SB : Orange refocuses heading into Big East play

first_imgWally King warned his Syracuse players they would return to ‘top-25 practices.’After narrowly escaping with a win over a lowly Canisius team, the SU associate head coach knew it was time for the Orange to snap back into it. For King, it starts with returning to hard work between games.‘I think Saturday was a close enough game that required us to turn it back on,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said.With Big East play rapidly approaching, Syracuse needs to flip the switch back on during practices. Ross felt the team was going through the motions and the energy level needed to rise.And with the excuse of constant travel the team faced at the start season in the books, Ross decided it was time to push the Orange like she did in the preseason. The end result is a re-energized squad that will take on St. John’s in a slate of three games this weekend on the road to open Big East play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut against Canisius, SU almost didn’t win a game it should have won easily. A Kelly Saco walk-off single rescued the Orange from a potentially major bump in the road. After the game, senior catcher Lacey Kohl said she and her teammates weren’t happy with what transpired, even in a win.‘I don’t want to say disappointed because disappointed is a strong word,’ Kohl said. ‘We just know that we’re a much better team that showed up on Saturday. … I don’t think we showed up to play by any means.’Because the Orange didn’t show up Saturday, it got back to work Monday.With the entire team in attendance, Kohl said SU slowed things down while still turning up the intensity. The Orange got back to focusing on the fundamentals of the game, and if the team didn’t do something the right way, it ran sprints and did push-ups.‘We were all scared because we know what it means if we mess up,’ Kohl said. ‘We run.’It was a reminder from Ross that to play well in every minute of every game the team needed to keep focused, regardless of the competition.Lisaira Daniels said she and her teammates still have the goal of making a deep postseason run on their minds, but it helps when the coaches remind them of that agenda.‘It was getting back on that goal,’ Daniels said. ‘… It’s different when you hear it from your coach.’That agenda brings Syracuse to conference play this weekend. Daniels sees the team as underdogs for another season. In the preseason conference poll, the Orange was voted to finish second behind DePaul, despite the fact that SU topped the Blue Demons last year in the Big East tournament.To Daniels, it was a slap in Syracuse’s face.But Daniels isn’t concerned with proving Syracuse is the best team in the conference. To prove it’s better than teams like DePaul, Louisville and South Florida, the senior outfielder knows the Orange must take care of business against weaker teams like the Red Storm this weekend.St. John’s is just 12-19 on the season and has lost three of its last five games. The last time Syracuse played St. John’s in the regular season was during the 2010 season, in which the Orange won both games of the doubleheader.Regardless of SU’s past success, it still can’t take inferior competition for granted like it did against Canisius on Saturday.‘The Colgates and the Canisiuses, we’ve got to beat those teams,’ Daniels said. ‘We can’t play at their level. We always have to stick with our level. We’re a great team.’Daniels wouldn’t go as far as to say St. John’s is one of the teams that Syracuse should beat with ease. But Kohl had no problem saying she thinks Syracuse is the superior team.‘I do think that,’ Kohl said. ‘And I think we all know that going in.’dgproppe@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on March 28, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Paschal Chukwu’s career day comes on the boards in 68-61 loss at No. 3 Virginia

