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Archive for March 20th, 2018

Helio Castroneves getting ready for Grand Prix at Indianapolis with open test at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama

 

 

Hélio Castroneves celebrating 2009 photo By Manningmbd - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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Castroneves back in INDYCAR saddle again at Barber open test

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Tuesday, March 20, 2018) – He stood next to his race car, bouncing up and down with nervous energy. He only stopped to exchange handshakes and pleasantries with nearly everyone who saw him on pit road. He walked over to Tony Kanaan and had a brief chat.

Then it was time to put on his helmet and strap into the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet.

Helio Castroneves was back as a Verizon IndyCar Series driver, if only for the day.

BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK OPEN TEST: Practice 1 resultsPractice 2 resultsCombined practice results

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner was with Team Penske for an open test at Barber Motorsports Park today as he prepares to compete in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 12.

“It’s awesome,” said Castroneves, who is racing full time for Team Penske’s sports car program this season. “I’m so thankful to Roger (Penske) for letting me have this test to learn about the new car. The new car is really edgy on entry to the corners, but at the end of day, it’s faster, which makes it fun. Now I’m starting to sort it out and understand the tires but the whole scenario.”

The one-day test on the 2.3-mile permanent road course was Castroneves’ first chance to drive the 2018 Indy car, which with its new universal aero kit acts very differently from the car he last drove at Sonoma Raceway in September. The rust didn’t show as the Brazilian posted the third-fastest lap of the morning session at 1 minute, 8.3155 seconds (121.022 mph).

Team Penske dominated the day that was abbreviated by strong winds, cool temperatures and rain in the afternoon. Josef Newgarden, the defending Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race winner and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, was fastest for the day with a lap of 1:07.9793 (121.802 mph) in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. Will Power was second in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet (1:08.1536, 121.490 mph).

All 24 drivers on hand turned laps in the morning. Only Castroneves ran in the light rain in the afternoon for a paltry eight laps. While he loved the return to Barber, the day was bittersweet for the winner of the inaugural race at the track in 2010. The 42-year-old won’t be competing in the race on April 27, focusing instead on the INDYCAR Grand Prix and 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.

“It’s hard to come here and know that when the team comes back you won’t be racing,” said Castroneves. “I accepted the challenge of this new chapter in my life, but it’s great to get familiar with the car before the Indy 500. That’s the big one.”

Power, Castroneves’ teammate since 2009, welcomed the return of his friend to the team drivers’ lounge.

“He has the same sense of humor as me,” Power said. “He and I always team up and give the other guys trouble. I forgot how much fun it is having Helio in the room. Can’t wait for him to be around for the month of May.”

Seat time is vital for Castroneves, who will also participate in a March 27 open test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in preparation for his two-race May schedule. He must become familiar with the lower amount of downforce created by the new car and the effect on how it drives.

“It’s big-time (different),” Castroneves said. “In some of the corners you feel the rear (of the car) moving around. My first impression was, ‘Whoa, this is going to be tough.’ But as you get comfortable, you start to make changes.

“I forgot how a small change in an Indy car is a big change on the racetrack. In sports cars, the change isn’t so big. Also, the sports car has traction control, which this car doesn’t, so you have to take it easy. There are still a few details that I have to work out, but muscle memory kicks in and we’re getting there.”

The only incident of significance occurred when rookie Matheus “Matt” Leist went off track in the No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet. Leist was not injured.

“I was just doing a new tire run and then I got a little bit of grass in Turn 1 when I was about to brake and just lost the rear and hit the (tire) barrier, but I’m fine,” Leist said.

The next Verizon IndyCar Series race is the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway on Saturday, April 7 (9 p.m. ET). It will air live on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, as will the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 27 (3 p.m.).

