dream debut to fashion the victory for the home team.It was Bangladesh’s only fourth win in 30 ODI matches against their mighty neighbours, which also avenged their controversial World Cup quarterfinal loss that started hostility among the two cricketing boards, and culminated with the resignation of Bangladesh’s Mustafa Kamal as the International Cricket Council (ICC) president.The home team got a rollicking start to their innings with openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar giving them a hundred-run stand in less than 14 overs. Later on fireworks by Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman helped side reach a score more than 300.India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler with 3 for 51, other pacers and spinners all went for plenty. In reply, India never looked to be prepared for the run chase as they lost wickets at regular intervals to make life difficult for themselves.With the win, Bangladesh have enhanced their chances of securing a 2017 Champions Trophy berth. The win took Mashrafe Mortaza’s side past the West Indies in the ODI team ranking to the seventh spot in the ICC rankings. Both Bangladesh and the West Indies had 88 points before the match. While the Caribbean side remain with the same number of points, Bangladesh have jumped to 91.advertisementNothing went right for India in the first ODI as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman were both fined by the ICC on Friday following their mid-pitch collision in Thursday night’s match.Dhoni was fined 75 per cent of his match fee, while Mustafizur was docked half of his fee. On Sunday, the visitors will aim to put all the drama behind and look for a fresh start.India have very few positives to carry out from the first ODI. Ashwin’s tight bowling and opener Rohit Sharma’s composed innings of 63 runs are the two which the visitors can take home from the first game. Pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma, although picked wickets, failed to check the run flow. The trio will look to put up a much better performance if India are to stay alive in the series.Openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan giving them a 95-run stand and Suresh Raina coming up with few big blows later in the innings, India have nothing much to show with the bat. Virat Kohli, who’s last three ODI score being 3,1 and 1, will be eagerly waiting to get runs under his belt. Ajinkya Rahane also missed out cheaply.Their opponents have proved they have done their homework well and will aim to put up another similar show and seal the three-match series 2-0 on Sunday itself.Teams (from):Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Rony Talukdar, Mustafizur Rahman, Liton Das.India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Axar Patel.
PARIS – Joel Robuchon, a master chef who shook up the stuffy world of French haute cuisine by showing diners the delights of the simple mashed potato and a peek at a restaurant kitchen, has died at 73.A spokeswoman for Robuchon, who for years held more Michelin stars than anyone else in the world, confirmed his death Monday. French media reported he died of cancer in Geneva.Robuchon’s career was one of superlatives. He was named among the best craftsmen in France in 1976, crowned cook of the century in 1990 and chosen to be one of the cooks at the “dinner of the century.”Robuchon was known for constant innovation and playfulness in the kitchen, qualities that made him a revelation to the hidebound world of French cuisine. He built a gourmet empire that included restaurants in Paris, Tokyo, Las Vegas and New York City.“To describe Joel Robuchon as a cook is a bit like calling Pablo Picasso a painter, Luciano Pavarotti a singer, Frederic Chopin a pianist,” cook and food writer Patricia Wells wrote in “L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon,” a book about the chef and his students. “Joel Robuchon will undoubtedly go down as the artist who most influenced the 20th-century world of cuisine.”Many of France’s greatest chefs echoed her tribute.Prominent Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse, who was seen by some as a rival to Robuchon, told The Associated Press that “French cuisine owes a tribute to a man who for more than 40 years has made it shine throughout the world.”