Womens gymnastics No 18 Ohio State prepares for even matchup at Penn

Senior Jaine VanPutten preforms on vault in St John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterWith both OSU and Penn State sitting 2-2 in the in the Big Ten, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is preparing this week for a tough meet on the road against Penn State this coming Saturday.The Buckeyes had a record-breaking meet two weekends ago at Minnesota, earning the 10th-best score in program history of 196.600, and although the team saw a win against Rutgers in this most recent meet, the Buckeyes posted a comparably lower final score of 195.775. The team is looking to change their practice routine to cater to their coming meet against Penn State.  “As coaches, we look back at some of our weeks’ training plans and then look ahead at the meets, and the meets we performed really well, we obviously go back and try to replicate some of those workouts,” said OSU coach Carey Fagan. “Obviously, Minnesota was a great meet, so we’re molding this week’s practice kind of off of the week leading into Minnesota.”Similar to the week leading up to the Minnesota meet, the OSU team added a third floor-focused practice on Monday, in addition to the two regularly scheduled practices on Tuesdays and Fridays.The extra time dedicated to floor serves the dual purpose of helping the coaches determine who is performance-ready for the coming meet and helping the athletes build confidence in their routines.The team is also practicing in small group assignments for the week as another method to help the girls mentally prepare. Sophomore Jamie Stone is one of the athletes on the team who finds this practice method useful.“I kind of like the group assignments,” Stone said. “It’s a lot more challenging. I feel like it makes us more competition ready, because if I hit one, they have to or vice versa.”Although the Buckeyes placed first in every event against Rutgers this past Saturday, they also saw many minor injuries during the meet that will potentially change the floor lineup this coming Saturday.“Olivia’s (Aepli) ankle is pretty sore, so we’re probably going to rest her on floor,” Fagan said. “And then Taylor Harrison is still coming back from her hip. You know, she’s progressing, but she’s not quite at 100 percent in training, so we’ll have to make some last minute lineup changes again as we get closer to Saturday.”With Penn State posting a 195.925 in their last meet against Michigan State, the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions will potentially have a very close meet in their weekend matchup.How the OSU athletes perform in practice this week will affect the overall lineups, especially the lineup for floor, according to Fagan, and will play a contributing role in determining which team will come out with the victory. read more

Man arrested after hammer attack leaves mother and daughter critically injured

Police at the scene of a Hammer attack on two women in New Eltham, south east LondonCredit:Grant Falvey/London News Pictures Ltd A man has been arrested after a mother and daughter were left fighting for their lives in allegedly unprovoked hammer attack on them in the street.Joe Xuereb, 27, was arrested last night after police said he was being hunted on suspicion of carrying out the vicious beating in Adderley Gardens, Greenwich, south-east London, on Sunday.Officers were called at 12.10pm on Sunday to find the women, aged 64 and 30, suffering from devastating injuries “consistent with a violent assault”, Scotland Yard said.They were taken to south London hospitals where they are in a critical condition.A hammer was recovered from the scene which was “believed to have been used in the assault”, a police spokesman said.Detectives took the unusual step of naming Xuereb last night and confirmed he had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.A man was arrested after a woman spotted him and followed him in her car, they said., Scotland Yard said.Earlier neighbours described hearing a scream and later seeing the pavement covered in blood.Bob Gover, 69, who called an ambulance after the attack, heard a scream outside his window as a passer-by saw the mother and daughter with devastating injuries.The retired TV engineer said: “I heard a bit of a commotion, I looked outside and there was about half a dozen people out there. Police at the scene of a Hammer attack on two women in New Eltham, south east London Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I went out there and I saw blood on the face of one of them and I knew something had happened so I ran inside and phoned for an ambulance.”One of them was moving at the time and sitting in an upright position with somebody holding her up, while the other one was laying down.”They were both covered in blood.” The younger woman’s partner was at her side attempting to comfort her when the ambulance arrived, he said.One woman, who lives nearby but asked not to be named, said: “It’s just awful.”I don’t think they were from here. I heard they were just walking through.”She added: “I heard a lot of screaming, but didn’t see what happened.” Xuereb, who is reported to live on the road where the assault took place, is thought to have mental health issues, police said last night. They had earlier said that he should not be approached by members of the public. read more