Ohio States Deshaun Thomas Aaron Craft Shannon Scott earn Big Ten honors

Three Ohio State men’s basketball players were honored by the Big Ten for their play throughout the regular season Monday. OSU junior forward Deshaun Thomas garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and coaches while his teammate, junior guard Aaron Craft, was named a first-team all-conference selection by the media and a second-team pick by the coaches. Additionally, Craft and sophomore guard Shannon Scott were named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team. Outside of the Buckeyes, here’s who earned what in the conference: Player of the Year: Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke Coach of the Year: Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan Defensive Player of the Year: Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo Sixth Man of the Year: Indiana junior forward Will Sheehey Freshman of the Year: Michigan State guard Gary Harris OSU (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten), which finished No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll of the regular season, is set to play in the Big Ten tournament which starts Thursday. The No. 2-seeded Buckeyes are slated to play the winner of a first-round matchup between Purdue and Nebraska Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. read more

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Van Persie treble fires United to 20th title

first_imgWith 24 goals, United’s £24 million ($37 million, 28 million euros) man now leads Luis Suarez by a goal in the top scorers’ chart, to further blacken the Liverpool striker’s mood after he was charged by the Football Association for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday.Van Persie further illustrated his value by heading off the line from Weimann early in the second half, while David de Gea saved smartly from Benteke and Karim El Ahmadi. Rafael da Silva’s delivery from the right appeared overhit, but Giggs rescued it by volleying a cushioned cross across goal for the Dutchman to tap in from barely a yard.A chant of ‘Championey!’ rang out from Old Trafford’s Stretford End as United continued to press, Rafael hitting the post with a crisp strike from 20 yards. Shinji Kagawa freed Giggs, who unselfishly squared to van Persie, and the former Arsenal striker neatly side-stepped Guzan before lifting the ball into the roof of the net. ROBIN VAN PERSIE hit a first-half hat-trick as Manchester United cantered to an unprecedented 20th English league title with an emphatic 3-0 victory at home to Aston Villa on Monday.Manchester City’s 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur a day earlier had handed United a chance to regain the title and Alex Ferguson’s men needed no second invitation, swamping Villa to claim the championship with four games to spare.Van Persie, United’s number 20, was the man who brought United their 20th top-flight crown, netting inside 90 seconds and then scoring a breath-taking volley before completing his hat-trick 12 minutes before half-time.With 13 Premier League titles, United manager Ferguson and veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs, creator of two of van Persie’s goals, have now each won as many English league crowns as Arsenal.Eternal rivals Liverpool, meanwhile, now trail United by two championships on the all-time honours board.Villa never threatened to poop the party and remain under threat from third-bottom Wigan Athletic, who could suck Paul Lambert’s side into the relegation zone if they win their game in hand.The evening’s outcome was never in doubt from the moment, just one minute and 23 seconds into the game, when van Persie put United in front.center_img Villa threatened to spoil things when Christian Benteke side-footed over from Andreas Weimann’s pass, only for van Persie to double United’s lead with a strike to rival any goal scored in Europe this season.Wayne Rooney floated a 40-yard pass behind the Villa defence and van Persie met the ball first-time with a technically immaculate volley from outside the box that rocketed past goalkeeper Brad Guzan and into the net.On a night rich with symmetry, van Persie’s third goal arrived in the 33rd minute. Kagawa spurned a glorious chance to make it 4-0 when he blazed over the bar, but by then the match, like the title race, had long been decided.- © AFP, 2013As it happened: Manchester United v Aston Villa, Premier League>VIDEO: Stunning Van Persie strike puts United in control against Villa>last_img read more

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