LeBron James Mulling Magic Johnsons 1M Slam Dunk Offer

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James is considering former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Magic Johnson’s $1 million offer to finally give the fans what they want by participating in the NBA’s slam dunk contest.James said during a pregame interview on ESPN that he has not decided yet on taking Johnson’s offer.“Tell him I’ll get back to him,” he told the network’s Lisa Salters, who interviewed James.The 28-year-0ld James, on his way to a fourth NBA MVP, has been delighting fans during pregame warmups with an amazing aerial assault that eclipses anything the all-star weekend competition has seen in recent years. While those in attendance has marveled at James’ dunks, critics have blasted him for never participating in one of the league’s all-star weekend showcase events.James admitted during the interview: “I think about (participating) every year,” James said.Hall of Famers like Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant have all won slam dunk titles.Johnson, an NBA analyst for ESPN, made the offer on Friday during a live broadcast of ESPN’s “Kia NBA Countdown.” He said that he would pay James or anyone who can beat him in the dunk contest $1 million of his own personal money.“Please, LeBron, get in the dunk contest. I’m going to put up a million dollars,” Johnson said. “A million dollars from Magic to LeBron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner.”ESPN analyst Jalen Rose raised the bar by calling for more elite players to take part, as well.“LeBron James, Blake Griffin both have to be in it,” Rose said Friday on the show, and Johnson agreed.Griffin, the league’s premier slam-dunker, won the dunk contest in 2011.The NBA pays $100,000 to the winner and $50,000 to the runner-up. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer falls to Rutgers in Big Ten quarterfinals 20

OSU sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts (4) makes a corner kick during a game against Purdue on Oct. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Anbo Yao | Lantern PhotographerThe No. 7 seed Ohio State women’s soccer team fell to No. 2-seeded Rutgers on Friday afternoon in State College, Pennsylvania, in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.The Scarlet Knights defeated the Buckeyes 2-0 to end the Scarlet and Gray’s tournament run after they started it off with an upset win over Wisconsin in the quarterfinals. Rutgers got on the board early in the eighth minute when sophomore forward Colby Ciarrocca flicked home a finish from six yards out after a long throw-in by senior defender Brianna Reed.The Buckeyes had a golden chance to answer in the 12th minute, but Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy made a leaping save. The Scarlet Knights scored again in the 39th minute to give them the 2-0 lead heading into halftime. Junior midfielder Jennifer Andresen took advantage of a giveaway just outside the box and finished from 18 yards out. OSU freshman goalkeeper Devon Kerr, who made the start but was pulled after the second goal, inadvertently passed it directly to Andresen, who had an open strike.Heading into halftime, the Scarlet Knights held the advantage in shots, 6-2, including 3-1 on the frame.Entering the second half, Rutgers pressed on, not content with its lead.In the final 20 minutes of play, the Buckeyes continued to push numbers forward but couldn’t find the back of the net.For the game, the Scarlet Knights held the 13-9 advantage in shots, including 5-3 on the frame.Now the Buckeyes have nothing to do but hope their 11-6-3 record is good enough to receive an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. OSU will learn whether its season will continue for at least one more game or not when the 64-team bracket is revealed at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. read more

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Urban Meyer Ohio State football get their men on National Signing Day