first_img Published on January 10, 2018 at 5:22 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Paschal Chukwu sat under the stanchion, his right leg resting on the ground while he grimaced and held his left in the air. The injury seemed to cast a large shadow on Chukwu’s career night.Seconds before, Syracuse freshman forward Oshae Brissett had received a pass in the left high post and Chukwu, on the opposite high post, ran over to set a screen on De’Andre Hunter, Brissett’s defender. Chukwu briefly set it and then, as Brissett dribbled by, he tried to slip by Hunter toward the basket, but Hunter’s left knee knocked Chukwu’s right and the big man immediately hopped away from the play on his right foot.Syracuse’s star guard Tyus Battle drove into the lane and hit a turnaround jumper, but by then Chukwu had laid down, flipped his goggles up over his headband and tried but failed to get up. The trainer helped him off the court and talked to him extensively on the bench and, suddenly, three minutes later he was back on the floor, doing what he had done all night with a putback lay-in after a Battle missed 3.“After the last game, Coach (Jim Boeheim) really got on us about (rebounding), trying to go harder after every rebound,” Chukwu said, referencing Syracuse’s 42-to-27 rebounding disadvantage in its Jan. 6 loss to Notre Dame. “I was fortunate enough to grab them today.”Syracuse’s redshirt junior center nabbed a career-high 16 boards and scored nine points in Syracuse’s (12-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) 68-61 loss to No. 3 Virginia (15-1, 4-0) on Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena. All four of Chukwu’s baskets came off one of his 10 offensive rebounds. He hit one of his two free throws while adding two blocks and an assist. Syracuse’s inability to close the gap enough to press and Frank Howard’s streaky shooting ultimately doomed the Orange, but Chukwu’s presence on the boards allowed SU to hang around for as long as it did.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia head coach Tony Bennett said he prepared differently for Chukwu because at 7-foot-2 he’s so much larger than most centers in the ACC. The Cavaliers attempted 27 triples on Tuesday, which is more than its season average of 20 per game. But Bennett said he didn’t mind because it opened up the high post and they were well-rotated possessions and “good looks.”When asked if Chukwu’s presence influenced that increase, Bennett listed Chukwu’s stats and said, “You know you’re going to have to get quality shots from elsewhere (than inside). … You can’t muscle through that guy. There’s not a lot of good stuff happening when you challenge him at the rim.”Bennett also attacked the Orange’s 2-3 zone by trying to stretch Chukwu thin. With shooters on the perimeter forcing Syracuse to play up on the wings, UVA ran redshirt freshman forward De’Andre Hunter to the high post and passed to him. Twice, he turned and lofted a jumper over a late-to-rotate Chukwu, who had been busy accounting for both Hunter and the ball in the corner. Hunter hit a few jump shots en route to 13 first-half points, which would be tied for his third-highest output in a game this season.Chukwu soon learned, though, that Bennett wouldn’t fall into a pattern in the second half. The Cavaliers sent guard Ty Jerome and forward Isaiah Wilkins to the high post to switch up looks.“Sometimes they had a passer or a shooter (at the high post) to make the defense think about the decision,” Chukwu said. “That’s what they did today. Coach (Boeheim) got on me because whenever (Hunter) comes up, he’s just trying to shoot it. And Coach really told me about it and be really aware of that and see who can really make that shot or if he’s there just to pass.”Chukwu’s effectiveness shone after a player shot from the high post, though, because then the center went to the defensive glass and did what he does best for Syracuse.last_img read more

Barca Host Real in First El Clasico without Messi, Ronaldo in…

first_img“I hope to still be breathing,” Lopetegui, whose side have gone five games without a win, told reporters. “Everyone is 100 per cent full of energy and my energies are 100 per cent focused on helping the team.”Having been denied the chance to lead Spain into the World Cup after being sacked on the eve of the competition for agreeing to take the Real job, the 52-year old is adamant that the game is the biggest of his managerial career.“Nothing compares to it,” he said. “In footballing terms of course it’s a game with huge expectation and it’s the highest level.”Defeat would see Real fall seven points behind their second-placed rivals (with a game in hand), just 10 games into the campaign, but Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is wary of “wounded” opponents.“The more wounded Real Madrid are, the more dangerous they are,” Valverde said. “They have the quality to come back and they are a great team. I am expecting Real Madrid at their best.“We are coming off the back of two good performances and we are looking at El Clasico to round off a great week.”Messi’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kick-off: 4:15pmBarcelona and Real Madrid will play the first El Clasico without both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in 11 years when they meet in La Liga today. With Messi injured and Ronaldo now at Juventus, both sides will be looking for a different source of inspiration in the afternoon clash at the Nou Camp.Real Madrid are a club in crisis following their worst start to a La Liga season in 17 years and boss Julen Lopetegui was faced with more questions about his future on the eve of the showdown.last_img read more

6 of the Best – 1xBet’s Evgeniy Kiriushin

first_imgShare Share Last Thursday, SBC News relaunched its popular ‘6 of the Best’ series, taking a closer look at some of the key personnel within the sports betting and gaming industries.This week, we caught up with Evgeniy Kiriushin, Head of Business Development at 1xBet, to find out about his personal favourites.Best HolidayOne of the best holidays was when I went with friends on a wild trip with a tan around Iceland! It was good opportunity to reset my mind, enjoy freedom and cohesion with nature, and understand how big the world is and how important it is that we keep our planet green!Best AlbumMuse – Absolution, 2003; it is a great combination of alternative and rock music with the amazing voice of Matthew Bellamy. My generation grew up with these songs. Even now when I listen to Hysteria or Time is running out I get goose bumps.Best FilmDifficult question, but I think that the Matrix is my favourite one. For me, all films in the same or similar genre take something from The Matrix. It was a revolution in film industry, given that now when I watch 90% of films I can say “this idea was in The Matrix”.Best Sporting ExperienceI’m a fan of Anastasia Kuzmina; the Olympics in 2018 was for me one of the most interesting and exciting because she got two silver medals and one gold!Best BookThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoevsky’s last and greatest novel is both a brilliantly told crime story and a passionate philosophical debate. By reading this book you can learn about religion, free willing and morality fighting at the same time. The book contains great life lessons and questions which everyone should ask themselves.Best AppI have two favourites. The first is Nike+ Running – it is really useful application for people who like running, it tracks your run, checks your time and gives you feedback during the run, while allowing you to programme the achievement you want to reach and set a training plan.The second one is Cyklomapy – in this application you can find plenty of exciting cycling roads, each with a different level of difficulty. You will never get lost even if you lose internet connection. Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

