Carragher: The time is right

first_img “It’s nice that I’m in the side and people are saying I’m doing well and why not stay for another year? “It’s better than them saying you should have gone a year ago. I prefer it to be like that and get out while it’s going well because it can easily change.” He will make his 737th and final appearance when he leads out the Reds out at Anfield against QPR on the last day of the season at Anfield. But there will be no tears from the centre-back when the match is over – and no thoughts about a u-turn. Asked when he made his decision to quit Carragher added: “About 12 months ago, the end of the season. I was in and out of the side with Kenny. I was thinking about it in the summer but I had a year to go and a new manager coming in. I knew then it was always going to be my last season.” Carragher’s departure will leave captain Steven Gerrard, who misses the final match of the season after a shoulder operation, as the one remaining half of Liverpool’s ‘Scouse heartbeat’. However, the defender believes the club is in a healthy position at all levels. “It’s always good to have a few local lads in the side. That’s the aim of everyone,” he said. “Every club will say they want to bring players through from the academy, that’s why you have academies and put so much time and money into it. But the players have got to be good enough. If they’re good enough, brilliant – get them in there. “I’m always positive about the club. The last few years haven’t been great for us, with league positions and missing out on the Champions League. But with the new manager coming in and the run we’ve been on in the second half of the season it gives us a lot to look forward to for next season.” Press Association Retiring Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insists his recent extended run in the side has only convinced him this is the right time to bow out.center_img The 35-year-old effectively made his decision a year ago when he was struggling for a first-team place under former manager Kenny Dalglish. That situation did not change under new boss Brendan Rodgers as he made just one league start up until mid-January, since when he has started 14 of Liverpool’s 16 in the Premier League. “It’s made me go the other way, to be honest. It’s made me think it is the right time,” he said. last_img read more

Suarez surprised by Arsenal bid

first_img Press Association The Reds rejected the Gunners’ offer last week but agent Pere Guardiola told managing director Ian Ayre and manager Brendan Rodgers at a meeting on Monday that his client wanted Champions League football. “One has to value that despite everything that’s happened one is still in the market… that clubs still value players for what they can do on the field,” he said about Arsenal’s bid. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez admits he was surprised by Arsenal’s £30million bid for him but took it as a sign that opinion on his talent has not been lost among all the controversy.center_img “That makes me think that I can come back and do things well over there. They (the press) have given it to me in England but, like we say, I’ve given them stuff to eat because if I hadn’t done anything then probably they wouldn’t have been as bad. “But football is like that and you have to be accustomed to all that and it’s good that the English clubs still want me.” Real Madrid, whom Suarez expressed an interest in last month during a series of interviews which put his future at Anfield in serious doubt, remain favourites although they have yet to make any approach. After Monday’s talks it appears Guardiola will have to find clubs willing to bid over £40million and then take those offers to Liverpool. But Suarez claims he has a number of avenues to explore. “There are a few options and the club knows that. Are there any concrete options? No, so far there hasn’t been any,” he told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890. “There are two or three clubs who I think are willing and the club knows that. My agent is in charge, he knows what I want. “I have to present myself on July 21 to Liverpool for their tour of Australia but no one knows what could happen. I’ve already said what I have to say and initially I have to be there on the 21 but a maybe a phone call one day can change all your plans.” last_img read more

Dalman relishing new Bluebirds role

first_img Press Association Investment banker Dalman takes over from Simon Lim, who had been acting chairman following Dato Chan Tien Ghee’s decision to step down in March. Lim will continue as the Bluebirds’ chief executive. Cypriot Dalman, who has previously worked with Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, told the club’s official website: “I am honoured to take up the role of club chairman at Cardiff City Football Club. “I have enjoyed my time at the club since joining the board of directors in January 2012 and now relish the opportunity to contribute further in my additional role as chairman with Cardiff City in the Barclays Premier League.” Club owner Vincent Tan, who last week reached agreement with finance company Langston over the club’s long-standing debt, added: “I am delighted to welcome Mehmet Dalman into his new and additional role at Cardiff City Football Club and look forward to many successful years ahead. “Mehmet has had many years of experience in business across the world which he has brought to this great club since becoming a non-executive director in January last year. “This is more great news for the football club following last week’s amicable resolution with the Langston Corporation in which Mehmet played a big role. I wish him the best of luck in his additional role at Cardiff City.” center_img Cardiff director Mehmet Dalman has taken over as the club’s chairman with immediate effect.last_img read more

Boss: Lescott not going on loan

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has played down claims that defender Joleon Lescott is set to join struggling West Ham on loan. Press Association Reports on Sunday suggested Sam Allardyce could land the England defender as the Hammers attempt to fight their way out of relegation trouble. However, Pellegrini insisted Lescott would be staying put, for now at least. center_img Speaking after City’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle, he said: “No, no. I am not talking about any loan at the moment. “I repeat, when this transfer window is over at the end of January, we will see what happens. At the moment, Joleon will stay here with the team.” Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was equally adamant that he was unaware of any bid from an unnamed Qatari club for the services of Senegal international striker Papiss Cisse. He said: “Not that I’m aware of, no. I can’t confirm any bid from any club.” Cisse, a £9million signing from Freiburg in January 2012, has found himself on the periphery at St James’ Park since Loic Remy’s arrival on loan from QPR. He scored 13 goals in his first 14 games for the club and 13 more last season, but has fallen in the pecking order in recent months. last_img read more

Ireland to host big guns in ODIs

first_imgCricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom is looking forward to welcoming England and Australia as part of the 2015 Ashes summer. Details of the full itinerary for Australia’s tour were released on Monday and two fixtures jumped off the page at fans of Irish cricket. Australia will visit the Emerald Isle on August 27 to kick off the limited-overs portion of their trip, while England will also take on Ireland in a 50-over match on a date to be confirmed. ”We are thrilled to welcome both England and Australia to Ireland once again,” said Deutrom . ”Although opportunities to find space in the Future Tours Programme are rare against the world’s leading teams, it is apparent that Cricket Australia and the ECB are committed to ensuring that the top Associates, like Scotland and Ireland, have a chance to test themselves against the best and to help us to improve.” Next year will also see Ireland co-host the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers and compete in the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

West Brom part company with Mel

first_img Press Association Mel, who replaced the sacked Steve Clarke in January, succeeded in his mission to save the club from relegation but never appeared to win the wholesale support of the Baggies’ hierarchy. Former Norwich boss Chris Hughton and Malky Mackay, who ended his legal battle with former club Cardiff last week, were immediately installed as two of the bookmakers’ favourites to replace Mel. West Brom sporting and technical director, Richard Garlick, said: “We would like to thank Pepe for his efforts over the past four months in helping to keep the club in the Premier League and wish him well for the future. “Both Pepe and the club set out with the best intentions of making the appointment work. However, having reflected on events both on and off the field during our talks, it became apparent that it was in the best interests of both parties for there to be an amicable parting. “We are grateful for the manner in which the existing coaching staff and players have rallied behind Pepe to get the club over the line in what has proved an extremely competitive division.” Mel signed an 18-month deal when he took charge of the club but initially struggled and did not claim his maiden victory until his eighth game in charge. Assistant head coach Keith Downing and goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely will remain in their current roles with the club although first-team coach David Gomez has left his post. Despite the team’s steady slide down the Premier League table Mel appeared to retain the trust of the majority of the club’s supporters, who gave him a standing ovation after the club’s final game of the season against Stoke on Sunday. But the extent of the differences between the 51-year-old and the club’s hierarchy became apparent at what turned out to be Mel’s final post-match press conference, when he made it clear his imminent talks with club bosses would be far from a one-way process. Although he confirmed he wished to remain at The Hawthorns, he said he would require assurances that some of the off-field mistakes made by the club this season would be rectified. Pepe Mel’s five-month reign as West Brom boss was brought to an end on Monday when the Barclays Premier League club confirmed the Spaniard had departed by mutual consent. Mel said: “I am going to listen to the chairman to find out what he wants for the future. Ten players are out of contract and we need eight or nine players to come in. “West Brom still have time to decide whether or not they want next season to be one as full of as many problems as this one.” Mel’s future had been in increasing doubt over the last two months and he has been strongly linked with a return to the Primera Division with Malaga, where Bernd Schuster’s future is in doubt. Apart from Hughton and Mackay, other names in the frame for the post include Celtic boss Neil Lennon, Tottenham’s Tim Sherwood, and former Baggies midfielder Derek McInnes, who is currently in charge of Aberdeen. last_img read more

Lampard hoping to bow out in style

first_img Given Ecuadorian journalists called him Frankie throughout the pre-match press conference, one reporter suggested perhaps it was not a case of ‘Frankie Goes to Hollywood’ but New York instead. “You’re very quick,” Lampard said with a laugh. “I’ve seen the headline before. “They were very familiar with me in there. Frankie sounds nice but I can’t comment on the other end of that.” However, Lampard was less coy when it came to his international future ahead of captaining England for the seventh occasion. Just two weeks away from his 36th birthday and with 103 caps under his belt, it was put to him that this summer could be his international swansong. “It looks that way,” Lampard said. “It is hard. I find it hard to get the words out to say that it is because I am very proud to play for my country and I’ve loved every minute. “So who knows what will happens and I’d rather comment on that after, to be honest. We’ll see. “Let’s hope we have a big, successful World Cup and then I will comment on that afterwards.” That focus on the World Cup has taken England to Miami, where the squad is this week acclimatising to the hot and humid conditions expected in Brazil and, in particular, their Group D opener against Italy in Manaus on June 14. “It is a step up again,” Lampard said. “Portugal we tried to recreate it even though the weather wasn’t quite what we thought it would be. “We wore a lot of clothes, trained under a bit of pressure and the same back in England. “It’s a step up today. This was the first time we really opened up our lungs with the humidity. “You feel it, there’s no mistaking it. You do feel the difference but we have to get used to that as quick we can. “Maybe tomorrow will be tough for us and hopefully the days after that you get a bit better with it.” After 13 years, 11 major trophies and 211 goals, the 35-year-old midfielder confirmed in a statement on Monday evening his exit from Chelsea. Lampard leaves as one of the Blues’ all-time greats and was clearly emotional when speaking about his time in west London at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, where he will captain England against Ecuador on Wednesday. Press Association Frank Lampard may not know where his club future lies but accepts this summer’s World Cup is likely to bring the curtain down on his England career. “It was strange to hear the statement down the phone, talking to people back home yesterday,” he said. “It is quite strange when it is said out of loud, I have to say, because it has been such a huge part of my life. “That is kind of tough to an extent, but I am a big boy and I understand things move on. “Yes, I’m proud. I’m proud to have been at a fantastic club, a club I went to quite wet behind the ears from West Ham and the club completely took me in. “I am proud of nights like Munich. They will stay with me forever and, like I said in the statement, I will always have a lot of Chelsea in me. I’ll be back at games. “I had a bundle of texts last night from people I’ve met along the way – Chelsea fans, friends, my family – and that made me feel very proud, I have to say.” While keen to reflect on his Chelsea career, Lampard – much like in his statement – gave little indication as to what the future might hold. A move away from top-level European football has been mooted, with New York City FC, fresh from signing David Villa, the apparent frontrunners. last_img read more

Giggs receives honorary doctorate

first_img Giggs, the most decorated player in English football history, won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues during his 24-year professional playing career, which was spent entirely with Manchester United and ended with his retirement this summer. And speaking as he picked up his latest accolade, the 40-year-old – now United’s assistant manager – said to the assembled audience also donning gowns at Bolton’s Victoria Hall: “I’d like to congratulate all you graduands for your achievements. “I was lucky enough to be blessed with a little bit of football talent, but what got me through over 20 years playing for Manchester United was hard work. “So if I was going to give you one bit of advice, it would be – whatever field, whatever occupation you go into – that that is the main thing; work hard. And of course, try to enjoy it.” The former Wales and Great Britain midfielder added: “I would like to say just how proud I am to receive this. “As a football player you start out to win football matches, trophies and medals. “But you never think in your wildest dreams that you are going to be stood up here, wearing this cap and being honoured by a university.” Giggs, who was named honorary doctor of science for outstanding contribution to sport, admitted his mind was still on United’s preparations for the 2014/15 season, when he will be working alongside incoming Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal. “Now I’ve retired and I’m going fully into the coaching, it’s time to try to develop that,” Giggs said. “I’m still thinking about pre-season training right now! But obviously this is a special day and one that I can enjoy.” Press Associationcenter_img Ryan Giggs credited his success to working hard and urged graduands to keep doing the same as he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton on Friday.last_img read more

Redknapp expects QPR to beat drop

first_img Rangers have taken four points from their opening five Barclays Premier League games but are still winless on their travels after two 4-0 thumpings by Tottenham and Manchester United either side of a 1-0 loss at Burton in the Capital One Cup. QPR face a tough trip on Saturday to high-flying Southampton, who sit second in the table after an excellent start to the campaign under new boss Ronald Koeman. “He told me that’s not when he did it but I saw him and I thought that’s when he did it when he slid on his knees celebrating,” Redknapp said. “It shouldn’t happen too often anyway because he’s not a goalscorer. “I was worried when he first did it, you fear the worst, but it looks like he’s okay so that’s good.” Another bizarre off-the-field incident saw Rangers defender Steven Caulker wrongfully arrested for stealing cheese from a supermarket this week but Redknapp said he was in the dark over the issue. Caulker looks set to start on Saturday and he will need to be at his best to contain a Saints side that has scored eight goals in their last three league matches. “We’re only five games in but at the moment they’re looking the real deal,” Redknapp said. “It’s been fantastic what they’ve done, amazing really. “When they lost all those players in the summer I think people thought that was the end of Southampton and that they’d be on the slide but Ronald Koeman has done an amazing job there. “They play some good football, they’ve got good players – good young players coming through again as usual.” Redknapp, who left Southampton to return to their bitter rivals Portsmouth in December 2005, added: “I always get a bit of grief down there. “I think we went there and won last time and it was on my birthday so that was a good birthday present – let’s hope we go and get a win there this time.” Harry Redknapp remains confident QPR will avoid relegation this season but admits his side must urgently improve their form away from home. “We’ve played well at home, our home form has been decent,” Redknapp said. “I thought we played well against Hull in the first game, we had a good win against Sunderland and then we got a point against a good Stoke team – I think they’ll be in the top half again this year. “So that’s encouraging but we have to take that away from home now, our two away performances haven’t been good enough and we need to improve.” Redknapp added: “We have had two tough away games – we’ll play worse teams than Man United and Tottenham away that’s for sure. “We’ll be okay, it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be tight but I’m still confident we’ll be okay come the end of the season.” Redknapp is short of midfield options this weekend with Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch both unavailable with hamstring injuries and Niko Kranjcar also doubtful after picking up a knock against Stoke. There may be better news, however, regarding the fitness of Sandro who appeared to injure his knee while celebrating a goal in training. The Brazilian has endured a series of knee problems in the past but the midfielder could be back for the trip to St Mary’s. Press Associationlast_img read more

Leinster edge brave Cardiff

first_imgLeinster were made to fight all the way for their second Guinness Pro 12 win at the RDS Arena with a late bonus point try sealing a 37-23 triumph over the Cardiff Blues. Replacement Luke McGrath sniped through under the posts to ensure a five-point return for Matt O’Connor’s men and rob Cardiff of their losing bonus point. Rhys Ruddock’s storming solo try had Leinster leading 13-9 at half-time, with Ian Madigan kicking eight points and Rhys Patchell contributing all nine for Cardiff. Mick McGrath, who was playing All-Ireland League rugby with Clontarf last season, and man-of-the-match Gordon D’Arcy both touched down during a clinical five-minute spell after the break. Converted efforts from Cory Allen and Sam Warburton put the Blues back in the hunt at 27-23, b ut the defending champions made certain of victory with Madigan’s third penalty and Luke McGrath’s late try. A Rob Kearney raid on the right set up good field position for Leinster early on, with Madigan’s subsequent penalty punishing an Allen offside. A binding offence by Adam Jones allowed Madigan to double Leinster’s lead from further out, but the centre was narrowly wide with a 14th minute penalty attempt. Patchell, the league’s current top scorer, lofted over a left-sided penalty to open Cardiff’s account by the end of the opening quarter. The Blues full-back missed an easier kick as referee Ian Davies’ whistle continued to dominate proceedings, with neither try-line coming under threat. Patchell made the most of his third effort on goal, bring the visitors level at 6-6 after captain Josh Navidi was first in to win a ruck decision. Individual errors prevented Leinster from making much progress, while Cardiff centre Dafydd Hewitt had to be replaced after coming off worse in a clash of heads with Madigan. The game finally burst into life in the 37th minute when Jimmy Gopperth’s short pass sent Ruddock hurtling through a gap and two crunching hand-offs later, the fast-paced flanker powered over in the right corner. Madigan added a terrific conversion but Patchell nailed an injury-time penalty from wide out, just reward for a late attacking flurry from the Welshmen. The second half was only six minutes old when D’Arcy’s pinpoint pass put Madigan dashing away up the left wing and he fed replacement winger Mick McGrath, who impressively bumped off George Watkins’ tackle, regained his feet and stretched over for his first Pro 12 try. Madigan added the extras for a 20-9 advantage and Cardiff soon fell further behind, as Gopperth cut through midfield and had D’Arcy on his shoulder to finish off under the posts. D’Arcy’s 60th try in Leinster colours was converted by Madigan, who soon blundered when attempting to retrieve a kick and the loose ball was pounced upon by Allen for a soft converted score. That was Cardiff’s first try in 235 minutes of rugby and they had a second soon after as Dan Fish’s floated pass put Warburton over to the left of the posts. Patchell’s conversion suddenly made it a four-point game. But Leinster showed the greater composure in a frantic finish though, with Madigan clipping over a close range penalty and Bryan Byrne used a last-gasp turnover to put Luke McGrath through for try number four. Press Associationlast_img read more

Concorde takes flight at Navan

first_img Rightdownthemiddle proved a persistent threat in the latter stages of the two-mile contest and Smullen had to resort to his whip, but Silver Concorde was ultimately well on top as he passed the post with three-quarters of a length in hand. Weld’s son and assistant, Kris, said: “He enjoyed his summer break, and this was a nice race to get him started again. “He probably won’t reappear over hurdles until around Christmas time. “He’s a spring horse and wouldn’t want real heavy ground.” Bocca Baciata confirmed previous promise with a comprehensive victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. Not beaten far by Sunday’s Prix Marcel Boussac winner Found on her racecourse debut at the Curragh in August, Bocca Baciata was favourite for her next appearance at Leopardstown last month and ran a fine race to finish third. Sent off the 9-4 market leader to make it third time lucky, Jessica Harrington’s filly showed a smart change of gear and a good attitude to seal a two-length success over Aidan O’Brien’s newcomer Easter. Pour Deux, third on her only previous outing, gives the form a solid look in third. Dermot Weld’s six-year-old clinched Cheltenham Festival glory in March, but had to make do with the runner-up spot when chasing the Champion Bumper double at Punchestown as Cheltenham second Shaneshill reversed the placings. Sent off the 2-5 favourite on his first start in a little over five months in the Win A Ski Holiday Racecard Competition Maiden, Silver Concorde travelled powerfully throughout in the hands of Pat Smullen. Harrington’s daughter, Emma Galway, said: “The form of her two previous runs has been working out well. “She will definitely be stronger next year and will be a lovely filly over a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half.” O’Brien’s Giovanni Canaletto could manage only third on his debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden as Mohaayed caused a 20-1 upset. As a full sibling to last year’s Derby winner Ruler Of The World and a half-brother to brilliant racehorse and sire Duke Of Marmalade, Giovanni Canaletto is certainly bred for the job and there was plenty of confidence behind him as the 8-11 favourite. Although the writing was on the wall for his supporters before the home turn, with the trainer’s son Joseph rowing along in the saddle, Giovanni Canaletto did come home to good effect to offer plenty of hope for the future. The Kevin Prendergast-trained Mohaayed, fifth on his only previous start at Leopardstown, moved smoothly into contention on the outside of the field and picked up well for Chris Hayes to score by an impressive four and a half lengths. Lesser fancied O’Brien runner Jinsha Lake, also making his debut, split Mohaayed and his stablemate in second. Despite the reverse, Boylesports introduced Giovanni Canaletto into the betting for next year’s Derby at 33-1. Hayes said of the winner: “He’s a nice horse and we have always thought a lot of him. “He was very green the first day at Leopardstown, and the penny dropped very late. “We fancied him today because of the ground and the only negative was the draw. “The Eyrefield and the Killavullan Stakes are options or he may be put away. “I’d be looking forward to him over a mile and a quarter next year.” Champion Bumper hero Silver Concorde made a winning return to action with a workmanlike display on the Flat at Navan. Press Associationlast_img read more

McIlroy has Masters on his mind

first_img “Of course I’m annoyed that it’s still going on, but it is what it is,” said McIlroy, who secured a second Race to Dubai title in three years on Sunday when none of his nearest rivals – Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia and Marcel Siem – were able to win the Turkish Airlines Open. “I’ve been saying that a lot recently. I can’t do anything about it. We tried our best a few weeks ago to come to some sort of resolution and it didn’t work. “It’s not the best thing to be going through, but at the end of the day it will be over and done with a good bit before I have to go down Magnolia Lane in April and that’s fine by me. As long as I’ve got a clear head going there, I’m happy with that. I’m not missing anything that I would normally play anyway.” Asked why he was so confident his preparation for the Masters would not be affected by off-course events, McIlroy joked: “I’ve got used to it. That’s what it is. I’m better at compartmentalising between stuff that’s happening off the course and then being able to focus on what’s going on on the course. “It’s just something that it’s been a part of my life for the last couple years, so that’s how and that’s why I handle it better now. All that stuff, it’s experience, and it gets ingrained in there. I always try and learn from experiences, from mistakes and from success. Life in general is a big learning curve. I just try and learn from everything and move on. I feel I’ve learnt a lot in that regard this year. ” I feel like I have a clear path going forward. I feel much more comfortable sitting here this year than I did in 2012 because there was a lot of things up in the air at that point in 2012, changing equipment and there was a lot of stuff going on in my life, but there’s much more stability now and I know exactly what I need to do.” McIlroy also said he is not concerned about personal or financial details being made public in court, adding: ” It’s not like I’m worried in any way, because I definitely don’t feel like I’ve done anything wrong. But it’s not ideal of course.” The four-time major winner revealed his preparation for the court case lasted until two days before the start of the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, but saw no point in making a last-minute dash to China. Press Association Ahead of last year’s DP World Tour Championship, McIlroy said he had seen “more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life” due to his legal dispute with a former management company. But 12 months on, the 25-year-old arrived in Dubai having missed the first two events of the Final Series to prepare for a scheduled February court date in that exact same dispute with Horizon Sports. The Open and US PGA champion spent the last 10 days in Dubai and was fittingly on the practice range when he discovered he had won the Race to Dubai with an event to spare, an outcome which has prompted debate over the format of the Final Series. Extra points are on offer in the four events, but that does not play as significant a role as the re-setting of points which takes place in the comparable FedEx Cup play-offs on the PGA Tour. ” It works just fine for me,” McIlroy joked. “I’m happy to spoil the party. Whenever one of the three guys last week didn’t win, I’m reading things like ‘Rory’s just won the Race to Dubai sitting on the couch this weekend.’ You’ve got to remember the first 10 months of the season where I actually did play and I played very well. “Whether they look at it again, that’s completely up to the European Tour. Whether they want to go more FedEx Cup style or whether they want to keep it like this. Either way works for me.” Sixty miles away in Abu Dhabi the Formula One season comes to an end this weekend with double points on offer for the final race, a contrivance which means Nico Rosberg could deny Lewis Hamilton the title despite winning far fewer races. “I don’t think their whole season should be decided on one race with the double points,” McIlroy said. ” It makes it exciting for the fans but I’m sure Lewis doesn’t think it’s that exciting right now. “Hopefully for him it all works out and he does come out on top because he’s definitely the deserving champion of this year.” World number one Rory McIlroy admits he is annoyed to still be spending time on legal battles rather than the golf course, but insists it will have no impact on his bid to complete the career grand slam. last_img read more

Lambert: We will rise again

first_img Villa have battled relegation for the past four seasons, two under Lambert, but the manager insisted they can revive themselves. “You have to earn the right to get up there. Teams and clubs will always go through difficult spells,” he said. “If you look at Borussia Dortmund for example they beat Monchengladbach to come out of the bottom three. “Nobody would believe that, how has that happened because if you look at the Champions League and they are absolutely flying. “Teams have little ropey times they will come through. “I think every football management job is hard, you don’t have success all the time, it is like a bubble which appears now and again, then it goes away and you don’t see it for a few years.” They are winless in seven games in the Barclays Premier League ahead of the Saints’ visit and Lambert knows Villa must improve after years of struggle. “We have to do a lot better, this club is too big a club and too good a club to keep doing what it has been doing,” he said. “It has to get up there, it is too big this football club. “You have to earn the right to get there and work your backside off to get there. “It is not just going to come to you. You have to earn the right to get it. “You want this place to be really vibrant every single week when you play home and away and you want to compete with everybody. “It doesn’t matter if you are playing top six you want to keep going high.” Lambert is without defenders Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos (both calf) and Nathan Baker (knee) while Christian Benteke is suspended and Fabian Delph (shoulder) is out until the New Year. And while facing the Saints, who have won 11 of their last 12 games, is a marker for Lambert he insisted he will not dwell on it. He said: “I never look back on football or my own career or what I have done. I don’t live in the past of it – whether it has been successful or not successful. “If it is 100 games, it is 100, if you are lucky enough to get 101, 102 or 103 you take it. It’s a great thing being manager of this club I don’t think anyone should underestimate it. “It’s a magical football club.” Press Association Paul Lambert vowed Aston Villa will rise again as he prepares to mark his 100th game in charge. The Scot will reach his milestone against in-form Southampton on Monday with Villa in desperate need of a win. He has won just 30 of his 99 games so far, losing 48 and drawing 21 since joining from Norwich in 2012. last_img read more

Bruce hits out at fixtures

first_img “We saw the other day that the intensity goes out of the game, there are a lot of tired players and it increases the risk of them getting injuries. “It also affects the spectacle – you cannot ask a footballer to play day in day out with the same intensity. You can see it in the statistics of how much they run. It is a ridiculous time of year and I hope we do change and catch up with rest of Europe. “We should have a winter break or when players go to play in big tournaments in the summer, when they get there they are physically shattered because the Premier League is so demanding. “I know it’s steeped in tradition that we play on Boxing Day but I do think to have two or three weeks off now would be the right way.” Bruce’s side are only a point off the relegation zone and entertain Everton on New Years Day, with Roberto Martinez’s team also struggling for form. He added: “Everton, with the expectation from last year, have had a different season and I believe that’s down to the demands of Europe. And when you seem to be up against it their injury list is as long as ours, with key players missing. “The one thing you want for the new year – and I’m sure Roberto Martinez is the same – is to stay injury-free because it has been cruel over the last couple of months.” Bruce, a boyhood Newcastle fan, said he was “flattered” to be linked with the position but is committed to Hull and has already turned down three offers from other clubs during his time at the Tigers. Bruce – who has ruled himself out of replacing Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager – believes the quality of the football is suffering because players are unable to maintain the same intensity with matches coming thick and fast. He said: “Its ridiculous to ask players to play three or four games in a week. Hull City boss Steve Bruce has called for the hectic Christmas programme of club football to be scrapped claiming the demands on players are “ridiculous”. He added: “I have a job to do here and it would be wrong for me to think of anything else other than get this club out of the position we are in and that’s all I am focused on. “It would be wrong for the speculation to keep carrying on for the club, for the supporters, for the players, I am determined to see this through and make sure we stay in the Premier League and build on the good work we have done in the last two hand a half years.” Liam Rosenior is a doubt for the game with an Achilles problem but f ellow defender James Chester is available again after suspension. Midfielder Mohamed Diame (knee) and centre-back Michael Dawson (hamstring) are still out. Meanwhile, Martinez admits that Everton must tighten up defensively at the KC Stadium in order to halt a run of poor away form stretching back over two months. The Toffees have not won a Premier League match away from home since beating Burnley on October 26 and have picked up just a single point at Sunderland since then. Martinez however is refusing to compromise on the club’s tradition of entertaining possession football. “Knowing what your philosophy is as a club is important and ours is one that I think fits very well,” Martinez said at his press conference ahead of the Hull clash. “It represents Everton from the Thirties to the great years in the Sixties, to winning titles in the Eighties and as a team we want to control the ball and as a team we are great in possession but in any team you need to be able to defend. “At the moment we are suffering, sometimes through individual errors, sometimes you get three or four major decisions that don’t go in your favour and they go against you and you have to cope with that. “I think it’s going to make us a stronger unit and there’ll be a real fight to show who’s ready to cope with our expectations. “It’s a bit of a negative run of results at the moment and we need to stop it but there’s never a question mark over the style and how we want to play. “What’s a question mark is whether we’ve been good in the way we want to play and at the moment we’ve conceded too many goals for one reason or another and that’s quite easy to rectify,” the Spaniard added. Martinez admits he and Bruce could both do to sign off 2014 with a win. “It’s vital for both teams for no reason other than getting a positive result,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Carver set top-half challenge

first_img Press Association John Carver must secure the minimum target of a top-10 finish if he is to stand any chance of extending his role as Newcastle’s new head coach beyond the end of the season. The 50-year-old has been given the job for the rest of the current campaign after the Magpies admitted frustration in their bid to appoint a permanent successor to Alan Pardew. Carver has made no secret of the fact he wants the job on a long-term basis but needs a top-half finish to improve his already slim hopes of convincing club officials he is up to the task. center_img Newcastle chief executive Lee Charnley said: “At the beginning of this process it was my desire and intention to appoint an individual to the position of head coach who would be available to start immediately. “Having now explored at some length the options available to us at this time, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season. “The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United and it is vitally important that we get the right individual. “John has a long history with the club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top-10 finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this.” Carver is yet to win a match in charge after three wins and a draw since he took over from Pardew in a caretaker capacity on New Year’s Day. And despite a lukewarm reaction from many Magpies fans to his appointment, Carver insists he intends to seize the opportunity. Carver said: “This is a proud day for me. I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. “I am confident that we can deliver exciting, successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club.” In reality the delay may have more to do with the unavailability of several key candidates rather than the desire to give Carver time to prove himself. Steve McClaren, Christophe Galtier and Remi Garde have all indicated they would be unable to take the job at St James’ Park until summer at the earliest. last_img read more

Morrison leaves West Ham

first_img “West Ham United can confirm that the club have reached agreement with Ravel Morrison to terminate his contract with immediate effect,” a statement on the club’s website, www.whufc.com, read. Morrison signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with West Ham in February 2012 and made his debut for the club six weeks later in a Championship clash against Leeds. He spent the 2012-13 season on loan at Birmingham before breaking into Allardyce’s first team in the 2013-14 season. Morrison made his Premier League debut in a goalless draw at Newcastle in August 2013 and scored his first goal for the club in a Capital One Cup victory over Cheltenham three days later. His first Premier League goal followed in September 2013 in a narrow defeat against Everton and the following month he played a starring role in West Ham’s 3-0 league victory at Tottenham, capping off a fine display with an exquisite solo goal. But Morrison has not figured in Allardyce’s plans of late and his only two appearances for West Ham this season came in August and he was on the losing side on both occasions. The England Under-21 midfielder was part of the Hammers side knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Sheffield United at Upton Park on January 26, and four days later he featured in the 3-1 Premier League defeat at home to Southampton. He joined Cardiff in September on a three-month loan but his spell with the Bluebirds was largely unsuccessful and he returned to east London after playing seven times for the Sky Bet Championship side. Ravel Morrison has left West Ham with immediate effect after the Barclays Premier League club announced the termination of his contract on Sunday. Press Association Morrison’s West Ham contract had been due to expire in the summer and he was linked with a move to Serie A side Lazio during the winter transfer window. In January, Morrison was cleared of all charges of assaulting his former girlfriend and her mother. Morrison was accused of hitting his ex Reah Mansoor and her mother, Parveen Mansoor, after a night out at a nightclub in his home city of Manchester last July 24. He was due to go on trial at Manchester Crown Court in January but the charges were dropped by the prosecution and Morrison was found not guilty. Allardyce refused to take questions on Morrison following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Upton Park. The 22-year-old midfielder joined the Hammers in January 2012 after a two-year stint at Manchester United, and made 24 appearances in three years for Sam Allardyce’s side. However, a series of disciplinary problems hampered his progress at Upton Park and he was loaned to Birmingham, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City. last_img read more