The INDYCAR Grand Prix on May 12 (3:30 p.m.) and the 102nd Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m.) both air live on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio State Men’s Golf plays well at Linger Longer Invitational in Georgia with Fourth Place finish

 

 

 

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Will Grimmer paces the Buckeyes as he finishes tied for 17th at 1-under par

GREENSBORO, Ga. – Ohio State made 11 birdies and an eagle as a team over the final nine holes of the Linger Longer Invitational on Tuesday to secure its fourth place finish in the 16-team field.

The Buckeyes carded rounds of 289-289-291 to finish at 3-under par. This is the second event this year that the team has finished under-par.

Invidiously, Will Grimmer overcame a couple of double-bogeys to post a final round 74 and finish in a tie for 17th at 1-under par. Gimmer has now finished sub-par in three of his seven events this season.

Daniel Wetterich had an eventful 74 on Tuesday which included two bogeys, a double and a triple as well as a four-hole stretch of three birdies and an eagle. He finished a shot behind Grimmer at even-par and in 20th place.

Junior Will Voetsch posted three steady rounds of 71-74-72 to finish at 1-over while Jeg Coughlin III and Josh Wick each came in at 3-over for the event after final rounds of 74 and 71, respectively.

Caleb Ramirez posted three birdies in his final round of 73 as he finished tied for 45th while playing as an individual.

The Buckeyes will now have three weeks to prepare for their closing stretch of three events in regular season’s final three weekends. It starts with a trip Purdue for the Boilermaker Invitational on April 14-15. That is followed by the Robert Kepler Invitational on April 21-22 and then the Big Ten Championship on April 27-29.

4. Ohio State 281 289 291 -3
T17. Will Grimmer 72 69 74 -1
20. Daniel Wetterich 70 72 74 E
T21. Will Voetsch 71 74 72 +1
T30. Jeg Coughlin III 68 77 74 +3
T32. Josh Wick 74 74 71 +3
T45. Caleb Ramirez (Ind.) 74 75 73 +6

 

 

ROUND RECAP WRITTEN BY GARY PETIT; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio State sends 15 Men to NCAA Swimming/Diving Championships

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The Buckeyes enter the meet ranked No. 16 in the nation

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program has 15 swimmers and divers headed to the 2018 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships this Wednesday through Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.

 

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The four-day meet will be streamed on BTN2Go and WatchESPN. BTN2Go will cover Wednesday night’s 800 freestyle relay as well as all the action on Thursday (prelims/finals). WatchESPN will take over the coverage on Friday and Saturday night.

 

The meet begins on Wednesday night with the 800 freestyle relay at 7 p.m. ET. Thursday’s prelims will begin at 11 a.m. ET and finals will start at 7 p.m. Friday’s action will start at 11 a.m. ET with prelims, and then WatchESPN will air the finals that evening at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday’s schedule will mirror the Thursday and Friday schedule with prelims starting at 11 a.m. ET and finals commencing at 7 p.m. ET. A full schedule of events can be found below with their corresponding days.

 

March 21 March 22 March 23 March 24
800 freestyle relay 200 freestyle relay 400 IM 1650 freestyle
500 freestyle 100 butterfly 200 backstroke
  200 IM 200 freestyle 100 freestyle
  50 freestyle 100 breaststroke 200 breaststroke
  One-meter diving 100 backstroke 200 butterfly
  400 medley relay Three-meter diving Platform diving
    200 medley relay 400 freestyle relay

 

Buckeye NCAA Crew

Ohio State has a total of 15 student-athletes qualified for the NCAA meet in Minneapolis. Sophomore butterfly Noah Lense headlines the group with a pair of events on his individual schedule – the 100 and 200 butterfly. Lense, a native of Clearwater, Fla., owns the seventh-fastest time in the NCAA this year in the 200 butterfly (1:40.83), a readout he registered at the Big Ten Championships a month ago. In the 100 butterfly, he enter the meet as the No. 11 seed with a season-best readout of 45.41.