OSU assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers did not know what school Vonn Bell, a five-star safety from Rossville, Ga., would sign to play for on Wednesday. Withers did, however, make a request to Bell’s head coach from Ridgeland High School, Mark Mariakis, on Tuesday night.“I said, ‘Coach, if it’s going to be a good phone call, make sure (OSU) coach (Urban) Meyer gets it. If it’s going to be a bad phone call, just call me,’” Withers said he told Mariakis.Meyer said he received a call from Bell, whose recruitment Meyer called a “street fight” with Tennessee and Alabama, two minutes before Bell announced his decision to become a Buckeye in a televised press conference.Bell was one of 19 recruits who faxed their letter of intent to OSU on Wednesday – National Signing Day – joining five already enrolled members of a 2013 recruiting class that ranks among the nation’s best.“It was a great day,” Meyer said. “I thought it was going to be a very good day, but I’d put it in the great category.”Most of the players who signed Wednesday had already made verbal commitments to OSU, but Meyer said he came into the week with three targets not yet committed to the Buckeyes: Bell, James Clark and Dontre Wilson.Wilson, a running back/wide receiver from DeSoto, Texas, who had previously committed to Oregon, announced his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes on Monday. Clark, a wide receiver from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., committed to OSU on Wednesday. Wilson and Clark are both rated as four-star recruits by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.The final recruit to fax his letter of intent Wednesday was Ezekiel Elliott, a running back from St. Louis, Mo., who became the 24th official member of the recruiting class when he reaffirmed his commitment during a 5 p.m. press conference Wednesday.Elliott is also considered a four-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.Bell, Wilson, Clark and Elliott are among the 13 signed recruits in the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class from outside the state of Ohio. Ten of those recruits were players who signed their letters of intent Wednesday, also including tight end Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif.), defensive lineman Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), offensive lineman Tim Gardner (Indianapolis), defensive lineman Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C.), linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas).Three of the Buckeyes’ five early-enrollees – cornerback Eli Apple (Voorhees, N.J.), quarterback J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas) and defensive end Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C.) – are also from outside Ohio.The Buckeyes also have 11 signed recruits from within the state of Ohio, including nine who signed Wednesday: athlete Gareon Conley (Massillon), athlete Darron Lee (New Albany), offensive lineman Evan Lisle (Centerville), wide receiver Jalin Marshall (Middletown), defensive lineman Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights), defensive lineman Billy Price (Austintown), wide receiver Corey Smith (Akron), defensive back Jayme Thompson (Toledo) and safety Christopher Worley (Cleveland). Cornerback Cam Burrows (Trotwood) and defensive end Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria) enrolled earlier this semester.OSU took advantage of a national footprint in this year’s recruiting, with seven recruits from states along the eastern seaboard, three from Texas and one each from Indiana, Missouri and California. Meyer, however, said the coaching staff’s focus is still on the state of Ohio.“We recruit Ohio,” Meyer said. “I would rather get, probably, another three or four from the in-state from now on.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said being associated with Meyer and OSU is a recruiting advantage throughout the nation.“It’s not challenging when you go 12-0 and Urban Meyer’s your head coach and you’re wearing the Block ‘O’ on your shirt,” Herman said. “Those three things certainly help you (in recruiting).”With their 24 commits, which is one scholarship below the limit of 25 for the recruiting class, the Buckeyes’ recruiting class is ranked No. 1 nationally by Scout and No. 2 nationally by Rivals as of Wednesday night. The Buckeyes have two five-star recruits, 16 four-star recruits and six three-star recruits, as rated by Rivals.Meyer said the Buckeyes were “just trying to find the best players possible,” but added that there was an emphasis on finding players with speed.“This year was a concerted effort to go find fast guys,” Meyer said.Meyer said the coaching staff emphasizes finding players who are ready to contribute immediately as freshmen.“Really, we don’t redshirt here at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “We want to go recruit guys that are ready to go jump in the fire and want to go play as soon as they can.”With that said, Herman emphasized that the coaching staff should focus first on developing returning players before counting on immediate contributions from their recruits.“To say that we’re going to rely on all these guys, as excited as we are, would certainly be putting our eggs in the wrong basket,” Herman said. read more

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Dontre Wilson transitioning to starting Hback during Ohio State football spring practice

