Guus Hiddink still looks over his shoulder despite Chelsea’s recent unbeaten run

first_img The champions of last season are 14th after 21 games, 12 points off their stated target of fourth place and just six clear of Sunderland, who occupy the final relegation place. The Blues’ predicament prompted Jose Mourinho’s departure last month and Hiddink’s appointment. Chelsea are unbeaten in six games since Mourinho left, when they were one point off the drop zone, but the midweek draw with West Brom did little to ease concerns. “It’s reality,” Hiddink said. “We were down when we started. We were one point off the relegation line, but now we have a little bit more room to breathe. “We have two difficult games coming up – Everton, who have a very good away record – and then Arsenal. “If you don’t gather points there, you don’t know what the others do. The Premier League can surprise you. “There are 12 points difference to fourth place, which is Tottenham. “We all like to look forward and to the top of the table, but also don’t be unrealistic – you’re six points off the line of relegation. That’s also a fact. “We have to work hard and be very concentrated and gather our points to step up. “That’s why it was a pity that in the 86th minute we got this draw against West Brom, which would’ve helped us a lot to go up.” Press Association The Chelsea interim manager says the uncertainty – including over who will replace Mourinho on a permanent basis this summer, plus the likely lack of Champions League football – makes transfer business difficult this month. Asked if everything is on hold, the Dutchman said: “I think so. That’s the reality of Chelsea nowadays.” Striker has been a position of focus in transfer speculation regarding Chelsea, with back-up for Diego Costa lacking. Radamel Falcao (thigh) remains out, but when Loic Remy is fit Chelsea have no concerns up front, Hiddink says. He added: “That’s a little bit new for me. That’s good. “As long as this is happening (and Remy is fit) we are not very active in doing other things.” Costa was one of the main protagonists of a feisty 2-2 draw with West Brom on Wednesday and hit the tunnel in frustration when he left the field. Hiddink insisted there was no damage. He said: “I did a lot of things before I got into management. I was a plumber and a builder and I checked it out the day after. I didn’t see anything. “It was an expression of frustration, of not winning. No big deal.” Hiddink felt Claudio Yacob should have been sent off for two yellow cards and was so annoyed with the performance of referee Anthony Taylor that he expressed his concerns to fourth official Jon Moss. He was taken aback by the reply. “I told him: ‘This is one of the worst referees of the Premier League I have experienced,'” said Hiddink, who had a prior caretaker spell at Chelsea in 2009. “He said to me ‘you haven’t seen me yet’, which was a beautiful remark I think.” Costa walked a fine disciplinary line, too, after his booking for a challenge on Craig Gardner. “He didn’t go out of order,” said Hiddink, who spoke to the striker on Friday about keeping his cool. “He’s playing on the edge, but the opponents are playing on the edge. “There’s always delicate provocations from left and the right. You see little things. “It’s mutual, but nevertheless he should control (himself).” Eden Hazard remains out with a groin injury, but could return for the January 24 clash at Arsenal. “He must have some tough training sessions in midweek; from (next) Tuesday to Thursday he must have intense training sessions,” Hiddink said. Hiddink’s preference is to promote youth, rather than make signings. Bertrand Traore and Christian Atsu, who had an unsuccessful loan at Bournemouth and a prior spell at Everton, but is now impressing in training, can also play at striker. “If you have this academy, the investment in the academy and the facilities and the training programme one day it must produce,” Hiddink said. “If not it is not worth having an academy. If the management and board are having this policy you are unanimously in favour to do so. “It is a risk, a bit, but you must give young British players or from abroad a chance. “I’d prefer to do that in the winter period than bringing in an uncertain name.” Guus Hiddink has admitted Chelsea could become embroiled in a relegation battle with defeats to Everton and Arsenal in the next two games.last_img read more