[VIDEO] Watch how Birthday boy Ike Quartey won welterweight title in 1994

first_imgFormer world boxing champion, Ike Quartey, turns 50 today and Citi Sports is paying tribute to him by reliving the night on which he became the king of the WBA welterweight division of the world.He defeated Venezuelan boxer, Crisanto España, at the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret in France in 1994 to clinch the title.Quartey had boxed well throughout the bout and matched España until the 11th round when he started to show his power and durability.He set España up against the ropes and landed a flurry left and right hands to send the champion down to the canvas. España survived the count but his decision to continue proved foolish as Quarter returned to punish him further with more right and left hands and eventually sent the Venezuelan down and out.The referee stopped the bout and Quarty was the new world champion.Below is the video of Ike Quartey’s bout with Crisanto España:Quartey went on to defend his title 7 more times but he failed to unify his belt and that of the WBC in 1999 when he lost to Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas.In total Quartey’s professional record stood at 37 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw deserves MVP honors

first_imgClayton Kershaw is having an MVP season.But is it good enough to win MVP?Kershaw, who lost for the first time Saturday since May 28, is 14-3 with a 1.86 ERA. He’s been so dominant with 174 strikeouts and 19 walks in 20 starts (averaging 8.7 per game). He threw 41 consecutive scoreless innings earlier this season. The Dodgers ace has done everything possible — thus far — to win the award. The only drawback to his campaign is that he doesn’t play every day. There are many who don’t believe a pitcher should win the MVP award because of it.That’s why the last pitcher to win National League MVP was Bob Gibson in 1968. In the American League, Justin Verlander was the last pitcher named MVP in 2011. But before him, Dennis Eckersley last won in it 1992. Mattingly pointed to Kershaw’s leadership on and off the field as evidence for the MVP campaign. He mentioned Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright as another example like Kershaw of an athlete who pitches every fifth day but has a daily impact on his team. If you debated Mattingly about this when he was playing for the Yankees, he would’ve argued for a position player. Now, it’s different. “Oh, no question, just from the standpoint of what this guy, not just (him) but what a guy like that (does),” Mattingly said. “I mean, I look at (Roger) Clemens in the year 1986 when he won it. He was (24-4). He was just dominant and it seemed like every time he pitched he won, stopped streaks, stopped losing streaks, kind of continued winning streaks, started new ones. Those guys seem to be the guys that are going seven, eight innings almost every time out. But it saved the bullpen and they allow you to use your bullpen the day before and rest you the day of, so just the value there is just a broad value that you don’t really always see just on that day.”Before Saturday’s loss, Kershaw was unbeaten in his previous 13 starts and was 11-0 with a 1.16 ERA from June 2-Aug 15. It’s the longest win streak by a Dodger since Orel Hershiser had an 11-game win streak in 1985. Kershaw’s intensity on game day and work ethic on those four days in between starts makes him so admirable to his teammates. He has days where he doesn’t pitch, but those aren’t off days. That diving catch of a squeeze-play attempt in Kershaw’s last start in Milwaukee, which started an inning-ending double play, is another notch on his resume campaign for MVP. That must have had general manager Ned Colletti a little nervous, especially with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list. But it was an amazing play nonetheless.Save for two mistakes, Kershaw felt better than he did in his last start, a win at Milwaukee.“My stuff was definitely better and my command was better,” Kershaw said. “Sometimes, the scoreboard doesn’t show how you feel. I got lucky in Milwaukee and paid for it here.”Hopefully, he doesn’t have to pay the price in MVP voting since he doesn’t play every day.On Saturday, Kershaw, Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez all gave chase on a foul ball on the track down the first-base line, and Kershaw didn’t back off until late. Ellis made the catch. That unstoppable effort, even when a position player is the one who should make that play, surely made for some good-natured laughs from his teammates in the dugout. Kershaw is so intense during games that no one talks to him much, just pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Ellis. But afterward that should’ve generated some friendly banter. They could banter over Kershaw’s latest walk-up music, Cat Daddy by the Rej3ctz. The only line in the song that seems to fall in line with Kershaw’s routine is `”Man, I go to work, true winner.”Kershaw is certainly a winner. Whether he’ll be an MVP is somehow up for debate because he doesn’t pitch every day. But if you saw him between starts, he works hard every day and leads the Dodgers. That’s just not something you can measure in statistics. That should count toward an MVP vote for Kershaw this season.jill.painter@langnews.com @jillpainter on Twitter Kershaw should win MVP honors this season for the Dodgers, who are in first place in the National League West. He would be the first pitcher in 46 years to be named MVP of the National League, but just because it hasn’t happened in nearly five decades doesn’t mean it shouldn’t come to fruition. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly feels a pitcher should be considered to win MVP. He’s advocating for Kershaw to win it, and that’s a stance that’s changed for him over time. “I flip-flopped when I played,” said Mattingly. “As a manager, you just see the value in a guy like what Clayton has been able to give you. I do think it needs to be one of those years where it seems like it’s extraordinary. … This has been one of those years. I see the value in that guy as opposed to when I was playing, not that you didn’t see value in pitching, but it seemed like it was a different thing.”Saturday was another prime example of his value. Even an MVP has an off-pitch or two, and that happened as he gave up home runs to Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers. But, Kershaw struck out 11 in a complete-game effort in which he allowed just five hits and three runs. It was also a victory for an overworked bullpen. Catcher AJ Ellis knows the pitcher-for-MVP debate is brewing.“Knowing how much the bullpen has been used, for Clayton to know that he needed to give us eight-nine innings and to deliver that, that’s valuable to me,” Ellis said. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Marc Gasol returns in a big way in the victory of the Raptors and Juancho takes the duel of the Hernangómez

