Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson (24) shoots a 3-pointer in the second half of the game against Purdue on Jan. 23. Ohio State lost 79-67. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThrough 17 games, it was clear who Ohio State was going to work through down the stretch.Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson was leading the Buckeyes in scoring by 2.8 points and averaging two more rebounds per game than anyone else on the team.But in Wednesday’s 79-67 loss to Purdue, Wesson found himself in foul trouble, limiting his play time to 16 minutes, and limiting his production to six points and three rebounds.Ohio State was in need of a different player to step up. It turned out the team didn’t even need to look for a different last name to do so.Kaleb’s older brother, junior forward Andre Wesson, stepped up and led the Buckeyes with 22 points, 15 of which came in the second half.Andre Wesson hit on 9-of-10 shots on the night, going a perfect 9-of-9 to start the game, including hitting four-of-five shots from deep.He said his career-best performance came from a sense of urgency after going on the longest losing streak since head coach Chris Holtmann took over the team.“This is one that we really needed,” Andre Wesson said. “When you lose four straight, you’re desperate, you need it, so that’s what you saw.”With the first half a second away from ending, Andre Wesson’s game looked to be the norm for him.Ohio State was down 13, and the junior forward had four points and two rebounds, closer to his season averages of 7.6 points and 4.3 boards per game than the stats with which he finished.But he began his big night on a shot from behind half court that banked its way into the hoop as time expired to bring the Buckeyes to within 10.Andre Wesson followed that up by scoring six of Ohio State’s first eight points in the second half, hitting jump shot to bring the Buckeyes within four with less than seven minutes left in the game.Purdue outscored Ohio State 12-4 following his final basket.Andre Wesson’s 22 points was a career high, nine points more than any other game he has played in his collegiate career. His four 3s, nine field goals and 37 minutes played were also all career highs for the No. 4 leading scorer for the Buckeyes this season.“I thought Andre’s spirit and competitiveness really carried this group,” Holtmann said. “That was good to see.”The opportunity for Andre Wesson to continue stepping up in the way he did against the Boilermakers comes at the foul trouble of his brother.Kaleb Wesson is tied for No. 61 in the NCAA with 61 personal fouls this season. He has earned at least three fouls in his past eight games, and at least four in seven of the past eight.As Ohio State’s leading scorer, Kaleb Wesson played four minutes in the second half before fouling out.“He just has to stay in it,” Andre Wesson said. “You’re gonna get bad calls some nights, or things aren’t gonna go your way, so you just gotta stay in it.”Kaleb Wesson will continue to be the guy for Ohio State down the stretch, pending on his ability to be available down the stretch due to fouls.But Holtmann saw something he can use from the loss to Purdue. In the defeat, he found a new Andre Wesson that had not yet been seen through three years at the program, something brought to life through a small-ball lineup that didn’t have Kaleb Wesson on the floor.“I think playing down a little bit gave him a little bit more open floor, a little more movement, gave him an advantage there, and he did a good job taking advantage of it and driving it and shooting it,” Holtmann said. “He’s put in work, and I liked the spacing that the smaller group provided.”
