Hartford looks to sweep Albany

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAlbany (13-11, 6-3) vs. Hartford (13-12, 6-4)Chase Family Arena, West Hartford, Connecticut; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Albany seeks revenge on Hartford after dropping the first matchup in Albany. The teams last played on Jan. 25, when the Hawks outshot Albany 43.9 percent to 25 percent and recorded six fewer turnovers on their way to the 62-48 victory. 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.com February 11, 2020 Associated Press center_img Hartford looks to sweep Albany SUPER SENIORS: Hartford’s Malik Ellison, Hunter Marks and Traci Carter have collectively accounted for 47 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 65 percent of all Hawks points over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Hawks have allowed just 62.1 points per game to conference opponents so far, an improvement from the 69.8 per game they gave up to non-conference competition.ACCURATE AHMAD: Ahmad Clark has connected on 33 percent of the 112 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 23 over the last five games. He’s also converted 80.8 percent of his foul shots this season.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Great Danes have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Hawks. Hartford has an assist on 31 of 66 field goals (47 percent) across its past three contests while Albany has assists on 43 of 65 field goals (66.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Albany has attempted the second-most free throws among all America East teams. The Great Danes have averaged 20.3 free throws per game, including 22.7 per game against conference opponents.___last_img read more

The NHL’s Winter Classic and All-Star Game still matter

first_imgCBS Sports’ Chris Bengel reported on Jan. 3 that the 2020 NHL Winter Classic between the Nashville Predators and host Dallas Stars at the Cotton Bowl drew the smallest television ratings since the game’s inauguration in 2008.For the first time, the Winter Classic failed to draw two million viewers, as this year’s event managed around 1.97-million. It’s the fifth straight year the game drew less than three million viewers. The novelty of outdoor games such as the Winter Classic may be waning on a national level, and the quality of play at the All-Star Game remains a mockery of good hockey. Cynics dismiss the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game as nothing more than an annual cash grab by the league.But as long as interest in both events remain strong at the local level, no one should fault the NHL for capitalizing on it. Professional hockey is a business, and part of it is stoking fan support at every level.The Winter Classic or the All-Star Game might not matter to the average NHL fan when viewed from afar. But when one of those events is staged in that fan’s hometown, they’ll happily pony up whatever the league wants to attend those games. MORE: What the 2020 Winter Classic meant to the NHL, Dallas and the southern hockey fanBengel suggested one reason for this year’s decline is the Winter Classic went up against two college football bowl games. He also pointed out it’s no longer the only outdoor game staged annually by the league — the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche will play an outdoor game on Feb. 15 as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series.Some observers might attribute the decline to this year’s Winter Classic participants — the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators — not coming from traditional hockey markets. Both clubs do lack a recognizable superstar on the level of Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby or Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.While the Winter Classic may have been a dud in the national American ratings, the Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks reported that the game set records in Dallas and Nashville as the most-watched regular-season contest for both clubs.For the host Stars, the Winter Classic was a smashing success. DeFranks noted the game drew 85,630 fans, making it the second most-attended game in NHL history. The demand for tickets forced the league to open up more seating. He also pointed out the Stars ordered more Winter Classic jerseys than any previous club. Those jerseys sold out within two days. Around 20,000 Predators fans also attended the game.How the game fares in its host market explains why the annual Winter Classic still matters even if its luster has faded on the national level. It helps sell the game, especially in so-called ‘non-traditional’ markets, and generates excitement among the local fan base. It opens those supporters to a unique game-watching experience they otherwise might never get to see.Winter Classic 2020: A recap of the Stars’ New Year’s Day win over NashvilleThe same can be said for the league’s annual All-Star Game. Some observers believe the event is no longer a worthy showcase for the game’s elite talent and call for its abolishment. The game’s quality of play, admittedly, is a joke: players want to avoid injury from participating in a glorified exhibition contest so they refrain from physical contact, turning the game into an offensive free-for-all.However, while the All-Star Game struggles in national television ratings, it draws well in the host cities. Fans get to watch the league’s best talent all play in one place, enjoy their efforts in the skills competitions and provide plenty of support during the game itself.The St. Louis Business Journal reports the upcoming All-Star Game in St. Louis could bring an estimated $20 million economic impact to the local community. The whole weekend annually serves as a boon to the host NHL city during the post-Christmas period when travel and tourism are down.last_img read more

Real’s Luka Modric charged with false testimony

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric attending court in Osijek, Croatia last year to testify in the multi-million-euro corruption trial against ex-Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic © AFP/File / STRINGERZAGREB, Croatia, Mar 2 – Croatian prosecutors charged Friday Real Madrid’s Luka Modric with giving false testimony at the multi-million-euro corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s powerful former chief, an offence carrying up to five years in jail.The 32-year-old midfielder was charged with “committing the criminal offence of giving false testimony” last June during a trial against Zdravko Mamic and three others before a local tribunal, a prosecutors’ statement said. In line with Croatian law the prosecutors did not name Modric as the indictee but identified him as a “Croatian citizen born in 1985.”Local media identified him as Modric.The indictment has yet to be approved by a court and the Croatia captain is currently not threatened with an arrest.Mamic is accused — along with his brother Zoran Mamic and two others — of abuse of power and graft that cost the former Croatian champions more than 15 million euros ($18.4 million), and the state 1.5 million euros.Cash was allegedly embezzled through fictitious deals related to player transfers. Modric testified last June over the details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham Hotspur.From there he joined Real Madrid in 2012.The prosecutors allege that Modric, when questioned at the tribunal, falsely said he had an annex to a contract with Dinamo over conditions for future transfers, giving him the right to a “50-50 share in transfer fees,” while still playing in Croatia.He also falsely testified he had signed such an annex every time he extended his contract, they said.When questioned during investigations in 2015, Modric said the annex was signed after he joined Tottenham, according to the prosecutors.The entire amount of the transfer fee was eventually acquired by Dinamo, the prosecutors said.Modric, also accused of tax fraud in Spain, has paid Spanish fiscal authorities close to one million euros, a judicial source in Spain said in January.Spanish prosecutors believe he evaded 870,728 euros on revenue from his image rights in 2013 and 2014 via a shell company set up in Luxembourg.Judicial authorities are still investing financial holdings belonging to the player in the Isle of Man, on which Modric refused to comment in court.– Biggest star –The indictment could also shake Croatia ahead of World Cup finals in Russia as Modric is the biggest star they have had since 1998, when they surprisingly reached the World Cup semi-finals, losing to eventual winners France.Croatia play in Group D along with Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria.The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) immediately voiced support to Modric and said in a statement it believed he would “prove his innocence as well as the indictment’s unfondness.”The federation said they were convinced the proceedings will have @no negative impact on the performances of Croatia squad” at World Cup.Last October, Modric was named, for the third time, to the FIFA FIFPro team selected by thousands of professional players. In 2015, he became the first Croatian voted on to the FIFPro XI.Modric, who grew up as a refugee in Zadar on the Dalmatian coast, was highly popular in Croatia where he has a reputation for modesty.But the testimony has tarnished Modric’s image as many Croatian fans fear it could undermine the charges against Mamic, who they believe has abused football for personal gain.Most Croatian football fans see Mamic as the real boss of the Croatian Football Federation and believe its formal chief Davor Suker is merely his puppet.“My conscience is clear,” the 103-capped Modric told reporters in July after being questioned within a probe on his alleged false testimony.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more