Spurs see off Swans

first_img Press Association As play was about to restart following Nacer Chadli’s wonderful, early opener, paramedics and medical staff raced onto the field to tend to the French striker after he went down. Hush fell on the ground where Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest three years ago, but good news emanated from the Swansea dressing room that Gomis was fine and had not been hospitalised after fainting. Tottenham got their top-four tilt back on track by overcoming Swansea 3-2 on a night when Bafetimbi Gomis’ collapse had those inside White Hart Lane fearing the worst. Garry Monk’s side will have unlikely been aware of the positive news when Ki Sung-Yueng drew parity in a match which Spurs would go onto win, with second-half strikes from Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend securing the result after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late strike. Having exited the Europa League and lost the Capital One Cup to Chelsea in the past week, this felt like a huge win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, Defeat to Swansea would have seriously harmed their hopes of Champions League qualification, so Chadli’s fine, cushioned volley got Spurs off to the best possible start. That strike was quickly forgotten, though, when Gomis collapsed – an incident which saw him leave the field on a stretcher, but was thankfully not as serious as first feared. It was a worrying moment Swansea recovered well from, with Ki striking home from an acute angle soon after Sigurdsson sent a free-kick off the post. However, there was not to be a third straight Premier League win for Swansea, with academy graduates Mason and Townsend striking for Spurs in what was for the most part a comfortable second half. Sigurdsson’s late goal led to a nervy ending during which Hugo Lloris produced a wonderful save to ensure Spurs held on for victory – a fitting way to remember great Dave Mackay after he passed away on Monday. Spurs greats led a minute of applause before kick-off and the current squad wore black armbands in remembrance of one of the finest players to ever don the lillywhite shirt. None of the current side are a patch on Mackay but they got a win for him, opening the scoring inside seven minutes. Danny Rose found space on the left to send over a cross to Chadli, who showed wonderful skill and vision to hit an unorthodox cushioned volley past Lukasz Fabianski. It was a fine opener but it was quickly forgotten as the emotion from everyone inside White Hart Lane became one of concern as Gomis collapsed. The striker had four minutes of treatment before leaving the field on a stretcher – by this point conscious and wearing an oxygen mask. All corners of the ground applauded Gomis as he left to be replaced by Nelson Oliveira, with good news later filtering through that he would be fine. The first few minutes after the restart were understandably tense, with the volume only lifting when Townsend saw a low shot saved. By this point Swansea appeared to have refocused and Sigurdsson hit a wonderful, curled free-kick off the post. It was a let-off Spurs failed to heed as Swansea worked the ball back in the box and Ki stole in to prod home from an acute angle after a Jan Vertonghen mis-kick. The 19th-minute leveller led to a more open, end-to-end encounter, with Mason hitting at Fabianski before former Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton fizzed a low strike wide at the other end. Swansea’s former Arsenal goalkeeper was proving a capable last line of defence for the visitors, getting a slight touch to take a clipped Christian Eriksen cross away from danger. A powerful Nabil Bentaleb drive was the next effort to test Fabianski, who was not to be beaten before half-time was called. Jonjo Shelvey saw an effort tipped over when play resumed before Ashley Williams’ tackle on Eriksen only put the ball into Mason’s path, with the midfielder lashing home with his right foot. The 23-year-old’s first Premier League goal swayed the match in Spurs’ favour, with Eriksen slicing an effort before Townsend broke at speed and cut onto his right foot, firing home when many expected him to square for Kane. Kyle Walker came close with an effort which deflected just wide as Spurs pushed for a fourth, with Eric Dier hauling back Oliveira on a rare Swansea attack. Substitute Roberto Soldado glanced a header inches wide, with the Spaniard inches away from directing home a Ben Davies cross – a missed opportunity which allowed Sigurdsson to reduce the deficit, volleying home a Jefferson Montero cross. The visitors pushed for an equaliser but, try as they might, there was not to be one, with Lloris tipping a Federico Fernandez header wide in stoppage time. last_img read more

McGeady has Brady backing

first_img The Paisley-born winger was a target for Scottish fans who have never forgiven him for opting to play for Ireland rather than his native country during the reverse fixture at in Glasgow in November, a game which ended in a 1-0 defeat for Martin O’Neill’s men. However, the 29-year-old former Celtic midfielder, who has always insisted Ireland was the only country he was going to represent, will have the support of the bulk of a bumper crowd at the Aviva Stadium this weekend and Brady is confident he can make a telling contribution to a vital Group D game. Press Association Robbie Brady is backing Republic of Ireland team-mate Aiden McGeady to silence his critics in Scotland by turning on the style in Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier. center_img Asked if McGeady has a point to prove to the Scots, the Hull man said: “I’m not sure. Maybe he does himself personally think that, but he has been excellent. I thought he played very well on Sunday (against England) and he is raring to go. “Hopefully if he is asked to play, he puts in a good performance and with his ability if he turns it on, we will be in good stead.” Brady is well placed to assess McGeady’s form after an injury-interrupted season at Everton having lined up behind him in the 0-0 draw with Roy Hodgson’s men in Dublin. A winger by trade, he has been asked to line up at left-back by manager Martin O’Neill in recent games, and the cover provided for him by the likes of McGeady has proved invaluable. He said: “It’s definitely important. At this level when you are playing, you are going to be playing against top players and you are going to find yourself at times where you need to get that right and it can be only a split-second before someone can open you up. “I thought we worked it well on Sunday and hopefully we can do the same. Depending on who is playing on either side, hopefully we can get it right and put in a good shift at the weekend.” Brady effectively marked England winger Raheem Sterling out of the game on Sunday, but freely admits he is still on a steep learning curve as he attempts to get to grips with the role. He is attack-minded by nature, but while his defensive duties are currently a greater priority, he insists he will not pass up the opportunity to get forward if it presents itself. He said: “It depends. There are different times in the game when you are able to get forward, and different times when you have to put the reins on a little bit. It’s just getting that balance right. “But if I do get an opportunity to go forward at the weekend, I’ll be attacking it with everything I have.” last_img read more

Midsummer strike for Midgley

first_img Press Association Paul Mulrennan brought the Paul Midgley-trained five-year-old with a well-timed challenge on the wide outside to hit the front in the final half-furlong. Line Of Reason (4-1) shrugged off Ardhoomey to take the Listed prize by two and a quarter lengths. Russian Soul was third with Line Of Reason’s stablemate Monsieur Joe fourth. Midgley said: “He’s a good horse and is in the Wokingham (at Royal Ascot). “We’ll see how he is when he gets off the lorry, and if he’s bucking and kicking we’ll confirm him. “If not we’ll sit tight for a week or so and he could go for the Chipchase at Newcastle. “With a bit of luck, I think he can win a Group Three. He loves fast ground. “Monsieur Joe ran excellent on the ground. He just didn’t let himself down in the last furlong. He’s in the Rockingham, and there is also the Sapphire and a Listed race in York.” center_img Line Of Reason pounced close home to claim the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork.last_img read more

Paddy McNair finally home after extended hospital stay

first_imgManchester United defender Paddy McNair has finally returned home from Helsinki after spending three nights in hospital. McNair was injured in Northern Ireland’s final Euro 2016 qualifier, a 1-1 draw against Finland, coming off early in the second half. The 20-year-old, making just his second competitive international start, suffered bruised ribs and an abdominal injury while there were also concerns he might have damaged his liver. While his team-mates flew home following on Monday, McNair was kept in hospital for assessment for two further nights with Irish FA doctor David White in attendance. He was allowed to fly back to Manchester on Wednesday but is expected to face at least another fortnight on the sidelines. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Remi Garde: Joleon Lescott is key to Aston Villa survival bid

first_img The Eagles are five points adrift of the top four and had the league’s third best away record but boss Alan Pardew admitted they failed to perform. “The goal was disappointing,” he said. “Wayne’s first touch puts him in trouble. He has been brilliant for us and his mistake cost us the goal but we made mistakes in other areas all night. They go unnoticed – as much as the goal is going to be a highlight for everyone else. “I said to the players, there’s not many times I can turn round and say we just couldn’t get going. We have to get ourselves back into the form we showed previously. “I don’t want to take too much away from them. They deserved the win and my team didn’t play well. “In the position Villa are in they are going to have to play and work as hard as they did (to survive) The Premier League would not want to lose a club of this magnitude. I hope they can resolve it.” The defender’s second-half header was spilled into his own net by Wayne Hennessey as Villa clinched a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday. It was Garde’s first win as boss after 11 games in charge and Villa’s first three points since they beat Bournemouth on the opening day of the season. Boss Remi Garde believes Joleon Lescott has nothing to prove after his winner ended Aston Villa’s winless run. Lescott was accused of playing a game involving chewing gum with Brad Guzan while they were substitutes during Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw at Wycombe. The pair were given a mixed reception before the game – with Guzan on the bench – but Garde insisted former England man Lescott is key to his side. He said: “I didn’t speak with Joleon about this stuff. I am pleased the way he gave an answer but not an answer regarding this fact. He is an experienced player and should be very important for the team. “Joleon is a very experience player, he spreads serenity and calm. He knows the game and is a player I can rely on. He is not as young as he used to be, I try to manage him and others as best I can.” Villa are eight points from Barclays Premier League safety and remained bottom of the table and Garde – who gave forgotten striker Libor Kozak his first start for over two years – said they must stay grounded in their fight for survival. He added: “We have to stay very humble, it’s only three points. We are far away from what we all want. Of course this victory could give us a little bit more confidence. “I want to also insist on the way we played. The difference between Villa and Palace didn’t reflect the table. I want my players to be more confident and hopefully that’s what will happen.” Palace were poor and rarely threatened Villa after Wilfried Zaha hit the post after just 44 seconds. Press Associationlast_img read more

13 Killed After Russian Passenger Plane Catches Fire

first_imgAt least 13 people were killed on Sunday on a Russian-made SSJ-100 regional passenger jet, which caught fire mid-air. The plane made an emergency landing at a Moscow airport.According to airport officials, the flight had taken off for the northern city of Murmansk before it was forced to turn around with 73 passengers and five crew members on board. The pilots radioed a call immediately after takeoff.  In a brief statement, Aeroflot said technical problems were the reason for the plane having to turn around.The incident caused several flights to be delayed and one flight to be canceled.last_img read more

633 Divers Set World Record Cleaning Ocean Floor Near Deerfield Beach

first_imgAnother Guinness World Record has been broken, and it happened this weekend right here in South Florida.On Saturday, 633 scuba divers spent part of their morning scooping up trash from the bottom of the ocean near the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier.Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric confirmed the record-breaking number of participants, saying, “I actually stood there and clicked off everyone as they got in the water.” He added, “It doesn’t matter what happens today with the Guinness World Records. What really matters is that everyone is out there cleaning up around the pier and trying to improve the community.”Divers entered the ocean in groups and were required to stay in the water for at least 15 minutes to be counted.Although the total amount of crash collected is still being counted, diver and environmentalist RJ Harper says the divers recovered 1,600 pounds of lead fishing weights alone.Until Saturday’s event, the previous record for the most divers participating in an underwater cleanup was held by Ahmed Gabr, a former Egyptian Army scuba diver, who joined a team of 614 divers in the Red Sea in Egypt four years ago.last_img read more

WATCH LIVE: Second Day of Testimony by Former BSO Sheriff Scott Israel in Tallahassee

first_imgSuspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel continues testifying for a second day during a Florida Senate hearing to get his job back.WATCH HERE.Israel told a special master Tuesday in Tallahassee that his suspension by Gov. Ron DeSantis was politically motivated and that he never even met the governor.“To this day, I’ve never met or had a conversation with Gov. DeSantis,” Israel said, adding that the governor “didn’t even think it was important enough for me to fly to Tallahassee.”Dudley Goodlette, Special Master appointed by Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is presiding over the three-day hearing.Citing “neglect of duty and incompetence” in the aftermath of two mass shootings in as many years, DeSantis suspended Israel, who is a Democrat, shortly after taking office in January. He appointed former Coral Springs police Sgt. Gregory Tony to the position.The Florida Supreme Court has already ruled that DeSantis acted within his authority to suspend Israel.In his opening statements, DeSantis’ attorney, Nicholas Primrose, framed his case that Israel was responsible for the actions and inactions of his deputies during the mass shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017 and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last year.last_img read more

Should You Wear a Protective Mask?

first_imgU.S. Health officials are debating whether to implement a nationwide face mask guideline to protect Americans from coronavirus. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is pushing against it, saying face masks are not an effective enough way to prevent COVID-19 because you can still transfer water droplets containing the virus when you touch your face to adjust the mask. The CDC is considering making the recommendation, but is also expressing concern for the shortage of protective equipment for healthcare workers, adding they don’t want to make it worse. The World Health organization says people who are sick should wear masks to prevent spreading the illness, even if it’s not a medical grade mask. Unfortunately there are an unknown number of Americans who are infected but asymptomatic. Even though they are not sick, they can still spread the virus. For this reason some are arguing that everyone should wear a mask in public. Yesterday, President Trump suggested that people could wear a scarf over their face rather than a mask. This would ensure the dwindling supply of PPE’s will be available to the first responders and healthcare workers.Another problem, according to health experts, is that many lay people are wearing the masks incorrectly which renders them ineffective.WHO Executive Director Dr. Mike Ryan also says there isn’t enough proof to show wearing a mask would prevent a healthy person from getting sick.last_img read more

20,000 fans from Argentina expected

first_imgMoscow, June 9 : Over 20,000 football fans from Argentina are expected in Russia this summer to see matches of the FIFA World Cup, Argentinian Ambassador to Russia Ricardo Ernesto Lagorio has said.“We expect up to 20,000 football fans from Argentina to come to Russia for this World Cup, perhaps more than that,” Ambassador Lagorio told journalists on Friday, reports Tass news agency.“We also expect that Russia will organize an outstanding tournament, since we witnessed how successfully it organized the Confederations Cup last year, and now we are sure that there will be no problems at all.” IANSlast_img read more

Five Assam bodybuilders in National camp for Mr Asia Body Building Championship

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Five bodybuilders from Assam are selected in the Indian trial camp for the 52nd Mr Asia Body Building Championship and 10th WBPF Mr Universe World bodybuilding championship.The two-day camp will start at Raipur,Chattisgarh from August 31. Pune will host the 52nd Mr Asia Body Building Championship from October 3 while the 10th WBPF Mr Universe World body building championship will be held at Chiang Mai, Thailand from December 11.The body builders of Assam who will attend the Indian trial camp are:Subhadeep Baidya, Subhankar Das, Monojit Roy, Sahil Swargiary and Hobibur Rahman.last_img read more

You have to be different to succeed in T20s: Rishabh Pant

first_imgMumbai: His innings of 78 off just 27 balls felt like a desert storm at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, but the cool and composed Delhi Capitals wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant did not wish to make much fuss about the innings that changed the course of the game and knocked Mumbai Indians out of the match.Speaking at the end of the game, Pant put his whirlwind knock to the need of the hour as Delhi needed someone to up the ante at that stage of the innings, after Shikhar Dhawan and Colin Ingram had provided the platform for a flourish to the finishing line.“I always bat according to the situation all the time. Today when I came in, I had to up the ante and so took my chances. It came off tonight,” he smiled.Seven sixes and most of them whips from the off and outside off stump to the long leg boundary and Pant said that with bowlers looking to keep it tight in T20 cricket, he likes to make ways to take them on and send them packing.“In T20, you have to do something different. Sometimes when bowlers cramp you for room, you got to make your own room,” he said.He had scored runs even last season, but most of those matches ended with Delhi losing the game. But this time, his knock ensured that Delhi beat Mumbai in their first match of the season and Pant said that it felt good to contribute to a winning cause.“It’s been a great journey, trying to learn every day in my cricketing career. Always a great feeling when you score runs and the team wins,” he smiled.Asked if he was happy to bat at the fifth slot, the answer came with quite a pause. “Well, (pauses), glad to bat anywhere the team wants me to,” he said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

‘New Zealand need to win 2 series against India to get pass marks’ Says Craig McMillan

first_imgWellington: Former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan believes Kane Williamson and his men will be facing a “real deal” against “power house” India.India, who will be playing five T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests against Williamson and Co. would be desperate to avenge the semi-final loss of the 2019 World Cup in the semifinals.On the other hand, New Zealand are coming into the series on the back of a Test series whitewash in Australia and thus fans would be hoping for an improved show from them.“It’s big. This whole Indian tour is big after what happened in Australia,” McMillan was quoted as saying by ‘Radio Sport Breakfast’.“This Indian side are a powerhouse. Doesn’t matter if it’s Tests, ODIs, T20s, they are the real deal, so it’s going to be a really intriguing tour. For New Zealand to get a pass mark for this tour they need to win two of the three series.”According to McMillan, it is important for the Black Caps to win in the T20Is in order to prepare for the T20 World Cup slated to be played in Australia later this year.“Five Twenty20s to start and I know it’s not everyone’s favourite format of the game, but we’ve got a T20 World Cup later in the year in October in Australia so straight away these five matches become important,” he said. “Because of the performance in Australia we need to start winning again and get that support back.” IANS Also Read: ‘Sharing’ World Cup Title Must be Considered: New Zealand Coach Gary SteadAlso Watch: Inauguration Ceremony for ONCO Premier League 2.0 Cricket Tournament at B.Borooah Cancer Institute.last_img read more

Sanju Samson’s flop show continues

first_imgMount Maunganui: Despite being handed a golden chance to fix his place in the Indian squad, Sanju Samson failed to showcase his skills once again as he managed two runs in the ongoing fifth T20I against New Zealand.In the fourth earlier, Sanju had contributed with just eight runs for India.Sanju, who was given a chance to open for India, was trolled in social media for another flope show as netizens didn’t found him suitable for the team.”Why Samson is opening instead of Rohit Sharma. He is a set batsman,” a person tweeted.”See just the way I’ve told you Sanju Samson is bad choice for Team India! Very bad decision taken by Team management & Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli over choosing Sanju over Rishabh Pant! Missing you brother @RishabhPant17, Unfair selection!!! #NZvIND,” another person said on tweeted. IANSAlso Read: Aizawl FC, Churchill Brothers FC share spoils in thrilling drawAlso Watch: Watch | First Reaction of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Union Budget 2020last_img read more

Bancroft guides Australia A to tight win

first_imgCAMERON Bancroft’s patient 58* helped Australia A seal their nervy chase of 159 to beat India A by three wickets on the final day of the first unofficial Test in Brisbane.Wet ground conditions delayed the start of the fourth day for almost three hours, but Australia A knocked off the 100 runs required in 35.3 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.(Final scores:Australia A 228 (Handscomb 87, Burns 78, Aaron 3-41) and 7 for 161 (Bancroft 58*, Thakur 3-42) beat India A 230 (Pandey 77, Fazal 48, Swepson 4-78) and 156 (Yadav 46, Sayers 3-21) by three wickets)Australia’s chase looked rather comfortable when overnight batsmen Bancroft and Beau Webster added 57 for the fifth wicket. Varun Aaron provided the breakthrough when he had Webster trapped lbw for 30.However, useful contributions from Sam Whiteman (14) and Chadd Sayers (15) helped Australia inch closer. Offspinner Jayant Yadav and Shardul Thakur, who finished with returns of 3 for 42, picked up the other wickets to fall on the final day.Bancroft struck six fours in his 151-ball knock and ensured he remained unbeaten to help Australia A past the target.“We made that chase look pretty difficult,” Bancroft said after play. “The pink ball was tough work during the game, there weren’t as many runs comared to wickets.“You always want the batsmen to do the job, that’s something we could have done better in that chase. But good teams find a way, and we were able to do that today. At the start of the day Michael Hussey was here, he said ‘pressure in these circumstances is a privilege.’ As a batsman, that’s your goal, that’s what you strive to do.”The second unofficial Test begins on September 15 in Brisbane.(ESPN cricinfo)last_img read more

Khawaja hits ton as Australia take the lead in Adelaide

first_img(REUTERS) – Usman Khawaja hit his country’s first century of the series and Peter Handscomb a half-century on debut as Australia reached 307 for six with a lead of 48 at end of the second day of the day-night third Test against South Africa yesterday.Khawaja’s magnificent 285-ball 138 not out was the glue in Australia’s innings, the left-hander putting on 137 with Steve Smith until his captain was calamitously run-out and then 99 with Handscomb.Sean Abbott (3-38), who took two wickets in the first hour, returned to dismiss Handscomb before Kagiso Rabada bowled another debutant, Nic Maddinson, for a duck and Vernon Philander removed Matt Wade for four.Khawaja will resume with Mitchell Starc (16 not out) on day three, as the hosts look to extend their lead and put themselves in a commanding position to get the result they need to avoid a first-ever 3-0 series sweep on home soil.Now 29, Khawaja has been recalled and discarded with regularity since his debut in 2011 but was retained for Adelaide despite the clear-out that followed the humiliating innings and 80-run defeat in Hobart.After opening in place of David Warner in the wake of South Africa’s declaration on 259-9 on Thursday, he negotiated a difficult opening hour yesterday before mixing fierce concentration with some typically elegant strokes.He brought up his 50 with back-to-back fours and his fifth Test century with a 10th boundary cut through point, whipping off his helmet to take the applause of another big crowd at Adelaide Oval.Smith, dropped earlier by Hashim Amla, had departed for 59 just before his partner reached the milestone, tearing off for an optimistic single and left stranded as Khawaja stood his ground and Quinton de Kock removed the bails.Handscomb, brought into the side on the back of a double-century for Victoria, proved a more than able partner, however, and any prospect of another Australian batting collapse quickly dissipated.The 25-year-old survived a scare when he just dived back into the crease ahead of a direct hit from Temba Bavuma but opened the following over with two drives and a pull for three fours that got him to his fifty and gave Australia the lead.It was the outstanding Abbott who ended Handscomb’s maiden Test innings by bowling the Victorian through the gate an hour into the night session.The 29-year-old, who came into the side in the second Test for the injured Dale Steyn and took 6-77, started the day with a brilliant exhibition of disciplined seam bowling, finishing with figures of 2-7 and six maidens in his first 10-over spell.Australia resumed on 14-0 but debutant Matt Renshaw was only able to add two runs to his overnight tally before he was brilliantly caught for 10 at third slip by Dean Elgar.That brought to the crease Warner, who was unable to open as usual on Thursday after Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis’s calculated declaration caught him off the field having treatment on his shoulder.Warner failed to thrive at number three and was dismissed for 11 when he got an edge off an Abbott delivery that was seaming away from him with Elgar once again snaffling the catch in the cordon.SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 259 for 9 decl (F. du Plessis 118 n.o.; J. Hazlewood 4-68) AUSTRALIA 1st innings (o/n 14-0)U. Khawaja not out 138M. Renshaw c Elgar b Abbott 10D. Warner c Elgar b Abbott 11S. Smith run-out 59P. Handscomb b Abbott 54N. Maddinson b Rabada 0M. Wade c de Kock b Philander 4M. Starc not out 16Extras: (b-3, lb-7, nb-3, w-2) 15Total: (for 6 wickets, 102 overs) 307Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-37, 3-174, 4-273, 5-277, 6-283.Bowling: V. Philander 24-4-82-1 (nb-3), K. Abbott 25-11-38-3, K. Rabada 20-3-61-1 (w-2), T. Shamsi 24-4- 79-0, J. Duminy 6-0-25-0, D. Elgar 2-0-11-0, T. Bavuma 1-0-1–0.last_img read more

Fifteen goals scored on day two of Petra/Milo schools football

first_img… Morgan’s Learning Centre find early grooveFIFTEEN goals were scored on day two of the Petra-organised Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)/Milo schools Under-18 football tournament on Sunday at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue.Morgan’s Learning Centre were in the thick of things finding an early groove in the competition by scoring five goals to down Sir Small Lessons, who had no answer.Leon Richardson’s brace on either side of the half (42nd and 57th) led the scoring for his side while there David Coates (3rd), Tyrese Rowley (46th) and Orin Moore (19th) each scored one.Earlier, in the first game of the day, Lodge Secondary dismissed St Mary’s 3-1 with strikes from Simeon Hackett (9th), Shemar Dover (42nd) and Turston Gordon (58th) while St Mary’s had Simeon George (64th) on target.Game two ended in a tame draw with East Ruimveldt and Kingston scoring one each; East through Alwin Franklin (45th) and Kingston responding through Dwayne Jacobs (50th).In game three Tucville also registered a 3-1 win over St John’s College thanks to Rondave Noel (25th and 52nd) and Godfrey Phillips (10th) while Isaiah McPherson 40th minute strike was a consolation goal.last_img read more

Football News Borussia Dortmund considering ‘long and sustainable’ relationship with India

first_imgNew Delhi: German club Borussia Dortmund could enter the Indian market and the Bundesliga club’s chief marketing officer Carsten Cramer says they are looking at a long relationship with their next ‘obvious destination’ in Asia after Japan and China.  Dortmund officials in the recent years have made many trips to Asia and they are now planning to make their mark in India, after observing the market for some time.”India is a market that we have been observing and monitoring in the last few years and the growth of football is very much prevalent. After establishing our Asia presence in 2014 and thereafter China in 2016, India seems the obvious destination,” Cramer told a leading press agency.Cramed further stated that the club will simply not borrow its model in China and Japan as far as india is concerned.”We have made our presence in many Asian markets — South East Asia, Japan, China, and Mongolia and all these cities are unique in its own way. We are not copy pasting our plans and business models from these markets into India.”It will be given its own merits and we came to learn, study and understand the culture, industry from the different stakeholders and at the same time take back some impressions.”We will work out a strategy for the Indian market. It will be a bottom up approach hence it should begin in this fashion.”The German club is looking to lure the Indian market after the country hosted its maiden FIFA tournament – the U-17 World Cup in 2017, during which their was a hike in interest for football in India. The Dortmund officials met a few Indian clubs, including Bengaluru FC during their visit in the country recently.”When the right strategy is in place and most of the boxes in our checklist are ticked, we can address this,” said Cramer, when asked if they are mulling a tie-up with an Indian club anytime soon.”However, we are looking at a long and sustainable relationship in India and we want to make it right from the beginning. We should have something in place in the coming months.””This is the DNA of Dortmund and we stand united to fight against these atrocities. The pain may have disappeared but the memory remains.”Borussia Dortmund finished fourth in the Bundesliga and were able to secure a Champions League spot. “It has never been easy having to replace one of the best managers in world football (Juergen Klopp in 2015) but as they say, the show must go on. We did pretty well thereafter for a couple of seasons and then injuries, player movements and some poor form last season got us into a bad patch and that cost us.”However, with the challenging campaign last season, we still manage to get into the champions league and that I must say was a bonus. Hopefully the difficult times are behind us.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News IPL Chairman Shukla’s aide resigns following bribery scandal