 

Joining Lense in the 200 butterfly will be Henrique Painhas; the junior from Brazil owns a season-best time of 1:42.47. Freshman Paul DeLakis will swim in two individual events – the 200 freestyle (1:32.86) and 200 individual medley (1:42.83). DeLakis’ owns the school record in both of those individual events and he registered both of them a month ago at the Big Ten Championships. His time of 1:32.86 is the ninth best in the NCAA, and the best to be swum by a freshman this year.

 

Ohio State had a group of five divers qualify on the final day of the platform competition at the Zone C diving meet on March 10 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The platform representatives for the Scarlet and Gray will be Stephen Romanik, Christo Law, Aaron Daniels-Freeman, Clay White and Jacob Siler. Romanik will also be competing on the one and three-meter board, and Law advanced to the NCAA meet on one meter as well.

 

School record holder in the 100 breaststroke, Jack Barone, will mix it up with nations best in his primetime event. Just a month ago at the Big Ten conference meet, the senior broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke with a career-best readout of 52.24. Matt Abeysinghe (100 freestyle) and Andrew Loy (200 freestyle) both advanced to the NCAA meet in the freestyle.

 

Mark Belanger, Mossimo Chavez, Nick Hogsed and Michael Salazar will be ready when they are called upon for the relays. Ohio State is qualified for four of the five relays contested at the NCAA meet – the 800 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

 

For the most up to date happenings of the NCAA meet, follow us on Twitter @OhioSt_SwimDive.

 

 

MATCH PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Aaron Hyder; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Texans’ QB Deshaun Watson earns 2017 Greatness on the Road Award

 

Deshaun Watson in 2016 photo By Atlanta Falcons - https www.youtube.com watch, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

WINS COURTYARD’S GREATNESS ON THE ROAD™ AWARD

AT NFL HONORS

Two-Hour Primetime Awards Show on NBC Recognizes Outstanding Players

and Performances from 2017 Season and Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Houston Texans QB DESHAUN WATSON is the winner of COURTYARD’S GREATNESS ON THE ROAD AWARD.

Courtyard’s Greatness on the Road Award is given to the player who demonstrates the best performance in a road game during the regular season. Each week during the regular season, Courtyard awards a Greatness on the Road award to a deserving player, and NFL Media analysts selected Watson’s performance in Week 10 at Seattle as the pinnacle of “Greatness on the Road” this season. The rookie quarterback challenged Seattle’s fearsome secondary, throwing for 402 yards and four touchdowns.

On the eve of Super Bowl LII, featuring the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS announced their annual accolades in an awards show recognizing the best players, performances and plays from the 2017 season.

Emmy-nominated actor and comedian ROB RIGGLE hosted the show, and many of the winners were on-hand to accept their awards at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.

The newest PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME class was announced and introduced during the show with the Class of 2018 appearing on stage at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.

The prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, which recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence, and the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, as voted by his peers, were among the awards handed out.

Seven of the awards were from the AP. These awards are voted on at the end of the regular NFL season by a nationwide media panel of 50 people who regularly cover the league. The ballots are tabulated solely by the AP.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Philadelphia Eagles earns NFL Offensive Line of the Year

 

 

OFFENSIVE LINE NAMED BUILT FORD TOUGH OFFENSIVE LINE OF THE YEAR AT NFL HONORS

Two-Hour Primetime Awards Show on NBC Recognizes Outstanding Players

and Performances from 2017 Season and Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Line were named the winners of the BUILT FORD TOUGH OFFENSIVE LINE THE YEAR.

On the eve of Super Bowl LII, featuring the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS announced their annual accolades in an awards show recognizing the best players, performances and plays from the 2017 season.

Emmy-nominated actor and comedian ROB RIGGLE hosted the show, and many of the winners were on-hand to accept their awards at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.

The newest PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME class was announced and introduced during the show with the Class of 2018 appearing on stage at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.

The prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, which recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence, and the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, as voted by his peers, were among the awards announced this evening.

Seven of the awards were from the AP. These awards are voted on at the end of the regular NFL season by a nationwide media panel of 50 people who regularly cover the league. The ballots are tabulated solely by the AP.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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