New Jay Jay fires QPR past Preston

first_imgRelatedPosts Townsend: Eze’s an incredible talent Eberechi Eze to add spark to Crystal Palace Eberechi Eze debuts for Crystal Palace as Eagles thump Southampton Eberechi Eze, dubbed as the new Austin Jay Jay Okocha, sealed victory in Queens Park Rangers comeback 3-1 win over Preston on Saturday. Daniel Johnson’s penalty put the Lilywhites ahead but QPR skipper Grant Hall levelled after the break, before his teammate Geoff Cameron was given the marching orders for a second yellow card shortly after. However, Ryan Manning struck in the closing stages and Eberechi Eze added a third before full-time to stun Deepdale. The Lilywhites remain sixth in the table, one point above Bristol City, while QPR extended their unbeaten run to six matches. The Lilywhites won a penalty when Darnell Fisher was brought down by Marc Pugh and Johnson slotted into the bottom corner for his 11th strike of the league campaign as the hosts went in front before the 20th minute. Andrew Hughes rose highest to nod Paul Gallagher’s corner wide and the veteran midfielder nearly found Johnson with a sublime through ball which the goalscorer just missed, as the hosts impressed. Moments after the break, Bright Osayi-Samuel blasted over the bar from the edge of the six-yard box in the visitors’ best chance up to that point. QPR had a handball plea against Ben Davies from Luke Amos’ shot turned down as they sought a penalty of their own, as Ilias Chair’s header missed the target. The visitors levelled on the hour when Eze’s free-kick from the right was met by Hall at the back post who made no mistake. Preston nearly retook the lead soon after in bizarre fashion when Maguire’s header from a free-kick crept over Kelly and Hall only to rebound off the bar and the striker waiting underneath. The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Cameron was shown a second yellow card in the 67th minute for fouling Fisher, having earlier been cautioned for an offence against Gallagher. But QPR took the lead with 12 minutes remaining when Manning produced a sublime curling finish from just inside the box to beat Rudd. And it got even better for the Rs when Eze curled a right-footed 84th-minute shot past a diving Rudd to cap off the remarkable recovery.Tags: Eberechi EzeGeoff CameronJaj Jay OkochaPreston North EndQPRlast_img read more

Andros Townsend back for Tottenham but Nabil Bentaleb is out with ankle problem

first_img Press Association Townsend was banned from first-team training and left out of the squad to face Arsenal two weeks ago as punishment for a heated exchange with a Spurs fitness trainer during a post-match warm-down. Mauricio Pochettino, however, has welcomed the winger back into the fold and insists all is forgotten ahead of this weekend’s clash at White Hart Lane. Andros Townsend’s exile from the Tottenham squad is over but Nabil Bentaleb will miss Sunday’s derby against West Ham after he was injured playing for Algeria. “This is one step back but I am sure that in the next few days he will be available to be selected again. For Qarabag (next Thursday) or for Chelsea (next Sunday). It’s not a big issue. “It was the same ankle, it was a very bad tackle. If you look at it, it was a very bad tackle. We are lucky and he is lucky it was not a big issue.” Tottenham winger Erik Lamela is suspended for the match against West Ham and Nacer Chadli remains out with an ankle problem. Clinton Njie, however, has shaken off a hamstring strain while summer signing Son Heung-min is also available again following his recovery from a foot injury. Son has not started for Spurs in eight weeks but played 90 minutes and scored twice for South Korea in a 5-0 win over Laos on Tuesday. “Andros started training with the group again on Tuesday,” Pochettino said. “For me, it was a problem for which he has apologised. He is still young, needs to improve. “For me, forget the past, if he deserves to be in the squad, it is not a problem. “We need to forget that and we need to give him the possibility to be part of the team.” Bentaleb is not available to face the Hammers, however, after he sustained a knock to his ankle during Algeria’s 7-0 win over Tanzania on Tuesday. The challenge came on the same ankle that has prevented Bentaleb from playing for Tottenham since the end of August – although Pochettino is confident the midfielder will be back next week. “We feel sorry for Bentaleb because he was very close to playing in the week we played against Arsenal,” Pochettino said. “We agreed with him that to go to the national team was a good opportunity to start to compete again. last_img read more