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: A member of IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla’s personal staff was on Thursday forced to resign after he was suspended by the BCCI due to a sting operation, which alleged that he sought bribes to facilitate selection of players in the Uttar Pradesh team. A Hindi news channel telecast an alleged phone conversation between Akram Saifi, an executive assistant of Shukla, and cricketer Rahul Sharma in which Saifi is heard seeking favours in “cash and kind” to ensure Sharma’s selection in the state team.Shukla is currently a Director in the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA).“Saifi has tendered his resignation. When Mr Shukla’s view was sought on this, he said that it should be accepted with immediate effect,” a top BCCI official told PTI.The development came after the BCCI decided to investigate the matter as per its established regulations.“…pending the appointment of a Commissioner under Rule 32 of the rules and regulations of BCCI, we are seeking an explanation from Mr. Akram Saifi regarding the allegations made against him,” an internal communication of the BCCI, which is in possession of the PTI, stated.“Mr. Saifi’s reply shall be examined by the Commissioner once appointed,” it added.“Regarding any issue pertaining to the UPCA, the UPCA would have to deal with the matter under their rules.”The Rule 32 of the BCCI regulations states that any complaints of misconduct are to be decided by a commissioner, who will be appointed by Board President C K Khanna in this case.The commissioner is mandated to submit his findings within 15 days, which will then be passed on to the BCCI’s disciplinary committee.The Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ajit Singh said the audio tapes are being sought from the channel and will be examined.“We have taken note of the sting and will examine the entire matter. Until we speak to the people involved, it is difficult to say anything as of now,” he said.The player in question, Rahul Sharma, has never represented India and has not been a part of the state team either.He has alleged that Saifi sought bribes and other favours to ensure his selection in the team. He has also accused Saifi of issuing fake age certificates. Saifi has denied all the charges.  “We are open to any inquiry. We follow a very transparent selection process at the UPCA. I can’t comment on the conversation between the two as it is their personal matter,” said UPCA Secretary Yudhveer Singh, dismissing the charges of corruption in selection. “I have checked about Rahul Sharma and found out that he has never even been a part of the state probables. He has no credibility,” he added.Shukla has not yet reacted to the allegations.Earlier, the BCCI had sought to steer clear of any association with Saifi even though it admitted that his salary was being paid from the Board’s funds.“The BCCI only allocates funds for its office-bearers’ personal staff. They are free to appoint people of their choice as executive assistants and their salaries come from this fund. However, the Board has got nothing to do with these staffers,” a top Board official said.Former India player and UP captain Mohammad Kaif said the allegations have stunned him and demanded a probe into the matter.“Shocked to hear about the extent of corruption in UP Cricket. Young talent being curbed by corrupt agents asking for favours. Hope @ShuklaRajiv ji  ensures a fair investigation and justice to the young talent & helps restore UP Cricket. I stand by all those who have been exploited,” he tweeted.Kaif, who recently retired from all cricket, had captained UP to its maiden Ranji Trophy title in the 2005-06 season. last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India must understand the kind of surfaces they will get – Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgIndia will take on Bangladesh in their last warm-up game before the World Cup.India will take on South Africa on June 5 at Southampton.Ravindra Jadeja smashed a fifty for India in the game against New Zealand. India squared up in overcast conditions and had to encounter the swing of Boult and Tim Southee. In the New Zealand innings, Jasprit Bumrah bowled just four overs and conceded two runs and took one wicket. Tendulkar said the team was trying out different combinations but they needed to be aware of what kind of pitches they were going to encounter in the tournament.“Many times, teams are trying different combinations, batting line up. Almost all teams are not sure about their front-line, playing 11, several bowlers and batsmen are rested. Nobody is wanting to expose their proper playing XI. All the teams are preparing and trying different combinations in those conditions, which would work for them. (The Oval) was a different kind of pitch with a bit of grass cover on it and the conditions were slightly in favour of bowlers upfront and as the time went by, the wicket settled down little more. I think the wickets will change, they will get little flatter and spinners will come into play much more,” Tendulkar said.India begins their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Southampton and is one of the favourites along with England. However, Tendulkar said Afghanistan can produce some surprises.“I have said it earlier that Afghanistan will throw up surprises in the World Cup because they have one of the best spin bowling attacks. Even if they treat it like Test cricket, they will still take wickets in the middle overs,” Tendulkar said. New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team did not get their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign to an ideal start as they suffered a six-wicket loss to New Zealand at The Oval. In overcast conditions and with some swing available for the new ball, Trent Boult wrecked the Indian top order with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli falling cheaply. Hardik Pandya looked good but Ravindra Jadeja’s attacking fifty gave them some respectability. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor smashed fifties as New Zealand coasted towards victory but India legend Sachin Tendulkar has said the team need not panic.“I will not judge the team after each and every game. It’s a tournament and things like these will happen. The main tournament has not even started yet.  I think, we need to settle down, one or two games may go here and there. India should make most of the practice matches leading to the World Cup. They should understand what kind of surfaces they might get. I won’t panic at all as of now,” Tendulkar said at a round-table conference on the sidelines of the Mumbai T20 League in Mumbai on Sunday. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgTiger still not ready, will miss The Players ChampionshipORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods will miss The Players Championship for the first time when not recovering from any of his nine surgeries.His agent says Woods is still bothered by a back issue but adds that it’s not a long-term concern.Woods decided at the last minute not to play the World Golf Championships event in Mexico and has skipped last week’s Honda Classic and this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he has won a record eight times.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-HOAG CLASSIC Hatton fired a 3-under 39 and Kang shot a 68 that puts them 7 under through two rounds, one stroke ahead of Danny Lee.Matt Every ballooned to an 83 that allowed him to join the wrong list in PGA Tour annals by going from the 18-hole lead to the weekend off.Rory McIlroy is two strokes back following a 73, tying him with Harris English and Sungjae Im.Jason Day had to withdraw after five holes Friday because of back issues that have hampered him in recent years.PGA-PLAYERS-WOODS Associated Press March 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULELakers win showdown with BucksUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have won a matchup of NBA conference leaders by getting a combined 67 points from LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Update on the latest sports TRACK AND FIELD-LAWSON CLEAREDLawson cleared for competitionUNDATED (AP)— American long jumper and sprinter Jarrion Lawson has been notified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he has been exonerated of a doping offense, according to his agent.The agent says details of the decision are expected to be released next week, adding that Lawson was awarded around $10,000 to help offset his legal fees.Lawson was notified in August 2018 that he tested positive for a substance frequently used in the U.S. to promote the growth of beef cattle. The agent said Lawson ate what they believe to be tainted beef at a Japanese restaurant in Arkansas before the drug test. — Amid widespread concern about the coronavirus, Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish decided to be extra careful after he developed a cough this week. The Japanese right-hander visited with at least two doctors and stayed away from the team for a day before throwing three innings in a simulated game. Darvish said he feels good now, but he’s still coughing a little bit.— Diamondbacks infielder Domingo Leyba has been suspended 80 games for a violation of baseball’s performance-enhancing drug program. The 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic played 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season, hitting .280 with five RBIs.— Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the Mets after going 2-for-13 in spring training, including his first extra-base hit in four years of exhibition play. The 32-year-old outfielder batted .163 in 77 games last season at Triple-A Syracuse in his second straight injury-shortened season.NFL-NEWSPay bump for Chargers’ Ekeler T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SAN DIEGO STATE/BOISE STATEAztecs reach conference title game againLAS VEGAS (AP) — Fifth-ranked San Diego State is 30-1 after advancing to the Mountain West Tournament title game for the third straight year.Malachi Flynn had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists as part of the Aztecs’ 81-68 comeback win over Boise State. San Diego State trailed by 16 with about five minutes left in the first half before outscoring the Broncos, 64-31 the rest of the way.KJ Feagin added 21 points and six rebounds for the Aztecs, who made 15 3-pointers and shot 49.1% from the field. The West-leading Lakers are 48-13 after James delivered 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 113-103 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. James had 14 points while the Lakers outscored the Bucks, 39-28 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead.Davis had 30 points for Los Angeles, which won for the 10th time in its last 11 games and gained a split of the two-game season series.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 32 points and 12 boards for the Bucks, whose league-best record dropped to 53-10.Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:— Mike Conley Jr. nailed six 3-pointers and dropped in 25 points to carry Utah past the Celtics, 99-94 in Boston. Jordan Clarkson finished with 17 points to help the Jazz overcome Marcus Smart’s 29 points. The Jazz handed the Celtics their third straight home loss and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the West, a half-game ahead of Houston. Vince Dunn and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues, whose winning streak began with a 3-0 victory over New Jersey on Feb. 18.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) picked up his league-leading sixth shutout of the season by handling 29 shots in the Jets’ 4-0 win over the Golden Knights. Patrik Laine (LY’-nay) and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) each had a goal and an assist, while Kyle Connor added his team-high 36th goal to help Winnipeg prevent Vegas from padding its two-point lead over Edmonton in the Pacific Division.— The Avalanche remain two points behind the West-leading Blues after Zack MacEwen scored twice in the Canucks’ 6-3 win over Colorado. J.T. Miller and Antoine Roussel had a goal and an assist as Vancouver ended a four-game losing streak.Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) assisted on goals by Johnny Gaudreau, T.J. Brodie and Mikael Backlund in the Flames’ 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Calgary has gone 6-3-1 in its last 10 to move within three points of the Pacific Division-leading Knights. — Carter Rowney and Adam Henrique (hen-REEK’) did the scoring for the Ducks as they sent the Maple Leafs to their third consecutive loss. 2-1. John Gibson made 26 saves before coming off with an apparent injury midway through the third period.— Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri (FAB’-ree) scored to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead in a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots for Detroit, which has a league-low 37 points.MLB-NEWSYanks’ Judge has broken ribUNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib that could require surgery, leaving doubt when he’ll be back in the lineup. Yeshiva University tipped off against Worcester Polytechnic Institute Friday afternoon in an empty gym occupied only by players, employees and media members in the first-round game.Johns Hopkins said it was “prudent” to take this step after Maryland’s recently confirmed COVID-19 cases and CDC guidelines for large gatherings.In other sports news involving the virus:— The NHL has sent a memo to teams urging players to limit contact with fans because of the coronavirus outbreak. The move follows a similar directive this month by the NBA, which has told its players to stop high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking items for autographs.— Chicago State plans to send its men’s and women’s basketball teams to Las Vegas for the WAC Tournament next week after canceling regular-season games because of concerns about the spread of the virus.center_img UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (EHK’-lur) has been rewarded with a four-year, $24.5 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed.Ekeler had a breakout season while scoring 11 touchdowns for the Chargers last season, finishing seventh in the league and fourth in the AFC this season with 1,550 scrimmage yards. He has gone from an undrafted rookie in 2017 to special teams standout before becoming a featured part of the Los Angeles backfield.PGA-BAY HILLHatton, Kang share Palmer leadORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton and Sung Kang are co-leaders at the midway point of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Dallas owner Mark Cuban $500,000 for “public criticism and detrimental conduct” regarding officiating.Cuban twice walked onto the court to challenge officiating calls during the Mavericks’ loss to Atlanta on Feb. 22. The league says Cuban spoke to reporters in the arena after the game and tweeted several times that night and into the next day with comments that were highly critical, personal and demeaning to the league and its officiating staff.The NBA announced that the Mavericks’ protest of that game was rejected Friday. The league also sent a memo to teams reminding them of rules that govern conduct of owners, coaches and other team personnel during games.In other NBA news:— The Lakers have signed guard Dion Waiters, who had been a free agent since Memphis waived him last month. He was let go by the Grizzlies three days after acquiring him from Miami in the three-team trade that landed Andre Iguodala (ih-goh-DAH’-lah) (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) with the Heat. Waiters was suspended three times while playing only three games for Mami, but his 3-point shooting prowess could be valuable as the Lakers head to their first playoff appearance since 2013. The drug test has prevented Lawson from competing for 19 months.OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOROhio State settling some suits over doc abuse; cost unclearCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has reached an unspecified settlement with nearly half of the roughly 350 men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by a team doctor who was jokingly known among some athletes by nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Paws.”The settlement is the first for accusers of the late doctor, Richard Strauss, who they say groped and otherwise mistreated students for two decades while school officials who knew of concerns did little to stop him. Strauss died in 2005. — Chris Paul had 21 points and 12 assists as the Thunder hammered the Knicks, 126-103. Danilo Gallinari had a team-high 22 points for Oklahoma City, which outscored New York in each quarter and stayed 1 ½ games behind Utah for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.— Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) had his fifth straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, providing 26 and 11 as the Mavericks clobbered the Grizzlies, 121-96. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) added 21 points for Dallas, which outscored Memphis, 34-16 in the third quarter and moved 14 games over .500 for the first time this season.— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) shot 11-for-14 while contributing 24 points and 12 rebounds to the Pacers’ 108-102 decision over the Bulls. Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 16 in Indiana’s fifth win in six games after missing the previous two games because of a sore right knee.— Jrue (jroo) Holiday dropped in 20 points and Brandon Ingram missed 15 of his first 17 shots before scoring five points over the final 62 seconds of the Pelicans’ 110-104 victory against the Heat. New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson scored 17 points, ending his string of 20-point performances at 13.— Caris LeVert recorded a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in sending the Nets to a 139-120 pounding of the Spurs. Brooklyn rang up 75 points in the first half, put eight players in double figures and led by as much as 33 in front of former Net Julius Erving, one of the greatest players in franchise history. — Aron Baynes established career highs with nine 3-pointers and 37 points as the Suns beat the Trail Blazers, 127-117 to end a four-game losing streak. Baynes was 9 of 14 from long distance and 12 of 23 overall while also grabbing 16 rebounds.— The Magic rolled to a 132-118 win over the Timberwolves as Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-she-vihch) had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead Orlando. Markelle Fultz added 24 points for Orlando, which played most of the second half without coach Steve Clifford due to illness.— Bradley Beal shot 7-for-10 from 3-point range while scoring 35 points for the Wizards in a 118-112 win against the Hawks. Davis Bertans added 17 points and Jerome Robinson had 14 for Washington, which was 15 of 31 from beyond the arc.NBA-NEWSNBA fines Cuban, sends teams memo on proper conduct Manager Aaron Boone says he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch late last season. Judge will rest two weeks while recovering from the stress fracture to his first right rib. He hasn’t played in any spring training games while dealing with soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.Since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, Judge has been limited to 112 games in 2018 because of a broken right wrist and to 102 games last year due to a strained left oblique.In other MLB news:— Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) has finalized a $215 million, nine-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. His new deal adds seven years and $187.25 million to his current contract. Yelich won the NL batting title and MVP award in 2018 as the Brewers reached Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.— One day after signing with the Red Sox, pitcher Collin McHugh says he regrets he didn’t do more to stop the Astros from breaking sign stealing rules in 2017 and 2018. McHugh is worried about the impact of the Astros’ actions on young fans. He said pitchers were led to believe other teams were stealing the Astros’ signs. Qualifier leads at Newport BeachNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Monday qualifier David Morland IV fired a 10-under 61 at Newport Beach Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Hoag Classic.Morland had five birdies on each nine, closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He was a stroke off the course record set by Tom Purtzer in 2004 and matched by Nick Price in 2011 and Duffy Waldorf in 2015.Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Scott McCarron and Ken Duke are tied for second.GOLF-PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM Ohio State wouldn’t disclose the dollar amount. NHL-SCHEDULEDevils surprise BluesUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues’ eight-game winning streak has been stopped by an unlikely team.Dakota Mermis scored his first NHL goal and fellow defenseman Connor Carrick got his first of the season as the Devils doubled up the Blues, 4-2.Cory Schneider made 31 saves to help the worst team in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division end a 12-game skid against the defending Stanley Cup champions. MONTREAL (AP) — Former Montreal Canadiens star Henri Richard (ahn-REE’ ree-SHAHRD’) has died at 84 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.The speedy center won a record 11 Stanley Cups during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Canadiens from 1956-75. Richard played a team-record 1,256 regular-season games and is third in club history with 1,046 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore sporting events affected by spreading virusUNDATED (AP) — A Division III men’s basketball NCAA Tournament game at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University is believed to be the first U.S. sports event held without fans because of the new coronavirus. Sorenstam, Player to be White House honoreesWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has announced that World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sörenstam and Gary Player will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on March 23.Player won 24 PGA Tour events and 118 international tournaments. Sörenstam completed her LPGA career with 72 tournament victories.NHL-OBIT-HENRI RICHARDHabs great Henri Richard dieslast_img read more

Steve’s Jewellery sponsors gold pendants for Guyana Softball Cup MVPs

first_imgSEVEN years, seven pairs of gold pieces for the Most Valuable Players (MVP). That’s the commitment from Steve’s Jewellery to the Guyana Softball Cup, the seventh edition of which will be held from November 3-5.At a simple ceremony yesterday, proprietor Steve Naraine presented the prizes to executives of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), the founding and organising body of the tournament.As is customary, Steve’s Jewellery has provided the MVP prizes for the top player in both the Open and Masters categories. This year, the prizes are two gold pendants in the shape of a cricket bat. Proprietor Naraine was delighted to once again be on board with the international softball event, which will attract teams from Guyana, Canada, Florida and New York.“Last year we did similar gifts and this year we do the bats with the diamond pendants and they’re worth at least $100,000 each. We’re proud to be on board once again with this organisation because we know over the years what it has been doing in terms of giving back to the community,” Naraine said.Naraine pointed out that there are many reasons why Guyanese should come out and view the three days of games, especially the final day, which will conclude under floodlights at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground, Queenstown.Among them are the high quality of cricket that is usually played and the fantastic organising by the GFSCA. The GFSCA was understandably elated to once again partner with the Church Street jewellery store.GFSCA member, Surendra Nauth, commended Naraine and his company for devotedly supporting the premier international softball tournament, noting that the prizes will go a far way in encouraging the players to play to their optimal.The champion team in the Open category will receive $800,000, while winner of the Masters division is assured of $600,000. Matches will be played at the Police, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), Malteenoes and Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) grounds.In 2016, Speedboat XI pulled off a massive upset by dethroning defending champions Regal All-Stars to win the Open segment, while Floodlights XI outplayed Fishermen XI to win the Masters category.The tournament has received corporate support from Stag Beer, Rubis Guyana, Trophy Stall, Steve’s Jewellery, Clear Waters, Busta, Rohan Auto Spares, A&R Jewanram Printery, WJ Enterprise, Mike’s Pharmacy, Ramchand Auto Spares and Survival Group of Business.last_img read more

Ntini resigns as Zimbabwe bowling coach

first_imgZIMBABWE will begin the search for a new bowling coach after reluctantly accepting Makhaya Ntini’s resignation.Ntini has stepped down from his role as Zimbabwe bowling coach after two years with the African nation, including a short spell as interim head coach.Ntini filled in following Dav Whatmore’s departure in May 2016, with Heath Streak taking on the permanent head coach role five months later.The former South Africa seamer originally signed a two-year deal with Zimbabwe, but the 40-year-old has opted not to renew terms.“It is with regret that Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) announces that Makhaya Ntini, the national team bowling coach, has tendered his resignation from ZC with immediate effect,” read a statement from the governing body.“Makhaya has brought a wealth of experience and practical knowledge to ZC, and ZC and its players and coaching staff were fortunate to have had an opportunity to work closely with him during this period, and to learn from his many years of playing for Cricket South Africa at the highest level.“While reluctantly accepting his resignation, ZC fully appreciates and respects the reasons behind Makhaya’s decision, and wishes him all the very best for the future.”Ntini’s announcement came on the same day that Streak named his one-day international squad for their tri-series with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.Brendan Taylor returns along with Kyle Jarvis after their international exile ended in the recent Test series with West Indies, while there are also places for Brandon Mavuta and Ryan Murray.Series hosts Bangladesh have made five changes to their squad for the first two matches of the, with Mustafizur Rahman included, while Taskin Ahmed and Soumya Sarkar have been dropped.Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (captain), Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Malcolm Waller, Ryan Murray, Tendai Chisoro, Brandon Mavuta, Blessing Muzarabani, Christopher Mpofu, Tendai Chatara, Kyle JarvisBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Abul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Sunzamul Islam. (Omnisport)last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: The PGA of America has submitted plans to hold the PGA Championship at Harding Park in August with no fans. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that public health officials have approved the plan.An announcement is expected as early as Tuesday.It at least answers one question for the PGA Championship, which is scheduled for Aug. 6-9. The PGA of America had said moving it from Harding Park was a possibility depending on the COVID-19 pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-US OPENUSTA plans US Open without fans Takahashi says the main priority should be to make a “united effort to hold them (Olympics) in the summer of 2021.” He says if that is not possible “we should start action once again to get another delay.”IOC President Thomas Bach and organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori have said the games will be canceled if they can’t happen next year.IOWA-STRENGTH COACHStrength coach departs Iowa after accusations of mistreating African AmericansIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Chris Doyle is out as Iowa’s football strength and conditioning coach. He and the university have agreed to a separation agreement paying him more than $1.1 million. The league also revealed several players have tested positive for COVID-19.Two days after union head Tony Clark declared additional negotiations futile, Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem sent a seven-page letter to players’ association chief negotiator Bruce Meyer asking the union whether it will waive the threat of legal action and tell MLB to announce a spring training report date and a regular-season schedule.These were just the latest escalating volleys in a sport viewing disagreement over starting the season as a preliminary battle ahead of bargaining to replace the labor contract that expires on Dec. 1, 2021.In other baseball news:— Major League Baseball has delayed the start of the new international signings period from July 2 until Jan. 15, a move that will cause teams to push back deals of 16- and 17-year-old Latin American prospects. MLB says the current signings year, scheduled to end Monday, had been extended until Oct. 15. There has been a transaction freeze since March 28, and any agreements between the end of the freeze and Oct. 15 will count for the 2019-20 signings year. No international amateurs can be signed from Oct. 15 until the new period opens on Jan. 15. — Iowa’s athletic department has reported two positive COVID-19 tests during the second week of its return-to-campus protocol. The school has not disclosed whether it was athletes, coaches or staff members who tested positive. In the two weeks since Iowa began testing, there have been three positives and 343 negatives. According to an Associated Press count, at least 45 athletes, coaches or staff members at a total of 17 schools have tested positive in June.— A football player at West Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school said Monday on the first day of voluntary workouts. The school’s athletic department said in a statement that contact tracing identified other football players who could have been exposed to the athlete. Both the player who tested positive and the others he may have been in contact with will isolate themselves for 14 days, the statement said.FIFA-TAKING A KNEEFIFA urges ‘tolerance’ after Trump’s anthem kneeling rebukeFIFA has appealed for “tolerance, mutual respect and common sense” after President Donald Trump denounced the annulment of a policy that required soccer players to stand during the national anthem. Trump tweeted Saturday that “I won’t be watching much anymore!” Trump retweeted a tweet by Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (gaytz) who wrote: “I’d rather the US not have a soccer team than have a soccer team that won’t stand for the National Anthem.”It was United States captain Megan Rapinoe kneeling in support of Colin Kaepernick that led to the U.S. Soccer Federation adopting the rule in 2017.AMERICA PROTESTS-COLLEGE SPORTSGundy’s OAN support angers star Oklahoma St RB Chuba HubbardUNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard said on Twitter that he won’t do anything with the program until there is change after coach Mike Gundy was photographed wearing a t-shirt representing far-right online publication One America News Network. Doyle was accused by former players of mistreating African American players. Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, son of head coach Kirk Ferentz, and assistant defensive coordinator Seth Wallace also have been alleged to have made inappropriate comments to players.The university says a law firm has been hired to conduct an independent review of the football program.DURANT-PHILADELPHIA UNIONNBA’s Durant now part-owner of MLS teamPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has joined the ownership group of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union. June 16, 2020 Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that he received a call from another team about Kaepernick. Carroll and the Seahawks brought in Kaepernick for a workout in 2017 and had another planned in 2018 before it was canceled.Goodell set up a tryout for Kaepernick in Atlanta last year for scouts of all 32 teams to attend, but it unraveled at the last moment due to lack of media access and what Kaepernick’s representatives saw as an unusual liability waiver.In other NFL news:— Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon criticized the timing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s assertion that “black lives matter” to the league, saying the message should have been delivered long ago. Speaking in a video conference call with the Baltimore media, Judon said Goodell’s comments on June 5 were long overdue. Judon said Goodell should have addressed the issue when he was named commissioner and when he was re-elected to the post. Judon said the Ravens are discussing the best way to protest racism when they start playing the 2020 season.— The San Francisco 49ers have rewarded coach Kyle Shanahan with a new six-year contract after he took the team to the Super Bowl in his third season at the helm. The Niners are replacing the three years remaining on Shanahan’s original six-year contract signed in 2017 to keep him under contract through 2025. ESPN first reported the new extension. WNBA SEASON STARTWNBA plans 22-game seasonNEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA has announced plans to play an abbreviated 22-game season in Florida beginning in late July.The league is still finalizing a partnership with IMG Academy in Bradenton to play the games at the facility and possibly others nearby. Players would be housed at IMG and teams would hold training camps there as well. The games would be played with no fans in attendance.The WNBA would use its regular playoff format, with the top eight teams making the postseason and the first two rounds being single-elimination. The top two seeds would have byes until the semifinals. The postseason would end in early October. — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins is joining CNN as a contributor focusing on racial and social justice. Jenkins says he believes he can “be a voice for other athlete activists and those who have dedicated their lives” to promoting equality through legislation and other reforms. Jenkins is an 11-year NFL veteran out of Ohio State who has won Super Bowls with both New Orleans and the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins says his motivation to join CNN stems from his experience addressing inequalities in criminal justice and educational systems affecting members of “marginalized communities.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLCowboys star Elliott tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The agent for Ezekiel Elliott says the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys has tested positive for the coronavirus.Rocky Arceneaux tells the NFL Network Elliott is feeling OK and recovering. University officials said in a statement Burke had been diagnosed with amyloidosis, an ailment caused by the build-up of abnormal protein which prevents the body’s organs from functioning properly.Burke served as athletic director from 1993-2016. He spent the last four years working closely with university president Mitch Daniels. Burke presided over one of the school’s most successful eras — national championships in women’s basketball and women’s golf, three straight Big Ten men’s basketball titles in the mid-1990s and the 2000 Rose Bowl trip. NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association intends to hold the U.S. Open in New York starting in August without spectators if it gets governmental support. A formal announcement could come this week.The operational plan to hold the event amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic includes no spectators, limited player entourages, centralized housing, increased cleaning at the tournament grounds in Flushing Meadows and testing for COVID-19.Also part of the plan: There would be no qualifying for singles, and the Cincinnati tournament that is scheduled for earlier in August would move to New York ahead of the U.S. Open.If played, the U.S. Open would be the second of three Grand Slam events this year.NASCAR-ALL-STAR RACE-FANS Associated Press The Bundesliga resumed last month and the Premier League’s 100-day shutdown ends on Wednesday, with fans prohibited from stadiums in Germany and England.The Qatar World Cup does not start until November 2022. The 40,000-capacity Education City stadium is the third venue to be completed.In other virus-related sports news:— The Champions League final is heading to Lisbon. UEFA plans an Aug. 23 final to cap seven broadcast nights in a 12-day span of elite European teams playing knockout soccer. UEFA’s widely reported wish for an eight-team knockout bracket in two empty stadiums in Portugal’s capital has been confirmed by broadcaster Sky Italia. UEFA’s executive committee must agree on the plan on Wednesday. It’s rescheduling international soccer for Europe’s clubs and national teams after the coronavirus pandemic upended the calendar.— Michigan’s athletic department says football and basketball players are welcome back on campus starting this week if they choose to take part in voluntary strength and conditioning work. Michigan says its process for reopening the athletic campus includes a 14-day pre-report risk assessment and a six-day resocialization period to campus. The resocialization period includes COVID-19 and antibody testing. Players and staff will have daily screening before being admitted to facilities. People who test positive for COVID-19 will enter a defined quarantine protocol. NFL NEWSNFL commissioner Goodell encourages team to sign KaepernickUNDATED (AP) — Roger Goodell would like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL this season.The NFL commissioner said during ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special on Monday that he is encouraging teams to sign the 32-year old quarterback, who hasn’t played the past three seasons.Kaepernick was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Lawsuit seeks to prevent NCAA from limiting athletes’ incomeUNDATED (AP) — Attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in federal court. It seeks to prevent the association from limiting the amount of money athletes can make off their names, images and likenesses.Arizona State swimmer Grant House and Oregon women’s basketball player Sedona Prince are the plaintiffs. The suit seeks class-action status.The legal challenge comes as the NCAA is the process of changing its rules to allow college athletes to earn money from third parties for things such as social media endorsements, sponsorship deals and personal appearances. NHL NEWS A person with direct knowledge of the diagnosis tells The Associated Press that Elliott had the positive test about a week ago and could be described as symptomatic.Only players who have been rehabilitating injuries have been allowed inside team facilities during the shutdown. That hasn’t included Elliott.VIRUS OUTBREAK-GOLFPGA Championship staying at Harding Park, but without fansFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — There were no fans at Colonial for the return of the PGA Tour. Now get ready for no fans at a major championship. A 36-game season that was supposed to start May 15 was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSQatar launches 3rd World Cup venue, flags virus precautionsUNDATED (AP) — The chief organizer of the 2022 Qatar World Cup says he is consulting with the English Premier League and Bundesliga to learn about how they are dealing with the coronavirus.Hassan Al-Thawadi’s comments underscore how sports are taking into account the potential for ongoing health precautions at events, if there is no vaccine for COVID-19. NASCAR wants 30,000 fans at All-Star race in TennesseeCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is set to allow up to 30,000 fans at the track in Bristol next month when it moves the All-Star race out of Charlotte Motor Speedway for just the second time in the history of the race.If the expected attendance count holds, NASCAR would open to the largest gathering of sports fans in the United States in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic __ all while numbers in some states continue to spike.NASCAR is set to brush off those concerns and open the gates in Tennessee. Bristol holds about 146,000 fans.The recent spike of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina sparked the move to Bristol Motor Speedway. The race will remain on the July 15 date with a 7 p.m. start time. TOKYO DELAYTokyo Olympic board member would support another delayTOKYO (AP) — An executive board member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee says another delay should be sought if the games can’t be held next year.The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The suggestion comes from Haruyuki Takahashi in an interview with the Japanese sports newspaper Nikkan Sports. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBManfred says there might not be an MLB seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there may be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players’ union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Gundy is seen in a photograph on Twitter wearing the t-shirt with the letters OAN. The conservative publication is a strong advocate for President Donald Trump.Hubbard, who usually doesn’t Tweet much, has been more active lately since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. He has been supportive of protests around the world, especially of those in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, near his hometown.Elsewhere:— The Big Ten has created a voter registration initiative to go along with its Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition. The conference hopes its 14 schools and thousands of student-athletes can leverage their platform to spur social change. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren says he hopes the nonpartisan program will encourage student-athletes to become part of the electoral process. It will include participants from each Big Ten school with monthly programming, beginning in July and ending with the general election in November.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES Vegas Golden Knights sign Reaves to $3.5M, 2-year extensionLAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have signed tough guy Ryan Reaves to a two-year contract extension worth $3.5 million.He’ll count $1.75 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. Reaves announced the new deal in a video on the Golden Knights’ Twitter page.“There’s two things I haven’t accomplished: No. 1 haven’t won a Stanley Cup, No. 2 haven’t won a scoring title,” Reaves said. “Now, I can win a Stanley Cup this year. I can do it. Can’t win the scoring title. Can’t do it. Just missed it by a couple points.”The 33-year-old from Winnipeg had eight goals and seven assists for 15 points — 95 short of Leon Draisaitl’s league-leading 110. Reaves did lead the NHL with 316 hits in 71 games this season. The 10-time NBA All-Star has a 5% ownership stake, with an option for 5% more in the near future.The Union will partner with Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures, a firm he runs with sports executive Rich Kleiman, to grow the team’s profile and community outreach through the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation.OBIT-PURDUE-BURKEBoilermakers’ longest-tenured AD, Morgan Burke, dies at 68WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Morgan Burke, the longest serving athletic director in Purdue history, died at his home Monday after battling a rare disease for the last year. He was 68.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgA news release from the school did not specify whether it was players or staff members who tested positive. It added that those impacted are being quarantined and proper protocols are being followed.VIRUS OUTBREAK-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENWomen’s British Open to take place without fansUNDATED (AP) — Organizers are going ahead with the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon without spectators.The Women’s British Open is set for Aug. 20-23 at Royal Troon along the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. It would be the first major on the LPGA Tour schedule that is played this year and it would be the week after the Ladies Scottish Open on the other side of the country just east of Edinburgh. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LOUISVILLETwo in Louisville program test positiveLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two members of Louisville’s men’s basketball program have tested positive for COVID-19 and the team has suspended voluntary activities for two weeks. Associated Press The UCI says no new host was found “despite its best efforts to come up with an alternative.”The next BMX worlds are scheduled to start in Papendal, Netherlands, in August 2021. That is one week after the Tokyo Olympics. Four BMX medal events are on the Olympic program.VIRUS OUTBREAK-RAVENS QUARTERBACKJackson to hold annual event amid Florida spikeBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson announced he will hold his annual “Funday with LJ” event in Florida amid the state’s spike in coronavirus cases. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician, was shot eight times in Louisville, Kentucky, by plainclothes officers serving a narcotics search warrant at her apartment on March 13. The broadcast will include specific calls for action, such as calls to city and state officials, voter registrations and social media posts calling attention to Taylor’s case. July 7, 2020 Qualifying for the AIG Women’s British Open has been canceled. The field will be made up of leading players from the women’s world ranking and recognizing top performances at recent events on the world’s leading tours.VIRUS OUTBREAK-CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPSWorld championships set for Houston are canceledHOUSTON (AP) — The International Cycling Union says this year’s BMX world championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled to be held in Houston in May and was at first postponed. A flyer posted on Jackson’s Instagram page Monday says the event will be held in a park in his hometown of Pompano Beach in Broward County. The city’s website says social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people are currently not allowed. The announcement comes more than a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said interactions among young people are driving the surge in confirmed cases. Florida’s Health Department says there are more than 21,000 positive coronavirus cases in Broward County.RACIAL INJUSTICE-IRVING PROGRAMKyrie Irving’s TV program calls for action in Taylor’s deathNEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is joining rapper Common and others for a TV special calling for action following the death of Breonna Taylor. Irving is producing the program,which will debut Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern on the PlayersTv digital and broadcast network. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

The Latest: Lions’ Stafford placed on NFL’s COVID-19 list

first_imgThe list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. The 32-year-old Stafford is easily one of the most high-profile players to land there.Stafford is entering his 12th season with the Lions, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009.___Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end/special teams standout Lerentee McCray has opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.McCray is entering his seventh NFL season, the last three with Jacksonville. He also played with Denver and Buffalo. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press The Latest: Lions’ Stafford placed on NFL’s COVID-19 list Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list.center_img They did not name the player.While noting that the player is asymptomatic, the WTA Tour said in a statement that she will remain in isolation “until cleared by a physician per the established protocols.”The women’s tour added that “all those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing per WTA protocols.” It said the tournament “will continue as planned.”Local organizers said the player was admitted to a national health facility designated for asymptomatic patients with COVID-19. “With the health and safety of my family in mind, I have decided to opt out of the 2020 season during these trying times in ‘Our Nation,’” McCray said. “I was honored to be involved in our team’s social justice efforts during this offseason, and I look forward to continuing to support those affected in any way I can.”McCray is the second Jaguars player in as many days to opt out, following veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.Also Saturday, the Jaguars placed cornerback D.J. Hayden (knee) and tight end James O’Shaughnessy (knee) on the active/physically unable to perform list following physicals.___A tennis player entered for the Palermo Ladies Open has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the tournament, organizers announced Saturday. August 1, 2020last_img read more