Stay on target Bernie Sanders to Disney: Use ‘Avengers’ Profits to Pay Workers More’Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Records As Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame passes Titanic to become the No. 2 movie ever worldwide, breaking opening weekend box office records, and earning almost $2.2 billion worldwide through its second weekend in theaters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has proven to be biggest movie franchise ever.There’s just something about those superheroes that wins overs moviegoers’ minds, hearts — and wallets. And you can bet there will be more of these blockbusters from Marvel/Disney. But the MCU isn’t the only movie franchise that has reaped the rewards at the box office in the last 20 years.Reddit user /u/rebellious_scum captured North American box office sales for some of the biggest movie franchises over the last 20 years, starting from May 1999 (release of Star Wars: Episode 1) to April 2019, as reported by movie data website The Numbers, in a cool, mesmerizing animation.The animation also visualized daily ticket earnings for X-Men, The Fast and Furious, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies, which all started to rise up in the early 2000s.But according to the Visual Capitalist, the clear takeaway from the animation is “Marvel’s exponential earnings growth since it debuted with Iron Man in 2008.”As of April 4, the MCU franchise had earned (inflation-adjusted) revenue of $7.63 billion, which is almost double that of runner-up Star Wars. And that doesn’t yet take into account account data from the record-shattering April 26 release of Avengers: Endgame.Using the animation’s numbers, the Visual Capitalist further breaks down the average revenue per movie, with Star Wars and Middle-earth topping the list . Meanwhile, Marvel lands in third place, followed by Pirates of the Caribbean, the Wizarding World, and the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).Marvel’s dominance at the box office can be boiled down to Disney/Marvel’s ability to produce movies at breakneck speed, according to Visual Capitalist. For example, in 12 years, Marvel Studios has produced 22 movies including Avengers: Endgame, while the James Bond franchise has produced 24 movies since its inception 57 years ago in 1962.More on Geek.com:Bernie Sanders to Disney: Use ‘Avengers’ Profits to Pay Workers MoreRami Malek Is Your Next ‘James Bond’ VillainDon’t Expect New Star Wars Movies After ‘Episode IX’
A long-lost chess piece missing for almost 200 years was unknowingly kept in a drawer by a family in Scotland, and now it could fetch up to $1.3 million in an upcoming auction.The chess piece was purchased for $6 (£5) by the family’s grandfather, an antiques dealer, in 1964. Stored in a drawer for 55 years, the piece could now fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) at auction after the late owner’s family took it to Sotheby’s auction house in London for assessment.Family members had no idea that the object — one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen — is one of the most famous chess pieces in the world, and among the greatest artifacts of the Viking area.(Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s)The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess pieces in the form of Norse warriors, carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century.A hoard of 93 chess figures was dug up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides more than 180 years ago, but five pieces have been missing for years.The 3 1/2-inch (8.8-centimeter) piece, which will be auctioned July 2, the equivalent of a rook, is the first of the missing chessmen to be identified. It was passed down to the family of the antiques dealer, who did not realize its significance.The Lewis Chessmen are among the biggest draws at the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, according to BBC News. They are seen as an “important symbol of European civilization” and have inspired everything from children’s show Noggin The Nog to part of the plot in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.“My mother was very fond of the Chessman as she admired its intricacy and quirkiness,” the family, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a statement obtained by the BBC. “She believed that it was special and thought perhaps it could even have had some magical significance.”“For many years it resided in a drawer in her home where it had been carefully wrapped in a small bag. From time to time, she would remove the chess piece from the drawer in order to appreciate its uniqueness.”Sotheby’s expert Alexander Kader, who examined the piece for the family, said his “jaw dropped” when he realized what they had in their possession.The Lewis Chessmen set includes seated kings and queens, bishops, knights and standing warders and pawns. Some 82 pieces are now in the British Museum and 11 pieces held by the National Museum of Scotland.From the British Museum’s collection: Five of the Lewis Chessmen, ivory chess pieces from a collection of 93 found at Uig on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. (Photo Credit: CM Dixon / Print Collector / Getty Images)Since the hoard was uncovered in 1831, one knight and four warders have been missing from the four combined chess sets.The newly-discovered piece is a warder, a man with helmet, shield and sword and the equivalent of a rook on a modern chess board, which “has immense character and power.”“There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up,” Kader told the Independent.Kader estimates the warder could fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) when it goes up for auction next month at Sotheby’s. “We can safely say that a million pounds will transform the seller’s life.”He added: “There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up.”More on Geek.com:Rare Apple-1 Computer Goes Up for Auction, Could Fetch Up to $650,000Instruction Manual Used for Apollo 11 Moon Landing Is Up for Auction‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life When It Deflected a Bullet Goes Up for Auction Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on target
‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Some fans are still puzzled over the Game of Thrones finale, however, Finn Jones, the actor who played Ser Loras Tyrell on the series, predicted the show’s mind-bending ending back in 2015.Jones reportedly discussed many ending plots four years ago, including the Iron Throne’s fate, People.com reported. The actor spoke about what he wished for in his last scenes and who he thought would help rebuild Westeros on Game of Thrones in a 2015 interview with Vulture.“You need to get rid of that Throne. That’s what I’d like to see at the end of the series, but that’s very utopian,” Jones told Vulture in the interview. “We’ll see.”Jones also hoped that Bran Stark would rebuild the seven kingdoms by the end of the series, and perhaps work with a small council that would include Tyrion Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, and some of the Tyrells.“My hope for Westeros is that Bran [Stark] dissolves the Iron Throne; he gives the power back to the individual realms. Him, his Small Council, which would be Brienne, Tyrion [Lannister], and maybe some of the Tyrells, because I’m biased,” Jones explained. “But they will try to keep the peace, after this devastating war has struck Westeros and killed a lot of people.”On what would happen to his own character, Jones said “Even if Loras [Tyrell] is imprisoned, I would like to see him get disfigured by the Sparrows, the same way he gets disfigured at Dragonstone with the boiling oil. I think that would be really interesting, because the only thing he has left are his looks and his ostentatiousness. And that’s been stripped from him.”Even though Jones’ character perished when the Great Sept of Baelor was destroyed, his predictions about the Game of Thrones finale were almost accurate: The Iron Throne is destroyed by one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons after she is killed by Jon Snow and Bran Stark becomes the new ruler of the “six” kingdoms, with the assistance of a helpful squad including Brienne of Tarth and Tyrion Lannister. So, not a bad way to conclude the series that ran for almost a decade.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Raise More Than $125K for Casts’ Charities Sophie Turner Shocked By ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler in Season 1 Poster ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Says Twist Ending Was George R.R. Martin’s Idea
Stay on target Lone Blockbuster Store Still Standing in Oregon25 Wii U game titles leak via Blockbuster Bring the good times home again with Blockbuster: The Game.The cornball party game transports players back to the golden age of video rentals, when Saturday nights meant walls of new releases, shelves of candy, and arguments over whether to choose a rom-com or thriller.“Blockbuster is a movie game for anyone who has seen a movie,” according to manufacturer Big Potato Games. “And like all the best films, it comes in two parts.”First is the Movie Buzzer Battle: Both teams are given a topic (like “movies with dogs”), and players each have 15 seconds to yell out a relevant title (Homeward Bound!), then reset the timer. Continue back and forth (All Dogs Go to Heaven! Oliver & Company!) until the clock runs out.Whoever runs out of time hands the advantage to the other team, who take control for the next round: Triple Charades Jeopardy.A member of the winning team picks six movie cards, strategically keeps three, then passes the rest to their competitor. In three stages, the player must coax their teammates to guess the film via one word, a quote, and a pantomime.“Get your three movies correct and you move onto the other team’s. Collect as many movie cards in round two as you can,” the Big Potato product page said. “The first team to finally collect a movie in all eight genres wins.”Conveniently packaged in a classic Blockbuster VHS box, the game comes with 200 classic movie and 60 category cards, as well as a replica parking lot/game board, on which to place a miniature version of the famous blue-and-yellow sign.The first team to collect a movie in all eight genres—drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, action—wins (via Big Potato Games)Pick up Blockbuster: The Game from America’s favorite retailer Target—available for $19.99. And don’t forget to check your local games shop for a copy of the wistful title.“It’s an all-out race to collect a film from every genre and be crowned the new Blockbuster big-shots,” Target’s website said. “You’ll want to clear a space on your top 10 family party games—this is one that’s sure to bring the entertainment home again and again.”While the Blockbuster brand is mostly retired (from our lexicon, but not from our hearts), one store remains—in Bend, Ore.Continue your trip down memory lane with Geek’s list of 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi Flicks.More on Geek.com:PS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne’ Board Games‘Kingdom Hearts’ Board Game Is Vital CanonDeepMind’s AI Can Now Beat Humans at More Board Games