Convicted murderer kills, dismembers cellmate

first_imgA convicted murderer in California has been accused of brutally killing and dismembering his cellmate.Jaime Osuna was arraigned Thursday for the murder of his cellmate, Luis Romero.Prosecutors say Osuna decapitated Romero and severed “several of his body parts,” including an eye, a finger, and part of a lung.The victim, who bled to death, was found by prison guards the following morning.”There was a weapon located inside the cell,” Assistant D.A. Phil Esbenshade said. “It looked like it had been manufactured from some sort of razor that may have been issued.”Osuna is currently serving time for the 2011 torture and murder of a Bakersfield woman.Esbenshade calls the suspect’s latest crime “the most unusual and gruesome case that I’ve had in my career.”last_img

Albany looks for home win vs Binghamton

first_img February 4, 2020 TEAM LEADERS: Albany’s Ahmad Clark has averaged 16.1 points and 4.7 rebounds while Cameron Healy has put up 16.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. For the Bearcats, Sam Sessoms has averaged 18.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists while George Tinsley has put up 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.AMERICA EAST IMPROVEMENT: The Great Danes have scored 72.4 points per game against America East opponents thus far, an improvement from the 65.9 per game they put up against non-conference opponents.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Sessoms has either made or assisted on 55 percent of all Binghamton field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 23 field goals and 18 assists in those games.YET TO WIN: The Great Danes are 0-7 when they score 64 points or fewer and 12-4 when they exceed 64 points. The Bearcats are 0-13 when they fail to score more than 74 points and 8-0 on the season, otherwise.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Great Danes have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Bearcats. Albany has 37 assists on 59 field goals (62.7 percent) over its previous three contests while Binghamton has assists on 40 of 75 field goals (53.3 percent) during its past three games. Associated Press Albany looks for home win vs Binghamtoncenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBinghamton (8-13, 2-6) vs. Albany (12-11, 5-3)SEFCU Arena, Albany, New York; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Albany looks for its eighth straight win over Binghamton at SEFCU Arena. The last victory for the Bearcats at Albany was a 62-57 win on Jan. 7, 2010. DID YOU KNOW: Albany has attempted the second-most free throws among all America East teams. The Great Danes have averaged 20.2 free throws per game this season, including 22.8 per game against conference opponents.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

The Latest: Synchronized figure skating Worlds canceled

first_imgIndia and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):1:45 p.m.The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak. U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe.The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York.The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States.___6:20 p.m. Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor.The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive.Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari.The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. ___ 5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said.Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier. The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.___11:10 a.m. The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___2:10 p.m. The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___1:55 p.m. ___12:50 p.m.National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length.Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA. Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe.___12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m. ___11:50 a.m.NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. 11:20 a.m. The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___2:50 p.m. The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak. ___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead. The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5. Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus. 11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating. ___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___ Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___10:45 a.m. Associated Press 12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center.Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus. 11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___ ___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic. The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.”It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___ ___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums. The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___ 3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m. The Latest: Synchronized figure skating Worlds canceled Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps. Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket. March 13, 2020last_img read more

DaSilva, Harding silence Volcanoe

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Joshua DaSilva struck a maiden hundred in only his third List A appearance as West Indies Emerging Players produced a polished all-round performance to stun Windward Islands Volcanoes by 107 runs in the Regional Super50 Cup here Monday.The 21-year-old right-hander gathered an unbeaten 103 off 124 deliveries as Emerging Players, opting to bat first at the Brian Lara Stadium, piled up 261 for three off their 50 overs.Left-hander Gidron Pope hit exactly 50, Roland Cato carved out a pulsating unbeaten 49 off just 29 balls while Justin Greaves chipped in with a valuable 46.Fast bowler Keon Harding then snatched four for 45 and new-ball partner Kevin Sinclair, three for19, to wreck the Volcanoes innings and send it tumbling to 154 all out off 38 overs.Shane Shillingford, batting at number nine, resisted with an unbeaten 41 while number eight Kerron Cottoy got 33, but Kavem Hodge with 28 was the only specialist batsman to pass 10.The victory, their second in three matches, put Emerging Players in a three-way tie on eight points in Group B but they lie third behind hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Guyana Jaguars on net run rate.Volcanoes, meanwhile, are rock bottom without a win in two outings, following their opening defeat to Red Force.DaSilva took centre stage over the first 50 overs, hitting eight fours and two fours as he inspired a series of partnerships to put his side in the ascendancy.He lost opening partner Kimani Melius in the third over for 10 with as many runs on the board but put on 89 with Pope for the second wicket and a further 96 for the third wicket with Greaves.Pope faced 70 balls and struck seven fours and a six while Greaves counted five fours in a 63-ball innings.When Greaves was bowled by medium pacer Bhaskar Yadram in the 44th over, Cato arrived to inflict more misery on Volcanoes smashing a four and five sixes in an unbroken fourth stand with DaSilva worth 66.DaSilva eventually reached three figures in the penultimate over with a single to deep point off fast bowler Sherman Lewis.Emerging Players then maintained their dominance through Harding and Sinclair who combined to wipe out Volcanoes’ top order to reduce the innings to 45 for six in the 11th over.Hodge and Cottoy put on 26 for the seventh wicket before Cottoy and Shillingford added a further 51 for the eighth, but Harding returned to claim the last two wickets and give Emerging Players an emphatic win.last_img read more