Persaud hits back-to-back tons for McGill in Beacon Café competition

first_imgFORMER Guyana U-19 captain, Travis Persaud, has returned to form with back-to-back centuries for the McGill Super Star Sports Club in the West Demerara Cricket Association (WDCA) Beacon Café 50-over competition. In their latest clash on Sunday at the Zeeburg Sports Club ground, the home team registered a 187-run victory against La Grange All Stars with their skipper excelling with bat and ball.La Grange All Stars won the toss and opted to field, but their bowling attack was unravelled by Persaud, who struck 12 fours and five sixes in an even hundred to help his side to a staggering score of 319-8 in 40 overs.In a match against Windsor Forest Sports Club last Sunday, Persaud had also scored an even hundred.For the second wicket in their latest clash, Persaud and another former U-19 cricketer, Kheshram Seyhodan, batted the All Stars out of the game with a 151-run partnership.  Seyhodan, who carved out 68, laced the boundary 11 times.Travis and his younger brother, Troy Persaud 19 (2x4s, 1×6) had added 51 runs for the first wicket.Also contributing to the total was Sudesh Persaud, who struck 44 (2x4s, 2x6s) and Mahadeo Ramotar, who finished with an unbeaten 23.Bowling for La Grange, left-arm medium pacer, Greg Singh, took 3-31 from eight overs and Paul Shivram 2-36 from five overs.In the middle, the visitors struggled to get the ball away and in the process, four of them fell to the off-spin bowling of Travis Persaud.  The 21-year-old finished with figures of 4-25 from eight overs, while left-arm fast bowler, Daniel Basdeo, supported with 2-32 (seven overs). Abdul Razack, Seyhodan and Sudesh Persaud finished with one wicket apiece.Kalfani Adams led La Grange with 34 (3x4s, 2x6s), while Naresh Ramcharran added 21 (2x6s) and Singh 13 (2x4s).last_img read more

Guyana to know opponents for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers today

first_imgGUYANA will know their oppositions for the preliminary rounds of the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship today, when the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announces the Schedule for the championships which will be held from July 17 to 21.While Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is yet to make public its plans for the Olympic Qualifiers, Guyana will be joined by Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and U.S. Virgin Islands in the 16-team tournament.After round-robin play, the group winners will advance to a final play-in match (1A v 1D and 1B v 1C). The winner in each play-in match will qualify for the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.In Central America, qualifying will be held in three individual home-and-away series, with the three series winners advancing to the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.The matchups – 1 v 6, 2 v 5 and 3 v 4 – will be determined via the FIFA World Ranking of March 31, 2019. The matches will take place the first 3 weeks of July.The six participating teams in Central America are (in order by ranking): Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala.The format, host country and dates for the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifiers will be announced at a later date. Mexico, Canada and the United States are set to participate as the North American representatives.last_img read more

City take big step towards title with derby win at United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City took a big step towards retaining the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford yesterday, sending them back to the top of the table.City have 89 points, one more than rivals Liverpool, with both teams having three games to play.Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane ensured a comfortable win for City against a United side that remain in sixth place, outside the Champions League qualification slots.United, smarting from their 4-0 hammering at Everton on Sunday, played with aggression and energy in the scoreless first half but the game was put beyond them after the break.Bernardo Silva picked the ball up on the right flank and cut inside, surprising United keeper David De Gea with a low drive that sneaked in the bottom corner in the 54th minute.Twelve minutes later and City doubled their lead – Fred giving the ball away in midfield, Raheem Sterling breaking forward before feeding Sane on the left with the German’s powerful drive flying in off the outstretched leg of De Gea.last_img read more

Liverpool ease to Bournemouth win, Son stars for Spurs

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON, England (Reuters) – Liverpool chalked up another routine win, 3-0 at Bournemouth, to open a daunting 11-point lead in the Premier League on a day when Everton finally had something to cheer, as caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson inspired a 3-1 victory over Chelsea.The individual honours, however, were taken by Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min who dribbled almost the entire length of the pitch to score in his side’s 5-0 rout of Burnley while bottom side Watford and Crystal Palace shared a goalless draw. With Manchester City not playing until later yesterday against Manchester United, and second-placed Leicester City in action today, Liverpool, who are now 1-4 to win the title, took their chance to move further clear. Having won 4-0 on their previous two visits to Bournemouth, manager Juergen Klopp again shuffled his side, making seven changes from the midweek Merseyside derby. Two of Liverpool’s lesser lights, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, responded with goals before Mohamed Salah completed the formalities. An injury sustained by defender Dejan Lovren was the only blot on Liverpool’s day, but Klopp said he was hoping it was just a touch of cramp. At Goodison Park, Everton looked nothing like the side who had subsided so abjectly at Liverpool, obviously re-energised by the fiery presence of Duncan Ferguson in place of Marco Silva in the dressing-room. The Scot’s decision to switch formation was instantly rewarded with a goal for Richarlison before Dominic Calvert-Lewin added a double to send the crowd wild. Although Ferguson said he thoroughly enjoyed his first game in charge, he will not be asking for the job full-time. “Honestly, I won’t be going asking for the job. I’m just here for Everton. It was an unbelievable experience – one I’ll never forget. We want the very best managers in the world at Everton Football Club. It’s one game. It’s one result.” The win moved Everton away from the relegation zone with most of their rivals playing today. At the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, Spurs delivered exactly the sort of response to their defeat at Manchester United that manager José Mourinho would have been looking for. Although Harry Kane scored twice to make it eight goals in nine games against Burnley, Son took the headlines with a superb effort that started just outside his own area and saw the South Korean slalom through half the opposition before slotting home from inside the box. Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko completed the scoring against a Burnley side who have conceded nine goals in four days. “Sonny stole the show today,” said Kane, who is not often overshadowed in front of goal. “An unbelievable goal, a great counter attack! All he wants to do is work hard and play for the team. He has great quality and works hard for the team.” Struggling Watford ended a string of three straight defeats against Crystal Palace in a scrappy game watched by their incoming manager Nigel Pearson, whose first game in charge could not be harder – a trip to Liverpool next Saturday.last_img read more

The Last Dance: ‘I was not just playing Michael’ – Malone speaks about facing Jordan and the Bulls

first_imgKARL Malone’s insistence he has the “utmost respect” for Michael Jordan did little to hide the tension that seemingly still exists between the ex-NBA stars.Jordan and the great Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s was the subject of the co-produced ESPN and Netflix docuseries ‘The Last Dance’.The Bulls’ rivalry with Malone’s Utah Jazz in the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals series were pivotal in the latter episodes.Malone refused to be a part of the show but ESPN released previously unseen footage of him talking about Jordan and playing the Bulls at that time from an interview in February 2019.Asked his reaction when he heard the name ‘Michael Jordan’, Malone – smoking a cigar – replied tersely: “Michael Jordan, Michael Jorda n… what else do I need to say?”Malone was then questioned more specifically on the famous moment of Game 6 of the ’98 Finals when Jordan stole the ball from Malone before going on to hit the game-winning shot that secured a second three-peat in the space of eight years.“Why? Why do I have to?” Malone answered.“But I tell you this, I’m all man and I accept the responsibility for not winning one (a championship).“And we was there, we just happened to be playing the Chicago Bulls, which wasn’t just Michael Jordan by the way and I have the utmost respect for Michael.“But I never thought I was playing Michael Jordan, I was playing the Chicago Bulls but let’s not, you know, everybody say this person was a bad man and all of that. Well, yes, I give them respect but I’ve got a setup. I’m a man, and I was a bad son of a b****, too.“So that’s how I look at that, and that’s who I am. Maybe in my older years I can call it that bluntly but I’m just calling it like I see it.”In the show, Jordan says how he was fired up ahead of the ’97 Finals after Malone received the NBA MVP award in the regular season.While the series has received critical acclaim, some involved have been disapproving of the way events have been portrayed and questioned the involvement of Jordan’s production company.Ex-Bulls star Horace Grant branded Jordan a liar when he accused his former team-mate of being a source for Sam Smith’s book ‘The Jordan Rules’, which paints the Hall of Famer in an unflattering light.Scottie Pippen, who was beside Jordan for each of the Bulls’ six championships in the eight-year span, was another ex-player to appear in the documentary and who was supposedly unhappy with his portrayal.In one episode, Jordan said Pippen was “selfish” over his decision to delay foot surgery that saw him miss the start of the 1997-98 season. (Omnisport)last_img read more

World Athletics to expel Russia’s federation  if fine unpaid by August 15

first_imgBy Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Brian HomewoodMOSCOW/BERN (Reuters) – The global governing body for athletics will expel Russia’s federation, suspended since 2015 for having broken anti-doping rules, if it fails to pay a hefty fine before Aug. 15, it said on Thursday.Rune Andersen, chair of the taskforce overseeing Russia’s reinstatement efforts, said it had received a guarantee from Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin that a payment of $6.31 million (4.85 million pounds), which includes a fine for breaching anti-doping rules, would be made before mid-August. The federation had missed the initial deadline of July 1.The expulsion, which would have to be approved by the World Athletics Congress, would lead to Russian athletes being sidelined from international competitions, including those who had previously been authorised to compete as neutrals.World Athletics said the decision would come into effect immediately and automatically if the payment was not made by the new deadline. It said no Russian athletes could be clear to compete internationally as neutrals until that condition was met.It added the federation needs to submit a new plan for reform and show satisfactory progress in achieving its objectives.“At least we are now in a position to continue the reinstatement process having had a clear indication that the have accepted the seriousness and severity of the situation,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe told an online news conference.“The proof of the pudding will be in the reinstatement plan we have from them.”Russia’s athletics federation was suspended in 2015 after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of mass doping among track and field athletes.Despite working towards reinstatement, the federation’s senior officials and coaches have continued to find themselves embroiled in doping scandals.This week the federation had asked World Athletics to delay its decision on its status, saying it did not have enough funds to cover the fine and other fees and that it was still searching for external funding.The federation’s handling of the doping crisis and its fallout has angered some of the country’s top athletes, including three-times world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene, who has been among the federation’s most vocal critics.Some athletes have said they could consider representing other countries if they are indefinitely barred from competing on the global stage.last_img read more

Sowoolu, Sports Journalist’s Jamz FM Ibadan Hits Airwaves

first_imgAccording to him, “most existing radio stations do the same thing.Ours will be the hub of information and urban contemporary radio station which can empower the people and at the same time, dish out quality programs for empowerment, charity, socially responsibleorganization Schools and education generally, etc. It will be a corporate goalsnumber one station for jams music and time tested contents that willbe relevant to the community and advertisers, thereby giving values tothe listeners“We have the right team on ground; we will break even within the shortest possible time because we have researched into what people are missing in the industry. We will be socially and professionally responsible to the needs of the people. Jamz FM is set to revolutionize the broadcast industry. Presently, our station,101.1FM is one of the most modern stations in the whole of Africa in terms of equipment, studio setting, manpower and content with 160,000 differentjams music.”While stressing that the station would focus on all sports not just football alone, the veteran broadcaster also stressed that the station shall dwell much on youth-oriented music, sports and other empowerment programmes as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to the people.Sowoolu added, “we are on top of the 40 urban radio stations. We are targeted at youths but we will also bring up intellectual issues about up-to-date developmental programmes for the delight of our listeners.We shall provide a whole lot of titbits, empowering issues and socially-driven programmes.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ademola Babalola in IbadanWith the concept to bring to fore many of the long forgotten ageless traditional ethos in broadcasting, ace sports journalist, Femi Sowoolu’s multi-million naira FM station Jamz FM 101.1, is set to commence operation on September 23.Speaking with THISDAY, Sowoolu who is the Managing Director/CEO, said the station located at Felele layout, off Ibadan-Iwo road expressway would serve as the hub of information dissemination, entertainment andup-to-date developmental radio station with socially-driven qualities geared towards giving values to the listeners and advertisers alike.last_img read more

Nosa Igiebor Retires from Eagles

first_imgCaykur Rizespor Kulübü midfielder Nosa Igiebor has made it clear that he will no longer honour calls to represent the Super Eagles.The 26-year-old player received a call up from Nigeria’s Franco-German coach Gernot Rohr ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia last October.However, Igiebor did not play as Nigeria recorded a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Chipolopolo at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.The former Real Betis and Lillestrøm SK midfielder insisted that German tactician Rohr did not tell him why he wasn’t used during the crucial encounter.”Yes, I granted an interview to a radio station in Nigeria,” Igiebor told Own Goal.com Nigeria.“It’s true I’m no longer interested in playing for Nigeria as long as Rohr remains the coach. He disrespected me.“He (Rohr) treated me like I’m nobody, I won’t honour any more calls unless if he assures me that I will play,” he added.“I can’t watch players I’m better than play ahead of me,” stressed the midfielder.Igiebor has featured in nine Turkish Super Lig matches since joining Rizespor from Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv in January 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Harry Kane Seals England’s Nations League Final Spot

first_imgEngland staged a superb late comeback to beat Croatia at Wembley to reach the finals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.Croatia, England’s World Cup semi-final conquerors in Moscow in July, looked set to inflict their curse once more and relegate Gareth Southgate’s side from the elite group when Andrej Kramaric’s twisting finish put them ahead via a deflection off Eric Dier after 57 minutes.England needed two goals to win the group and reach the semi-final and final stages in Portugal next June and at least inflict a small measure of revenge on Croatia for that World Cup disappointment. And they responded brilliantly to get the win their performance deserved and secure qualification for the next stage of the tournament as substitute Jesse Lingard scored from almost on the line with 12 minutes left.With five minutes left and the Three Lions still facing relegation, captain Harry Kane slid in Ben Chilwell’s free-kick to send England through and relegate Croatia.England manager Gareth Southgate will have feared an old flaw was returning to haunt his side when Kramaric put Croatia ahead just before the hour after seemingly taking an age to twist and turn before beating Jordan Pickford.It was cruel on England and punishment for failing, as they did in Moscow, to make the most of vast first-half superiority as they created a series of chances but contrived to miss them, with Kane and Raheem Sterling the chief culprits.England could have been forgiven for believing the fates were against them as they trailed to their League A Group Four opponents, who have become something of a bogey side over the years.Instead, they responded with courage and character as the clock ticked down to rescue glory and a place in Portugal from the prospect of relegation into the lower reaches of the Uefa Nations League. The victory also guarantees England a place in the Euro 2020 play-offs, a fallback in the event they fail to qualify for that tournament through the traditional route.Southgate can take his share of the credit for two attacking substitutions, sending on Lingard and Jadon Sancho with England’s backs against the wall, the reward coming in the shape of that decisive late rally.It hardly counts as retribution for the disappointment of the World Cup semi-final but it was a demonstration that this England side is developing under Southgate, this victory acting as a measure of their progress.The obvious joy of England’s players and supporters after that dramatic finale was another indicator that the UEFA Nations League, mocked and maligned at its inception, is capturing the public’s imagination.It is not yet close to being ready to be spoken about in the same breath as the major tournaments such as the World Cup and the Euros – but England’s adventure so far has produced hard evidence that the idea behind its creation, to add an extra edge beyond traditional friendlies, has been a success.The atmosphere inside Wembley when England went a goal behind was testament to this, with the crowd clearly aware of the consequences and what Southgate’s men required to avoid the worst fate.The group situation added an extra layer of tension and atmosphere, contributing to a memorable conclusion.The Nations League results have also seen England respond to an ongoing criticism that they fail to beat the top sides, with even Southgate insisting they could not be considered among the world’s elite until they beat the best. The World Cup did nothing to answer those questions.Now, in the increasingly competitive environment of this UEFA Nations League, they have recorded significant wins away to Spain and now at home to the team that outmanoeuvred them in Moscow.England’s “Football Coming Home” anthem became a serious bone of contention at the World Cup – with Croatia using it as a sign of arrogance from their opponents in the build up to the semi-final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Harry Kane last_img read more

Boxing: Whyte Knocks out Chisora, Targets Anthony Joshua

first_imgBritish heavyweight Dillian Whyte delivered a brutal 11th-round knockout of Dereck Chisora to maintain hope of facing world champion Anthony Joshua.In an intense rematch, Chisora brought constant pressure and was up on two of the three cards when he was stopped.But the 34-year-old – who had been deducted two points – left himself exposed to a crushing left to the jaw. Afterwards, Whyte called out Joshua, who stepped up to the ring and said Whyte was third on his list of targets.Addressing Joshua, who beat him in 2015, Whyte said: “Rematch, let’s go. Let’s do this.”IBF, WBO and WBA champion Joshua has made it clear he hopes to fight WBC title holder Deontay Wilder, with Tyson Fury a second target.The 29-year-old moved from his commentary position, climbed to the ring ropes and asked fans at London’s O2 Arena if they would be interested in him fighting Whyte, prompting cheers.“So if the Whyte fight gets made I don’t want to hear any boos,” said Joshua.“We know how the list goes, who is one and two. If there’s anyone that deserves a shot, if it isn’t them it’s you.”Whyte stormed from the ring as Joshua explained his place in the pecking order. But promoter Eddie Hearn later said a bout between the pair was a case of “when, not if” as he expects Whyte to become a mandatory challenger.In defeating Chisora, Whyte showed more elements of progress as he boxed patiently against a rival who ploughed forward time and again.Whyte, 30, seemed more cautious than during their heavy-hitting meeting in 2016 when he shaded a points win after 12 thrilling rounds which left many fans calling for a repeat.The rematch was again played out at pace, with Whyte picking smart shots under pressure. A hard counter-right in the opening round and a short uppercut in the second caught the eye, while a shot drilled to the body jolted Chisora in eight.But Chisora landed good work of his own as he closed the distance, with a heavy right hook getting home in the sixth.He was docked points – for repeated low blows in the eighth and an elbow in the 11th – perhaps tempting him to chase the contest without knowing two ringside judges had him ahead.In missing with a shot of his own, he was made to pay as Whyte swept a left hook to the jaw, leaving him in need of lengthy attention from his corner with the ninth loss of a 38-fight career sealed.“I said it wasn’t going the distance,” said Whyte. “I was trying to box disciplined and take my time. I hurt him in the first round and thought ‘you have 12 rounds to do this’. I knew it would come.“It was 23 rounds of carnage. This is my time now. Joshua is talking rubbish, my career needs to progress. Time is ticking.”This was Chisora’s first contest alongside manager David Haye, who shouted instructions from the first row of seats between rounds.The focused training regime they talked of before the bout appeared evident as Chisora carried the fight to his rival with energy, only to be made to pay for losses of discipline with the deductions and a lapse of focus for a second in the penultimate round.His boxing future now seems uncertain, while Whyte’s looks positive after his ninth straight win following defeat by Joshua. Few would begrudge him a first shot at a world title, with names such as Joseph Parker, Lucas Browne and Chisora (twice) on his resume.Much will depend on how negotiations play out for Joshua’s Wembley opponent on 13 April, with Hearn attempting to lure Wilder away from a rematch with Fury following their draw in early December.Joshua admitted Whyte’s choice to call him “lanky” led him to get up onto the ring, adding: “I’m not annoyed, I’m ready.“I’m quite respectful but if Dillian steps in the ring with me you better believe me, none of these heavyweights are on my level, and I keep my lid on because I don’t want to explode on none of them.”Undefeated American Jarrell Miller was also ringside in London and has an outside chance of being Joshua’s next opponent. The heavyweight scene looks like it will prove captivating in 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Liverpool Back at EPL Summit after 2-0 Win at Cardiff City

first_imgThat extra game for Manchester City will be played on Wednesday when Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.Now the champions will make the short trip with the pressure firmly back on.Against a Cardiff side battling for Premier League survival, it was a confident, patient performance from Liverpool who have now enjoyed nine straight wins in all competitions.“It was prepared to be a proper banana skin and we knew that, the boys were unbelievable. It was clear, difficult for all of us,” said Klopp.“The boys tried really with all they have, we only speak about the things we have to do.”“Their attitude is outstanding and it’s a tough season but a very positive one as well,” added the German.Cardiff defended deep and in numbers and limited Liverpool’s opportunities, but Roberto Firmino missed a great chance to open the scoring in the 22nd minute.He found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Neil Etheridge but lifted the ball over the bar.Etheridge was then quick off his line to save with his legs from Mohamed Salah, while Cardiff offered a warning when Alisson Becker tipped over Oumar Niasse’s close-range effort.After an intense spell of pressure following the interval, Georginio Wijnaldum broke the deadlock for Liverpool in fine style with a first-time strike.It came from a clever short corner kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold.Sean Morrison then missed a golden opportunity for Cardiff to equalise, making a hash of a header when he had an open goal at his mercy after Alisson misjudged a cross.Late in the game, Morrison was judged to have pulled down Mohamed Salah in the box.Substitute James Milner converted the 81st minute penalty kick to make sure of the crucial three points for Klopp’s side.Liverpool’s ability to avoid slip-ups against lowly opposition has been a key part of their season.They have taken 52 points from a possible 54 against teams in the bottom half of the table.Cardiff remain in 18th place, the final relegation spot, and are three points behind 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion, having played a game more.(Reuters/NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool regained their place at the top of the English Premier League (EPL) with a 2-0 win at Cardiff City on Sunday that restored their two-point lead over Manchester City.Juergen Klopp’s side, who have lost just once in the league all season, have 88 points, a club record in the Premier League era.Manchester City, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Saturday, are on 86 but have a game in hand.last_img read more

Ighalo Can’t Wait to See the Combination of Pogba and Fernandes

first_imgOdion Ighalo He is one of many United stars to have benefited from the arrival of Fernandes. The Portuguese has taken to life at United seamlessly and has triggered an overwhelming sense of optimism among the United masses.Fernandes has been a bright spark in a team lacking real creative talent, with Paul Pogba sidelined for the majority of the season. Ighalo believes that when Fernandes and Pogba finally link up in the midfield, fans will see ‘a different team’.“He (Pogba) is working hard to get back to fitness and imagine when we have Pogba and Bruno in the midfield, then you will see a different team – (Marcus) Rashford coming back also,” Ighalo said in the interview monitored on UK’s Sportsmail.Ighalo knows Fernandes well as they spent time together in Italy seven years ago.The 30-year-old Nigerian said further that the best is yet to come from his team-mate.“Bruno is a fantastic player,” he added. “I played with him in 2013-14 at Udinese. We’ve not seen the best of him yet in the Premier League.“Once Bruno Fernandes settles down in England you will see what that guy can do. He has vision, he wants the ball always. He can shoot, he can score goals, he is very intelligent.“Before the ball comes, he is a step ahead to know what he wants to do. In times to come you are going to see what he can do in the Premier League, even better than what he is doing now,” stressed the AFCON 2019 top scorer.Pogba’s injury restricted him to eight appearances so far this season, but he was primed to return before professional football in England was suspended because of the COVID-19 outbreak.“I’ve been frustrated, a long time ago. Now I’m almost there, so I’m just thinking about getting back and training fully with the team and everything,” the 27-year-old Frenchman said in an official club podcast.“You think bad, but I’ve never had something like this in my career, so I always take it in a good way. It makes me more hungry to come back and do well.”Pogba suffered a foot injury in August that he aggravated by continuing to play.“I had a cast on it, a plaster-cast, so it went very well but too well.“The bone got bigger and so, when I came back again, I played those two games against Watford and Newcastle, I could feel something again.”He underwent surgery in January and now cannot wait to return to action.“So I had to have an operation and now here I am. I don’t feel anything, and, hopefully, I’ll be back very soon,” Pogba concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian international, Odion Ighalo, has expressed optimism that the return of injured Paul Pogba to pair Bruno Fernandes in the midfield will greatly impact Manchester United’s fortunes in the remaining of the 2019/20 season once the COVID-19 lockdown is over.The Shanghai Shenhua forward who is on loan at Old Trafford told top Ghanaian female sports journalist, Juliet Bawuah, yesterday that the combination of Pogba and Fernandes would be a big hit.Ighalo who has impressed since sealing the surprise switch to United on January transfer deadline day deal, has scored four goals in eight outings for his new club.last_img read more

Djokovic Disqualified from Fourth Round for Default

first_imgAfter a lengthy discussion, he was defaulted by tournament officials.The Grand Slam rules state: “Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site.“The referee, in consultation with the Grand Slam chief of supervisors may declare a default for either a single violation of this code.”Djokovic was the heavy favourite toi wn the men’s singles title at the US Open, which is being played behind closed doors and is the first Grand Slam to take place since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.Going into the match against 20th seed Carreno Busta, Djokovic had not lost a singles match in 2020.This was arguably the most dramatic default since British umpire Gerry Armstrong, now the Wimbledon Referee, disqualified John McEnroe from the Australian Open 1990 for verbal abuse.Djokovic had looked extremely likely to add to his 17 Major titles and had been in imperious form, boasting a 26-0 record for 2020 which looked likely to extend to the end of this strange season.It is a massive blow to his hopes of usurping Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, both absent from Flushing Meadows, but who stand on 19 and 20 respectively. At the age of 33 he can hardly afford to spurn such opportunities.One upshot of the drama is that there is going to be a long-awaited new Grand Slam champion in men’s tennis for the first time since Marin Cilic won in New York six years ago, with the young guns eagerly waiting in the wings for one of the established stars to slip.There appears little question that Djokovic’s angry swish of the racket did not mean to injure anyone, it was just an act of frustration. Immediately that he saw he had hit his unintended target he gestured his apology, and knew that he was in deep trouble.Tim Henman was defaulted from Wimbledon 25 years ago for a similar mishap, and he knew better than anyone that there was no alternative to the punishment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Top seed Novak Djokovic was Sunday night disqualified from his US Open fourth-round match after accidentally hitting a ball at a line judge.Djokovic showed his frustration after losing serve to trail 6-5 against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.The Serbian world number one took a ball out of his pocket and hit it behind him, striking the female line judge in her throat. Novak-Djokoviclast_img read more

Baldwinsville field hockey shut out by C-NS again

first_imgWithout any rest, B’ville would host defending sectional Class B champion Holland Patent 24 hours later, and again the Bees were shut out, this time 2-0 by the Golden Knights.Neither side got on the board in the first half. Vredenburg was sensational, recording 14 saves, but HP got to her in the second half as Haley Acevedo and Maja Helmer earned the goals, with Maggie Cummings adding an assist. The Bees were held to just three shots.Following Monday’s game against visiting Liverpool, the Bees (5-6)  would get a much-need respite, not playing again for more than a week before hosting East Syracuse Minoa on Oct. 8. Tags: Baldwinsvillefield hockey Through 10 games, the Baldwinsville field hockey team only had a mark of 5-5, in large part because it struggled to produce goes against familiar opposition.And no one has frustrated the Bees more than defending Section III Class A champion Cicero-North Syracuse, who again topped B’ville 1-0 when these sides met last Thursday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.Three weeks earlier, it had gone to overtime at Bragman Stadium, with the Bees robbed early in the extra period by Northstars goalie Allie Wagner and then seeing C-NS put in the game-winning goal a few minutes later. Here, the decisive tally came early. The Northstars applied pressure and then saw freshman forward Christina Wagner take a pass from Emily Colgiovanni and direct a shot past Bees goalie Claire Vredenburg.From there, B’ville kept the Northstars quiet, Vredenburg earning six saves, and had plenty of its own opportunities to get in front.However, C-NS’s defense turned them all away and Ally Wagner, constantly challenged, came up with nine total saves to earn the shutout. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Underage students now allowed in Traditions bar

first_imgAs the Ronald Tutor Campus Center celebrated its grand opening last week, USC’s historic on-campus bar, Traditions, re-opened to the public with some major changes.Slap on · A DPS officer places a wristband on a student before she enters Traditions bar. Students must have wristbands to drink at the new bar and grill, which now allows students under 21 to enter. – James Watson | Daily Trojan Traditions, located in the basement of the campus center, is now adjacent to Tommy’s Place, a new concert venue featuring performances by both USC students and other non-affiliated groups. In addition, Traditions is now a full-service bar and grill restaurant.According to Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality, the venue was created as yet another location for students to relax and have fun while on campus.“Our goal was to provide a space for all students, staff and faculty to enjoy,” he said.In the past, Traditions was only accessible to students who were 21 or older. Now, the age restriction has been lifted and all students can visit both the restaurant and Tommy’s Place.However, officials said this modification of rules does not change USC’s zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking on campus.The entrance to Traditions is monitored by a Department of Public Safety officer who will check the identification of every person who wishes to enter the facility. People older than  21 will receive wristbands indicating they are allowed to order and consume alcohol.Thus far, Klinger reported there have been one or two instances of underage students attempting to acquire wristbands from others.DPS Capt. David Carlisle said he anticipates that underage students trying to obtain alcohol will be a minor issue.“We hope that by publicizing that we are enforcing the rules, it will discourage people from breaking them,” Carlisle said.Any student found breaking the rules will have their student information documented and sent to USC Student Judicial Affairs.Beverly Tse, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences, said she doesn’t believe underage drinking at Traditions will be a problem, even with the opening of Tommy’s Place.“There are so many ways to get alcohol off campus,” she said. “I wouldn’t come to a school-operated facility.”Jacquee Bell, a sophomore majoring in theatre, disagrees.She said she believes opening Traditions to underage students will allow them to find methods of obtaining alcohol once they are inside.“The potential for problems exists because people can very easily slip off the wristbands or find discarded ones and put them on their wrists,” she said.But, Klinger said he believes the security measures that are already in place will be adequate to deter students from engaging in illegal behavior.“It’s a concern and we take it very seriously, but we also need to realize all the security resources we have available,” he said.last_img read more

Wrestling team heads to Green Bay

first_imgThe Wisconsin wrestling team opens its season Friday at the Hall of Fame Duals in Green Bay, and with nine returning starters, there are high hopes for the season.“A lot of good things are happening right now with the team,” head coach Barry Davis said. “We as coaches right now are pretty pleased with what’s going on.”The Badgers will square off against the University of Dubuque, Tri-State University and UW-Oshkosh. Last year the cardinal and white opened their season against both Dubuque and Oshkosh, bringing home a pair of victories.After last week’s wrestle-offs at the Field House, the nine returning starters secured their spots. The lone question was who would take over All-American Tyler Turner’s spot in the 149-pound division, and true freshman Kendall Vogel outlasted fellow newcomer Weldon Rogers to earn the spot.“[Kendall’s] just a freshman,” Davis said. “I got to watch him wrestle last year at the state tournament. He’s shown some steady improvements since he’s been here. We’ll see how he reacts with some competition.”The Badgers return 19 letter winners from last year, headlined by Craig Henning, the preseason favorite of two polls at 157 pounds. Henning was the national runner-up last season at the same weight class, but knows the poll doesn’t mean much once the season starts.“We don’t really care too much about the preseason hype,” Henning said. “March is when it really matters, so we’re just preparing for that. We’ve got some real tough matches at the beginning of the year.”Henning was chosen to be one of three captains this season along with returners Dallas Herbst and Kyle Ruschell. Both were NCAA qualifiers last season. As a sophomore, Ruschell was surprised when he learned he would be one of the team’s captains.“I did not expect to be a captain, especially this year,” Ruschell said. “Especially having so many guys a year above me, most of them have been in the starting lineup already. They’ve got that experience over me. But this team has so many leaders.”The captains are named, the lineup is set, and the Badgers are ready to go. After spending the last two months with their team, these grapplers are anxious for their first meet.“We’ve been beating up each other,” Ruschell said. “It’s about time we get out and see how we’ve improved and what we need to work on.”“We’re excited. It’s been awhile since we’ve actually competed,” Herbst added. “We’re ready to see where we’re at as a team this year as compared to last year. With nine guys coming back, you kind of hope to do what you did the year before and hopefully better.”last_img read more