“Robuchon was a demanding colleague but this nature was ultimately the solid foundation of our esteem,” Ducasse, 61, added.French chef Pierre Gagnaire, a Michelin three-star chef, wrote on his Instagram account that “the best among us is gone. All my thoughts to his family.”Chef Marc Veyrat, whose restaurant also holds three Michelin stars, called Robuchon the “prince of French cuisine” on RTL radio, adding: “I’m not afraid to say he inspired me.”While Robuchon was no stranger to fancy food — truffles and caviar were among his favourites — his dishes often were described as simple because he preached the use of only three or four ingredients. His goal was always to show off, not mask, their flavours.He started a revolution with his “Atelier” (workshop in French) business model: small, intimate restaurants where diners sat at a counter surrounding the kitchen. They didn’t take reservations and many didn’t even have tables.His goal, Robuchon said, was to make diners feel comfortable, let them interact with the chef and above all, put the focus back on the food. It was partially a rebuke to the Michelin star regime, which awards points not just for technique, but also for ambiance and service.But Michelin, and just about everyone else, gobbled it up. And thanks to Ateliers around the world, Robuchon reached a total of 32 Michelin stars in 2016 — a record — and still held 31 stars this year, including five three-star restaurants.Born just before the end of World War II in the French town of Poitiers, Robuchon studied at a seminary from a young age and considered becoming a priest. But hours spent cooking with the nuns convinced him he had another calling. He got his professional start at age 15 at a local restaurant and by age 29 was running the kitchen and managing 90 chefs at a large Paris hotel.For years, his culinary home was Jamin, a restaurant near the Eiffel Tower that he opened in 1981. The restaurant racked up a Michelin star a year during its first three years — a feat no one had previously accomplished. The wait for a reservation was two months, even though the price without wine was $200.Even at this classic restaurant, signs of the ways Robuchon would shake up the culinary scene could be found. For one, his most famous dish was the lowly mashed potato.“These mashed potatoes, it’s true, made my reputation. I owe everything to these mashed potatoes,” he said once during a demonstration of how to make the almost liquid dish. “Maybe it’s a little bit of nostalgia, Proust’s madeleines. Everyone has in his memory the mashed potatoes of his mother, the mashed potatoes of his grandmother.”The idea that a restaurant might be a warm, casual place, rather than a stuffy temple to awkward food, was taking root. It was, in part, a rejection of “nouvelle cuisine,” the movement that made French chefs notorious for small plates, exquisitely presented but often not all that satisfying.But, as long promised, Robuchon hung up his whisk in 1996, at the age of 51.“You have to know when it’s time to quit,” the chef told The Associated Press at the time. “A great chef has to be in great shape. Cooking is tough. It’s like being an athlete who has to stay really fit.”He would still consult with other chefs, work on a line of prepared foods, oversee restaurants across the world, but he declared that he was done with slaving away all day at the stove.And that, some say, is when his career really took off.In 2003, he came out of retirement to create the Atelier — one opened in Paris and one in Tokyo nearly simultaneously. From there, he brought them to cities all over Asia, Europe and the United States, and the Michelin stars followed fast and furious.Guy Job, who produced Robuchon’s cooking shows, called it “3-star food with stainless steel cutlery and glass glasses, not crystal ones.”His latest venture opened in April in Paris: Dassai, a restaurant and tea and cakes salon with a bar for tasting sake. The French chef established a presence in and drew inspiration from Japan decades ago. The establishment, not far from the French presidential palace, was opened in collaboration with Dassai sake producer Hiroshi Sakurai.___AP writers Thomas Adamson and Elaine Ganley contributed in Paris. DiLorenzo is now based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Recipients of community resiliency investment grants in the Prince George Fire Centre include:Mackenzie: $181,450 to assist with fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private landFort Nelson First Nation: $100,000 to assist with education, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private landKwadacha Nation: $98,665 to assist with the development, and fuel and vegetation managementTsay Keh Dene Nation: $15,660 to assist with education and planningEstablished in September 2018, the community resiliency investment program assisted local governments and First Nations to lower wildfire risks around their communities with $50 million. As part of Budget 2019, the B.C. government has provided an additional $10 million.It is the responsibility of the provincial government, local governments, First Nations, industry, stakeholders and individual British Columbians to mitigate wildfire threats. The community resiliency investment program