Football Playoff

first_imgI am sure most of you were expecting a close battle for the National Football Championship.  Very few of you probably expected the outcome you got.  If it would have been Alabama blowing out Clemson, it would have been an easier narrative to sell.  It became obvious that the next major power might be Clemson rather than Alabama.I am wondering just how healthy Tua Tagovailoa was.  The injury he suffered late in the season probably lingered longer than the coaching staff of Alabama let on.  He was not sharp and was easily out played by Clemson freshman, Trevor Lawrence.  Since I was rooting for Clemson, it was a fun night.last_img read more

Iwobi’s Everton tackle Saints

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Everton invite offers for Iwobi, others Iwobi injured, out for two weeks Southampton vs. Everton Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium Kick off: 4PM Two teams in desperate need of a Premier League victory face off this afternoon when Southampton welcome fellow strugglers Everton to St Mary’s. Both sides sit in the bottom four of the table after 11 games, with the Saints in the relegation zone and Everton three points but only one place better off than their weekend hosts. The Canaries are perhaps the only one of the quartet that most fans would have expected to see in and around the danger zone at this stage of the campaign, although consecutive finishes of 17th and 16th for Southampton in the last two seasons suggested that they might be up against themselves too. Certainly, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side can have no complaints at sitting in the bottom three at the moment, having picked up only one point from their last six league outings – including the already-infamous 9-0 humiliation at home to Leicester City. There was a marked improvement last weekend as Southampton came within four minutes of taking points off champions Manchester City at the Etihad, but Saturday’s game is their first at home since the Leicester debacle and the St Mary’s crowd will be demanding another response. Southampton’s home stats do not exactly inspire confidence, though; they have picked up only one point in front of their own fans this season and could become only the second team in Premier League history to amass one point or fewer from their first six home games of a campaign, while they have already conceded 19 goals on home turf. It is unsurprising that Hasenhuttl’s future has come under scrutiny, then, and should they fall to a fourth successive home league defeat – a fate which has never befallen them at St Mary’s and last did so more than 21 years ago at The Dell – then the Austrian could find himself living on borrowed time. Marco Silva will sympathise with his opposite number having seen his own future called into question on numerous occasions already this season, although there is no doubt that the Toffees have underperformed so far following a significant summer outlay on transfers. Everton begin the weekend 17th in the standings having been tipped to push for the top six back in August, largely due to a run of five defeats and just one win from their last seven Premier League games. Last weekend’s stoppage-time equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur was overshadowed by the sickening injury suffered by Andre Gomes earlier in the match, but it could prove to be a valuable point and at least keeps them safe from dropping into the relegation zone this weekend – barring a six-goal Southampton win. Silva will also no doubt be stressing that a couple of positive results could completely change the outlook of their season – the Toffees may only be one place above the bottom three, but in terms of points they are actually closer to the top half than they are to Saturday’s opponents. Back-to-back wins could make a huge difference to the table, then, and Everton must be viewing this game and their first match after the international break – against 19th-placed Norwich – as a golden chance to get those, particularly with Leicester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal to come in succession after that – a devilishly difficult run-up to Christmas. The main issue for Silva to solve is Everton’s away form; they have lost their last four top-flight games on the road and have picked up just one point on their travels this term – that coming on the opening day of the season. Indeed, this contest pits the worst home record in the league against the joint-worst away record, so it could be that the head-to-head record between the two sides offers most clues about which way this one will go. In that respect, Southampton will feel confident. The Saints have won five of their last six Premier League home games against Everton, while 11 of their 12 victories over the Toffees in this competition have come in front of their own fans. Either way, one poor record is likely to end this weekend, with victory providing a potentially priceless lifeline for one manager and a potentially fatal nail in the coffin for the other.Southampton possible XI: McCarthy, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard, Valery, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Cedric, Ings, Redmond. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Schneiderlin, Davies, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Richarlison.Tags: alex iwobilast_img read more

Frampton set for US title defence

first_img Press Association Carl Frampton intends to begin making a name for himself in the United States after announcing he will defend his IBF super-bantamweight title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in El Paso, Texas next month. “I want to become a star in the USA and this is my first step on that journey,” said the unbeaten Frampton. “Now that my team is working with Al Haymon I am set to defend my title in front of millions of US fight fans on CBS. “Alejandro Gonzalez Jr is a dangerous Mexican challenger but he has never fought anyone like me and on the 18th of July he is in for a big, big shock. I feel I am the best super-bantamweight in the world and I am excited to box in front of a huge television audience in the USA.” Frampton, who won his world title by outpointing Kiko Martinez last year before defeating mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in his first defence in February, will fight at the Don Haskins Center. McGuigan said: “This is fantastic news for Carl Frampton. I believe Carl’s all-action style will captivate the US fight fans. “Frampton has all the ingredients needed to become a major star in the USA; he is an exceptional fighter with a brilliant personality who has a fanatical fan base in the UK.” center_img The Northern Irishman will fight outside the United Kingdom for the first time when he makes the second defence of his title on July 18 against his Mexican opponent, who has won 25 bouts with one defeat and two draws. Frampton recently signed a deal with adviser Al Haymon – although the 28-year-old continues to be managed by former world champion and mentor Barry McGuigan. last_img read more