FB : Despite career day for Nassib, SU offense struggles to find end zone

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For its first two plays, the Syracuse offense worked to perfection.In a complete transformation from SU’s season-opening win, the Orange moved rapidly down the field to start its first drive. A Ryan Nassib-to-Adam Harris completion and an Antwon Bailey cutback run up the middle put SU in Rhode Island territory after less than a minute.But the third play disrupted Syracuse’s start-fast mentality and game plan. Nassib’s throw downfield intended for Alec Lemon sailed high and came down in the hands of Rhode Island cornerback Devon Dace.‘I take personal responsibility for that first drive,’ Nassib said. ‘I made a wrong read. I made a bad read and all through the drive all the guys were ready to go. I looked in their eyes, and I saw for the first time this season that they were ready to go.’While Nassib’s errant pass was Syracuse’s only turnover of the game, it set the stage for an uneven performance by the Orange offense — its second such performance in as many games. The Orange moved the ball down the field well Saturday, especially through the air. Ryan Nassib threw for a career-high 318 yards and carried an unusually one-dimensional offense on Saturday, accounting for all of SU’s points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Syracuse couldn’t finish drives, struggled to run the ball and scored only three times in its 21-14 victory over Football Championship Subdivision opponent Rhode Island.‘A lot of that had to do with little mistakes,’ Nassib said. ‘One guy missing an assignment — I missed a few out there — and that’s just stuff that’s really unacceptable. For me, it’s unacceptable, and I know for a lot of the other guys it’s unacceptable.’Much of the offense’s difficulties had to do with Rhode Island’s defense. While Wake Forest’s defense was able to stymie SU for most of the game because it caught the Orange off guard, Rhode Island came in with a different, unconventional defense that stacked the defensive box.Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said URI brought two safeties or linebackers up on the sides, making it almost a 4-4 formation in the box on defense.Eight guys in the box meant gaps for Bailey were hard to come by. He finished with 43 yards on 13 carries.‘We came out right off the bat trying to throw it,’ Marrone said. ‘That was the game plan from the beginning.’Nassib tied the school record for completions in a single game with 29. He was fantastic apart from the pick on the opening drive, completing 78 percent (29-of-37) of his passes. The Orange’s wide receivers had a huge day, too. Van Chew caught eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, and Alec Lemon caught a career-high 10 passes for 94 yards and a score.Yet Syracuse struggled to score and couldn’t put together consistent stretches of good offense. Bailey couldn’t get going against the URI defense, evident by his paltry 3.3 yards per carry.‘When you have a team like ours, that’s a run-based team, you’re going to see (eight in the box),’ Bailey said. ‘So that’s just something that we got to get adjusted to.’Syracuse put up 126 yards on offense and recorded nine first downs in the first quarter, but had only seven points to show for it.The Orange did reach the end zone on its second drive, an 11-play, 73-yard grind that featured a fourth-and-5 conversation in Rhode Island territory to keep things moving.On the next drive, Nassib completed three consecutive passes to three different receivers. URI’s aggressive defense near the line of scrimmage left the short out-route pattern uncovered, and Nassib took advantage.But later on that third drive, the SU offense hit a wall — a common theme for much of the day. Bailey got banged up on a third-down run up the middle, and Jerome Smith was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 from the Rams’ 14-yard line.Rhode Island took possession and put together a drive to tie the game.Syracuse could have been up by 21 points in the first quarter. Instead, a few minutes into the second quarter, the game was tied.While SU went on to win by one score, Nassib said the Orange’s blunders must be amended going forward.‘You get down in the red zone, you got to put points on the board,’ Nassib said. ‘And it’s something we got to correct, and whatever we did, little mistakes, we got to make sure we go back, look at them, make sure we don’t do them again.’mcooperj@syr.edu Published on September 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse to hire Scott Shafer as next head coach, according to report

first_imgSyracuse will name Scott Shafer as its next head coach, Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports reported late Monday.Shafer is being promoted from defensive coordinator to replace Doug Marrone, who was officially introduced as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills on Monday. Shafer has been with Syracuse for four seasons, and in 2010, transformed the Orange’s defense to become the seventh in the nation in total defense.In 2008, the year before Shafer arrived at Syracuse, the Orange’s defense was 101st in the nation in total defense with 4,974 yards allowed per game. Then, in Shafer’s first season in 2009, the Orange finished 37th in the nation, and the next season finished seventh.SU’s 2010 unit was also 17th in the country in points allowed per game at 19.31, and was seventh in passing yards allowed with 165.31 per game.After a down year in 2011 that saw Syracuse allow more than 28 points per game, Shafer brought the unit back to a respectable level in 2012.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s defense finished this past season tied for fourth in the nation in tackles for loss with an average of eight per game.Throughout the season, Syracuse shut down high-caliber quarterbacks including Southern California’s Matt Barkley, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and in the Pinstripe Bowl against West Virginia, potential first-round pick Geno Smith.The Mountaineers, who featured an explosive offense that averaged over 39 points per game, managed to score 14 points against Shafer’s defense.Shafer has been a defensive coach for 22 years, including a season as the defensive coordinator at Michigan in 2008, and one in the same role for Stanford in 2007. He also spent time on the coaching staffs at Western Michigan, Illinois, Northern Illinois, Rhode Island and Indiana.He was one of Marrone’s first hires upon Marrone being named head coach for Syracuse.Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross said on ESPN CNY radio Monday that he wanted to move quickly in finding a new head coach, and stressed the importance of finding stability with the program. He said he also wanted to find someone who could keep the Orange’s momentum moving forward.“You’ve got to look at ‘How do we keep the momentum we’ve created?’ That’s what our focus is. And we’re going to do what the right thing is to keep that going,” Gross said. “We’ve got great momentum, we’re getting ready to go to the ACC. We want to make sure everything is stable. We’ve created a culture that’s a winning culture and that’s what we want to enhance.”Gross didn’t have to go to far to find his new head coach.Shafer’s son, Wolfgang, tweeted about his father’s promotion Monday. Related Stories SU defensive coordinator Shafer is frontrunner to replace Marrone, recruit saysFrom scratch: Shafer rejuvenates career as mastermind of SU’s defensive transformationIseman: Marrone’s departure for NFL understandable after accomplishing goals at SyracuseBuffalo Bills introduce Doug Marrone as head coach; Daryl Gross, Nancy Cantor release statements Published on January 7, 2013 at 11:01 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Proud of my dad! Living his dream! #CuseNation #CuseFam— Wolfgang Shafer (@Wolf_Shafer11) January 8, 2013 Shafer’s promotion brings stability to the program as it heads into the Atlantic Coast Conference. It will also help keep the Orange’s recruits committed to Syracuse with the national signing day less than a month away.ESPN’s Brett McMurphy also tweeted Monday that in addition to Shafer becoming head coach, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will remain at Syracuse.Shafer’s hiring has not yet been announced by Syracuse. Commentslast_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to win pivotal game against Virginia

first_img Published on March 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm Stephen Bailey: Syracuse 64, Virginia 60Carry me back to old Virginia The Orange pulls out what is being hyped as the Cavaliers’ biggest home game in two decades. After losing its efficiency in the final five minutes of games as of late, SU regains its rhythm in what will inevitably be a super-slow, down-to-the-wire game. Look for C.J. Fair to be at his best, like he has been in most big games this season, and Tyler Ennis to continue his aggressive offensive play.David Wilson: Syracuse 63, Virginia 50Cavalier Attitude It should be a defensive struggle, but the No. 4 Orange simply has more weapons. UVA plays great team defense, but doesn’t have the personnel to match up with Fair, Ennis and Jerami Grant. As long as Rakeem Christmas can defend the high post effectively, then No. 12 Virginia could struggle to score against the zone.Trevor Hass: Syracuse 61, Virginia 58Another one bites the dustSyracuse wins yet another close game, eking out a win over Virginia in the final minutes. Expect Grant to use his athleticism to exploit the Cavaliers inside. If he’s cooking, the Orange is that much more difficult to contain. This game proves that Virginia is legit and is capable of making a deep NCAA Tournament run, and that Syracuse is just a bit better when the game is on the line. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse, North Carolina State to kick off at 3 p.m. on Nov. 1

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) and North Carolina State (4-4, 0-4) will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, the ACC announced Monday morning. The matchup will be broadcast on Regional Sports Network, the league also announced.The Orange and Wolfpack last battled on Oct. 12 of last season in Raleigh, North Carolina. SU gashed N.C. State for 362 yards on the ground en route to a 24-10 win.NCSU, currently trudging through a four-game losing streak, has this week off before hitting the road to face the Orange the following weekend. The Wolfpack lost at Louisville, 30-18, on Saturday.Syracuse, fresh off a 30-7 beating of Wake Forest on Saturday, ventures back down to the Carolinas to take on No. 21 Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers escaped with a comeback road win Saturday at Boston College, scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown to prevail, 17-13. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Nicky Galasso, Syracuse defense pace better start in win over UNC

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 25, 2015 at 1:08 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman CHESTER, Pa. – Kevin Rice knew Syracuse had a reputation of coming out slow on the road.In its three games away from the Carrier Dome this season, the Orange trailed 4-0 against St. Johns, faced a 9-3 deficit against Notre Dame and fell behind 5-0 against North Carolina.But on Friday night, albeit not by the margin it’s found itself on the other side of, the Orange scored the first two goals and never trailed by more than one in the first half.“We talked about it all week, that the book on us is sort of that we can’t play well early on the road,” Rice said. “We wanted to answer those critics a little bit.”Syracuse was paced in the first half by a Nicky Galasso hat trick and entered halftime tied at five, a stark contrast from the four-goal deficit it found itself in at the break two weeks ago in North Carolina. The improved start wasn’t anything that blew the game open early, but rather something that prevented the third-seeded Orange (10-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) from having to dig out of a hole against the second-seeded Tar Heels (12-3, 3-1) in a 9-8 win at PPL Park in the ACC tournament semifinals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd whether it was Galasso’s hot start or SU’s defense silencing Chad Tutton, Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey at the onset, the Orange rode it early to advance and face fourth-seeded Duke in the finals on Sunday.“Nicky played awesome. He got like two or three goals right off the bat there, he really sparked their offense,” Tutton said. “We had a bit of a slow start and just look at the first three goals of the game, guys who aren’t normally scoring goals.“I put that onus on us, specifically me, Joey and Jimmy, we’ve got to do a better job of getting our offense started early.”Just more than a minute into the game, Galasso received a pass from Randy Staats almost horizontal to the goal on the right side of the crease. He sharply planted with his left foot and cut past Jake Matthai before slotting one through goalie Kieran Burke’s legs.Then as two defenders collapsed on Dylan Donahue, Galasso cut through the middle, received a pass and fired a right-handed shot past Burke for a 2-0 lead before throwing both his hands straight up in the air.“It’s up to the individual to make plays,” UNC head coach Joe Breschi said. “… and Nicky made plays for them.”In the second quarter, Wardwell made back-to-back saves on Bitter and Sankey, with his knees and in between his legs, respectively, in just one of the instances SU kept the nation’s highest-scoring duo at bay.On the ESPNU broadcast at halftime, John Desko credited Galasso’s comfort level against his former team for his early success. He also praised his defense for defending against UNC’s picks early, which helped silence Bitter and Sankey.And though North Carolina was able to come back from a three-goal deficit to tie the game in the second half and Galasso was held without a goal or assist, Syracuse did enough early on to set itself up for an easier road to the finals.“Nicky always loves playing against Carolina,” Rice said. “He really took it to them early which helped settle everyone in.” Commentslast_img read more

Q&A with Alric Van, business analyst

first_imgAlric Van graduated from USC in May 2010 and now works as a business analyst for BP. Van, who studied chemical engineering at USC, sat down with the Daily Trojan to talk about his experiences.Alric VanDaily Trojan: What does your position at BP entail?Alric Van: I forecast gasoline and diesel demands, and I ensure smooth operations at our field distribution terminals on the West Coast. I also work with the refineries to help them change their output to meet the demand in their region.DT: Did you always know you wanted to work in the oil industry?Van: It was kind of by chance. I was a sophomore and looking at internship opportunities and Valero popped up. I interned with Valero as an engineer and I really liked learning about the oil industry. BP has given me the opportunity to check out the business side of the oil business.DT: What about the oil industry interests you?Van: I find the oil industry really interesting because it’s an essential commodity and it affects the every day consumer. You have the drivers, but it also affects the state and even the government at the national level. [Gasoline is] important on almost any level of society.DT: Have you found it difficult to work for BP after the oil spill?Van: I am proud to work for BP. I think we did the right thing after the spill happened, but I have noticed a lot of changes in the organization. There’s a noticeable emphasis on safety now. When our CEO says we are even more focused on safety, he’s not just giving lip service.DT: How has your USC education prepared you for your job?Van: It taught me how to learn and that’s helped me pick things up along the way in my current job. The USC experience overall taught me how to network with people, and that’s a pretty big part of my job.DT: What did you enjoy most about USC?Van: Definitely being a part of the USC Dragon Boat Team was an amazing time. We became like a family.  I loved being at USC, and it’s definitely more fun than working. I love my job, but I think my time at USC was much more fun.DT: What advice would you give fellow Trojans?Van: You have to believe in yourself. Once you start working you have to really know what you want and follow your own career path. Don’t let someone else write your life.last_img read more

Clothing store wins contest for startups

first_imgYoki’s Garden, which will open a store in the University Village selling clothing and accessories  made from game-worn USC athletic gear, was named the first winner of Trojan Start-Ups Student Business Challenge.The plan won Derek Belch, a first year graduate student studying business administration, a semester of free rent in the U.V. after completing businesses gave their final pitches Friday. The business will be located at the site of  the former USC Blood Donor Center.Starting up · Yoki’s Garden won the first Trojan Start-Ups Student Business Challenge. It will receive a free semester of rent in the U.V. – Photo courtesy of Trojan Start-UpsThree groups pitched their business plans at the final pitch event.“The product has been selling on Saturdays before football games so now we’re exited to be selling our clothing on campus full-time, around the clock,” Belch said. “As Marshall students, it’s great to have a couple guys from our class being able to be the first students to have a business at the U.V. and really see the fruits of our labor take off.”Trojan Start-Ups was founded this semester by a team of seven students from The Art and Adventure of Leadership (MDA 365), which was taught by former USC President Steven B. Sample and  USC Leadership Institute Founding Chairman Warren Bennis. Trojan Start-Ups member Sarah Barrett, a senior majoring in business administration, said the class decided to start the organization to provide students with a business opportunity they hope will thrive in the future.“Our group project for the class was to observe and practice leadership,” Barrett said. “It really struck a chord with us to have a space for student entrepreneurs and to have it be an integral part of our campus and student experience.”Alex Park, a senior majoring in business administration and the creator of MOVE!, a business devoted to providing exciting group exercise classes, said he wants to develop a relationship with his customers that goes beyond the one hour per week they partake in a fitness class.“When you come in, we’ll know your name and we’ll know what your working towards,” Park said. “As the owners, we want the students to know we are there for them.”Austin Hay, a senior majoring in environmental engineering and creator of USC TechForce, said the competition has helped encourage him to develop a comprehensive business plan, including finding sponsors and sources of capital.“As a part of our business plan, we have figured out our capital cost and received funding from other businesses as well as support from our friends and family,” Hay said.Six expert judges consisting of university officials, representatives from USC Real Estate and Asset Management, sponsors and experienced alumni entrepreneurs judged the finalists based on the criteria of exemplifying entrepreneurial leadership and the ability to lead a support system for fellow Trojans.“Of the final competing businesses, we have seen students who have demonstrated such leadership capacity and such a passion for their project that wouldn’t have come to fruition if it wasn’t for Trojan Start-ups,” said Chris Makiuchi, a senior majoring in business administration and a student in The Art of Leadership.Though most of the organization’s founding members are seniors, they hope the organization and competition will become an annual event.“We’re developing the framework for not only our project but our organization framework for the future,” said Trojan Start-Ups member Christianna Kyriacou, a senior majoring in print and digital journalism and political science. “We will be inviting other students who have an interest in supporting that sense of innovation and entrepreneurship at USC to help carry on this program in the years to come.”last_img read more

Rossier develops center to foster diversity in STEM

first_imgTucker Judkins | Daily TrojanThe Rossier School of Education launched its newest research center, the Center for Empowered Learning and Development with Technology, in September 2017 to study techniques that may improve the learning experiences of underrepresented students by integrating technology into specific fields.Brendesha Tynes, an associate professor of education and psychology at Rossier, is the founding director of the center and has been conducting research since 2001 on young people’s experiences online and how they relate to their academic performance and mental health.“As I developed as a researcher, I started to think about ways that I could ultimately impact what was happening in schools,” said Tynes, who found the lack of diversity in tech companies troubling. “If we’ve been doing research in schools for all these years, why hasn’t there been any change in the percentage of people of color … that these companies are hiring?”Tynes came to USC in 2012 hoping to start a center that would focus on technology and its relationship to the education of students of color. The center was launched this year with Stephen Aguilar, a postdoctoral fellow, as its associate director and Ashley Stewart, a doctoral candidate in philosophy, as its project manager.Along with Aguilar and Stewart, Tynes assembled a team of researchers with diverse areas of expertise but all possessing knowledge of the histories and cultures of minorities. “We want people who have been in these communities for years and studied them and continue to study the research that’s coming out of these populations,” Tynes said. “That’s the only way we’re gonna do research that’s … innovative and rigorous.”The center aims to study and improve equity in technology education for students of color. Researchers will work to examine how students use technology both inside and outside of the classroom and how this relates to their educational experience. “We really want to be able to tell teachers and tell educators how they should be engaging students, particularly students of color and students in urban populations, around technology use and media use,” Stewart said.The first project that the center is working on is a media literacy app that will help students critically analyze messages that they see in the media. The center will also continue working on a project that analyzes computer science classrooms to tell educators the best way to teach minorities. In the future, the center hopes to look further into how adolescents’ use of the internet affects their mental health and views on education. “We’re recognizing that technology, social media, is a double-edged sword,” said Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “We need to understand, particularly on young people, the effect of cyberbullying.”These various projects look to ultimately assist educators teaching students of color about technology with the hopes of increasing equity in education and diversity in the tech industry. According to a 2014 report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 68.5 percent of high tech industry participants in the U.S. are white.This is a statistic that many centers at Rossier are attempting to change. “Our mission is to improve learning … and understand the ways in which equitable teaching, assessments and so on affect individuals students as well as schools and other systems,” Gallagher said.last_img read more

March for Science: Students highlight importance of science in society

first_imgScience advocates and enthusiasts gathered in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to bring awareness to the importance of science in different aspects of society, calling for evidence-based policy-making and encouraging young people to engage with science.Design by Karan Nevatia | Daily TrojanThis year’s March for Science Los Angeles did not include an actual march. Rather, it was a rally in Pershing Square with various speakers. Ralliers held signs with slogans like “You can’t comb over climate change,” “The oceans are rising and so are we” and “Science is not fake news.”The rally also featured an exposition with booths on display for attendees. The booths featured different science experts, booths with physics games for children and voter registration drives for the upcoming midterm elections. Speakers focused on different aspects of science in the community, including the role of science in policy-making, science as a tool to reduce gun violence and the idea that “we are all scientists.” Carlos Gutierrez, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Cal State Los Angeles, said science brings people to ask questions, and allows them to regain their voices.“I march for science because science belongs to all of us, not only to professional scientists,” Gutierrez said. “If you can ask a question, imagine possible answers and let evidence guide you to the most likely solution, you are a scientist.” USC Keck School of Medicine professor Mona Patel, who practices as a physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, spoke about the importance of science to inform policy. In December, President Donald Trump’s administration banned the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words in their reports, including “diversity,” “transgender,” “evidence-based” and “fetus.” Patel spoke of the need to use these words in official reports.“These are core words that we use in science every single day […] that can affect grant-making and research and further initiatives to really promote and continue science,” Patel said. “We shouldn’t be making policy without evidence and data.”One of the speakers, Yadira Valadez, serves as the ambassador for TechnoloCHICAS, a company that empowers Latinas to work in the technology field. At the event, Valadez spoke about the need for intersectionality and inclusivity of young people in science.“This is a call to action to leaders across all fields to recognize the power of our youth,” Valadez said. “Technology should be compassionate and our youth have the ability to be catalysts of the change we all here presently are demanding.”A large portion of the event was focused on engaging the younger generation of attendees. Booths demonstrating what “fake science” looks like as well as games demonstrating the basic laws of physics are just a few examples of how the rally catered to children and young people. A group of students from Diamond Bar High School worked a booth with games to encourage children to learn about physics through fun activities. Rajvir Dua, a high school senior who plans to attend USC in the fall, believes it is important for children to interact with science. “When most people think of science, especially physics, there’s a lot of stigma that it’s for universities or professors or some really complicated rocket scientist,” Dua said. “The simple principles are applicable in everyday life and it’s very simple for little kids to understand.”Many children were present with signs of their own. Anahita Sanati, an art teacher and yoga instructor, brought her 7-year-old daughter Olivia to experience the rally.“It brings my child here and she can tell other children,” Sanati said. “It opens awareness and more minds and maybe through our experiences, we can inspire others to think before they vote.”Sanati said it is important for people to vote with consideration of science-based evidence. She brought her daughter to show her that there are like-minded people who will stand up for what they believe is right. Olivia Sanati said she likes science and is inspired by her grandfather, who worked as a chemical engineer.“It’s fun mixing stuff up and making a mess,” she said. “I might actually be a chemical engineer when I grow up.”last_img read more

Protestors march against sexual misconduct scandals

first_img(From left to right) Ariel Sobel, Gloria Allred and Viva Symanski address protesters in front of Tommy Trojan at the Justice for Trojans march on Saturday. The event began at the Engemann Student Health Center, where former gynecologist George Tyndall was employed. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanNearly 30 students gathered at the USC Engemann Student Health Center to protest former USC gynecologist George Tyndall’s alleged abuse of patients and the University’s lack of transparency on Saturday. Ariel Sobel and Viva Symanski founded Justice for Trojans, a group created to help women who say they were assaulted or harassed by Tyndall.Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that Tyndall had a history of sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the 1990s. Over 400 women have accused Tyndall of committing misconduct under the pretense of medical treatment and making inappropriate comments. In light of numerous petitions from USC students, professors and alumni criticizing the handling of these allegations, USC President C. L. Max Nikias agreed to step down late last month. “These are crimes going on . . . and it speaks to rape culture because it was taken less seriously,” Sobel said.  “If George Tyndall was burning fires . . . people would have stopped it. But somehow the extreme violence that was going on was ignored.”Marching from the health center to Tommy Trojan, students chanted phrases like, “What to do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!”Project Consent, an awareness and advocacy group for victims of sexual assault, sponsored the event. Speakers included Sobel and Symanski, representatives of Planned Parenthood and Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention, USC sophomore Hailey Robertson and Gloria Allred, the attorney representing 24 women — including Symaski — in a lawsuit against Tyndall and the University.“A lot of young women don’t get the proper sex [education] in high school, and our bodies are treated as kind of taboo,” Robertson said. “So it’s really important to convey . . . your body’s not taboo, here’s what’s supposed to happen in the doctor’s room.”The event  made several demands for the University, including an investigation of everyone complicit in Tyndall’s alleged acts,  improved access to legal services for sexual abuse victims and education on what students should expect during a gynecologist visit.Speakers addressed the specific targeting of international students and non-native English speakers was addressed.  According to the Times, Tyndall reportedly made inappropriate comments to Asian and Middle Eastern students about their sexualities in relation to their cultures.“[Tyndall] had this perception that [international students and non-native English speakers] were more vulnerable, that they wouldn’t fight back,” Robertson said. “We need to combat that perception first and foremost.”According to Sobel, Tyndall also made inappropriate comments toward gay and bisexual women, including Sobel herself. “He made comments that everyone should be on birth control, even the lesbians,” Sobel said. “Every women I know who’s made contact with him, who’s queer, he made a lot of probing questions about your relationships with women.” The speakers also discussed the difficulty Tyndall’s alleged victims encountered in their attempt to seek justice.  Allred, Robertson and Sobel questioned the objectivity of the internal investigation USC’s Office of Equity and Diversty conducted in regards to Tyndall, noting that many law firms were independently advertising their services on social media. According to the speakers, these posts could potentially confuse and re-traumatize the victims of the alleged abuse. According to Allred, another twenty women had joined the class action suit against the University since it was first filed. She provided information about how other victims could come forward anonymously. “To these young women: you are USC,” Allred said. “And that’s why we say they have a duty to protect you. We will not stop until justice is done.”Ending the event, multiple speakers spoke of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against sexual harassment and assault of women, implying that survivors would no longer allow abuse to continue to be swept under the rug. “Culturally, in USC, among other institutions, … we don’t know the rules [of consent] yet,” USC alumna and march attendee Derl Clausen said. “Even though we’ve attempted to define them, it seems like that is not fixing an underlying issue.”last_img read more

Trojans gear up to defend last year’s title

first_imgAfter claiming a share of the Pac-10 regular season title and winning the Pac-10 tournament crown, the No. 5 USC men’s tennis team has one more goal to accomplish — repeat as NCAA champions.Defenders · Freshman J.T. Sundling, who won the Pac-10 Invitational Singles Tournament last week, will try to help the Trojans win a second straight NCAA championship. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan All season, the Trojans have been geared to prepare for the NCAA Championships, which begin May 14th. The Trojans (19-3, 5-1) will be hosting the first two rounds, and the rest of the tournament will be played in Athens, Ga.The USC’s men’s tennis team is hoping to capture its 18th national title in program history.Following a lengthy season, being physically fit is often the element that separates the winners and the losers.“It’s easy to get motivated for such a big tournament,” said junior Jaak Poldma. “The physical part is most important. The key to winning is being healthy and being ready to play. Last year we did so great, we didn’t have injuries, and we were ready for each match.”In an effort to better understand the environment surrounding the championships, the Trojans scheduled a trip to Georgia during spring break, which is even more crucial as USC could potentially face Georgia in the round of 16.“That’s why we went there, to gain familiarity,” said USC coach Peter Smith of the 4-2 victory over the Bulldogs which broke Georgia’s 71-home match win streak. “To know how the courts play and have that recall during the NCAAs.”With all of the time off between the Pac-10 championships and the start of the NCAA tournament, the team has to focus on honing the necessary skills for success.“It’s training camp,” Smith said. “[The players] are preparing for finals in the classroom, and they have to prepare for finals on the court.  It’s time to sharpen the tools, coach them well and improve on the things we need to improve on: conditioning, fitness and doubles.”The players understand that proper preparation depends on using all of the time that they have wisely.“A lot is up to us in how we use our time,” Poldma said. “With the mental part, we have a little break, and we can come back more motivated and use the time off to get healthy.”With the experience from last season, Smith felt that the three keys to capturing the title last season were “character, leadership and doubles.”The doubles point has been a key factor throughout the season.Whenever USC won the doubles point, they went on to win the match, but whenever they lost the initial point, the Trojans ended up falling short.Last season proved to be a breakthrough as Smith won his first national championship as coach of the Trojans.The experience of winning the title has the Trojans determined to defend their title.“This year, we are a little more prepared,” said sophomore Steve Johnson. “We now know what it takes to win again. We’re going to do what we need to do as a team to prepare.”last_img read more

USC falls in Final Four

first_imgThe Women of Troy’s quest for a national championship is officially over.The No. 6 USC women’s volleyball team fell to Pac-10 opponent No. 7 California and was denied its fifth trip to the national championship game.USC lost in straight sets, 25-14, 25-17, 25-20.“The whole team had trouble getting into a rhythm and following our own system,” junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter said. “Cal did a good job defensively. I feel that they came up with some things we didn’t really expect.”Last week in the Elite Eight, the Women of Troy knocked off Stanford after losing to the Cardinal twice in the regular season.This week, the story was the exact opposite.USC played the Golden Bears twice during the regular season and won both matches. But it proved too difficult for the Women of Troy to come away with another win when it mattered most. “It’s very difficult to beat a team three times,” coach Mick Haley said. “We lost twice and got a chance to beat Stanford a third time to get here, but I really thought we could handle this. I really thought we could do this better.”USC got off to a rough start and could never recover. Within the first few points, the team was called for both rotation and net violations. USC’s hitting percentage in the first set was a shocking -.027.“We came out with really high expectations for this match and it’s hard to get down at the beginning, especially such a big deficit right at the beginning when you fall out of groove and start making errors,” junior middle blocker Lauren Williams said. “It’s something really hard to come back from.”The number of errors for USC at times was greater than its number of kills. The team had 19 in the match, compared to California’s 15.California outside hitter Tarah Murrey proved to be too strong a force for the Women of Troy. The junior had 23 kills and 14 digs, hitting an impressive .413 on the night. Fellow outside hitter, freshman Adrienne Gehan, added another 14 kills for the Golden Bears.Unlike Murrey, USC’s outside hitters struggled. Jupiter had eight kills, while freshman Falyn Fonoimoana had only six. Williams added another six kills for USC.The numbers pretty much tell the story of the match. The Golden Bears hit .297, while USC only managed a hitting percentage of .107. California ended with 50 kills, while USC only had 32.En route to this Final Four appearance, USC tallied four impressive wins. The first two came against New Mexico and San Diego. USC hosted these opening round matches at the Galen Center. Last weekend, the Women of Troy swept Indiana in the regional semifinal before knocking off Stanford.This was USC’s sixth time in the Final Four in the last 11 years. The team entered tonight’s match riding a nine-match winning streak, having also won 15 out of 16.California will move on and face three-time defending champion Penn State this Saturday in the national championship game.The future for USC looks bright. The team had six freshmen on the roster this year and is only losing three seniors. USC finished the season with a record of 29-5 and was third in the Pac-10 standings, behind California and Stanford.“I think we have to use this loss tonight and use also how well we did this season and how far we got as a driving point for next year,” Williams said. “We need to come back in January and start doing what we need to do. Our whole starting lineup is coming back, and that’s going to be a big building point this spring to all work together.”last_img read more

No. 11 Trojans set to tee off for Husky Invitational

first_imgThe USC men’s golf team returns all of its players from last year, looking to make another trip to the NCAA championships — and possibly further — as it opens its 2011 season today at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational in Washington.USC heads into the competition ranked No. 11 in the Golf World/Nike Golf Preseason Coaches’ Poll.The Trojans have advanced to the NCAA championships final five years in a row under USC coach Chris Zambri. Despite starting off slow the last couple years, junior Martin Trainer knows the offseason preparation should enable the team to be focused in its first tournament.“We’ve been working hard on the course the last few weeks trying to get ready for this tournament,” Trainer said. “We’ve just been working on all aspects of our game and doing what we need to do to get ready.”Trainer, the 2011 Pac-10 championships individual champion and an All-Pac-10 first teamer, has aimed to correct weaknesses in the offseason to help improve his game.“I’ve been working on my short game and I’ve really made an effort to take a step in the right direction,” he said. “Putting, chipping [and] my bunker game was a weakness, so I’m trying to convert that into a strength.”Along with Trainer, the Trojans return senior Steve Lim — a 2011 All-Pac-10 second teamer for the second consecutive year — junior Sam Smith and sophomore Jeffrey Kang, also an All-Pac-10 second- team selection.Smith was a 2011 All-Pac-10 honorable mention as well, boasting three top-10 finishes and five in the top-20 last season.Joining them are junior Stewart Hagestad and sophomore Ramsey Sahyoun. Adding to an already experienced squad, USC bolsters its roster with freshmen Daniel Lee and top recruit Anthony Paolucci.Lee, who starred at West Ranch high school, finished 18-under while winning the 2009 Thunderbird Junior Invitational. He also tied for fifth at the 2010 Junior PGA Championship.Paolucci, for two consecutive years (junior and senior), was the No. 1 player in the country while prepping at La Jolla Country Day high school and was the 2010 Rolex Junior Player of the Year. Paolucci also earned a sponsor’s exemption into the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, a PGA Tour event, and finished the event in the top-30.“He made the cut and beat Tiger Woods [at Torrey Pines],” Trainer said. “That just shows you how good he is. He’s been struggling a little bit, but I expect him to turn it around and be a huge contributor to this team.”Trainer has set goals for the upcoming season and hopes to expand on last year’s success.“I want to be a first-team All-American, but more importantly, I want to win a national championship,” he said. “That’s what we preach at USC and the whole point of being here is to win that title.”The Trojans will tee off at the Olympic Golf Course at Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash.last_img read more