Stay on target Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now It’s not that Bethesda doesn’t have cool new video games to show. It’s just when the publisher tries to fill an entire E3 press conference with its upcoming lineup, things start to feel a little bit like filler. And that’s before the constant cheering interruptions. Before you ask, no, we didn’t hear anything about Starfield or The Elder Scrolls 6 aside from Todd’s confirmation that they still exist.Instead, we got updates on already released games like new content for The Elder Scrolls Online and Elder Scrolls Legends. Rage 2 got a Too Many Cooks-style parody sitcom trailer to showcase new weapons, enemies, and cheat codes. On the mobile game front, deep cut Id Software throwback Commander Keen is returning as a cute but unfortunately free-to-play game. And Elder Scrolls Blades is coming to Nintendo Switch, which is cool but perhaps a little redundant considering you can already play Skyrim on that device.The Bethesda game most in need of an update though is Fallout 76 which launched last year in very rough shape. It’s weird to even say this, but the Wastelanders update brings back NPC quests and dialogue options and this was treated like a huge deal, not the game being brought up to the standard it should’ve been all along. At least it’s free. The game is also getting a battle royale mode, Nuclear Winter, because hey why not?When it comes to big console games though Bethesda’s future does look pretty bright. In just a few weeks we’ll get to slay Nazis in the 1980s as B.J.’s twin daughters, the stars of Wolfenstein Youngblood. Also on July 26 Wolfenstein Cyberpilot brings the series to VR. We didn’t see gameplay of GhostWire Tokyo from Tango Gameworks or Deathloop from Arkane. But both trailers impressed with their creepy Japanese ghost vanishing and stylish 1960s time repeats, respectively. For more on E3 check out what Microsoft said about the next Xbox and watch these trailers. But really the reason to stick around with this Bethesda show was to see new gameplay of Doom Eternal. This religious experiences sees the Doom Slayer fighting demons through Hell, Mars, Earth, and maybe even Heaven itself? It looks great. Even the multiplayer seems worthwhile this time. In this asymmetrical fight, two wily demons take on one powerful slayer. Doom Eternal launches November 22. And if you haven’t played the first one you’ll be able to stream it soon through Bethesda’s new Orion technology.
Stay on target NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Gets Assembled in CaliforniaNASA Observes Mysterious Galactic ‘Jellyfish’ in Deep Space NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one step closer to liftoff.Late last month, the spacecraft cleared another critical testing milestone by surviving its final thermal vacuum evaluation.Locked inside a thermal vacuum chamber (from which the atmosphere has been drained), the device is exposed to a wide range of hot and cold temperatures—a glacial -235℉ to a sweltering 215℉.These trials help ensure that the telescope’s hardware functions in outer space, and can withstand anticipated extreme climate fluctuations on its mission.Technicians and engineers take special precautions when preparing and transporting Webb’s spacecraft element (via Northrop Grumman)One half of the Webb observatory, featuring the telescope and science instruments, successfully completed its testing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center last year.The second half—consisting of flight controls and a tennis-court-sized sunshield—was recently put through its paces at lead industrial partner Northrop Grumman’s LA facility.“The teams from Northrop Grumman and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center are to be commended for … dedicating long hours to get where we are now,” Jeanne Davis, James Webb Space Telescope program manager, said in a statement. “This incredible accomplishment paves the way for the next major milestone.”Which is to join both halves of Webb to form a fully assembled observatory, and complete a final round of deployments, testing, and evaluation before—fingers crossed—an official launch.Webb’s spacecraft is lifted into the thermal vacuum chamber for environmental testing (via Northrop Grumman)NASA originally planned to send the telescope to space as early as 2007, but various setbacks and human errors delayed the project more than a decade.The James Webb Space Telescope is now scheduled for liftoff in March 2021. As the world’s premier space science observatory, it carries a lot of expectations.“Webb will solve mysteries in our Solar System, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our Universe and our place in it,” according to NASA.It will eventually replace the nearly three-decade-old Hubble.More on Geek.com:Hubble Space Telescope Should Last At Least 5 More YearsHubble Telescope Supports Evidence of Distant ExomoonNASA Telescope, Oscar Trophy Tech Attracts Stars
Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to shortly complete a shock loan move to Chelsea, reports MarcaThe Croatia international has grown frustrated with his role at Los Galacticos over the past three years following his €29m arrival from Inter Milan and has seen the majority of his appearances coming from the bench.Due to this, Kovacic has been keen to seek a move away from Real but has been made to wait for new coach Julen Lopetegui’s decision as he prepares the squad for his first campaign in charge.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The former Spain boss had in fact stated earlier today that Kovacic was doing well in pre-season training at the club’s US tour and denied reports of a strike by the player in order to force through a move.But now the 24-year-old appears to finally have got his wish and a move to Chelsea is expected to be announced within the next few hours after a deal was struck early on Tuesday.Kovacic has managed 109 appearances in all competitions for Real, but has only been able to find the back of the net three times.