Eagles Hold Off Wildcats to Remain Unbeaten

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Postscenter_img Bio ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles, who had scored more than 70 points in each of their previous three games, saw that point total dip sharply in Tuesday’s 55-50 win over the Wildcats of Presque Isle.Andrew Austin of the Ellsworth Eagles drives to the basket.—HUGH BOWDENELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles, who had scored more than 70 points in each of their previous three games, saw that point total dip sharply in Tuesday’s 55-50 win over the Wildcats of Presque Isle.Uncharacteristically, Ellsworth got off to a slow start as a three-pointer by Travis Dyer, a driving layup by Wilder York and a pull-up jumper by Alex Tuttle put the Wildcats in front 7-2.But over the next three minutes, the Eagles closed the gap on a three-pointer by Jordan Carter and back-to-back hoops by Cote Card.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNick Richie then gave the Eagles their first lead, scoring from underneath the basket, and followed with a foul shot to make the score 12-10.But the Wildcats scored five consecutive points to close out the period with a 15-12 edge.In the second period, the Eagles began to capitalize on Wildcat mistakes, converting turnovers into some easy baskets and taking a 23-17 lead — a lead they would protect the rest of the way.Ellsworth left the court at halftime leading 25-21, and when second-half action resumed, the Eagles reeled of nine unanswered points — a three-pointer by Card, a fast-break layup by Nick Holt, a third effort rebound putback by Tyler Palmer and a fast-break layup by Carter.The Wildcats saw their shooting turn cold in the third quarter and finished the period with just seven points, trailing 38-28 going in to the final eight minutes.Ellsworth maintained its 10-point lead through the first half of the period, but the Wildcats began to close the gap with just over four minutes to go.Dyer hit a pair of free throws and Oliver Zubrick got in front of the Ellsworth defense for an easy layup on the next possession, cutting the Eagles’ lead to six points.A fast-break layup by York cut the Eagle lead top 52-48 with under two minutes to go.Holt added a point to that lead, hitting the first of two foul shots with about 48 seconds remaining.Zubrick scored on a driving layup for the never-say-die Wildcats, cutting the lead to 53-50 with 28 seconds left.But that was the last gasp for Presque Isle as Holt wrapped a pair of free throws around a Wildcat time out to cap the scoring with 15.9 seconds to go.Card finished with a game-high 18 points and Carter and Andrew Austin each added nine for the Eagles.Dyer led the Wildcats with 15 points, Tuttle finished with nine and York added eight.“Presque Isle is worth a ton of points,” said Ellsworth coach Peter Austin. “They’ll probably only lose one or two games all year.”Austin cited the Eagles’ unselfishness. “If you look at our scoring averages, I think we have seven guys averaging over six points.“Everybody’s contributing defensively and offensively.”For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. adminlast_img read more

Forensic audit calls are ‘without any basis’- WICB

first_img(WICB Release) – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has taken note of the repeated “calls to conduct a forensic audit of the Board in order to save West Indies cricket from absolute and total downfall”, made by former officials of the WICB. This call for a forensic audit was recently published by ESPNcricinfo on September 8, 2016. The WICB has been advised there are similar publications by the former officials.These calls for a forensic audit by the former officials are without any basis in fact, and importantly, notwithstanding, that these former officials are aware that the WICB has for many years retained internal and external auditors.The Board’s internal and external audits are done and authorised by Price Waterhouse and KPMG respectively, and accounts are published by or available from the WICB on all its platforms, including the website where the reports are available.The WICB notes that these allegations appear triggered not by fact or evidence but an emotional reaction to the WICB’s response to the CARICOM sub committee’s report and other matters. These officials have completely ignored the written responses of the WICB.The Board has been advised that in a number of instances the call for a forensic audit carries the suggestion of wrongdoing and misappropriation of WICB funds by present members of the WICB.Additionally, it suggests the auditors are either incompetent or complicit. These allegations are completely false, and seriously damaging to the reputation of the WICB, its members, and auditors.The WICB has therefore decided that these are serious allegations and has referred the matter to Senior Counsel, Anthony Astaphan of Dominica, for his advice and recommendations.last_img read more

HALL PASS: Orange grinds out road win at Seton Hall, punishes Pirates from free-throw line