USC receives verbal from former Wake Forest player

first_imgAccording to ESPNLosAngeles.com, sources close to J.T. Terrell, former Wake Forest guard, confirmed on Wednesday the 19-year-old has verbally committed to transfer to USC after spending his freshman year at Wake Forest University.Ranked in the ESPNU Top 50 for the class of 2010, Terrell, a 6-foot-3 guard, started 18 of 32 games his freshman year, averaging 11.1 points and 1.6 assists.He shot 37 percent from the field and 36 percent from the 3-point line. Terrell also ranked fifth among the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman in scoring.Terrell came to USC on an official recruiting visit last weekend and was hosted by former Wake Forest forward and USC transfer Ari Stewart. Terrell plans to begin play for the Trojans during the 2012-2013 season.Terrell, the second-leading scorer for Wake Forest his freshman year, recently withdrew from the school after he was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and driving under the influence in Winston-Salem, N.C., near the Wake Forest campus.The DUI charges were dropped after Terrell pled guilty to the charge of DWI. He will serve a 60-day jail sentence after a year-long probation. This will not, however, affect his ability to play for USC in the 2012-2013 season.Terrell is spending his sophomore season at Peninsula Junior College in Port Angeles, Wash., and will officially sign to USC on Nov. 9, the first day of the early signing period, according to sources.last_img read more

The Breeders’ Cup: California Chrome, the experience and the races

first_imgIt all began one afternoon while I was in my dorm. The Breeders’ Cup, the world championships of horse racing, was coming to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Oct. 31-Nov. 1, and I thought it would be an interesting experience covering the event for the Daily Trojan. I contacted Aubrey, one of the Daily Trojan sports editors, and told her about my idea. Aubrey liked the idea and found where I could sign up for a press credential to cover the Breeders’ Cup. After filling out some paperwork and a few phone calls later, I was approved to receive a press credential for the biggest annual weekend of horse racing.The main reason I was interested in covering the Breeders’ Cup was to see California Chrome, a horse who had won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness earlier in the year, race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.I was born and raised in Yuba City, California, which is where one of California Chrome’s owners, Perry Martin, resides. Though I’m a big sports fan and have ridden horses before, I rarely watched horse racing. When I heard about California Chrome’s connection to Yuba City, I decided to watch the Kentucky Derby to root for California Chrome. After watching California Chrome take victory, I became an instant fan of his and suddenly became interested in horse racing. After hearing about California Chrome’s backstory about how his sire and dam had mediocre racing records and how California Chrome was bred for only $10,000, I had even more reason to root for him when he ran in and won the Preakness a few weeks later.When California Chrome attempted to win the Belmont Stakes and horse racing’s first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, Yuba City held a huge celebration and viewing party for the race on Plumas Street in the business district. When I heard that this was going to happen, I made sure I was there. Despite the triple digit temperatures in Yuba City that day, fans of California Chrome came from far and wide to attend the event. Plumas Street was lined with music and business booths, and two big monitors were set up at the ends of Plumas Street that showed the race live. Unfortunately, California Chrome finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes. Nevertheless, I loved being there and seeing my hometown come together to celebrate the accomplishments of an athlete who had a connection to Yuba City. Thus, when I received approval for a press credential, I was filled with joy that I was finally was going to see the horse that impacted me, and my entire hometown of Yuba City, race live.On Friday, I raced off to Santa Anita Park after getting out of my last class at 1pm. I was able to get to the race course and find my way to the auxiliary press box before the first Breeders’ Cup race started. There was food and water for the press members and the view of the track was stunning. The difficult thing about the press box was that the view during races was not the greatest. Since the press box was situated towards the end of the front stretch, I couldn’t tell what horses were leading and by how much when they were coming to the finish line, so I had to look up at the video boards to find out that information. This, in my opinion, took away the unique advantage of being at the races live. However, at the beginning of races, the press had the best seat in the house as the horses would run very close to our section at top speeds.The first Breeders’ Cup race, the Juvenile Turf, did not disappoint. The Juvenile Turf, a mile race ran on turf that is restricted to two-year-old male horses, was won by Hootenanny, a colt that had a 2-1-1 record in four races coming into the event. Hootenanny, who started the race from post five with 6-1 odds, stayed in the top three for most of the race before making his final charge to the front late and winning by ¾ of a length over second place finisher Luck of the Kitten.Next up was the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, which is open to three-year-olds and up. 2013’s victor and odds-on favorite, Goldencents, was slated to retire from racing following the race regardless of the outcome. Goldencents had a lifetime record of six wins and seven runner-up finishes in his 17 career races coming into the Dirt Mile. As if it was meant to be, Goldencents brought home the victory in the Dirt Mile for the second year in a row, despite fierce competition from horses Vicar’s in Trouble and Tapiture during the eight furlong race. Goldencents and Vicar’s in Trouble created a huge gap between themselves and the rest of the field in the early going. However, as the race went on, Vicar’s in Trouble faded and Tapiture began to make his move towards the front. It would not be enough as Goldencents held Tapiture off just long enough to get the win by 1 ¼ lengths.Then came the Juvenile Fillies Turf, which was restricted to two-year-old female horses. Lady Eli, who had won in both of her only career starts, showed why she was the odds-on favorite in dominant fashion. Starting inside from post four, Lady Eli won the mile race in 1:33.41, which was 1.38 seconds faster than Hootenanny’s winning time in the Juvenile Turf. On top of that, Lady Eli’s time was the fastest ever recorded in Juvenile Fillies Turf. Lady Eli ultimately won by 2 ¾ lengths over second place finisher Sunset Glow.The final Breeders’ Cup event on the Friday card was the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The Distaff is limited to female horses three years old and older. Untapable, who sported seven wins in ten career races, became the third horse of the day to be the odds-on favorite in a Breeders’ Cup race and win. Untapable raced in mid-pack for most of the race, then turned on the jets near the end to take over the lead from Iotapa. Untapable would win by 1 ¼ lengths over second place finisher Don’t Tell Sophia, who beat Iotapa to the finish line by a nose.After the first day of racing had ended, I walked to the stables to try and find California Chrome since the stables were a place media members were allowed. I was surprised that there were not too many extra people in the stable area, especially since media were allowed access. Knowing California Chrome’s barn and stall number, I was able to find him fairly quickly. It was great to see him in person, especially since not many people were around other than guards watching over all the barns to ensure the protection of all the race horses. This made the meeting more private and special to me. Although I was not allowed to surpass a white post about eight feet or so in front of California Chrome’s stall, I was still able to get a good view of Chrome and even was able to take a few pictures before darkness settled and I had to head back to campus.The next morning, I awoke to my alarm clock at 4:30 a.m. and was off to Santa Anita Park once again a little after 5 a.m. I was hoping to get to see California Chrome one last time before he went off to race later that day in the Classic. I arrived at the track around 5:30 a.m. and walked around the paddock area for a few minutes, thinking it was too early to go into the stables. I was able to get some pictures of the famous statues near the paddock and also read about some of the greatest moments in Breeders’ Cup history that were posted in the same area. I also paid a visit to Clocker’s Corner near the beginning of the front stretch and it was actually fairly busy for that time of the morning.A little after 6 a.m., I finally made my way to California Chrome’s stall. The walk was quite muddy due to all the rain that had fallen, so I had to be careful not to get my formal clothes dirty. When I arrived, California Chrome’s trainers Art and Alan Sherman were there and so was Raul Rodriguez, California Chrome’s groom. I exchanged a few words with Art about how I came from Yuba City and how California Chrome had impacted both me and Yuba City. In fact, with every member from the California Chrome camp I talked to, I mentioned my Yuba City connection. An NBC Sports crew then showed up and took an interview with Art Sherman. A short time later, California Chrome’s main photographer, Kathleen Waldvogel, arrived to see California Chrome. While she was there, she gave me some helpful suggestions on how I could become a better sports photographer based on how she captures her photographs. I continued to stay at California Chrome’s stall area for quite some time, taking some more photographs and just being happy that I could see this special, personable, beautiful, hometown race horse so up close.When I finally left California Chrome’s stall area, I journeyed down to Clocker’s Corner once again, hoping to find California Chrome’s owners. While I was not able to find Martin, I did find California Chrome’s other owner, Topaz Lake, Nevada native Steve Coburn. I talked to Coburn briefly and someone also volunteered to take our picture together. After that encounter, I spent some time talking to one of the Breeders’ Cup volunteers before heading to the auxiliary press box for another great day of racing.The first Breeders’ Cup race of the day, the 1 1/16 mille Juvenile Fillies, produced perhaps the biggest upset of the entire weekend. Take Charge Brandi, a horse that had only one career win and 61.70-1 odds of winning, shocked everyone by winning the race in 1:41.95 by ½ a length over Top Decile, who was one of the favorites. The finish was so unexpected that, in terms of betting, a correct $1 superfecta bet paid $97,620.The Filly and Mare Turf (1 ¼ miles) saw another upset, albeit it was not anywhere near the extent of what happened in the Juvenile Fillies race. Dayatthespa, at 11-2 odds, led the entire race and brought home her 11th career victory. Dayatthespa finished 1 ¼ lengths ahead of second place finisher Stephanie’s Kitten. The favorite, Dank, who was 2013 champion of the race, finished in fourth 1 ¾ lengths back.The first Breeders’ Cup race of the day that had an odds-on favorite win was the Filly and Mare Sprint. Judy the Beauty, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint runner-up, held off second place finisher Better Lucky down the stretch to win by a head in the seven furlong race. Judy the Beauty’s winning time was 1:21.92. The victory also gave jockey Mike Smith his unprecedented 21st Breeders’ Cup victory.The Turf Sprint was ran at an even shorter distance of approximately 6 ½ furlongs. Three-year-old colt Bobby’s Kitten, who started from post six, made an unbelievable run in the home stretch, going from dead last to first on the outside and stealing the win from the odds-on favorite No Nay Never by half a length in a time of 1:12.73. The victory was Bobby’s Kitten’s fifth career win in 11 starts.Next up was the Juvenile. Two race competitors, Calculator and early favorite American Pharaoh, were scratched from the event due to injuries. With American Pharaoh out, Carpe Diem became the odds-on favorite to win. However, like most of the Breeders’ Cup races that had already been ran on Saturday, the favorite did not come home as the victor. Instead, Texas Red reached the finish line first in the 1 1/16 mile race with a time of 1:41.91. Texas Red had stayed at the back of the pack in the early part of the race, but then charged to the front, took the lead on the outside, and increased his lead in the final few hundred yards to win by an impressive 6 ½ lengths over Carpe Diem, who placed second. The win was only the second of Texas Red’s young career and his first Grade 1 stakes victory.In the $3 million Turf, five-year-old Main Sequence shined bright in the final portion of the race, taking the lead from Flintshire and winning the 12 furlong event with a time of 2:24.91. Flintshire finished second half a length back and Telescope, the odds-on favorite, finished outside the top three in fourth place 2 ¼ lengths behind Main Sequence. The win was Main Sequence’s fourth straight in a Grade 1 race since he came to trainer Graham Motion’s barn earlier in 2014 after being based in Great Britain.The shortest race of the Breeders’ Cup was the Sprint, which was only 6 furlongs (3/4 of a mile) in length. Work All Week, who came into the race with 11 wins in 14 starts, stayed near the front for the majority of the race before making his move late and finishing half a length ahead of the 2013 Sprint winner Secret Circle. The win was the first Grade 1 victory for both Work All Week and his trainer Roger Brueggemann. In addition, with the win, Work All Week remains undefeated on dirt in his career.The final race before the Classic was the Mile. At 30-1 odds, Karakontie rallied late to beat second place finisher Anodin and third place finisher Trade Storm. The Mile was the first race on U.S. soil for Karakontie, who was bred in Japan and had only been previously raced in France. Karakontie had previously raced in eight events and won four of them.With 12 races down, there was only one left to go: the famous Breeders’ Cup Classic. At the start, Bayern, who started in post position seven, immediately darted to his left. This caused the horses on the inside, including the undefeated Shared Belief, to bump into each other and fall back. Bayern was able to take the lead early and he would never give it up, despite stiff competition from Toast of New York and California Chrome (both of whom started outside of Bayern) down the stretch. In fact, Toast of New York finished second by a nose and California Chrome finished third by a neck to Bayern. At the conclusion of the race, there was a stewards’ inquiry regarding Bayern’s actions at the start of the race and if his actions ultimately changed the outcome of the race. After a few intense minutes, the stewards decided to not disqualify Bayern and gave him the win, citing that the interference did not affect the outcome of the race. With Bayern’s victory, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert earned his first Breeders’ Cup Classic victory. The call was controversial and met with criticism by some horse racing fans claiming that the interference indeed hindered the chances of Shared Belief and the other horses on the inside.After the stewards released their final verdict on the interference, I walked out of Santa Anita Park planning to head home. However, I stopped in the parking lot and decided to go see California Chrome one last time, in case I never saw him in person again. When I arrived at California Chrome’s stable, there were more people than usual around California Chrome’s stall. California Chrome had not made his way back to his stall yet, so I talked to some of California Chrome’s camp members. Art Sherman was leaving, so I said my final good-bye and thank you to him on his training of California Chrome. I also talked to some people who were working for HRTV about internship opportunities at the network. As the conversations continued around the stall area, and with the white post that separated the press from the horses removed, I asked and was allowed to go past where that white post would have been. To me, that was a great feeling. Moments later, everyone had to move over as California Chrome made his way into the barn area. Despite having just run a hard race, California Chrome was calm and looked great. Members of the California Chrome camp and myself expressed how proud and happy we were with California Chrome’s performance. A few minutes later, I made my way out of the stables and headed back to USC from Santa Anita Park for the final time.The Breeders’ Cup weekend was one I will never forget. I can’t thank the Daily Trojan and the Breeders’ Cup enough for this opportunity I received. I met so many great people, especially the members of the California Chrome camp, during my two days at Santa Anita Park. I loved telling people about my Yuba City connection to California Chrome and I was also able to give out some of my sports reporting business cards to potential contacts that I met, like the NBC Sports and HRTV crews. The fact I was able to see California Chrome on three different occasions, up close, almost privately, and for long periods of time was simply amazing for me. California Chrome, in my opinion, is a hero in Yuba City and I felt so proud to be a Yuba City citizen that day when the city held a festival for California Chrome. For every sport and team I became interested in watching and covering, there was a catalyst. To me, California Chrome was the catalyst for my interest in horse racing. I’m so glad that California Chrome’s owners have decided to race him next year as a four-year-old and I can’t wait to continue following California Chrome’s journey. Who knows, maybe if he races in the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky next year, I just may do this experience all over again.last_img read more

Lessons to be learned from Hernandez

first_imgYesterday, a young life was taken in a Massachusetts court room. This isn’t an obituary, though it could be considered as one because it involves two human beings who are or will no longer be with us.But first, let’s rewind a little to over three years ago when former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez nearly helped lead his team to a perfect season and a victory in Super Bowl 46 before Eli Manning and David Tyree’s helmet catch spoiled his and the Patriot’s parade.At the age of 22, Hernandez not only caught a touchdown, but led the team in receptions on the world’s greatest stage, which just goes to show what a bright future he had in professional football.The Patriots sure did believe that this would be the case, as later that summer, they locked up Hernandez long-term when he signed a five-year, $40 million contract.Fast forward three years later, and Hernandez is, indeed, locked up; that’s for sure. Except, it’s behind bars, where he will regrettably spend the rest of his life.The former Patriots star, who once milked a lucrative pro-football contract, was slapped in the face by reality on Wednesday when his fate was revealed by jurors.After more than 30 hours of deliberating, the jury found Hernandez guilty of the first-degree murder of one-time friend Odin Lloyd and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.At the age of just 25, Hernandez’s life is basically over. He was convicted of taking another human being’s life, and the price he will pay is his very own.Now that justice has been served, he will almost certainly never see the football field, where he once made a living, ever again.That is unless some type of Longest Yard underground prison football league exists, but I think Bert Reynolds already knew that he was pushing it in the 2005 remake of the film.The closest Hernandez will ever get to football again will be the sounds of game days at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, which he would likely be able to hear from the yard of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Cedar Junction at Walpole if he’s still serving his sentence there when the 2015 season starts.The maximum security prison where Hernandez will begin his sentence is ironically only a few miles and a short drive away from the stadium.Without a doubt, there’s a tremendous lesson to be learned from what has transpired with Hernandez, especially for student athletes.If there’s one thing to learn, it’s to surround oneself with solid, capable people.That may have been difficult for Hernandez, who as a member of the Florida Gators football team from 2007 to 2009, was surrounded with players who had been in trouble with the law.According to a New York Times piece from 2013, the 2008 Gators team that would go on to win the BCS National Championship under the direction of former head coach Urban Meyer listed a roster of 121 players, 41 of which had been arrested at some point during or after college.I’m not implying that there is a direct correlation between this substantial number of arrested players and the trouble Hernandez got himself into; I mean, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton were also members of that team. But, it just goes to show the importance of hanging out with the right people starting at an early age.Circling back home, not all USC players have been perfect citizens with the law either, though the numbers are significantly less.In January 2013, former redshirt freshman tight end Junior Pomee was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, though they were later dismissed by a judge. He was dismissed from the team by         then-head coach Lane Kiffin.About a year later, former Trojans wide receiver Victor Blackwell was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, and most recently in January, redshirt freshman linebacker Don Hill was arrested for DUI in Idaho.I understand that sometimes, things happen, especially as college students, and in no way, shape or form am I comparing any of these athletes for the morally unacceptable actions that Hernandez was convicted of committing.It would be such a shame, however, to see any student athlete throw away all of their talent and everything they have worked to accomplish because the sad truth is that a lot of very gifted people do get caught up with the wrong crowd and end up perpetrating actions that are out of their normal character.There’s always the argument that something of this magnitude would never happen to me, but the thing is, anyone could have been in the shoes of either Hernandez or Lloyd.Would you have ever expected to see OJ Simpson, a former Heisman trophy winner, or Ryan Leaf, a former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, behind bars? It’s really hard to see someone you once looked up to be handcuffed and taken away by authorities, but that’s reality of our justice systems and it teaches us all, athletes or not, that there are consequences for our actions.For Hernandez, however, it’s a timeout that he almost surely won’t be able to escape from.At a time, he had the world at his fingertips with an extremely promising future, but instead of visiting the White House with the 2015 Super Bowl champion Patriots and seeing fans wear jerseys with his name on the back, it looks like he will be signing autographs behind bars as inmate number W106228 for the rest of his life.Darian Nourian is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

LeBron James criticism is unjust

first_imgThere are few sports figures more polarizing than LeBron James in today’s sports world.  Yes, there’s Alex Rodriguez, known steroid user; Tiger Woods, cheating husband; and Ray Rice, infamous wife beater, but LeBron doesn’t have the same off-court issues that any of these superstars do.  He is a family man, well-spoken and polite to reporters.The issue that James is perhaps most famous for came nearly five years ago in the nationally televised ESPN program “The Decision.”  He then decided to “take [his] talents to South Beach,” deserting his home state of Ohio and betraying Cavs fans.  To add fuel to the fire — fans were actually burning jerseys in the street — in a flashy display of star power,  James was introduced to Miami with new teammates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and promised not three, not four, but many more titles with what Wade called, “arguably the best trio to ever play the game of basketball.”This cockiness, this direct disrespect to the city of Cleveland, is why everyone hates LeBron James.  No one wanted to see the Miami Heat assemble a dominating force that knew how good it was and could demolish everyone in the NBA.  And they didn’t.  Miami won                 back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013, but that was the extent of the dynasty’s wins.  They made finals appearances in 2011 and again in 2014, but both were losing efforts.Now LeBron is back in his home town, after a heartfelt letter published in Sports Illustrated explained how Miami was to him what college is to many kids in America: an opportunity to fly the nest and experience life outside of the reaches of home — a phase in life where you are granted the opportunity to grow and make mistakes.“My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now,” LeBron said in the letter, written by Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins.So has LeBron earned back the city of Cleveland’s love and trust?  Absolutely.  Partly, of course, because he is the best basketball player in the world, but also partly because he has grown up and matured.LeBron James is an underappreciated basketball player. He is averaging 41.6 minutes a game and 29.3 points.  His shooting was unimpressive in Game 2 of the current NBA Finals, but he still finished with a triple double.  His numbers are off the charts, and yet most of the country is rooting against The King.James has once again put the Cavaliers on his back and forced them into the finals without two of their star players, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The team had been written off for this series when Kyrie went down with a fractured knee cap at the end of Game 1, but behind LeBron James, the Cavaliers were able to hold off a surging Warriors team in their own arena and pull off the overtime win.Sure the Warriors are fresh and new, and the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, are arguably the most entertaining combination in the entire NBA.  They deserve a championship just as much as anyone else, and when the series is over we’ll see who the winner of this hard-fought series will be.But, the Chosen One has made his choice. “Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio,” states James’ Sports Illustrated letter.So why are we all still rooting against him?Hailey Tucker is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. Her column, “Hangin’ With Hailey,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

COLUMN: Trojans have found identity

first_imgNine games into the 2015 college football season, and it appears the Trojans finally have an identity.Though not quite at the level of Stanford or Alabama yet, USC is finally back on the road to playing power football. The win over Arizona was significant for a wide array of reasons: the Trojans showed resilience after going down by 14, they won their third straight game for the first time this year, and most importantly, their performance offered a blueprint for the future success of the program.It is still too early to say whether or not head coach Clay Helton should have his interim tag removed, but one thing is for certain, the players fight for him. Earlier this season, if the Trojans had fallen into a 14-0 hole, I don’t think they would have responded favorably. On Saturday night, they rallied behind their coach; flying to the ball on defense and attacking Arizona defenders on offense.Helton is still learning — his use of timeouts and love for the outside bubble screen leave a lot to be desired — but he motivates his players, which means a lot. Sometimes, when you have a team as talented as the Trojans are, the only thing you need to win is for your players to play hard. I think that was the case Saturday night.The win means a lot for the Trojans as the momentum builds going into the Colorado game. If they can avoid the trap game on a sleepy Friday night in Boulder, USC will be playing for real stakes deep into November. Though it isn’t the season many fans envisioned at the outset of the year, the team is in a much better position than even the most optimistic fan could have reasonably predicted after the loss to Notre Dame.More important than this season, though, is the future of the Trojans program. While the glitz and glamour of the spread offense is alluring, it is very clear that the power run game is still lethally effective when employed correctly. USC doesn’t have all the assets in place, and hasn’t faced the most physical of defensive lines the last few weeks, but they have the makings for a potent recipe for success moving forward.Saturday night demonstrated the multitude of benefits associated with a clock dominating, power running game. When JuJu Smith-Schuster left the game in the third quarter, the team had no choice but to put the ball in the hands of running backs Justin Davis and Ronald Jones. They were rewarded with a mix of power and speed, carving the Wildcats’ defense up.Much like Chauncey Washington did many years ago, and Silas Redd did more recently,  Davis and Jones acted as closers in the fourth quarter. They were able to effectively shorten the game by taking a powerful Wildcat offense off the field for long periods of time in the late third and fourth quarter.Jones, who is a true freshman, has the kind of acceleration the Trojans haven’t seen since Reggie Bush. While he is not in that rarified air yet, his career has the potential to be something truly special. His penchant for minor injuries that lead to him limping each week is a slight cause for concern, but they haven’t really affected his performance, so hopefully that trend continues.Davis has finally put together a string of performances that resembles the immense potential he flashed freshman year before getting hurt. He doesn’t run so much as glide, and when there is a crease he is excellent at turning it into something extra.Neither of these guys fit the bruising mold, but having a Lendale White isn’t necessary when the team has a powerful and large offensive line. Having a center with a lower center of gravity has done wonders for the Trojans’ run game, and maybe Khaliel Rodgers has played himself into a permanent role when all is said and done this season.USC doesn’t need to be Arkansas. They can still involve their dynamic athletes, like they did tonight with Smith-Schuster and Adoree’ Jackson. This just makes them more explosive and hard to defend, but I honestly believe the team will be more successful over the next five to 10 years if they become the bully again. The best years of the Caroll era had excellent receivers and tight ends who put up great statistics, but the core of the team was five offensive lineman who played professionally, a veteran quarterback who was accurate and didn’t make mistakes and phenomenal running backs.That is a recipe for success when the talent is there. Just look at Alabama or Stanford. Both of those teams are consistently in the hunt. USC can recruit more talented guys than Stanford and beat them at their own game, and ascend to the ranks of Alabama, LSU and Michigan State.It seems the most successful people and groups go left when everyone else is going right. College football is transitioning the spread, so maybe USC should go back to its roots to find its identity. Saturday night was definitely a step in the right direction.Jake Davidson is a junior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

Dajuan Coleman plays career-high 35 minutes, turns in steady performance

first_imgMidway through the second half, Dajuan Coleman backed down Abdul-Malik Abu, pushed him through the paint and spun around to hit a jumper while getting fouled. He went to line, knocked that down, too, and extended Syracuse’s lead to 13.Flashes of what Coleman could do resurfaced as he further cemented Syracuse’s lead. Those flashes didn’t last for more than a few moments at a time, but he did just enough to help secure the Orange’s lead.Some rebounds bounced away and he eventually fouled out, but his performance was already enough by then. Coleman racked up seven points and seven rebounds, giving Syracuse a boost in the frontcourt in a 75-66 win. His play wasn’t dazzling, but without Tyler Roberson on the court for much of the game, Coleman got the job done.“He’s battling,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s doing the best he can out there.”Syracuse (19-10, 9-7 Atlantic Coast) fended off several North Carolina State (14-15, 4-12) runs to hold onto its lead, which it had for the final 34 minutes of the game, allowing Coleman to stay in the game. After missing the past two seasons because of injury and slowly progressing for much of the nonconference season, Coleman turned in a steady performance on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Except this time, he stayed on the court for a career-high 35 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Wolfpack lead the conference in offensive rebounds with an average of 14.3 per game and Coleman helped limit that to nine even as the Orange lost the rebounding margin by just two, 38-36. In its last two games, SU got outrebounded by 11 and 20 against Louisville and Pittsburgh, respectively. Coleman only played in about half of each of those games as Syracuse trailed most of the time.“Every time I go in I just want to make my presence felt,” Coleman said. “If that’s pushing the big men around making them uncomfortable, that’s why I try to do.”Defensively, Coleman’s presence upgraded Syracuse against N.C. State’s big men, Abu and BeeJay Anya. Offensively, he allowed Tyler Lydon to stretch to the outside and attempt seven 3s.On several occasions, the ball bounced through Coleman’s hands. He could have had more rebounds, Boeheim said, he just couldn’t jump high enough. He could have scored another layup, but he fumbled a Frank Howard pass out of bounds. Still, on a day highlighted by Michael Gbinije’s 34 points in his last regular season home game, Coleman’s play showed tangible improvement from just a few months ago.“He’s starting to get in a rhythm,” Howard said, “… and just be more comfortable.”At the beginning of the season, Boeheim stressed that it would take time for Coleman to round into shape. In a Dec. 3 loss to Wisconsin, Coleman only played five minutes and questioned if Boeheim trusted him after the game.On Saturday, Coleman showed it was all in the past.“Getting down there and rebounding the ball, giving a lot of effort and making key stops,” Coleman said. “That was the game plan.”After the game, Coleman stood at his locker straining to keep his right eye open. Just underneath it was a stitched up gash he suffered in the closing minutes of the game when an N.C. State player elbowed him.Just as his 35 minutes showed he has Boeheim’s trust, his gash showed it wasn’t easy. But against two of the stronger big men in the conference, Coleman did what he had to.“He’s a big guy,” Boeheim said, “and we needed another big guy out there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 27, 2016 at 6:34 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Syracuse football’s Ervin Philips shines at thin inside receiver spot

first_img Published on September 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Related Stories Syracuse football visual breakdown: How SU recovered from Colgate’s 1st touchdown with one of its ownStock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s season-opening win over Colgate Facebook Twitter Google+ In 2014, Philips showed promise with 251 rushing and receiving yards on limited touches and then 520 yards and eight touchdowns on more touches last season.Against Colgate, Philips tallied 87 receiving yards, more than a third of his freshman year stats. Much of that production came on the first drive as SU worked its way down the field. Without a cornerback in front of him, Philips was able to take screens for solid gains. In all, he piled on four catches for 35 yards on the drive.Philips’ emergence is key for another reason, too: SU’s lack of depth. Other than Estime, Riley and Bradshaw are the only two other options on the inside. Luckily for SU, inside receivers need less technical work than outside receivers, who have to pin down technique because they have less room to work.“(Riley’s) extremely talented,” Babers said. “… He will get an opportunity to play this year, but he’s young, he makes mistakes and the more he limits his mistakes, the more opportunity he’ll get to play.”Bradshaw is still working his way into the rotation. Add in that Riley is a freshman, and SU has both its most shallow depth in its most explosive position group.“They’re young guys,” Philips said. “… Scoop has been on the defense so he’s rough around the edges, but he’s definitely improving.”When Philips flicks on his own tape from previous years, something he did about a week prior to SU’s matchup with the Raiders, he sees a different receiver.“I think I improved on getting myself open in press coverage or just making difficult catches,” Philips said.The receiver on Philips’ game tape is not the same inside receiver anyone watching Syracuse’s matchup against Colgate saw. Since Babers has come in, Philips has adjusted to his new position and, based on the matchup with Colgate, succeeded within the role.He used the space the Raiders gave him effectively, looked shifty and didn’t drop any passes.“I think it fits me because I get the opportunity to be in the slot and do some things,” Philips said, “get some mismatches.” Comments By the end of Syracuse’s matchup with Colgate, Ervin Philips’ accomplishment had fallen to the back of several others. He had tied Art Monk’s single-game receptions record at 14, a Syracuse record that had stood for 39 years.Amba Etta-Tawo’s 210 yards were impressive, but scoring the first touchdown of the Dino Babers era was even bigger. On his first carry, Moe Neal ran nearly untouched through the hole and then dragged a defender a few yards en route to a 49-yard score. The Orange’s defense stifled Colgate for three and a half quarters.The win itself understandably eclipsed Philips’ career high.Because of the way Colgate played — it sagged off the inside receivers for parts of the game — Syracuse took advantage of the athleticism gap between the Raiders (0-1) and Orange (1-0). Philips was the main beneficiary. But to get to that point, Philips has had a long road through position changes.Philips and his fellow inside receiver Brisly Estime have been moved around from position to position during their careers. The former has played running back, H-back and now inside receiver, which suits his skill set well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince spring practice, Estime and Philips have practiced exclusively at receiver. Behind them, Syracuse has promising freshmen Sean Riley and Scoop Bradshaw, who switched from defensive back during training camp.“It’s comfortable, it allows me to sharpen up my game, it allows me to improve at a faster rate,” Philips said of finally playing at one position, “and it allows me to focus on one thing.”Philips’ emergence is key for Syracuse. The Orange has a lot of potential and fewer proven commodities. Steve Ishmael, Etta-Tawo, Estime and Philips all have flashed their skill set in their careers but none have done so consistently.Michael Santiago | Contributing Photographerlast_img read more