takes a holistic approach to risk reduction and fuel management treatments by considering fire prevention activities on provincial Crown land, private land, local government land and reserve land.A key component of the program is that it lets communities apply for funding to cover up to 100% of a wildfire risk reduction project. Eligible applicants facing a lower wildfire risk can apply for up to $25,000, while applicants facing a demonstrated higher wildfire risk can apply for up to $100,000.The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers the community resiliency investment program and processes grant applications.To read more about community resiliency investment program; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – More than $395,000 is being provided by the B.C. Government as community resiliency investment grants to support projects in the Prince George Fire Centre.“Community resiliency investment funding will help Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities increase their resiliency to wildfire threats,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The program is designed to support projects at the local level to help keep British Columbians safe.”According to the Government, more than $6 million in community resiliency investment grants have been provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout the province, following the program’s first application intake. To read more about FireSmart and the seven FireSmart disciplines; CLICK HERETo read more about the application process is available on the Union of B.C. Municipalities website; CLICK HERE
Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman is delighted to have David Warner back in the mix as his “unmatched leadership skill” is a big plus for the franchise. While Kane Williamson will once again be leading the side, Warner’s inputs and influence on the team members makes him an important part of the leadership group. Warner along with Steve Smith are returning from their year-long ban for their involvement in ball tampering scandal in South Africa. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”There is a big difference, because he (Warner) is a world class player. For us as a franchise we are so proud of what he has achieved for Sunrisers. “He is not only a premier match-winner but his leadership skills are also unmatched,” Laxman waxed eloquent about Warner during a media conference. “The kind of role he played in the development of lot of youngsters in the franchise. He is setting example with his work ethics and the kind of preparation he does before every match,” Laxman told reporters at an event here. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSRH head coach Tom Moody feels that the prolonged absence will not have an impact on his performance. “David Warner’s frame of mind I think is positive one. Certainly, through my communication with David has all been a positive one. When you are a world class player and you got an unquenchable thirst to succeed. When game of cricket is taken from you and once it is handed back, you need to do lot of catching up and David will be determined to the best,” Moody said. On Warner, who was awarded 12-month ball tampering suspension, Laxman said: “Personally for me, it was very unfortunate what happened at Cape Town. I feel that the kind of punishment which he got was not right.” On Kane Williamson, who will once again lead Sunrisers, Moody said: “We all know that Kane Williamson is not only an outstanding player in all formats of the game but he is also a highly respected international leader.” “He stepped up last year and did a wonderful performance not only as a captain, but as a top order player. We have no question in his ability with the bat. He is a wonderful player. We got a side that boasts of lot of leadership and that’s the strength of any squad that is going to be successful. It is not just dependent on one leader alone. Laxman is hopeful that new additions like New Zealander Martin Guptill and Englishman Jonny Bairstow strengthens the squad along with India regular Vijay Shankar, former U-19 World Cupper Abhishek Sharma and India A left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem in the mix. SRH bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan said SRH has got very good bowling attack headed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and this year with addition of Nadeem and Abhishek, the spin attack will be little bit strengthened. “And then also we got ‘the’ bowler–Rashid Khan. We got the bowlers who can take wickets. “I think this year will be better than last year because we got balance between spin and fast bowlers. Last year we struggled a bit in spin bowling but this year the balance is right,” Muralitharan added.