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Michael Carter-Williams raced down the court, straight for the rim. Unconcerned by Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby’s presence in front of him, the Syracuse point guard continued with a full head of steam down the right lane.The pair collided and crashed to the floor. The whistle blew. A block was called and Carter-Williams made his way to the free-throw line for the third straight possession—all since Syracuse entered the bonus.A smile escaped Brandon Triche as boos began to rain down from the Prudential Center crowd. Carter-Williams calmly sank his fifth and sixth consecutive free throws, doubling his team’s lead to 12 in a matter of 30 seconds.“I was just trying to get to the line, be aggressive and knock down my free throws,” Carter-Williams said. “We needed to get to the line. They kept getting to the line so we knew the refs were calling fouls, so I just decided I’m going to go to the basket strong and try to get a few fouls.”Carter-Williams’ perfect stretch at the free-throw line midway through the second half started the Orange’s decisive run in its 76-65 victory over the Pirates (13-13, 2-11 Big East) on Saturday night. Syracuse (21-4, 9-3) never trailed in the second half and received a career-high 29 points from Triche. But it was SU’s 11 straight points at the charity stripe – a run that lasted five-plus minutes and saw the Orange go 11-for-12 – that sealed the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse dug an early hole, shooting 33 percent in the first eight-plus minutes while Seton Hall shot 70 percent to take a 21-12 lead. But Syracuse’s zone buckled down and held the Pirates without a field goal for the next seven-plus minutes to turn the nine-point deficit into a three-point lead.“Obviously when you get off to that kind of start, you’re not in good position,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We had to get some stops and we had to score and that’s what got us back in the game.”Once the Orange took the lead, it never gave it back. SU went into the half up by six thanks to its 12-point spurt.But the Pirates remained within striking distance throughout the final 20 minutes. Four different times in the final 13 minutes, SHU cut the deficit to six points. The comeback attempts fell short, though, as SU hit big shots – like a 3-pointer by James Southerland and a putback by C.J. Fair – before clutch free throws decided the game.Seton Hall entered the bonus with 12:13 to play after Baye Moussa Keita sent Pirates center Eugene Teague to the line. The 6-foot-9, 290-pound big man outmuscled Keita for the rebound and held strong as Keita and Triche tried to rip it away. The Syracuse guard sighed with frustration before watching Teague step to the line, where he’d hit two free throws, in what would become a recurring scene.Teague was a mismatch in the paint. He gave Keita, Southerland and Rakeem Christmas fits underneath and went 6-for-10 from the line in the second half. As a team, Seton Hall went 12-of-24 from the stripe in the second half, failing to take advantage of the bonus to get back in the game.“We kept fouling them,” Triche said. “I think we fouled them like 10 times in a row. They shot 50 percent, I think that was the biggest reason why there was like a little separation in the game.”Syracuse shot 75 percent from the line in the second half.Three Seton Hall fouls in 13 seconds put the Orange in the bonus with 10:09 to play. Syracuse led by six at that point, then Carter-Williams drilled six straight from the line in a 30-second span and the Pirates were suddenly staring at a daunting 12-point deficit.A 3-pointer and layup by Fuquan Edwin gave SHU hope, cutting the SU lead to seven. But Teague missed three foul shots in that span before Christmas went to the line and hit one to give the Orange an eight-point cushion.A pair of free throws by Teague cut the lead to 60-54 and forced a Syracuse timeout with 5:45 to play. Triche got into the lane and took a pull-up, missing short but drawing a foul in the process. He nailed both.Edwin missed two more on the other end, and Christmas nailed two more for SU 23 seconds later to put his team ahead by 10. With less than five minutes to play, Syracuse was in control for good.“We also hit our free throws,” Triche said. “I think that was the biggest thing that kept us in the game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse beats Seton Hall 76-65 at Prudential CenterTriche bounces back from UConn with stellar 29-point performance at Seton Hallcenter_img Published on February 17, 2013 at 1:05 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