first_imgThe pivot shared ownership in the inside game with his compatriot Serge Ibaka, who left very similar numbers, in Raptors who already have all their healthy fundamental men and who took advantage of it to add a worked victory at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.With Norman Powell (23) as the top scorer, up to six players from the Canadian team achieved at least 15 points and neutralized the scoring of the Dennis Schroder (25) and Danilo Gallinari (23). After going all the game in tow, the Thunder got to three points in the absence of 2:39 (119-122), but Toronto tightened its defense in the decisive plays and aborted the attempt to come back.Clearer was the victory of the Nuggets against the Hornets, party in which the two brothers Hernangómes had their chance. Willy played 11 minutes in which he contributed 5 points and 6 rebounds, while Juancho (0/3) was left without scoring in almost 18.Despite the injury of his star Jamal Murray, who had to leave the game due to a sprained ankle, Denver did not suffer to win with substitute Michael Porter Jr. (19) as the main offensive reference, while Terry Rozier (20) led The attack of the visitors.–SPANISH PLAYER STATISTICS.MARC GASOL: 15 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 steal.SERGE IBAKA: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.WILLY HERNANGÓMEZ: 5 points and 6 rebounds.JUANCHO HERNANGÓMEZ: 3 rebounds and 1 assist. The Spanish pivot Marc Gasol has returned to the activity in the NBA after overcoming his muscular injury contributing 15 points, the same as Serge Ibaka, to the Toronto Raptors victory over Oklahoma City Thunder (121-130), while Juancho has surpassed to Willy in the duel of brothers Hernangómez, with the triumph of Denver Nuggets against Charlotte Hornets (100-86).A month and 12 games after being injured against Detroit Pistons, Gasol returned to action leaving good feelings, as he played 32 minutes in which he was accurate in the shot (6/9 with 3/4 in triples) and also contributed 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Photo: Reuterscenter_img The Sant Boi scored 15 points, gave 6 assists and took 5 reboundsSerge Ibaka also presented good numbers with 15 + 6 + 1Willy (5 points and 6 rebounds) falls on Juancho (3 rebounds and 1 assist)last_img read more