No. 20 Syracuse women’s basketball crushes Coppin State, 76-30

first_imgThe 25th and 26th consecutive points to start the game sent more than 3,000 school children into elation. Brittney Sykes grabbed her fourth first-quarter rebound, dribbled up court and pulled up from the top of the key. She drained the jumper to cap off Syracuse’s opening run, which doubled as the start to its third-straight victory and most dominant stretch of basketball this season.No. 20 Syracuse (7-3) crushed Coppin State (0-8), 76-30, on Wednesday in the Carrier Dome on “School Day,” which brought the largest crowd of the season and third-largest in program history even with the 11 a.m. tip. The Orange got out to a 26-0 lead and 43-7 halftime advantage. By the end of three quarters, it led 61-12 in the home-court romp.“That was the most important thing for us,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I didn’t want to come out playing a flat game … I thought the first half we were very good. Overall, just a very clean basketball game.”Peterson and Sykes created an insurmountable one-two punch early in the game. The two played keep away on multiple positions. Either would collect a loose ball or grab a steal, push the ball up court and dazzle in a two-on-one break. Peterson once split two defenders then sidestepped another for an easy layup. The senior point guard and Atlantic Coast Conference’s leading scorer led all players with 16 points and nine assists.In the first half, Peterson crossed up her defender and two dribbles later had an open reverse layup under the basket. Later, Sykes called for a screen right but dribbled left toward near the baseline and laid her ninth and 10th points off the glass with her left hand.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It kind of rubs off on you,” said Sykes, who had 12 points. “We know we’re going to hear a lot of screams, so let’s give them something to scream about.”Briana Day was a force down low, fetching rebounds on both ends of the floor. She scored nine points, many of which came in the first half on put backs or rolls off high screens.In the first quarter, SU’s center skied for an offensive rebound off a long 3. She held on tight to the ball, chinning it by her chest when an Eagles double team came. A second later, she found Petterson spotted up at the top of the arc. Day threw her a pass and she drained the triple to make it 18-0.Coming off a season-high 22-point outburst, Day scored only nine. But she totaled season highs in boards (14), blocks (three) and steals (three).Hillsman went to his bench earlier and more often than he has in any game this season. Desiree Elmore, Davida Dale, Abby Grant and Jade Phillips all got minutes. Thirteen players saw the court, including sophomore guard Brandi Fowler, who made her first career appearance.Coppin State went 0-10 from 3, while SU was 7-for-21 in the first half. The Orange shot 44.4 percent from the field in the opening half to CSU’s 9.7 percent mark. Overall, SU racked up 30 points off turnovers, tallied a season-high 12 blocks and won the fast break game, 27-6. It reached its largest lead in the third, a 50-point advantage.Coppin State’s first scoring chance didn’t come until almost nine minutes in, signaling a rout decided from the opening minutes. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer’s Sergio Camargo signs with Toronto FC

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse senior midfielder Sergio Camargo on Wednesday signed with Toronto FC, a member of Major League Soccer.center_img The Ontario native scored four goals and tied for second on SU with 11 points in 13 starts. His first goal of the season didn’t come until he booted a game-winner on Oct. 14, 2016, against Virginia Tech. In the postseason, Camargo tallied three goals and two assists to help Syracuse finish 12-4-4 and advance to the Sweet 16.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“What we see in Sergio is someone who can change the game,” Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said. “He’s an impact player. He’s good with the ball. He’s good with his feet. He can play sort of an attacking-mid in our 3-5-2 system or as a second forward.”Camargo joined the Toronto FC Academy in 2009 before playing three years at Coastal Carolina. He transferred to Syracuse for his senior season after an acrimonious split with Coastal.Camargo signed only two days before the MLS SuperDraft, which begins Friday at 3 p.m. Syracuse defender Miles Robinson is a projected top-3 selection and SU forward Chris Nanco is also a likely first-round pick. Commentslast_img read more

Stock watch: Eric Dungey up, Cole Murphy down

first_img Published on November 5, 2017 at 6:47 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) returned from its bye week to lose a heartbreaker, 27-24, in Tallahassee, Florida, against Florida State (3-5, 3-4 ACC) on Saturday. Senior kicker Cole Murphy missed his second field goal of the game as time expired. The loss keeps SU winless on the road and means the Orange will need to win two of its final three games to ensure bowl eligibility.Here’s a look at some of the notable performances from the game.Stock upEric DungeyThe junior quarterback spent time on the sidelines after suffering an apparent foot injury during SU’s first drive. During that time, the Orange offense went cold as two of the three drives were three-and-outs. Dungey told head coach Dino Babers he wanted to play to win and returned in the second quarter.For the rest of the game, while clearly in pain, Dungey kept SU within striking distance. He rushed for a career-high 109 yards and a touchdown, giving him the all-time record for rushing scores by a Syracuse quarterback. He nearly orchestrated the comeback, but SU fell short. That cannot be pinned solely on him.Dungey’s health, as seen on Saturday and last season, is the biggest variable for SU. He wore a boot after the game and wasn’t available to the media because he was receiving treatment. If SU can keep him on the field for the next three games, it’ll have a much better chance at making a bowl game. And it appears he’ll do just about anything to make sure he’s out there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlton RobinsonWith injuries to Kendall Coleman and Brandon Berry thinning the defensive line in recent weeks, there’s an opportunity for others to step up. Alton Robinson has been one to take advantage. He recorded two sacks and another quarterback hurry Saturday. On a day where Seminole quarterback James Blackman got roughed up, Robinson was the most obvious aggressor.Coleman returned against FSU after not playing since Sept. 23 against Louisiana State. The combination of Coleman and Robinson should be a boost for a Syracuse front seven.Dynamic duoYet again, SU’s senior receiver combination of Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips posted big numbers. Each finished with 12 receptions, with Ishmael tallying 143 yards and Philips 107. Ishmael hauled in a 34-yard touchdown late in the first half that brought SU within one possession of tying FSU. Philips became SU’s all-time receptions leader late in the third quarter.But on a day of defensive lapses and an abysmal rushing attack, the connection between Dungey and his senior targets was again the highlight for the Orange offense.Stock downCole MurphyMurphy had the best game of his career before the bye week and one of his worst in recent memory after it. While he did convert on a 42-yard attempt in the third quarter, he missed a 48-yard attempt in the first quarter, which was recorded as a blocked kick, and another 43-yard attempt as time expired. The latter would have sent the game to overtime.Murphy is 17-for-21 on the season and largely improved from a season ago when he made just 56 percent of his field goals. He is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker. But he had a chance to be a hero on Saturday and missed.Secondary receiversEven 24 receptions from Ishmael and Philips can’t mask the fact that the rest of SU’s offensive weapons totaled seven catches — four from junior running back Dontae Strickland and one each from sophomore wide receivers Devin C. Butler and Jamal Custis and junior tight end Ravian Pierce. That is more than 75 percent of the passing offense between two players.Syracuse hasn’t scored more than 30 points since a Week 3 win against Central Michigan. Basing the offense on two players is a not a recipe for long term success, and Babers has admitted he needs more players to step up. It hasn’t happened yet.Running gameSU’s rushing attack that appeared to turn a corner against Clemson and Miami regressed against FSU. While Dungey ran for his career high, Strickland took 10 carries for 20 yards and sophomore Moe Neal had six carries for the same output. Besides a forgetful September day at North Carolina State, when SU rushed for a total of 59 yards, Saturday’s 40 yards was the worst production from SU’s non-Dungey rushers so far this season. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse drops 4th straight game, this time to Miami, 3-1

first_imgSyracuse (17-12, 9-7 Atlantic Coast) was defeated by Miami (17-5, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) in four sets on Sunday afternoon at the Knight Center Complex in Coral Gables, Florida. It was the Orange’s fourth consecutive loss. After taking the first set, 25-21, SU lost three straight, 17-25, 13-25, 12-25.Kendra Lukacs, Amber Witherspoon and Santita Ebangwese each tallied seven kills for SU, with Annie Bozzo providing the service (25 assists). Witherspoon and Ebangwese combined for 10 blocks, while Belle Sand helmed the back line with 19 digs. Syracuse finished with a .090 hitting percentage, its second-lowest mark of the season.The Hurricanes got out a 6-1 lead after a ball handling and two attack errors by the Orange. Then, Miami committed a service error and three straight attack errors, allowing SU to even the score at six. With the score knotted at 16, Syracuse scored five of the game’s next seven points off kills from four different players and went on to win the set, 25-21. Lukacs led the way for the Orange in the opening set with five kills.Two Christina Oyawale attack errors and a bad set from Annie Bozzo allowed Miami to hop out to a 5-2 lead in the second set. Syracuse managed to level the score at eight before the ‘Canes powered an 8-1 run. Two Madison Dill kills and three service aces helped maintain the lead for the hosts who went on to win the set 25-17.The Orange went down early again in the third set after Miami went on an 8-2 run. For the rest of the set, SU’s points were few and far between thanks to the Hurricanes’ stifling defense that forced seven attack errors. Syracuse scored two points in a row just once the entire set and went on to get blown out, 25-13.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiami’s Olga Strantzali registered seven kills in her team’s first 15 points of the fourth set, as the hosts jumped out to a 15-9 lead. After an Amber Witherspoon block, the ‘Canes scored 11 of the game’s final 12 points, winning the set 25-12. Four different Miami hitters tallied at least two kills, and three different players recorded a service ace in the final set. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

Hughes: Running the table will keep Packers’ offense in sync

first_imgIf the opportunity presents itself, should an NFL team really gun for the sacred undefeated season?This is a cute little debate that seems to rear its head nearly every other year these days. In fact, it would be wonderful to know just how many hours ESPN has devoted to the subject over the past 10 years.Somewhat amazingly, this debate has been localized this year, now that the Green Bay Packers sit at 13-0 with two of their final three games at Lambeau Field.In my lifelong career as a Packer fan, I dreamt of one day experiencing a Super Bowl victory. That dream was achieved one year ago, but never did I imagine that one day the Packers would have to concern themselves over whether or not they want to give 16-0 a shot.Of course, the debate generally comes down to a bout of practicality versus achievement. Practicality, because a team should do what it can to preserve a healthy roster in meaningless games (which are inevitable in the NFL when one begins to run the table) and achievement, because only one team in league history has won every game it played in a season, including the Super Bowl.What makes this year’s edition of the undefeated conundrum unique, however, is there is a dose of practicality in the Packers playing to win their last three games of the regular season like they’ve won their past 19 (including last year’s championship run).This 19-game tear Green Bay is on started with its back to the wall last season. The Packers had to win their final two games of regulation, and from there, would have to play every playoff game earned on the road. They played like they were cornered and in response ground out six weeks of tense, exciting pro football that culminated in the Lombardi Trophy.That backed-into-a-corner feeling has carried over into the 2011-12 season, with the Packers’ offense (specifically the passing game) performing at the rate of an omnipotent being and the defense creating so many turnovers they make opposing offenses look allergic to the ball.The offense is so good that when it received the ball with 58 seconds left against the New York Giants and the game tied, I had no worries about Aaron Rodgers leading his teammates down the field for a field goal.The only thing that caught me off guard was that Green Bay moved down MetLife Stadium even faster than I expected them to. After four plays had moved the Packers to the Giants’ 30-yard line, Rodgers was able to watch a few more seconds go by before he calmly called a timeout with three seconds left. Then kicker Mason Crosby gave them win No. 12.Slow down Green Bay’s pace and you could destroy the beams that have supported every one of its 19 consecutive wins.“Injuries, injuries, injuries,” all the others will say. I know, I know, I know. Greg Jennings left Sunday’s game with a sprained knee and A.J. Hawk and Charles Woodson have also sustained some ouchies lately as well.But I don’t know how else to say it – the Packers can’t afford to coast through the rest of the regular season (should they clinch home-field advantage next week) after working at breakneck speed for a year. This is the time of year where every team has to start grinding rather than resting, and Green Bay has already showed proficiency at the former.There is a video I watch every now and then on YouTube of Barry Sanders, taken from an NFL Network program counting down the league’s best 100 players to ever play. The five-minute video, narrated by musician Wynton Marsalis, is a joy to watch – even, I suspect, for non-football fans – simply because Sanders’ talents reduced defenders to these silly nincompoops who look like they had never tried to tackle a couch cushion before.There’s a minute in the video where Marsalis seemingly tries to describe Sanders as a living example of a running back’s essence – a man that runs past, through and around defenders. And that’s what Sanders was. He embodied everything a running should be.Marsalis – along with an old quote from Sanders – explains that the old Detroit Lions running back played so fast that his game was based on instinct rather than actual thought processes. Had he slowed down to think about it, his game wouldn’t have been what it was and I can’t help but feel the same way about the Packers – especially with regard to their passing game.The passing game has carried Green Bay this season, and it is a passing game that is stupefying (and might even be better than New England’s in 2008). Rodgers might have two other quarterbacks throwing more yards than him currently, but nobody has ever started a season by posting passer ratings of over 100 in 12 straight games.Rodgers and his fleet of downfield targets are completing ridiculous passes with precision. Green Bay receivers catch over-the-back shoulder bullets while hugging the sidelines with ease. Green Bay’s receivers are also finding ways to run after the catch as well, as Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings and James Starks have combined for 909 yards after the catch. And together, those three account for less than half of Rodgers’ main targets.This is a living example of a passing game’s essence – completing passes no matter how narrow the window (69.6 percent), scoring touchdowns (39) and not turning the ball over (six interceptions).This offense is averaging a league-best 35.8 points per game. Tell it to slow down just once – after not doing so for about one year – and run the risk of experiencing a slow reboot.Injuries didn’t slow down this team a year ago when it had no choice but to win. And as long as Green Bay keeps playing like it has no other choice, then no other fate will befall it.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. Do you think the Packers should make a serious effort to go 16-0 or play it safe and protect their starters? Email him at ehughes@badgerherald.com or tweet @BHeraldSports or @elliothughes12.last_img read more

Football: Shelton ‘back to having fun’ in third season at Wisconsin

first_imgSojourn Shelton wasn’t having fun anymore.In fact, the 2014 season wasn’t fun for him at all.Last fall, the rising junior cornerback for the Wisconsin football team underwent what everyone had warned him about and what he had feared most: a sophomore slump.In preparation for the next season, Shelton is back to focusing on what made him fall in love with the game in the first place.“I think I got away from that last year, and that’s what I’m back to doing now,” Shelton said. “Just back to having fun, understanding this is what I love to do and I’m happy to be out here.”Shelton, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, broke out in a big way during his freshman season. Following the 2013 season, he earned Honorable Mention all-Big Ten honors from the conference’s media members after finishing third in the Big Ten with four interceptions.His impressive first season landed him on the cover of Varsity Magazine last August with volleyball’s Lauren Carlini and men’s basketball’s Nigel Hayes, two other sophomore stars looking to repeat their success. The magazine’s title was “What’s Next.”Expectations were high for Shelton (left) after a strong freshman season.What was next for Carlini? Big Ten Player of the Year honors. What was next for Hayes? Being the third-leading scorer for the national runner-ups.What was next for Shelton was less than ideal. Just as quickly  as he shone, he faded.That fall season Shelton intercepted zero balls, got beat deep a few too many times and committed a slough of penalties.“I just had a lot of things cluttering my mind last year,” Shelton said.There was a lot of hype to live up to.“Coming off a strong freshman year, hearing everybody say, ‘Sophomore slump this and that,’” Shelton said. “I think, more than anything, that I didn’t know how to handle that. You come in as a freshman and kind of have the season that I did have, you don’t know how to handle criticism.”Shelton is the first to acknowledge the regression from his freshman campaign.The lowest point for Shelton was the Bowling Green game on Sept. 20 last season, when he was beat over the top several times. He said that game was the worst game of his entire life.“I had to sit there and that [criticism] and continue to improve,” Shelton said. “But Bowling Green was that game where I said, ‘Oh no, this isn’t what I imagined at all.’“I’m happy I went through it. And I’m happy to be where I’m at now.”The change in coaching staff has helped Shelton as well. Now, Shelton and the other cornerbacks are in the same meeting room as the safeties – something they didn’t do last last season – and it’s given him a renewed confidence this spring.It also helps that the secondary is returning nearly every starter, as fifth-year seniors safety Michael Caputo and cornerback Darius Hillary are back and fifth-year senior Tanner McEvoy, who’s played in the secondary before, is expected to start at the other safety spot, Shelton said.His defensive coordinator, Dave Aranda, said Shelton’s confidence is visible on the field, but stressed his currently high caliber of play must translate into the season and the big moment.“This is three weeks of spring ball. At his position on this team, that doesn’t make a hill of beans right now, and he knows that,” Aranda said. “It’s a work in progress, but he has played really well, so I’m happy for him. There’s a confidence and a swagger coming back to him.”The defense, and specifically Shelton, has been given the green light to make aggressive plays on the ball this spring.“We’re taking risks, but we’re taking smarter risks and we know when to take them,” Shelton said. “We’re just making plays on the ball, which is great to see.”Shelton brought up two plays: one on the road at Iowa and one at Northwestern, where he dropped potential interceptions. He said he hopes his aggressiveness will bring back trust in his abilities to allow him to make those plays on the ball.When the secondary unit concluded its cool-down exercises after practice last Friday, its members shouted one word.“Ballhawks!”“Our whole motto is … overall is just about getting the football, attacking the football,” Shelton said.Shelton’s contributions to the team may not solely be on the defensive side of the ball this upcoming season. At the end of practice, Shelton began fielding punts, something he did in high school. With the departure of Kenzel Doe, who returned punts for Wisconsin last season, Wisconsin is in the midst of finding a new punt returner.“People haven’t seen what I can do with the ball in my hands,” Shelton said with a grin on his face.Shelton’s step back last season opened his eyes to the broader life lessons football instills in young men.“It’s going to teach how to handle when things aren’t going your way, how you keep continuing to press forward and do your job?” Shelton said. “I think that’s what my learning experience has been so far.”If anything, Shelton plans on smiling a lot more this season.last_img read more

Women’s basketball: Late season push could find Badgers in WNIT

first_imgWith half of the season already in the books, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team faces a daunting conference schedule in the way of clinching a post-season birth for the first time since the 2011 season.The Badgers (6-8, 2-2) hope to use big wins against conference rivals Indiana and Penn State as a springboard into what will certainly be a challenging second semester slate.High profile games against top 10 opponents Ohio State and Maryland need to be upsets for the Badgers in order to earn an invitation to post-season play.Wisconsin hopes their recent shooting form — 66 percent from beyond the arc and tying a school record with 12 three pointers against Penn State —continues into the second half of the schedule.“We encourage them to work on their shot,” head coach Bobbi Kelsey said. “You just try to encourage them to improve. That’s what our motto is here. You come in one way, you won’t leave the same.”Wisconsin will need to continue to look for new ways to produce on offense, as guard Tessa Cichy has been sidelined the past four outings with an injury. Kelsey highlighted Cayla McMorris as someone who has vastly improved on her shooting in Cichy’s absence, saying how she was not a shooter when she first arrived and is now doing step-back threes.But, up to this point, the Badgers have relied upon the dynamic backcourt of Nicole Bauman and Dakota Whyte to lead the team offensively.Bauman, who averages a team-high 15.1 points per game, reached the 1,000-point milestone in the team’s matchup with Iowa. The duo leads the team in scoring and will continue to log heavy minutes as long as Cichy, who is second on the team with 33.9 minutes per game, remains out.“[Cichy] is the ‘glue’ kid,” Kelsey said. “She can hit shots, she screens, she guards the best offensive player on the other team and she is not afraid. She just does a lot of things that maybe some of the young ones aren’t ready to do.”Kelsey also hopes the Badgers can rely on forward Michala Johnson more throughout conference play. The senior is battling back from her third ACL injury but is averaging 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in limited minutes so far.Johnson is not yet 100 percent back, according to Kelsey. However, as she recovers, Kelsey said the senior is getting more and more confident every day.“It kind of puts your mind in a place where you’re still a little bit afraid,” Kelsey said. “You got to get through that part of it, but I think as she plays, she sees that she can explode off her legs [more].”The Badgers will need to rally and hope for around nine more victories to feel comfortable about their chances at a WNIT birth.last_img read more

Basketball: Trice overcomes injury, prepared with new perspectives

first_imgNCAA Basketball: Here is all you need to know about new CBB reformsThe NCAA announced new guidelines Wednesday, in an effort to curb corruption in college basketball and restore accountability to an Read…Though that’s not to say Trice was the type to sit idly by for a season and simply wait for his body to heal.In the meantime, he trained to have a new, more cerebral take on the game.“I think that I learned a lot from sitting on the sidelines and getting to take in different perspectives, more as a coach than a player,” Trice said. “I had to find different ways to lead and get guys involved and be a leader from the sidelines.”He said he was able to glean more from the expressions of his coaches – what they see and what they’re talking about – than he would from his normal view when he’s playing. Trice could see from his coaches’ views how different players take criticism and how they apply it to their games in their own ways.Even though it was only a limited time that the 22-year-old guard played the role of quasi-coach, Trice said he thinks it has changed his teammates’ perceptions of him.“Guys look at me differently now than they did last year,” Trice said.Football: NCAA to institute new redshirt guidelines, replacing antiquated, unjust rulesLast month, the NCAA Division 1 Council agreed to a proposal to revamp College Football’s ill-considered redshirt policy. Division 1 Read…With this new experience, it’s hard not to think Trice has a career in coaching ahead of him. For now though, Trice said he’ll stick to playing.Since he got back to 100 percent last spring, Trice said his main focus has been on his body this off-season. He’s gained ten pounds and set new personal marks bench pressing and squatting.“I think it will translate on the court having more confidence and not being able to be pushed around by those bigger guards,” Trice said. “I finally have that big point guard body where I think that will be important later in the season where that ten pounds I didn’t have last year will prevent me from getting fatigued.”As for this upcoming year, the Badgers and Head Coach Greg Gard are going to have some tough decisions to make regarding playing time in the backcourt. With King and Trice coming back from injury, last year’s freshman phenom Brad Davison returning for his sophomore season, and newcomers transfer Trevor Anderson and freshman Tai Strickland, there is certainly more talent than the single-faceted rotations the Badgers were stuck with last season.Football: Quarterback recruit Graham Mertz prepares to ‘bring a natty’ to MadisonIn a Tweet Thursday, four star quarterback recruit Graham Mertz confirmed his commitment to Wisconsin. Clear mind… #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/ZihIQ9ri9G — Read…These are good problems to have, and Trice looks forward to intense practices before the season gets started this fall.Now, Trice heads into the 2018-19 season with a new perspective, a healthy body and another shot at his sophomore season. Sometimes you come across a story that typifies a platitude so faultlessly that you don’t even feel cliché, and you know you just have to go for it.That being said: D’Mitrick Trice’s injury early into last season was a devastating blow to Wisconsin basketball and contributed to their worst season in two decades, but every cloud has its silver lining.Back in December of 2017, Trice was sidelined with a right foot injury that required surgery, rehab and eventually held him out the entire rest of the year. Trice was a breakout player in his freshman season in 2016-17, playing in 37 games and factoring in as the Badger’s top bench player. Coming into his sophomore year, Trice was slotted as the starting point guard and was projected to be a leader, on and off the court, for the young Badgers rotation.Football: CB Dontye Carriere-Williams granted release, will pursue transferWisconsin’s most seasoned cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams announced he would be leaving the program in a tweet last night. The redshirt Read…Trice would start the first ten games of the season before his injury, which happened just in time for Trice to preserve his eligibility and be granted a medical redshirt for the season.“I think the time the injury happened was a blessing,” Trice said. “Honestly if it happened any later I wouldn’t have been eligible for the redshirt and I would have lost a whole year. I think things happen for a reason.”During his rehabilitation, Trice found support in those who have gone through similar injuries, like Kyle Ahrens who plays basketball for Michigan State University. Ahrens succumbed to a foot injury as well, and the two western Ohio natives talked frequently about their shared obstacle.Football: Western Kentucky comes to town to kick off seasonFriday evening, Badger fans will make the first of many treks down to Camp Randall as Wisconsin Football takes on Read…Wisconsin Basketball Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft also served as an adviser for Trice, as Krabbenhoft fell victim to the same injury during his own basketball career.Trice dealt with his disappointment by maintaining a positive attitude, and “not being too down in the dumps.”“Other than not being able to play and be out there with my teammates I tried to keep in high spirits, I can’t really complain,” Trice said.last_img read more

Cross Country: Badger men’s, women’s teams impress at Nuttycombe Invitational

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s cross country teams enjoyed successful finishes to Friday’s Nuttycombe Invitational.The event took place at the Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course in Madison.As a team, the men finished No. 2 in the 8k meet while the women placed No. 6 in their 5k race. But individually, Morgan McDonald won the title for the men’s team while Alicia Monson took first for the women’s side.In the men’s 8k, the top five places rounded out with Northern Arizona coming in first with 46 points followed by Wisconsin at 135, Portland at 140, Iowa State at 152 and Boise State at 160. For those that are unfamiliar with cross country, scoring points are assigned based on the finishing places of a team’s top five runners meaning a lower score is better.Though McDonald and the Badgers won the race individually, Northern Arizona still dominated the contest. McDonald was the only Badger to finish within the top ten while Northern Arizona had four runners finish with such marks. Tyler Day finished third, Luis Grijalva fifth, Peter Lomong seventh and Blaise Ferro eighth. Their fifth runner Geordie Beamish still finished impressively at No. 23 in the race.Men’s soccer: Badgers grind out road win over Marquette, look toward Michigan StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer (4–4–1, 1–1 Big Ten) claimed their second consecutive road win with a 1–0 victory Read…Led by McDonald’s astonishing 23 minute 17 second and six millisecond time the Badgers finished with an impressive day overall. McDonald won first, barely edging out Iowa State’s Edwin Kurgat by nine milliseconds. But the rest of the team also held their own with Oliver Hoare placing No. 13, Olin Hacker No. 17, Ben Eidenschink No. 31 and Tyson Miehe No. 73.After the race, Mcdonald had a conversation with UW Athletics about the victory and keeping ahead of the group from Northern Arizona.“I was just trying to stay relaxed for as long as possible,” McDonald said. “I knew those NAU boys were good, so I was just trying to stick with them and wait for the kick at the end. I felt like someone else was going to make the move earlier, but I felt really good running up that last hill, so I just went for it, and it worked out pretty well.”This success comes as no giant surprise though as the men’s team was ranked No. 9 in the nation coming into the meet. This is the men’s best performance since the Nuttycombe Invitational began back in 2016 with the team improving on their No. 25 finish last season.Volleyball: Badgers falter in tough matchup versus No. 6 Gophers, Purdue up nextThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team had a tough start to their brutal road trip on Wednesday night. No. Read…The women’s team has also never finished higher than this year’s No. 6 mark in their 5k. Before the race, the Badgers were pinned as the No. 9 team in the country.The results concluded with Colorado at 80 points, Boise State at 91, New Mexico at 130, Villanova at 156 and Wisconsin 192.Monson’s first-place finish came several seconds ahead of the favorites from New Mexico-All-American Weini Kelati and reigning NCAA champion Ednah Kurgat. Rounding out the rest of the Badger’s top five were Amy Davis at No. 25, Shaelyn Sorensen at No. 27, Alissa Niggemann at No. 69 and Lucinda Crouch at No. 70.In her conversation with UW Athletics Monson was admittedly surprised by the upset finish but was content she accomplished the feat on her home course.“I wasn’t quite expecting it but I knew to just stay patient and stick with some of the best girls out there,” Monson said. “It feels pretty great to be out on the home course and seeing everyone from my team do so well. It was just an amazing day.”Wisconsin will look to continue this momentum into their Big Ten and NCAA Championship endeavors in the coming weeks. Both the men’s and women’s next challenge will be Pre-Nationals at the Zimmer Championship Course next Saturday.last_img read more

Second-to-last practice places emphasis on containing UNLV QB

first_imgWhen JT Daniels starts under center Saturday he will become the second Trojan quarterback after Matt Barkley to start Week 1 as a true freshman. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)With just two days left until the season opener, the football team is focused on containing UNLV’s dynamic offense, led by star redshirt sophomore Armani Rogers, last season’s Mountain West freshman of the year.“One of the biggest keys for us is gonna be able to contain the quarterback,” head coach Clay Helton said. “When you watch tape on Armani, it’s evident that if you don’t stay in your lanes … he can hurt you dearly. His ability to move the chains is something special.”Rogers threw for 1,471 yards and six touchdowns to five interceptions, but he especially shined on the move, rushing for 780 yards and eight scores. As a team, UNLV likes to play up-tempo and push the pace. The Runnin’ Rebels averaged 427.1 yards per game last season but also ceded 458.7 yards to their opponents, 239.1 of which were on the ground. The keys for USC will be to limit Rogers’ ability to get outside the pocket and create big plays with his feet, as well as testing UNLV’s run defense early to open up the field and help out freshman quarterback JT Daniels in his first start. Helton is excited to get going. “The beauty about ’SC is the expectations of being here in the first game and the expectations that this group has to take the new step,” Helton said. “These seniors, that have done so much in their last two years, to be able to walk back in that Coliseum is exciting. We’ve been hitting each other now for the last four weeks. We’re ready to go play somebody.”Porter’s healthSenior captain and outside linebacker Porter Gustin spoke to reporters following practice about his recovery from a torn meniscus and his status for Saturday’s matchup. “I was pretty certain that it wasn’t super bad. I didn’t feel anything pop or tear … just couldn’t put pressure on it,” Gustin said. “I was lucky it was just a meniscus.” Helton agreed with Gustin’s assessment.“I think he looked good to really good,” Helton said. “I thought the big day was yesterday, to get some really physical work … The doctors felt great about it.” Gustin is looking to bounce back from an injury-ridden season that saw him appear in only appear in four games. In limited time, Gustin showcased his versatility and pass rushing ability, most notably by delivering two sacks in the first half last year in USC’s triple overtime thriller against Texas before exiting the game. This time around, Gustin isn’t taking anything for granted.“I’m just looking forward to competition, getting out there, playing with my guys, and enjoy football,” Gustin said. “Unless something really bad happens, I plan on playing. I’m feeling good and ready to go.” Bubba balls out Quarterback wasn’t the only position that saw some competition this past training camp. Defensive backs sophomore Bubba Bolden and senior Marvell Tell III went head-to-head in a tight battle for the starting safety job before Helton named Bolden the winner at the start of the week. The game is especially meaningful for Bolden, who will be starting against his former head coach at Bishop Gorman High, Tony Sanchez, who now coaches the Runnin’ Rebels. “I was kind of surprised when it happened (Sanchez was hired in 2014),” Bolden said on Sanchez making the rare jump from high school to college head coach. “But I think he was the best coach in Vegas. He got that role, and I think he’s doing a pretty good job.” Bolden, who didn’t play much outside of special teams last season, also spoke about his development since joining the program.“I personally think it was a good thing for me,” Bolden said. “It was a good learning experience my freshman year. Just getting to learn the game and the speed of the game … I think I’m ready.” Injury updateFreshman running back Markese Stepp was cleared off of concussion protocol. He will not play, according to Helton.last_img read more

Men’s volleyball travels east for cross-conference tourney

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team is looking to snap its four-game losing streak this weekend at the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge hosted by Penn State. The Trojans will face Ohio State Friday and No. 10 Penn State Sunday. With a roster consisting of just one senior and 15 underclassmen, an adjustment in offensive intensity from the high school level to college is expected in early season play. However, the Trojans’ offense depends on the defense providing for junior setter Chris Hall, meaning ball movement will have to be cleaner for hitters to finish the point. This isn’t the Trojans’ first trip to the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge. Last year, USC took down both the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes in hard-fought 3-2 matches. However, with the loss of key senior offensive players, this weekend carries no guarantee of similar success. The tournament host will provide a tough but necessary matchup to prepare the Trojans for Pac-12 conference play, which begins next week. If USC is hoping for a successful weekend, head coach Jeff Nygaard’s squad has to look back at its solo win strategy against Princeton to keep pace with the high-level competition the Trojans are expected to face.  Junior setter Chris Hall recorded season highs in assists, digs and total blocks against Princeton. USC will take on Ohio State and Penn State next. (Daily Trojan file photo) Looking at Penn State, its back row prowess is what earns the high ranking. The Nittany Lions’ aces have dismantled serve receptions, with their season total nearly triple that of their opponents’. Sophomore libero Will Bantle racked up 19 digs in a five-set comeback against No. 7 Lewis, a testament to the toughness this team has against high-level offenses. The Buckeyes are currently undefeated this season, consistently holding opponents under 20 points and only losing one set out of the season’s 16.  Scouting Ohio State, its blocking efficiency explains much of the past runaway wins. Freshman middle blocker Samuel Clark was just named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week after a decimating eight-block performance against Lincoln Memorial. Sophomore middle blocker Ethan Talley is three short of Clark with 16 total blocks in the season. For comparison, USC has a team total of 26 blocks.  USC has proven powerful at the net, averaging 10.5 kills per set. Junior middle blocker Kyle Gear leads the front row, logging double-digit kills in three games this season, while sophomore outside hitter Brandon Browning follows with a .226 offensive production rate. USC faces off against Ohio State at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Penn State at 10 a.m. Sunday. While USC comes in with a 1-4 record, the Trojans have had a tougher pre-conference lineup that included a promising 3-2 win over No. 13 Princeton and a tight four-set loss to No. 4 Long Beach State last Friday.last_img read more