LavaLab holds first student pitch night

first_imgLavaLab, USC’s student-run entrepreneurial and product design team, hosted its first “Pitch Night” of the semester on Tuesday night. During the event, LavaLab’s nine startup teams presented their current projects under construction. The event started at 8 p.m. and continued until all nine pitches were presented with a small 10-minute break halfway through.LavaLab’s president Alexander Zhang explained that LavaLab came to conception only a year ago because a few then-seniors lamented the lack of an entrepreneurial drive in undergraduate student organizations at USC.“Last year, the president of Marshall Business Student Government and two other presidents from other clubs felt fed up that no USC student business club actually [did] stuff. By that I mean there’s a lot of public speaking, panels, networking events but there was no club that kids can leave with something tangible. There wasn’t enough doing and too much talking,” he said.LavaLab arose from an initiative to encourage student entrepreneurial spirit as well as combine student talent from all different disciplines. There are a total of 30 members in LavaLab out of 140 students who applied. Drawn from a diverse pool of applicants, the accepted students were then divided into nine teams of three or four students each. The selection process for each team consists of recruiting one member who would represent each of the following themes: business, engineering, design and/or the “wildcard” member who has expertise in a little bit of everything.Having an entrepreneurial idea in mind was not a prerequisite to apply to LavaLab. In fact, applicants were discouraged to have preexisting ideas in order to enter LavaLab with an open mind.“We actually suggest that you apply with no idea in mind because then it’ll allows for [idea synthesis] to be more organic and more of a group process,” Zhang said.The LavaLab teams have been working on their respective ideas for a month in what has been deemed as the “incubation period.” The pitch night event consisted of basic demos, pitches and concept presentations. The nine teams were each given about five minutes to showcase their ideas. Each presentation involves problem assessment, business and marketing plan, competition analysis, product conceptualization and even audience feedback for those teams who had a working prototype.Most of the presented ideas were mobile apps aimed to solve common problems college students face. Ideas included a revamped free and for sale app called “Loop,” an outfit sharing app that gives the user instant feedback on his/her clothing called “Dapper,” an assignments organizer called “cheK,” a device that compiles health data from wearables called “Fitlytics,” and Tinder-esque food app, called “quickChow,” that helps users choose where to eat.Lea Moret, the project coordinator for “cheK,” explained how the process has been so far for her team.“We created teams with at least one person who is advanced in coding and a secondary person who is starting off coding, a businessperson and someone into design,” Moret said. Moret’s team already has a prototype of their product and said that they are currently working on the finalizations to prepare for Demo Day, especially focusing on more substantial marketing plan.The final prototypes of each design will be eventually showcased to the public at Ground Zero in December. Called “Demo Day,” the event will feature representatives from the tech industry as well as potential investors who will attend and judge the projects.Katherine Xiong, sophomore majoring in architecture, heard about the event from a suitemate. Xiong had not previously heard of LavaLab, but said that she enjoyed the event.“I came here on a whim … [but] I [became] interested in the presentation of these ideas. I would definitely consider applying and joining LavaLab at a later semester,” she said.last_img read more