Q&A with The Daily Campus UConn beat writer, Dan Madigan

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2017 at 11:03 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer No. 8 seed Syracuse (22-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) faces its biggest challenge of the season against No. 1 overall seed and four-time defending national champion Connecticut (33-0, 16-0 American Athletic) on Monday night at the Gampel Pavilion. The Orange will try to avenge last year’s national championship game loss and stop UConn’s 108-game winning streak.Connecticut beat writer Dan Madigan of The Daily Campus, the independent student newspaper of UConn, answered a few questions for The Daily Orange ahead of the matchup.The Daily Orange: How did UConn manage to remain so good even after losing its three best players from last year?Dan Madigan: After losing the three-headed monster of Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck, no one expected the Huskies to be this good this fast—not even head coach Geno Auriemma. This team’s success has been almost single-handedly due to the rapid development of sophomores Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier. Samuelson has evolved from just a knockdown 3-point shooter to a dangerous and well-rounded scorer. She has no problem taking smaller defenders down low and posting them up for easy buckets, and will take taller defenders outside and hit from deep. Collier is an excellent rebounder and talented scorer in her own right. Although Collier primarily does most of her damage down low in the post, she has the ability to step out and hit open 3-pointers to keep defenders off balance. The rapid maturation of these two players combined with a starting five that can constantly switch and guard any position has helped the Huskies stay on top this season.The D.O.: Who is one player on UConn who doesn’t get as much hype, but people should watch out for?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textD.M.: Saniya Chong is without a doubt the most underrated player on the team. After struggling to find a spot in the rotation her first two years and dealing with an injury last season, Chong has been a steady presence in the Huskies’ backcourt in her final season at UConn. After coming to UConn as a prolific scorer, Chong has evolved into a solid defender and an excellent passer. She led all of Division I in assist-to-turnover ratio for much of this season and currently resides in the top five in the statistic. On top of her all-around skills, Chong also has a knack for hitting big shots. She won’t lead the Huskies in scoring or any category, but does a great job of pretty much everything. She’s the glue that holds this team together.The D.O.: How do you think Connecticut will contend with the Orange press? Will it go deeper into the bench than it normally does? What elements do the bench players bring to the game?D.M.: In big games, Auriemma uses a seven-person lineup: starters Samuelson, Collier, Chong, Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse plus freshman guard Crystal Dangerfield and center Natalie Butler. In an up-tempo game like this one will likely be, Butler usually plays noticeably fewer minutes. However, due to the press and Nurse, still just a few games back from an ankle injury, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Auriemma insert Dangerfield a little earlier into the game than usual. Dangerfield is small but shifty point guard that Auriemma uses to change the tempo of the game. She’s a talented passer and scorer, but struggles on defense at times due to her size. Butler is a 6-foot-5 center who is an elite rebounder and a decent shot-blocker. She can do damage in the post and also will step out and hit elbow jumpers. Both players have had their moments with UConn this season, but Dangerfield is much more likely to make an impact due to her speed and offensive skills.The D.O.: What, if any, vulnerabilities do the Huskies have? Has there been a game this year where you’ve seen another team sustain success against Connecticut? If so, how can it be done?D.M.: While this team has a perfect record like last year’s squad, it still has its share of flaws. Due to the lack of significant size other than Butler, rebounding has been an issue at times. While UConn plays great defense, bigger or stronger players usually can have their way down low and come up with more rebounds than last year’s team allowed. Aside from that, the biggest issue is classic UConn problem: depth. As mentioned earlier, the Huskies really only use seven players consistently. If there’s foul trouble—or even worse, an injury—this team runs into problems. When Nurse was out with her ankle injury, Tulane was able to stick around much longer than it probably should have. Collier has a tendency to get in foul trouble at times, and when she is out of the game, UConn really struggles on the boards even with Williams in the game.To build off that, this team is much more beatable than last year’s team. Teams like Maryland, Florida State and Tulane have hung around with the Huskies. The Terrapins hung with UConn by working down low on offense and on the boards and being efficient on offense. Tulane stuck around due to some foul trouble from Collier and from shooting well from the 3-point line. Florida State came the closest to winning by doing both of those things (shooting the 3 and rebounding) really well. If teams can be efficient on offense, exploit UConn’s lack of size on both ends and get Collier and/or Samuelson in foul trouble, an upset is more than likely. 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Syracuse survives terrible defensive third quarter in 55-42 win