Georgia Tech’s Jose Alvarado’s all-around game makes him irreplaceable

first_img Published on February 22, 2020 at 3:15 pm Contact Cameron: cbmckeon@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Christ the King (NY) High School had the game put away against Xaverian High School on Dec. 22, 2016, but Jose Alvarado wasn’t done. Coming out of his team’s last timeout, Alvarado was a steal and assist shy of a quadruple-double.Never in the history of Christ the King — a high school that boasts alumni such as Lamar Odom and holds four New York State Championships — had a player secured a quadruple-double.In the huddle, Alvarado’s coach, Joe Arbitello, informed him he was on the brink of history. Then, Arbitello watched as Alvarado swiped a steal and assisted on the other end, entering the Christ the King record books in the process. He finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. Over the past three years, Alvarado has continued his all-around game as Georgia Tech’s (13-13, 7-8 Atlantic Coast) backbone. He’s averaged at least 33 minutes in each of his first three seasons and has been in the top-10 in the ACC in steals the past two seasons. Though he missed seven games with a right ankle injury this season, he remains Georgia Tech’s irreplaceable floor general and defensive leader.  “He’s the head of our snake,” head coach Josh Pastner said. “He’s our guy. When he’s not playing, like earlier in the year when he had an injury and we missed him for all those games, we really struggled.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarlier this season, the six-foot guard broke the Yellow Jackets single-game steals record, tallying nine to go along with 26 points in a victory over N.C. State. “It’s crazy that my name is forever going to be in Georgia Tech history,” said Alvarado.The numbers are the benefactor of Alvarado’s competitiveness, the trait that made him attractive to Georgia Tech in the first place. Growing up, he said one of his main influences was Chris Paul’s feisty demeanor and hatred of losing.The winning began in high school, when Alvarado took Christ the King to the New York City championship twice. Particularly in his junior year, Arbitello said, Alvarado keyed the team’s title run.“When we recruited him, winning was more important to him than actually breathing,” Pastner said. “He was just a winner. Everywhere he’s been, he’s won.” Alvarado has grown into that role once again with Georgia Tech. He’s played the full 40 minutes in a game 13 times while at Georgia Tech. In the seven games he missed with a right ankle injury, the Yellow Jackets went 3-4, with wins coming against Behune-Cookman, Nebraska and Elon. Upon his return, he played 29 and 36 minutes in back-to-back days.Alvarado has battled back from injury before. After being in the top-five in scoring, assists and steals among ACC freshman in 2017, he went down with a left elbow injury on Feb. 11 that sidelined him for the rest of the season. Despite hitting “rock bottom,” he said, with the help of people around him, he came back his sophomore year and felt better than he did before, Alvarado said.Whether it’s him or his past coaches, the same message echoes: Alvarado is a winner who impacts the game in a plethora of ways. “He wants to win more than anyone else on the court,” Arbitello said. Commentslast_img read more

Dior Johnson reportedly considering reclassifying from 2022 to 2021

first_img Published on July 1, 2020 at 10:54 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse’s best commit since Carmelo Anthony might arrive a year earlier than expected.Dior Johnson is considering reclassifying from 2022 to 2021, according to reports from Rivals and Stockrisers. If he reclassifies, the No. 5 recruit in 2022 would join four-star forward Benny Williams in SU’s 2021 class and be a 17-year-old freshman.After he committed to Syracuse in February, Johnson became the subject of speculation on whether he’d jump straight from high school to the NBA if the league changed its minimum age requirement. Considering a move to the 2021 class dispels those rumors.Johnson wrote in a February blog post for Sports Illustrated that he’s fully committed to SU and wants to beat the blue blood schools.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I want to create my own legacy,” he wrote.The No. 1 point guard also wrote in the blog post that he’s staying in the class of 2022, though he liked both Twitter reports from Stockrisers and Rivals on Wednesday night.Other likely notable players on the 2021 Orange roster include Joe Girard III, Buddy Boeheim, Frank Anselem, Alan Griffin and Kadary Richmond.A 5-star prospect from Saugerties, New York, Johnson recently transferred from Mayfair High School (California) to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. During the 2019-20 season, he averaged 23.3 points and 4.9 assists per game while helping the Monsoons to a 17-12 record. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tour de France hits Belgium.

first_imgThe peloton traverses Belgium on the 160-kilometre trek from Anvers to Huy.Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett – who is competing in his first Grand Tour – lies 85th overall.The Bora Argon 18 sprinter finished 66th in yestrdays wind and rain battered stage in the Netherlands.last_img

Man City claim victory over Kiev

first_imgLiverpool will be first into action as they play host to Augsburg at Anfield after a scoreless draw in their first-leg tie in Germany.Kick-off in that one is at 6pm.United and Spurs will both be involved in five-past eight starts tonight.United will play host to FC Midtjylland after the Danish side claimed a 2-1 win in the first-leg last week.And it’s tied 1-all between Tottenham and Fiorentina ahead of their second-leg tie at White Heart Lane. Goals from Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure have left City in control ahead of the return match in Manchester on the 15th of March.Meanwhile, 10-man PSV Eindhoven held-out for a scoreless draw against Atletico Madrid in last night’s other last-16 match in the Netherlands.Liverpool, Man United and Tottenham are all in action tonight in the last-32 of the Europa League.last_img read more

O’Brien continues spectacular start to training career

first_imgThe first of a seven race card in Navan gets underway at 1.55pm with the action in Limerick beginning at 6 o’clock. The 23-year-old was in the winners’ enclosure again when Oh Me, Oh My won the opening BBQ Evening At Clonmel Races Maiden Hurdle under Kildare jockey Jody McGarvey. Locally owned by James Coleman, the winner was returned a 4-1 shot and came home with two and a half lengths to spare. There are two Irish meetings today.last_img

Riders facing long stage at Tour De France

first_imgWorld Champion Peter Sagan has swapped his rainbow jersey for the yellow of race leader following his win in yesterday’s stage.Ireland’s Dan Martin – who was 4th yesterday – is 10th overall.Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett is the Lantern Rouge or last rider heading into today’s stage – however he had to have surgery on a hand injury after a high speed crash at the end of Saturday’s opening stage and many thought he wouldn’t even start yesterday.last_img

76ers top Celtics 107-93 in 1st battle of East favorites

first_img 10 months ago Chamberlain takes plaudits as brace fires Liverpool to Genk victory Written By FOLLOW US COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Businessman sentenced to 17 years in prison for $34M fraud First Published: 24th October, 2019 10:24 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, center right, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers’ Al Horford, center left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. Joel Embiid had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Ben Simmons scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 107-93 on Wednesday night.The Sixers and Celtics are expected to compete for the top spot in the Eastern Conference this season and the opener had a May feel. Embiid was bloodied and hit with a flagrant. They roughed up each other, with more than 60 fouls whistled. They each showed off their prized free agent acquisitions. But it was the Sixers that dominated in the fourth quarter.Philly’s superstars can only do so much, and the reserves were there when they needed them.Furkan Korkmaz and Tobias Harris buried consecutive 3-pointers — after the Sixers had missed 21 of 24 through three quarters — to stretch the lead to 10. Even without a jumper, Simmons was smooth and sensational as he attacked the hoop for easy baskets. He used a nifty spin move in the paint to hit Kyle O’Quinn for a basket that made it 90-74. The packed house went wild as the backups, a weak spot in the postseason, put the Sixers on the decisive run.Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 25 points. Jayson Tatum had 21.Kemba Walker scored 12 points on 4-of-18 shooting in his Boston debut, and Al Horford had 16 in his first game with the 76ers.Horford spent the last three seasons with the Celtics and was one of the few defenders that gave Embiid fits. Horford signed a four-year deal to come to Philly and quickly became a popular teammate. Walker was signed to a four-year, $141 million deal, the most Boston could offer, but $80 million less than the Charlotte Hornets could have paid him over five seasons.About the only sign of a rough patch came when Embiid took a hard elbow from Jaylen Brown early in the third. Embiid was slightly bloodied and seemed to wiggle his teeth. He also pressed a towel to this face after the hit.Brown was whistled for his fifth foul, and Embiid sat out for a couple of minutes. He hardly seemed bothered by the knock the rest of the game — he slid across the court as he tried to save the ball from going out of bounds, drawing a loud “Let’s go Sixers!” chant.TIP-INSCeltics: Boston twice missed consecutive free throws in the second half, giving delirious 76ers fans a free dessert and fries at a food fast chain.76ers: Allen Iverson was in the house wearing a No. 23 Trey Burke jersey. … Rapper Biz Markie was at the game. … Horford rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell. … Harris addressed the crowd before the game and said the 76ers have just one goal this season. “With that being said, let’s get to work,” he said.GAME SHAPEEmbiid said at the start of training camp that he lost 20 pounds over the offseason and aimed for at least five more before opening night. Coach Brett Brown said he didn’t know if the two-time All-Star center had reached his weight goal. Brown said Embiid’s health is the “best he’s ever been,” but there’s work ahead.“Is he an A-plus right now,” Brown asked. “No, he is not. But he is trending in the way that we want. And nobody asked him to be that on opening night.”The 25-year-old Embiid has never played in more than 64 games a season and has vowed to top that total in 2019-2020. The Sixers care more about having their franchise player healthy for the postseason than reaching some arbitrary number.“I feel when I look at him, I think he looks healthy,” Brown said. “He looks like he’s ready to have a great season.” Last Updated: 24th October, 2019 10:25 IST 76ers Top Celtics 107-93 In 1st Battle Of East Favorites Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, center right, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers’ Al Horford, center left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. Joel Embiid had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Ben Simmons scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 107-93 on Wednesday night. Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Manav Thakkar becomes world no. 1 paddler in U-21 category

first_img LIVE TV Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Young Indian paddler Manav Thakkar has jumped nine places to become the world no.1 in the Under-21 men’s singles category in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings. The 19-year-old achieved the feat after clinching the U-21 men’s singles title at the ITTF Challenge Plus Benemax-Virgo North American Open in Markham, Canada in December last year. He beat Argentina’s Martin Bentancor 11-3 11-5 11-6 to win the crown.READ | Unbeaten Auburn Visits Mississippi St. To Open SEC ScheduleManav Thakkar becomes world no. 1Thakkar, thus, became the fourth Indian to achieve the feat after Harmeet Desai, G Sathiyan and Soumyajit Ghosh. Thakkar was also world no. 1 in the Under-18 category in February 2018. He was part of the Indian men’s team which won a bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.READ | MLB Trade Rumours: 5 Best Remaining Free Agents Who Are Likely To Fetch Big Bucks READ | Damage Control: SAI Says It Will Take Care Of Archers’ Boarding And LodgingREAD | Shooter Esha Singh: My Father Retired From Rally Driving To Support Me First Published: 3rd January, 2020 18:36 ISTcenter_img FOLLOW US Among other Indians, Sathiyan has managed to retain his 30th spot in the senior category, while Achanta Sharath Kamal has climbed a spot to 33rd position in the world table tennis rankings issued on Thursday. Top woman paddler of the country, Manika Batra was static at the 61st position.  WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 18:36 IST Manav Thakkar Becomes World No. 1 Paddler In U-21 Category Young Indian paddler Manav Thakkar has jumped nine places to become the world no.1 in the Under-21 men’s singles category in the latest International TT ranking COMMENTlast_img read more

15 nominations for Tipp in hurling All Stars

first_imgAll Ireland Champions Tipperary lead the way in this year’s nominations for the Hurling All Star awards. The Premier County has 15 nominations…Waterford have 9 while beaten All Ireland finalists Kilkenny have 8. The Tipperary nominations are Darren Gleeson in goals… Defenders Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Pádraic Maher, Ronan Maher, Michael Cahill and Séamus Kennedy have all been shortlisted while Michael Breen and Brendan Maher are included in midfield. Séamus Callanan, Patrick Maher, John McGrath, Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer and Dan McCormack are all nominated in the forward line. Séamus Callanan and Pádraic Maher are also shortlisted for Player of the Year, while Ronan Maher is among the nominees for the Young Player of the Year. The winners will be announced next month.last_img read more

Ryan shuffles pack for Clare clash

first_imgThe Premier’s boss has decided to include Nenagh Éire Óg’s Barry Heffernan in the team to face Clare in Division 1A of the competition tomorrow – his first start of the current season.This is the XV selected to meet the Banner:1. Daragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill2. Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane4. Donagh Maher – Burgess5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Marys6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields7. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh9. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg10. Steven O’Brien – Ballina11. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule14. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney15. Aidan McCormack – Thurles Sarsfields Tipp FM’s coverage of the game at Semple Stadium gets underway at 2.50pm on Sunday and will be brought to you in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group – Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea and Colm Hanly Tyre Centre, Cork Road, Cashel.last_img read more

Harrington joint-leader into third round of Scottish Open

first_imgPadraig Harrington is the joint-leader into today’s third round at the Scottish Open golf.He shares the lead at nine-under with England’s Callum Shinkwin and Germany’s Alexander Knappe ahead of tee-ing off just before midday.Paul Dunne sits 20th at three-under while Graeme McDowell is one-under into today. Photo © – Tipp FM Rory McIlroy missed the cut – his third time in four tournaments to do so.The world number four is still confident, however, that he can perform well at the Open next week.last_img read more

Governor Ajimobi, Please Sell Shooting Stars

first_imgOur governments must now realise that running football clubs is not the business of government. There is not a single progressive country in the world where this is the case. So when I read recently that the boss of betting company Nairabet, Akin Alabi, wanted to buy Shooting Stars FC, I thought ‘why not?’. I am not aware that there has been any official response to this expression of interest, but what I would suggest is that if due diligence is conducted and the prospective buyer is found to be worthy, the club should be sold to him. It will not only be great business for the Oyo State because it frees up scarce resources spent on running the club for other constructive projects, it would improve the chances of achieving better success in areas that make the government fund the club in the first place, i.e. creating employment, boosting trade, inspiring more people in the state to higher levels of competition and fostering unity. Above all else, the right ownership change would see the once popular and admired brand regain its lost lustre. We run a flawed system in Nigeria which makes our clubs neither competitive nor marketable. The time has come for all state governments to reassess their roles in football and move in step with the world by letting private enterprise unlock the vast economic potential of sports. So Governor Abiola Ajimobi, the vote here is sell if the buyer is right!Think about it, for all the hundreds of millions pumped into Shooting Stars annually, how many players or officials do they really employ? How many young people in the state are being identified, engaged and developed by the club when you consider that they do not have a youth system? How does the club affect the mentality of the people in the state when they have become serial losers? Where do the millions really go, and can any state government in Nigeria afford such wasteful investments today? Why not free the government of paying salaries, paying for transportation and logistics, buying kit and merchandise, etc and spend that money on upgrading the decaying sports facilities in the state that would then boost interest from the public and enhance revenues for all stakeholders? As things stand today, government clubs are black holes that just gulp scarce government resources and return little or nothing on the investments. This is not unique to Oyo State and Shooting Stars, as other traditional giants like Rangers International and Bendel Insurance (my club) have suffered stagnation or decline for years and years. Shooting Stars last won the Nigerian league crown 18 years ago in 1998, Rangers in 1984 and Bendel in 1979. Yet these are the brands that should drive the marketability of the Nigerian Professional Football League like the Manchester Uniteds, Arsenals, Liverpools, Barcelonas, Real Madrids, AC Milans, Juventuses, Bayern Munichs, Borussia Dortmunds, Paris Saint-Germains do in countries like England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Clubs like Shooting Stars, if professionally managed – and not by civil servants, can become forces in Africa, attract huge sponsorship and create thousands of jobs for citizens of their states.However, while I am predisposed to selling the club, care must be taken to ensure it does not fall into the wrong hands. Shooting Stars are a Nigerian legend and in that sense, their influence goes far beyond Oyo State. The club has fans stretching back over four decades, fans who live around the world today, thus giving it a global feel. It should only be sold to a serious player with deep pockets who must be capable and willing to invest – possibly agreed sums – into getting better players, paying better wages, developing the youth system and competing for honours.Even if, in spite of due diligence, the new private buyer proves incompetent based on agreed contractual deliverables, there is nothing that says the government cannot reclaim the club and find a better investor. To that effect my only advice would that he the club’s name must not be changed. No one wants Shooting Stars to become Alabi Babes or Nairabet Shooting Stars – a petty culture our megalomaniac business leaders are prone to. Retaining the traditional name means the club stays a state institution rather than being tied to any particular person. This would then make it easier to find new investors from among wealthy fans and investors whenever necessary.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bafana Coach Scared of Eagles Physical Strength

first_img‘’If we stretch ourselves and we play to the best of our ability and implement our game plan, then I think we will give them problems. If they don’t then they will have a problem with us.’’Baxter highlighted the fact that South Africa were able to beat Nigeria in Uyo last year because they were disciplined.‘’We went there, we played very tactically disciplined. That was pleasing for me to see a South African team play as tactically disciplined. ‘’We have to play as tactically disciplined in this game because we are at home, we need to win, we won’t be on the back foot hopefully, and if we are we have to deal with that but it won’t be a choice.’’The South Africa National Team trained at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday morning ahead of the eagerly anticipated AFCON qualifier against Nigeria.Meanwhile, SAFA technical director Neil Tovey is quietly optimistic over Bafana Bafana’s chances against Nigeria but admits previous results have added unnecessary pressure ahead of today’s clash.The two countries meet in a top-of-the-table Group E 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier, where a win for the hosts will secure a spot at the continental tournament in Cameroon, while a draw or loss will make next year’s clash against Libya the deciding contest.Tovey, who captained South Africa to AFCON glory in 1996, feels confident ahead of the encounter, insisting that the nature of the opposition will motivate the players to lift their game.“I’m more confident against Nigeria than I am against anyone else because I know the mentality will change as the players know they’re up against it.“Your mentality comes from your approach and everything. So this might drive them a bit more, from a mental point, into a team dynamic. But I think where we are really lacking is in big-game moments, not taking those chances that happened against Seychelles – a big-game moment is when you’re under the crossbar, and you put the ball into the net.”Looking at Bafana’s overall qualification campaign so far, which includes two wins and two draws from the four games played, Tovey said he wished the team was in a better position, especially following the goalless draw against minnows Seychelles last time out.“It’s been a rollercoaster ride,” he says. “After four games, and after the two Seychelles games, we should have been a lot closer to qualifying. Home and away at Seychelles, we should have really done the job. But you get matches where you just don’t put the ball across the goal line – I don’t think it had anything to do with tactics. On the day, if you don’t take your chances, it makes it all the more difficult, and it gives a team like Seychelles the confidence to lift their game. But if we had scored the first goal, I think it would have been another case of 4 or 5-0 – we just needed that first goal, which never came about through the inability to concentrate at the vital time.”Libya currently sit four points behind Bafana, yet are expected to do the job away at Seychelles this afternoon, and will have the slight advantage in the final group qualifier at home to South Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Stuart Baxter Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has admitted that they will encounter problems when they face Nigeria today in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after identifying three key qualities of the Super Eagles that can hurt his team.The former England U-19 boss has designed a game plan that will neutralise the strengths of the Super Eagles.‘’It’ll be a very tough game, Nigeria are a good team. They will create problems for us so many levels, physically, tactically, technically,’’ said Baxter.last_img read more

Peak Promises to Empower Team Nigeria’s Para-Powerlifters

first_imgAhead of the 2019 Lagos International Para-powerlifting Competition scheduled for between January 24th and 31st at the Oriental Hotel in Lekki, Lagos, one of the major sponsors of the event, Friesland Campina Wamco, makers of Peak milk, has promised to empower the Nigerian team to excel and come out tops at the end of the competition.Peak’s support for the Para-powerlifting athletes was one of the key highlights of a media session organised by the Main Organising Committee of the Lagos International Para-powerlifting Competition on Wednesday.Reiterating the sponsor’s commitment to support the competition, Marketing Manager of Peak milk, Maureen Ifada said: “Our decision to partner the team is in line with the brand’s promise to enable and empower it’s teeming consumers to reach their Peak, regardless of any limitations.” As part of its support for the first Para-powerlifting International Competition in Nigeria, Peak has procured an IPC (International Paralympic Committee) approved mobility bus, with the capacity to seat 12 people and 15 wheelchairs.The President of the Para-powerlifting Federation of Nigeria, Queen Uboh, revealed that ten countries have confirmed their participation in the competition and there will be ten classes to compete for, with 20 gold medals at stake.The media event to officially announce the unveiling of the Para-Powerlifting Competition was attended by Para-Powerlifting athletes, who are world record holders in their various specialised categories.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five-time Paralympian and world record holder in the 61kg category of the Para-Powerlifting, Lucy Ejike_ Marketing Manager Peak, Maureen Ifada_ and Paralympics world record last_img read more

NTA, HotSports Seal Deal to Bring AFCON 2019 to Nigerian Fans

first_imgAt the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between NTA and HotSports in Abuja during the week, NTA Director General, Yakubu Ibn Mohammed assured HotSports that NTA would deploy its immense experience in the coverage and broadcast of international sports competitions to AFCON 2019 and the other tournaments in view and it is determined to deliver exciting moments for Nigerian sports fans through the partnership with HotSports.“NTA has always been known to be the front runner when it comes to the coverage of international sporting activities. NTA has covered various World Cups and has been involved in the coverage of Olympic Games, African Cup of Nations, and age-grade competitions. This management of NTA is determined to bring back the good old days because NTA pioneered sports casting in this country and we should always be in the lead,” he stated.Ibn Mohammed dwelled on the significance of AFCON 2019 and why corporate organisations would derive huge marketing benefits from sponsorship: “As far as the 32nd African Cup of Nation is concerned, it is significant for Nigeria because this is the first time the competition is going to feature 24 teams instead of the normal 16. Nigeria is participating for the first time in four years, so NTA feels it has a responsibility to beam the matches to the homes of Nigerians and viewing centres across the country. There will be 52 matches because of the extended number of teams, each of which will deliver the desired eyeballs for sponsors. NTA feels that Nigerians have the right to watch their national team and they have the right to watch other teams because we are very passionate about football.”He explained that NTA won the sole right to market and broadcast AFCON 2019 on terrestrial stations from the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the sole owners of the rights in Africa. The national television network then sourced for “great marketing consultant who will work with us and help us market the product.”He congratulated HotSports for demonstrating the capability to deliver the task even within the short time available.Responding, the President/CEO of HotSports Media Group, Taye Ige said that the confidence that NTA has it his team would not be taken for granted, assuring that the partnership would deliver results that all the partners and the viewing public would be delighted about.He said that having been in sports marketing in the last 23 years, HotSports’ primary objective in the partnership is to make AFCON 2019 and other properties within the contract outstanding for the fans.“We went into this partnership with Africa’s largest television network to make these tournaments a very memorable viewing experience for Nigerians comparable to what they find in other networks both in and outside Nigeria,” Ige said.He assured of several value-added ideas, including live broadcast of the Super Eagles’ activities in AFCON 2019 and opportunities for fans to win prizes. “We intend, for instance, in conjunction with NTA production department, to be on ground in Egypt, especially in Alexandra where Nigeria’s first three games will happen. I can even say first four games because definitely, we will qualify from our group. We will be there on ground giving live reports to Nigerians, pre-match, during the match and post-match at prime time. Beyond these as well, there will be opportunities for a lot of freebies to be won by Nigerians just for keeping faith with NTA and viewing the matches on NTA.”This year’s edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt is expected to catch the attention of billions of TV viewers in the continent and across the world with HotSports bringing all the 52 matches from the group stage all through to the showpiece final to the fans in their homes, viewing centres and other relaxation sports.Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been placed in Group B to contest for two second round tickets with Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi in their quest to win the title for the fourth time.Founded in 1996, HotSports has exciting and authoritative sports broadcasting packages that offer brand owners a vehicle to the widest sports loving audience in Nigeria.It is the Official Media Partner as well as marketing consultants to the Nigeria Football Federation and has become reputable as a go-getting company committed to adding value to clients’ sponsorship investments. It has provided activations for leading brands around major continental and global sports events.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram HotSports Media Group, Nigeria’s foremost marketing and production company, has formalised its relationship with Africa’s largest television network, the Nigerian Television Network, as the Official Exclusive Marketers of the 32nd African Cup of Nations which kicks off in Cairo on June 21.NTA will broadcast the matches on terrestrial television channels across Nigeria, while the Super Eagles will be among 24 teams contesting to lift the trophy on July 19 in the showpiece final game.Other tournaments in the bouquet of the NTA/HotSports marketing partnership include the U23 Africa Cup of Nations (the 2020 Olympics soccer qualifiers that will be hosted by Egypt in November, this year), Africa Women Cup of Nations (Congo Brazzaville 2020), U20 Africa Cup of Nations in 2021 in Mauritania, the U17 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco also in 2021 and CAF SuperCup 2020.last_img read more

Piscotty hits A’s 2nd walkoff slam this year, beats Rangers

first_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 10:08 IST Piscotty Hits A’s 2nd Walkoff Slam This Year, Beats Rangers Stephen Piscotty hit Oakland’s second walkoff grand slam of the year and the Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win Associated Press Television News Stephen Piscotty hit Oakland’s second walkoff grand slam of the year and the Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.The late-game theatrics helped the A’s win on a night when prized pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo pitched five scoreless innings in his first career start for Oakland and Texas starter Lance Lynn allowed first run of the season.Edinson Volquez (0-1) got into trouble quickly in the ninth inning when he walked two batters and gave up a hit to load the bases with nobody out.Volquez retired Robbie Grossman on a popup before Piscotty hit a first-pitch drive over the wall in center to match the opening night 10th-inning slam by Matt Olson against the Angels.Liam Hendriks (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.Lynn had allowed just five hits in 18 scoreless innings to begin the season before finally faltering in the seventh against the A’s. Matt Chapman led off the frame with a drive to right-center for his second homer of the season to tie the game at 1.The Rangers had taken the lead an inning earlier on an RBI double by Todd Frazier.That helped make it a celebratory night for Luzardo. The 22-year-old lefty was the youngest A’s pitcher to start a game since Brett Anderson in 2010 and lived up to the hype.He provided a late-season spark last year out of the bullpen but had his quest to start delayed this summer when he tested positive for the coronavirus before the start of camp last month despite dealing with no symptoms and not having any family members or friends who were sick.The wait was worth it as he was dazzling in his debut. He overpowered the Rangers at times, striking out Joey Gallo on a 96 mph to end the first.He also showed off his athleticism in the field with a nifty play on a high-hopper to retire Scott Heineman to end the second.Luzardo allowed just two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: LHP Joely Rodriguez was activated off the injured list and 1B Greg Bird was placed on the IL with a strained right calf muscle. … 2B Rougned Odor remains sidelined after leaving Saturday’s game with tightness in the oblique area on his right side. Manager Chris Woodward said he hopes Odor is back later this week.Athletics: The A’s placed RHP Jordan Weems on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Aug. 1 with a strained right lat muscle and recalled RHP James Kaprielian from the club’s San Jose alternate site. Manager Bob Melvin said he hopes Weems will be back as soon as the 10 days are up.UNCONVENTIONAL STRATEGYThe Rangers opened the scoring in the sixth with a bit of an unconventional strategy. With two outs and nobody on, No. 3 hitter Gallo bunted away from the shift for a single off Yusmeiro Petit. The move paid off when Todd Frazier followed with an RBI double.SOUVENIRBird ended up making a nice play even after going on the injured list. He caught a foul pop in his hat while sitting in the stands during an at-bat by Frazier in the sixth inning.UP NEXTRangers RHP Kyle Gibson (0-1, 0.00 ERA) took a tough loss last Tuesday in his first start of the year as the Diamondbacks scored three unearned runs in a 4-1 victory. The A’s oppose with lefty Sean Manaea (0-2, 7.00), who tries again for his first victory of the season.Image credits: AP First Published: 5th August, 2020 10:08 IST LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Written By WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

Dixon beats Sato at Gateway in reverse finish of Indy 500

first_img Associated Press Television News First Published: 30th August, 2020 07:05 IST COMMENT LIVE TV Written By Last Updated: 30th August, 2020 07:05 IST Dixon Beats Sato At Gateway In Reverse Finish Of Indy 500 Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato repeated their 20-lap shootout from the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, with Dixon reversing the finishing order Saturday by winning at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louiscenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato repeated their 20-lap shootout from the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, with Dixon reversing the finishing order Saturday by winning at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis.Sato held off Dixon last Sunday for his second Indy 500 victory in four years. Dixon had 20 laps to chase Sato down, but a late caution ended the race under yellow.At Gateway, Dixon took the lead by first beating Pato O’Ward out of the pits and then cycled to the front when Sato made his stop with 25 laps remaining. Sato returned to the track in third, passed O’Ward with a bold outside move then set his sights on Dixon.Dixon had 20 laps to navigate lapped traffic while holding off Sato.“Sato was coming on strong at the end,” Dixon said. “I didn’t realize how strong he was coming. We were in reserve mode to look out for the engine and he was coming with a head of steam.”Dixon beat Sato by 0.1404 seconds for his fourth win of the season and 50th overall and praised his Chip Ganassi Racing team. The New Zealander led 111 of 200 laps at Indy but couldn’t catch Sato in the closing laps before the caution froze the field.“Last week at Indianapolis was a bit of a bummer,” Dixon admitted.Dixon moved within two victories of Mario Andretti on IndyCar’s victory list. Andretti is second with 52; A.J. Foyt is the leader at 67.“I’m very lucky and very fortunate,” the 40-year-old New Zealander said. “It’s not just me, it’s the team. I’m very fortunate to work with these guys. It’s them. Fifty is a great number and I’d like to think there’s 50 more.”Dixon holds a 117-point lead in the IndyCar championship standings as he chases a fifth title. IndyCar races again Sunday at Gateway.“That was a textbook Scott Dixon race. Steady, one at a time, here, there, nothing fancy,” said winning team owner Ganassi.Sato finished second for a 1-2 sweep for Honda. O’Ward, the highest finishing rookie in last week’s 500, was third for Arrow McLaren SP in a Chevrolet.O’Ward led a race-high 94 laps, moved to the front on Lap 68 and held it until he and Dixon pitted on Lap 162.“Towards the end Dixon got us in the pits,” O’Ward said. “We didn’t have enough pace to get up and pass him. I just couldn’t keep up.”Sato was attempting to become the first driver since Arie Luyendyk in 1997 to win the race immediately following the Indy 500.“Since last week we carried a lot of momentum,” said Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “The boys did a fantastic job two weeks in a row, I’m very proud of them.”Sato also used a bold outside pass on O’Ward and although the cars never touched — O’Ward initially thought there was contact — the close proximity caused O’Ward to wiggle.“It was nothing risky at all,” Sato said. “We were just able to have a go because Dixon was running away with it. We had fresher tire and I think they helped. I gave him enough room. It was tight.”The race got off to a rocky start with a multi-car accident when the green flag waved. Alex Palou and Oliver Askew, both rookies, were penalized by IndyCar for triggering a crash that knocked out three cars from Andretti Autosport.Alexander Rossi, still seeking his first win of the season in a horrible year for the perennial title contender, was collected with teammates Marco Andretti and Zach Veach. It also ended the race for Ed Carpenter and Simon Pagenaud eventually had to retire with damage to his car.“I was driving straight. I don’t know what you want me to say,” said Rossi, who likened the incident to an iRacing video race.Image credits: AP FOLLOW USlast_img read more