Trojans rout Cougars in Pullman

first_imgAfter a search that took No. 18 USC halfway across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii and halfway across the country to Minnesota, it finally found its identity among the wheat fields of the Washington-Idaho border.Pulling away · Senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson had 69 yards and a touchdown on five receptions Saturday in USC’s win against Washington State. The receiver leads the team with 249 yards and five scores through four games in 2010. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan Playing a Washington State team (1-3, 0-1) that has ranked at or near the bottom of the Pac-10 in recent years, the Trojans (4-0, 1-0) ran the ball for 285 yards and held the Cougars to just 16 points to come away with the lopsided 50-16 victory.“I thought that was the closest we’ve played to a complete game, which has been our focus for two weeks in a row now — to try and put things together,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “We want to be tough and we want to be disciplined, so I think we were that way. Lopsided rushing yards is [the stat you] look at and know you’re playing well.”With the talk all week revolving around which running back would start, out of senior Allen Bradford, redshirt junior Marc Tyler and freshman Dillon Baxter, senior fullback Stanley Havili got the nod and put together a day Godzilla would dream of.The senior had nine touches for 192 yards and two touchdowns, including a 59-yard tackle-breaking run on the first play from scrimmage for USC after Washington State scored on the opening drive.“You know what, the hole was huge. I cut back, Rojo made a huge block — I remember seeing him block 44, which was great — and it helped me bounce outside,” Havili said. “It feels really good to touch the ball.”Kiffin used Havili almost exclusively in the first quarter because USC came out in the no-huddle offense. Kiffin said Havili knows the protection schemes the best, so he uses him as the single-back when USC uses that style of offense.Havili validated his coach’s confidence, gaining yards through the running and passing games. The fullback was the Trojans’ leading receiver, tying a team-high five catches and recording a team-high 107 receiving yards to go along with his 80 rushing yards.“Stanley is so versatile, he’s a fullback, slash running back, slash receiver,” Bradford said. “I mean what can’t Stanley do?”Havili stepped up for the offense in the first half when sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley was struggling. Barkley threw two first-half interceptions — one coming on the goal line when a safety dropped back into coverage that Barkley failed to see — but picked up his game in the third quarter to finish with 290 passing yards and three touchdowns before being pulled just before the end of the third quarter. It was the start of the game, however, when Barkley threw two interceptions in his first five passes, that concerned him.“I’m happy with how we did as an offense, but those picks definitely tarnish what happened throughout the game,” Barkley said. “That first quarter, those turnovers, even [Bradford’s] fumble — it doesn’t feel right and makes this win not feel so good. We obviously need to do something to correct those.”On defense, freshman cornerback Nickell Robey had two incerceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown to put USC up 14-7 early in the first quarter. Sophomore safety T.J. McDonald added another as the Trojans were able to stop Washington State’s offense, especially inside the red zone.“We didn’t change anything [after Washington State’s first touchdown],” senior cornerback Shareece Wright said. “We just made plays and did what we got to do.”With the win, Kiffin became the first USC football coach since Jess Hill in 1951 to start his USC coaching career 4-0, but Kiffin said earlier in the week that nobody probably played a schedule as easy as this team has. Kiffin dubbed these first four games USC’s “preseason,” and now the Trojans come home as they begin to face the toughest part of their schedule.“I really looked at it where we would normally have four preseason scrimmages, where we could tackle and have 100 plays and really get to know our team. We didn’t have that,” Kiffin said. “Our goal was to get through these four games, not worry what the score was, come away 4-0 and healthy by playing a bunch of players, and getting an idea of our roster — I think we have that.”last_img read more

Football: Takeaways from Saturday’s dismissal of Rutgers

first_imgWhen Rutgers (1-7, 0-6 Big Ten) comes to town, you better have your A-team. Or, at least your B-team. OK, honestly — as long as you have a football team you should be fine.And for all the faults of the Badgers (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten), they sure do have a football team.Saturday was a much-needed reprieve from what seems to be a never-ending onslaught of losses, injuries, underperforming and more injuries.Football: Wisconsin handles Rutgers 31-17Wisconsin’s playoff hopes are dashed, their chances to win the Big Ten West necessitate they win their remaining schedule and Read…Despite falling to Northwestern last week and effectively turning a fluke two-loss season into a decidedly bad season, Rutgers will always be there for those who need a helping hand.Things were back to the ways we all remembered.JT23Running back Jonathan Taylor, someone you may have heard of if elite talent is your kind of thing, had a vintage performance.On 27 tries, the sophomore notched 208 yards and three touchdowns. For those keeping score at home, that’s an average of 7.7 yards per carry.Though the Heisman hopeful may have fallen out of contention for the elusive award thanks to a spate of games unbecoming of a Heisman finalist (though wonderful by another metric), he showed enough Saturday that he hasn’t lost a step.The important number is the three touchdowns, though he’s far-and-away the No. 1 man in the running back corp, scoring opportunities have been diluted thanks to the goal line prowess of Taiwan Deal and Alec Ingold, as well as the spark plug that is Garrett Groshek.Trouble in QB-landQuarterback Alex Hornibrook was solidly set in place as the starter all season long, but he sat out last week in the loss against Northwestern because of a head injury and left Saturday’s game for the same reason at halftime.Football: Takeaways from Saturday’s snow-down against IllinoisIt snowed Saturday, and everyone lost their goddamn mind. Somewhere in the midst of the first snowfall of what is Read…Sophomore Jack Coan filled in on both occasions and performed moderately well: 25–38, 222 yards, 2 TD – 0 INT.While he wasn’t a world-beater by any means (he wasn’t even a Northwestern-beater), his performance has been enough for many to wonder if Hornibrook’s spot is as secure as was originally thought.The program was planning to redshirt Coan, and still can if they keep him under the three-game threshold. It seems like a final decision has yet to be made — though Coan said Saturday he was open to whatever the coaches decided.Special Teams redemptionThe Special Teams unit was disorganized and disorderly during the defeat in Evanston, providing key penalties that gave way to Northwestern scores.The turnaround was evident early Saturday, as linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel was able to lay a finger on a second-quarter Rutgers field goal attempt and provide teammate D’Cota Dixon with a 34-yard scoop-and-run.Defense regaining formThere has undoubtedly been a lack of pass defense this season, with young players like safety Scott Nelson, cornerbacks Rachad Wildgoose, Faion Hicks and Caesar Williams filling key roles.Men’s Basketball: Badgers victorious despite strong UW-Oshkosh effort in exhibitionThe University of Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team defeated their division three opponents, the UW-Oshkosh Titans 82–70 in their lone Read…Though they’ve struggled mightily at times this season, Saturday the Badgers were able to break-up a season-high eight passes.University of Wisconsin has also had an uncharacteristically difficult time getting to the quarterback this season, another trend they were able to buck Saturday.Though the Badgers were unable to sack Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski, they were marked for four quarterback hurries and what seemed like a few more hard hits on him, which clearly contributed to the secondary’s ability to make smart plays on the ball.With this win, Wisconsin is bowl-eligible, which is usually a given but feels like a small victory in the midst of this rough season. Next week, against Penn State, the Badgers will hope to carry much of their success at Camp Randall Saturday into Beaver Stadium.last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 97-88 loss to Duke