Kolkata: The results published by West Bengal Board of Madrasah Education (WBBME) on Thursday have shown an increase of more than one percent in pass-out rate in High Madrasah and two percent in Alim in comparison to last year’s results. The pass percentage in High Madrasah and Alim which was 82.04 and 82.67, respectively in 2018 has gone up to 83.20 and 84.95, respectively. The pass percentage in Fazil has also gone up to 87.49 from 86.88 in comparison to last year. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe results of High Madrasah have revealed that non-Muslim candidates are showing interest in getting admitted to Madrasahs. Altogether, 11.9 percent non-Muslim candidates passed High Madrasah this year. “The quality of education has improved in Madrasahs and other benefits and scholarships are also being provided to the students. So non-Muslims are getting interested in Madrasah education. We have more than 29 percent non-Muslim teachers in Madrasahs,” said WBBME president Abu Taher. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe results of High Madrasah (Class-X), Alim (theology-based education in Class-X) and Fazil (Class-XII) were announced by Taher on Thursday. The examination had started on February 12 and ended on March 15. Altogether 65,363 candidates had appeared in the three examinations. The number of High Madrasah candidates was 52,469, 8,915 appeared for Alim and 3,979 sat for Fazil. Sainul Haque bagged the first position in High Madrasah from Murshidabad with 96.38 percent. SK Wasimuddin from North 24-Parganas stood first in Alim with 93.89 percent marks while Sk. Habibullah from Hooghly district stood first in Fazil with 90 percent marks. Among the districts East Midnapore recorded a pass percentage of 94.38 in High Madrasah followed by Bankura with 91.66 and South 24-Parganas with 91.66. Kolkata with 86.88 stood at the seventh position.
Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua celebrates after scoring his team’s only goal in the second period of the Buckeyes’ 1-1 draw against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Oct. 13. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsDespite overwhelming Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (0-0-1) for the majority of the game, Ohio State (1-1-1) could not pull off the victory as the teams battled to a 1-1 draw Friday night at the Schottenstein Center.Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua scored the first goal of the game, but RPI senior defenseman Jaren Wilson tied the game with the game’s final goal later that period.Ohio State outshot the Engineers 57-24, with 26 of those shots coming in the second period. The Buckeyes set a Schottenstein record for most shots in a game and most shots in the second period.“[RPI junior goalie Chase Perry] got to see a lot of shots, so that makes a goalie’s job a lot easier, and it was easy for him to build confidence,” Joshua said. “The shots weren’t the problem, obviously.”The Buckeyes’ struggles on the power play continue as the team is now 0-for-17 with a man advantage this season, a year after finishing with the top power play percentage in the NCAA.“It’s not for a lack of work ethic, sometimes you get some new guys out there on a unit, you try too hard to make a perfect play instead of trying to get pucks on the net,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We started to do that more towards the end of our power plays, but it’s just a matter of time and we just have to stay with it.”Both teams were held scoreless in the first period, but there were strong chances on both ends of the ice. Engineers senior defenseman Mike Prapavessis fired a shot towards Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo that was nearly rebounded in by another RPI player, but the Buckeyes found a way to clear the puck out of the zone, avoiding the early deficit. Ohio State led in shots 12-4 after the first period.The Buckeyes put the foot on the gas in the second period, and Joshua rewarded the team by grinding out a goal early in the second. The Buckeyes had a flurry of shots on Perry, and Joshua eventually found the puck in front of the net, and pushed it past Perry for the 1-0 lead with 9:35 remaining in the period.“It wasn’t happening much tonight, so a little bit of luck on my side. But I was able to find a loose puck and got an arm free and I just got lucky and it went in,” Joshua said.RPI answered seven minutes later on a goal from the point by senior defenseman Jared Wilson. The goal came on a man-up, as Wilson ripped a shot off a feed by junior defenseman Meirs Moore, and a sliding Romeo could not get in position in time to stop the shot from reaching the twine.After two periods, Ohio State led the Engineers in shots 38-8 and in faceoff wins 26-9, but the score remained a 1-1 tie.In the third period, both goaltenders kept their teams tied with some huge saves. Romeo kept the puck out on some big shots by the Engineers with about five minutes to go, but the highlight of the night came from Perry, who stuffed junior forward Mason Jobst with an athletic save with the left pad in the final minute of the third.