first_imgEskridge burst down the sideline for 21 yards and a touchdown. In 40 seconds, with less than a minute gone in the third quarter, the Broncos had gotten one score back.After the game, when asked about the third quarter, SU head coach Dino Babers started to say he was frustrated, then paused.“I’m not going to say the word ‘frustrated.’ I was disappointed,” he said. “Because we talked about this at halftime: what we needed to do to put the game away. We went out and did the exact opposite in the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter smothering the Broncos for the better part of 30 minutes, Syracuse’s defense allowed 336 yards and 28 points in the third quarter. Save for a four-play drive that ended in a punt, the four Broncos’ possessions yielding touchdowns took, altogether, 3:26 and 12 plays. Complacency, a loss of control and an absent pass rush kept the door open wide enough for Western Michigan to elbow its way back into a would-be blowout.But after almost bleeding a 27-point lead to nothing, Syracuse (1-0) restored authority over the contest, outlasting Western Michigan (0-1), 55-42, at Waldo Stadium on Friday night.“Defense or offense,” defensive lineman Kendall Coleman said, “it only takes a couple of plays to get the ball rolling.”After an SU 3-and-out and trading punts, Western Michigan started a drive pinned at its 5-yard line. Two plays and 11 yards later, the Broncos lined up from their own 16. With two receivers out left, a wingback, tailback and a receiver wide right, Wassink took the snap and dropped back. He took one step and heaved a pass 45 yards down the field. Syracuse defensive backs Scoop Bradshaw and Andre Cisco sprinted to the landing spot, poised to intercept the pass when Eskridge glided between the two, hauled in the pass and dashed into the end zone.Western Michigan’s two ensuing drives followed a similar pattern: Chunk plays getting the Broncos into the end zone. Fewer than nine minutes into the quarter, Syracuse’s lead had shrunk to six.“They kept on throwing it ‘deep-deep,’” safety Evan Foster said. “My first thoughts were, ‘They’re about to run the deep post behind me.”Wassink and Eskridge’s flourishing connection stemmed from SU’s lack of a pass rush, defensive end Kendall Coleman said. The Orange’s pass rushers simply didn’t win one-on-one matchups, Coleman said. And though it didn’t matter much in the first half, giving Wassink the time to stand in the pocket and steadily dissect the defense, Coleman said, set the Broncos up for key halftime adjustments.  “They came out running different plays,” Coleman said, “and we weren’t quite ready to adjust to it.”Cornerback Scoop Bradshaw, whose main assignment was covering Eskridge, said the scout on the receiver — and running back LeVante Bellamy, who gashed the Orange repeatedly — centered around game-breaking speed. In response, Bradshaw played soft coverage. On a play when Bradshaw left more than 10 yards of cushion, Eskridge simply ran away from him for a 59-yard completion.Bradshaw was also expecting more safety help over the top, mainly from freshman Andre Cisco. But Cisco was often out of position or beat by Eskridge’s speed himself.Further, Coleman said, there was a general lack of urgency and focus from the Orange during halftime. Safety Evan Foster went further, saying during the week he wasn’t as focused as he should’ve been and there was a certain sense of security.“We weren’t really mentally prepared,” Foster said. “(We weren’t) mentally in the game, really.”As the game unraveled before them, the defense knew it was, to some degree, letting it happen, Coleman said. Starting quarterback Eric Dungey came back in, and SU started trading touchdowns with WMU.The defense wanted to make its play, and to seize back the control it had in the first half.On the first play of the fourth quarter, Wassink rolled right and looked downfield. He didn’t see the hit coming, nor did he see Kielan Whitner standing right where he threw the ball. A 20-yard interception return and a 27-yard touchdown scamper from Dungey later, and Syracuse had survived its woeful third quarter. KALAMAZOO, Mich. — It only took two plays for Western Michigan to get the spark of life it needed out of halftime. After a Ravian Pierce fumble on the first play from the scrimmage gifted the Broncos possession at midfield, the offense that finished the first half with as many first downs as interceptions — one — went on the attack. Standing in the shotgun at his own 42, WMU quarterback Jon Wassink dropped back and delivered a 37-yard strike to Jayden Reed. The next play, Wassink dropped back again. This time, he instantly looked left and linked up with his favorite target: D’Wayne Eskridge. Comments Published on September 1, 2018 at 12:55 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NHL: Army vet adorably surprises son at Rangers game after returning from Afghanistan