first_img Published on February 1, 2020 at 10:43 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez A season-defining win was to be had on Saturday night. With 31,458 in attendance packed into the Carrier Dome hoping the win would be Syracuse’s (13-9, 6-5 Atlantic Coast). Though after 40 minutes, SU’s missed opportunities allowed No. 9 Duke to hold on, reaffirming the ACC hierarchy. The Blue Devils (18-3, 8-2) won 97-88, quelling any upset bids with a consistent second half. An Orange team entering with 60.1% of its field goals coming off assists (20th in the nation, per KenPom), had just 13 assists on the night.Here’s are some takeaways from the nationally-televised contest.Failure to adaptThrough Syracuse’s five-game winning streak, it only surpassed 10-plus 3s once (12 at Virginia on Jan. 11). A hallmark of the run was the way in which SU was able to adapt, winning defensive scrums or creating two-point offense inside. Against Duke, however, a one-dimensional Orange missed open 3s and was turned inside. Syracuse managed 38 paint points, but Duke controlled the pace.SU converted one of its first 14 3s, possessions routinely finishing in the hands of Marek Dolezaj or Bourama Sidibe rather than an Orange guard. Joe Girard III sunk one in the second half that popped the crowd. Buddy Boeheim later connected and cut the deficit to 10. But the misses were commonplace and Duke limited first-half turnovers, reducing the number of fastbreak attempts. Elijah Hughes sunk his first 3 in the game’s final two minutes, but by then a portion of the record-crowd had already filed for the exits.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the Blue Devils, top freshman Vernon Carey won the day. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound center drew two-bodies in the paint and still dominated on the boards. He finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds, including a few second-half and-1s that get kept the margin comfortably in Duke’s favor. Add Carey to the list of Notre Dame’s John Mooney and Iowa’s Luke Garza to wreak havoc inside.Second-half springDuke’s Cassius Stanley opened the visitors’ second-half scoring with a 3. He triggered a 9-1 run that’d give the Blue Devils a 10-point lead, a margin that SU wouldn’t threaten the rest of the contest.Carey slammed an alley-oop that came in the halfcourt, landing in front of Dolezaj and screaming at him. The freshman earned a technical foul for the outburst, but it silenced a crowd still settling in for the second half. As Girard split his technical free throws, a rarity for a top-five shooter at the charity stripe, he looked off to the side.SU bridged the halves with a 1-for-8 shooting stretch. A fan in front of the student section cited a lack of energy. Others side-stepped coats and shuffled to their seats. They returned from halftime to Duke playing to its potential, and SU regressing to its mean.Almost enoughFor the first half, Syracuse limited Duke’s rebounding success and made the game a scrap inside. With both teams shooting a combined 3-for-19 from deep in the first half, offensive rebounds and foul calls started and stopped each momentum swing. Orange head coach Jim Boeheim and other SU players clamored for Duke push-offs. Carey and other Duke players motioned for flopping calls.Duke looked to take advantage of its size-advantage from the start. As Blue Devils guards flicked passes around the perimeter, they constantly eyed a forward inside who bodied a white jersey. They usually posted on the low-block, leveraging the baseline for room. If an SU forward overpursued the pass, they guaranteed an open layup.Meanwhile, SU continued to garner the interior offensive action it’d usually want. Dolezaj and Quincy Guerrier earned their share of float-ins, backdoor feeds and putbacks. But a few timely mistakes turned rebound battles into scrums. Usually, Carey (averaging 8.5 rebounds per game) won.Girard triggered a stretch of offense from beating Tre Jones and picking apart the visitors from the paint. But that came with Carey off the floor. When the Wooden-award finalist subbed back in, SU looked more to its shooters. In Syracuse’s biggest win of the season at Virginia, Boeheim said the Orange did enough inside to execute the upset. Saturday night proved different, however. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Countdown begins to Team Jamaica Bickle at Penn Relays