“Sometimes you just run into a hot goalie and obviously he was hot tonight,” Jobst said. “We have to get more traffic in front and hopefully bang in some rebounds.”Both teams were held scoreless in overtime, but this time Romeo made the big stop, stuffing freshman forward Emil Öhrvall directly in front of the net. Ohio State senior forward Matthew Weis hit a puck off the post with under a minute to go in the overtime frame on a wide-open shot in the slot.Jobst scored the only goal in the shootout on a nifty move to beat Perry, and Romeo would stop all three shooters to give the Buckeyes the moral victory. The game resulted in a tie as shootouts are not counted in the standings for non-conference opponents in collegiate hockey.Ohio State and RPI face off again at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann puts his hands out in the first half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThere was a lot to be excited about with where Ohio State men’s basketball was headed after the 2017-18 season.Following a 25-9 record, including a 15-3 record in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes won in the Round of 64 against South Dakota State, then put up a fight in a second-half comeback before falling to Gonzaga.The future looked bright for this program after exceeding expectations in head coach Chris Holtmann’s first year.The future, as in the 2019-20 team that will be led by a trio of four-star prospects: guard DJ Carton, forward EJ Liddell and forward Alonzo Gaffney.But not the 2018-19 season. Not with a team lacking Keita Bates-Diop, Jae-Sean Tate and Kam Williams, who combined for 55.3 percent of the team’s points and 45.9 percent of the rebounds in 2017-18.Yet somehow, someway, Holtmann brought this Ohio State team to the NCAA Tournament. Beyond that, the Buckeyes won a game, stunning six-seeded Iowa State before falling to Houston in the Round of 32.But it didn’t go as smoothly as it did a season ago.After hearing his team’s name called on Selection Sunday, Holtmann said he thought if Ohio State played well, that it would be “very close” on if it would make the tournament.To start the season, Holtmann’s team did play well, with the Buckeyes winning 12 of their first 13 games behind dominant play from sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.That success didn’t last into conference play. Ohio State dropped its next five games, and 12 of its last 18 games to end the regular season, playing much more like the team that many counted out before the season began.A year removed from Bates-Diop, Tate and Williams had Ohio State drop from No. 4 in points per game and No. 1 in points allowed per game during conference games to No. 13 and No. 7, respectively.And yet the Buckeyes were a Big Ten tournament win away from going dancing for back-to-back years.That win would be no easy task: Indiana had won four straight games, two of which came against ranked opponents, and was finally playing to the potential many thought the team had all season long.But Holtmann got his team to do what Holtmann’s teams do the best: lock up.The Hoosiers shot 30 percent in the first half, taking until desperation time to get their offense working. By that time, Ohio State did just enough to get the 79-75 win, ultimately securing its bid to the tournament.A seven-point loss to the top team in the Big Ten later, and the Buckeyes got their No. 11 seed, a win that surpassed most of the wildest expectations for this team.But senior guard C.J. Jackson’s expectations were even wilder.“We are not here just to play one game in the tournament,” Jackson said. “We are here to actually win some games and make a run.”Ohio State is not built like a team that can make a run in the NCAA Tournament. The team’s defense is strong, but the offense is strictly mediocre. The Buckeyes were undersized, inconsistent and lacking in terms of momentum.Iowa State, on the other hand, had one of the best offenses in the country, preferred to play up-tempo and was playing its best basketball of the season on the way to winning the Big 12 tournament.It didn’t matter. Holtmann and Ohio State found a way to get it done.In the 62-59 win, the Buckeyes held the Cyclones to the second-fewest points they have scored all season, while Wesson and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods combined for 40 of the 62 points.The win made Holtmann 5-0 in Round of 64 games, all in consecutive seasons for Ohio State and Butler, but the 11-seeded Buckeyes are the lowest-ranked team Holtmann has worked his magic on thus far.The Ohio State head coach does have something he can improve on: with the loss to Houston, Holtmann moved to 1-4 in the Round of 32, but this Ohio State team had no real business being in the second round to begin with.Nothing about the Buckeyes, from the lack of scoring options to the unimpressive offensive numbers and streaky tendencies, made them seem like a team ready to win an NCAA Tournament game this season.Yet here they are, and Ohio State is only going to get better, much better, in the upcoming season.“Ohio State is back,” Jackson said. “And it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.”