NAYMOTE Enhances Role of Youth in Political Process

first_imgNAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development has continued to intensify its youth peace and reconciliation dialogues among young people in political parties and statutory youth organizations. The dialogue was held to develop a sense of oneness among young people from different political intuitions as well as to garner their opinions on the lessons learned during the first round of the 2017 elections and how these lessons can be used to inform decisions during the runoff and future elections to prevent electoral violence.The second regional youth peace dialogue was held at the Bomi County Community College in Tubmanburg Bomi County over the weekend and brought together 75 young people from Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado and Bomi counties, representing six political parties. The parties included the Coalition for Democratic Change, Unity Party, Liberty Party, Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction, Alternative National Congress and the All Liberian Party. Leaders from the Federation of Liberian Youth, Liberia National Student Union and the Mano River Union Youth Parliament also participated in the dialogue.This dialogue, according to a NAYMOTE press release, will be held around the country to advance peace and reconciliation efforts, build mutual relationships among young people from different political parties, increase the participation of young people in the country’s post-election governance process, ensure young people remain actively engaged with the political and democratic process after the elections, and understand best practices and lessons learned through the various legal and democratic exchanges through a lessons-learned forum.Participants at the dialogue expressed concern over the ongoing election dispute legal cases between the Liberty Party and the National Elections Commission (NEC), the rates of invalid votes during the first round, alleged incompetence of poll workers, returns of election results (Article 83 C), hearings based on complaint regulation and due process as well as mitigating the risks of electoral violence.Young political leaders at the dialogue also noted that the NEC, political parties and citizens need to take into consideration the following issues which they believe could hamper the rerun, runoff or even future elections: Constitutional crisis, voter apathy, acceptance of election results, publishing of the voter roll, recruitment and deployment of competent NEC polling staff, resolution of electoral disputes, independence of the Supreme Court to handle the election crisis.“Training and deployment of polling staff at polling centers and publishing of the voter roll are serious issues that need to be handled by the National Elections Commission in case there’s a rerun or runoff. It has caused us serious problems and we don’t want such situation to be repeated in the future. A credible election is dependent on a credible voters roll,” said James Crayton, a young political leader.“As leaders from different political parties, it’s time to drive the change we want to see. Let’s avoid violence and segregation, obey and respect the rule of law. Let’s encourage our brothers and sisters to respect the rule of law” said Olushola Kim Ekunede, a Unity Party youth leader.The participants stressed that young people need to remain law abiding, love one another, be patriotic,  become more involved in the political process, be informed and tolerant, respect the rule of law, share the message of peace, avoid smear campaigns or inflammatory messages during the campaign and political process, seek legal redress and prioritize constructive engagements.“Let’s continuously share the message of peace and love of our dear country above everything else. This is the only way we can hold together as young people. I want to challenge every one of us here to always serve as ambassadors of peace,” said Yassah David, another young political leader.The participants also recommended that parties to the election dispute should work for an outcome that will preserve the peace; that the NEC should increase its efforts to improve how the public perceives it, and hire competent people to ensure the effectiveness of the administration of the electoral process, which is key to sustaining democracy in the postwar nation.NAYMOTE believes the project is creating the platform and opportunity for young people from across the political divide to mend relationships fractured as a result of political divisions and to forge a common front in engaging a post election governance process that promotes the interest of all young people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of May 23rd

first_imgHere is a list of community events taking place this weekend in the Energetic City.Saturday, May 23rd, 200908:00 AM – 08:00 PMCar Wash & BBQ Fundraiser09:00 AM – 04:00 PMFort St. John Farmers Market10:00 AMDrag Racing: Points Meet10:30 AM – 11:30 AMPre-School Storytime12:00 PM – 12:00 AMRelay for Life04:00 PM – 08:00 PMSpring Gathering08:00 PM – 11:00 PMThe Kyle Night BandSunday, May 24th, 200910:00 AMDrag Racing: Points Meet10:00 AMShow and Shine Spring Car Show12:00 PMPaladin Black Sox vs Rycroft For more events visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events.  Thanks to the Visitor Information Centre for providing us with this information.- Advertisement –last_img

LADIES GAA: ST EUNAN’S GIRLS UNDER-12s IN ACTION ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgST Eunan’s will play this Wednesday 15th June @ 6pm in their third competitive Blitz for St.Eunan’s u-12 ‘s. We are going to Fanad so all girls must be at Mr. Chippy no later than 4.45pm. Bring €3 for bus.The tournament is between Glenswilly, Fanad Gaels, Milford and Letterkenny Gaels and St Eunan’s. LADIES GAA: ST EUNAN’S GIRLS UNDER-12s IN ACTION ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:St Eunan’s GAA clubunder-12 girlslast_img read more