first_img Colin DCunha FOLLOW US During the second period of the game between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals, Luke was chosen to compete in a movie-naming contest against Rangers’ Adam Fox. Luke won the contest by naming 13 sports movies in 15 seconds, defeating Fox’s six in the process. Luke’s victory earned him a New York Rangers jersey.Also Read | Colin Kaepernick Workout Update: No NFL Contract Yet For KaepernickNew York Rangers finally register a winHowever, the joy of getting a New York Rangers jersey was piled upon by the fact that Luke’s dad came racing down the steps to surprise his son after his win. On seeing his dad after over a year, Luke rushed up the stairs, and the pair were engaged in a warm, heartfelt embrace. Staff Sgt. Ian Buck then burst into tears, as the crowd at the Madison Square Garden roared with approval upon their sentimental reunion. The crowd’s roar was complemented by the players tapped their hockey sticks on the ice. There was another gift on offer for Luke and his dad on the night. The New York Rangers turned up the heat on the Washington Capitals at the Madison Square Garden to emerge 4-1 winners. Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist particularly impressed against the Capitals. The New York Rangers did well to stifle an in-form Capitals side. However, when the Washington Capitals did get the odd chance, Lundqvist did well to turn aside all 24 shots he faced in the opening 40 minutes.Also Read | Myles Garrett Net Worth, Annual Salary, Steelers Brawl And NFL Suspension After consecutive losses, the New York Rangers picked up a much-needed win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday, November 21. While the Rangers entered into the game on the back of successive losses, the Capitals were high in spirits after consecutive wins in the league. It was an eventful night for Rangers fans at the Madison Square Garden as the Rangers registered a 4-1 win over the Capitals.Also Read | Antonio Brown Fires Shocking Tweet At Patriots Owner Robert KraftIan Buck reporting for dutyHowever, the much-needed win for the New York Rangers wasn’t the only eventful happening of the night. A Staff Sergeant in the United States army Ian Buck chose the game against the Washington Capitals to surprise his 10-year old son, Luke. Ian Buck had been stationed in Afghanistan for a year-long tour.Also Read | Colin Kaepernick’s Kunta Kinte Shirt Gets Strong Reaction From Apparel Brand First Published: 21st November, 2019 16:35 IST Written By WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago Top-line injuries to Blues and Avalanche shake up Central 9 months ago Hathaway ejected for spitting during brawl, Caps beat Ducks 10 months ago Marleau and others missed camp but haven’t missed a beat WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 21st November, 2019 16:35 IST NHL: Army Vet Adorably Surprises Son At Rangers Game After Returning From Afghanistan The NHL game between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals witnessed a heartwarming moment when a Rangers fan was surprised by his army vet father. 10 months ago WWE milestone: WWE’s YouTube channel reaches 50 million subscribers COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV 10 months ago Halloween NBA: JJ Redick, LeBron James go trick-or-treating in stylelast_img read more

Exclusive: Brendan Maher expecting ‘Titanic battle’ against Galway

first_imgIt’s a huge day for Tipperary fans anticipating a massive game against Galway at Croke park this afternoon.It’s expected that around 60,000 supporters will descend on headquarters for the clash of the old rivals in the All Ireland semi-final..Tipperary are returning to form, after some below par performances both against Cork in Munster, and against Westmeath in the qualifier route. A big win over Dublin, and a victory over Clare in the All Ireland Quarter final two weeks ago was enough to seal their place in the last four.Tipp’s Brendan Maher says it’ll be a huge battle against the Tribesmen…And you can hear Tipp FM’s exclusive interview with Brendan Maher on Premier Play with Davin Toomey, this afternoon from 2.last_img