Sophomore running back Dontre Wilson (2) catches the ball during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternSpeed isn’t something that can be taught. Usain Bolt trains harder than most people, but if it weren’t for his natural talents, you likely wouldn’t know him as the fastest man in the world.For the Ohio State football team — and coach Urban Meyer’s offensive system — to work effectively, someone with this natural ability was needed.Enter sophomore running back Dontre Wilson.Although Wilson saw time during his freshman year as a change-of-pace running back, who would beat defenders around the corner on kickoffs and quick dump-off passes, it wasn’t in the position Meyer first envisioned for Wilson when he recruited him.Now with a season under his belt in Meyer’s system, Wilson is primed to step in as the Buckeyes’ H-back, the flex spot the offense needs for that extra element.“He’s a starting H,” Meyer said Tuesday. “He took (wide receiver Corey) ‘Philly’ Brown’s spot, so he’s a full-time receiver. We did take him today and put him in some backfield action. We use that term, (Seattle Seahawks wide receiver) Percy Harvin, very loosely, because there’s only probably one of him. But we’d like (it if) that hybrid position is really a key guy if we can do that … by far, Dontre’s the No. 1 spot.“He’s the starting H at Ohio State.”The H-back is a hybrid position that is capable of running out of the slot as a wide receiver while offering a threat rushing the ball around corners. The position made famous by Harvin, who played under Meyer at Florida.Last season Wilson finished fifth on the team in receiving yards and sixth on the team in rushing yards, as a part of the running back corps.But offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Wilson has moved to more of a wide receiver role from last season, and has continued learning the offense in the process.“He couldn’t play receiver last year, he didn’t know what the hell he was doing. Didn’t know how to do it,” Herman said Tuesday. “He was 175 pounds or whatever the heck he was. So him and his ability limited us, and ability doesn’t just include running fast and making guys miss. There’s a lot that goes into ability and usability in the offense. (He) has had a great offseason and really took to the position and is still learning.”But despite the growth of the young player, Herman said there are still mistakes that need to be ironed out as Wilson continues his transition to H-back.“He still makes mistakes that you wish he wouldn’t at this stage in his career. But at the end of the day, he’s played tailback his entire life and to move him into this hybrid role, he hadn’t been doing it very long,” Herman said. “He wasn’t an early enrollee last year. He didn’t get here until August or June … so he’s progressing, and he’s gotten stronger and bigger and learned technique. So the ability, his usability, continues to rise with every step he takes in terms of learning how to play the position.”Even from the start of his career at OSU, Wilson was not scared of the spotlight, spending all season as one of the starting kick returners alongside former running back Jordan Hall.Running backs coach Stan Drayton said that sort of confidence is what will help Wilson thrive as a football player.“He knows what he’s doing, he’s starting to really take ownership of that position, he’s asking the right questions,” Drayton said March 20. “The one thing about Dontre, Dontre walked through the door with a mentality, he ain’t scared of anything now. He is not a shy person at all, he will ask a dumb question and not feel bad about it and we encourage that … So as long as he keeps that mindset, he’s going to continue to grow as a football player and because of that, he has.”Meyer said having Wilson, along with other speedy players like redshirt-freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall, to pass the ball quickly to will be vital for an inexperienced offensive line that is losing four starters.“That’s where the Dontres and Jalin Marshalls (take) little bubble screens,” Meyer said. “We’re going to have to take the pressure … We’re going to have to lean on some perimeter ways of getting first downs and all that where, last year, when you rushed for 300 yards in a game, it’s because (of) that offensive line. We have other weapons. It will be a difficult little taste to it than what we had last year.”Wilson and the Buckeyes are set to take the field Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

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Show from the Shoe Introductions

Lantern TV Assistant Sports Director Kaley Rentz sits down with Daniel Herbener and Colin P. Hass-Hill, the hosts of Show from the ‘Shoe, The Lantern’s weekly sports podcast that highlights Ohio State’s football and basketball teams.

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Recommended by divas

first_imgJust a day before I visited Spice Route, Kareena Kapoor had named it among her favourite restaurants in the Capital in her book The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva. All the more reason why I was curious to check out this restaurant at The Imperial. While The Imperial is all about Victorian elegance, Spice Route is far removed from it. Instead, its polished wood, brass lamps and hand-painted murals remind you of an old temple somewhere in southeast Asia. The restaurant  is designed to reflect the journey of spices from the southern coast of India to the Far East. The first impression is breathtakingly beautiful.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The restaurant recently unveiled its winter menu which is a mix of Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Thai food. The good thing is, even if you are not a spice lover like me, you can always have your dish custom-made. The menu doesn’t have too many options for that winter staple — soup. They have some Meen Rassam (mixed seafood rassam tempered with Kerala spices) and Tom Yum Thalay (spicy hot and sour mixed seafood soup). Prawns, lobsters, squid and fish dominate the menu (I am certain being a vegetarian, Kareena must have skipped the winter menu). Vegetarians please try out the regular menu because there is nothing for you here. If you are a seafood lover, you will relish it. The dishes are well cooked, service is prompt and the ambience makes for a nice meal. I sampled some  Isso Miris Temperadu which were fresh pranws, fried SRi Lankan style with paprika powder, tomato and Worcestershire sauce, some Meen Biryani (Kerala style rice cooked with squids and prawns) which was quite good with the right amount of spices. Paired perfectly with the watermelon juice I ordered. For deserts, there was  some yummy mango ice cream (not on the menu).  The perfect end!DETAILAt: The Spice Route, The Imperial, Janpath On Till: 31 January Timings: 12.30pm to 2.45 pm (lunch) & 7pm to 11.45 pm (dinner) Meal for Two: Rs 8,000 + taxes Phone: 23341234last_img read more

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Rep Howell announces January office hours

first_img04Jan Rep. Howell announces January office hours State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch has announced his local office hours for Monday, Jan. 8 at the following times and locations:9:30 to 11 a.m. at John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City; and2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hungry Dan’s Restaurant, 195 W. Genesee St. in Lapeer.“I am looking forward to sitting down with residents in Lapeer County and discussing the important issues facing our community and the state of Michigan in 2018,” Howell said. “As we kick off the new year in Lansing, I remain committed to being open and accessible to the people in my district. I welcome anyone who has ideas, issues, or concerns to join me.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Howell at 517-373-1800 or via email at [email protected] Categories: Howell News,Newslast_img read more

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