first_imgThe countdown has begun for another straight year to Team Jamaica Bickle, (TJB), at the Penn Relays. The non-profit organization, founded by Jamaican immigrant, Irwine Clare, Dr., O.D., in 1994, is the leading organization in sports providing support services for Caribbean athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania.This year, the group is again hard at working raising much needed funds to provide ‘bickle,’ or food, transportation and other support to Caribbean high school athletes who are gearing up to make their mark at the longest running relay carnival.On Thursday, April 12th, the group kicked off its annual New York fundraising reception at Sandz at 234-32 Merrick Boulevard in Queens, New York.A national reception is set for April 27th at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia.TJB officials are this year running a limited raffle to raise money ahead of the event to cover their costs, which rise every year despite an army of volunteers. They are also getting some support this year from singer, Romain Virgo, who will donate part proceeds from his song, ‘Still,’  to assist athletes at the relay carnival this year. The annual Penn Relays, which draws thousands of Jamaicans to the sporting event, is set for April 26-28, 2018 in Philadelphia. To support TJB, log on to read more

Arsenals handed shock Cup exit

first_imgD’international have booked their place in the next stage of the MTN FA Cup after eliminating Premier League side, Berekum Arsenals on Wednesday.The Division One campaigners beat the Gunners 1-0 at the Tema Sports Stadium, denying them a place in the qaurter-finals of the Cup competition.Two games were settled via the penalty lottery after a goalless scoreline in regulation time.Bolga All Stars edged out Starke FC 6-5 on penalties at the Bolga Stadium while premiership side, All Stars struggled to seal their slot in the last-eight after beating Universal Stars 5-4 on penalties at the Techiman Tako Park.Nania FC were winners on their travel to the Hwidiem Park where they beat Unity FC 2-0Medeama ended Sporting Mirren’s fine run in the competition, running away with a 1-0 home win. Two games would come off later today in the competition as Chelsea, who are inching closer to the premier league title seek a place in the last-eight of the Cup competition.The Berekum side play former premier league side, Eleven Wise at the Gyandu Park in Sekondi.Heart of Lions play New Edubiase in Kpando after their schedule game was called off last Wednesday due to a disciplinary hearing.Results of Round of 16 matchesUnity FC 0-2 Nania FC Bolga All Stars 6-5(pen) Starke FCUniversal Stars 4-5(pen) Wa All StarsMedeama SC 1-0 St. MirrenD’international 1-0 ArsenalsEleven Wise v Chelsea 14-April Lions v Edubiase 14-AprilSource: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more