VIDEO: Confessed Parkland shooter attacks BSO officer

first_imgNikolas Cruz, the confessed Parkland shooter, was caught on video attacking a Broward Sheriff’s deputy behind bars.WSVN got the exclusive video of Cruz who has now been in prison for nearly two years since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.The video was recorded on Nov. 13, 2018, and it shows Cruz walking in slow circles before attacking a BSO Sergeant sitting at a table.The video had no audio, but according to records, Sgt. Raymond Beltran “requested that Cruz not drag his sandals on the ground while walking around.”The fight between Cruz and Beltran went on for almost a full minute before he settled down.Beltran was reassigned, according to reports.last_img read more

Lamar looks for home win vs McNeese St.

first_img March 6, 2020 Lamar looks for home win vs McNeese St. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img FAB FRESHMEN: Lamar’s T.J. Atwood, Avery Sullivan and Anderson Kopp have collectively accounted for 49 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 60 percent of all Cardinals points over the last five games.ACCURATE ATWOOD: Atwood has connected on 36.2 percent of the 47 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 2 of 5 over the last three games. He’s also converted 77 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Cowboys are 0-5 when they score 63 points or fewer and 14-11 when they exceed 63 points. The Cardinals are 0-11 when they fail to score more than 65 points and 16-3 on the season, otherwise.FLOOR SPACING: McNeese State’s Dru Kuxhausen has attempted 253 3-pointers and connected on 47.4 percent of them, and is 14 for 34 over the last three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Lamar defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24.1 percent of all possessions, which is the 14th-highest rate in the country. The McNeese State offense has turned the ball over on 22.4 percent of its possessions (ranked 338th among Division I teams).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMcNeese State (14-16, 9-10) vs. Lamar (16-14, 10-9)Montagne Center, Beaumont, Texas; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Lamar looks for its fourth straight win over McNeese State at Montagne Center. The last victory for the Cowboys at Lamar was a 77-74 win on Feb. 29, 2016.last_img read more

Brian Hale plays his last innings

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada —Brian Hale,former Guyana Sports Club opening batsman, passes away after brief illness.Described as an individual who lives and breathes cricket, Hale’s death came as a shock to cricket lovers and administrators in the Greater Toronto area,since he was looking forward eagerly to the start of the 2017 season.Since leaving Guyana some 44 years ago, Hale’s interest in the sunshine game has never waned and his development in the sport, more so at the youth level, has been rightfully acknowledged and recognised in Canadian cricket circles.Hale,who started playing for the British Guiana Cricket Club (BGCC), before the Thomas Lands club was renamed Guyana Sports Club (GSC), missed playing for the Guyana senior team because of migration.He was also one of the most qualified and recognised coaches in Canada.Prior to leaving Guyana in 1971, Hale represented Guyana Colts against the touring English cricketers and was also in contention for an English County contract.He was selected based on his outstanding performances in the national trial matches, when he scored a century while sharing in a double-century stand with the late Guyana and West Indies opener,Roy Fredericks.He had also turned out for Demerara in the Jones Cup Inter-county tournament.While Hale played for the GSC,the club had the unique distinction of carting off the Case Cup first division tournament for three consecutive years as well as winning the Rothman’s Cup limited overs competition during the said period.Hale’s first stint in Canada saw him join Victoria Park Cricket Club where he immediately made his presence felt, topping his team’s batting averages in his first two years and was also the leading run-scorer in the league.Hale subsequently donned the Canadian national colours, in games versus Leeward Islands, Australia and Ireland.In an administrative capacity,Hale was a board member of both the Toronto and Ontario Associations and served as a Junior coordinator. He was also credited with starting the Junior League in Toronto which is ongoing.During his term as the National Junior selector and coach, Hale was also at the helm of the Markham Cricket Association.In 1992, Hale started the Toronto Cricket Academy (TCA), the first of its kind in Canada, and he has been credited with producing several notable national Canadian players including former Canadian captain and wicketkeeper,Ashish Bagai,and the youngest Canadian World Cup player,Nitish Kumar.Hale was recognised by the Province of Ontario for ‘Distinguished Performance’, by Cricket Canada for his ‘Contribution to the Sport’ and the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the ‘Spirit of Cricket’.The National Film Board of Canada also did an award-winning documentary featuring his academy which is also available on Youtube and is titled ‘Cricket and the meaning of Life’.While Hale’s work within the TCA was well known, his services were also sought by other players outside of the body – a testimony of dedication to the game of cricket over the years.last_img read more

Badgers prepare for heat, Rebels

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Tyler Donovan and the Wisconsin offense answered many questions last Saturday when they ripped off 486 yards of total offense and racked up 42 points against Washington State. The highly touted Wisconsin defense, however, left a few questions to be answered. After starting out slow, allowing 80-yard scoring drives the first two times the Cougars had the ball, the Badgers turned up the defensive pressure. The next opportunity to answer any remaining questions and build on the momentum built during last Saturday’s second half comes Saturday, when the Badgers hit the road for the first time to play University of Nevada-Las Vegas. “We just have to learn from the first game and pick it up,” defensive tackle Jason Chapman said. “This week in practice, working on UNLV, we’ve built up momentum and we’re going to take that to Vegas.” Facing the Badgers will be the Rebels’ spread offense.”It’s a big challenge because it’s so different,” defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz said. “We couldn’t spend a lot of time in fall camp working on it because Washington State was a conventional offense.”We did work some of this spread attack, but not to the extent you would like to. In one week it’s harder, more difficult.”As if facing a multidimensional offense wasn’t enough, UW’s job will be made tougher by the fact the temperature in Las Vegas is expected to be around 100 degrees for the 7 p.m. (Mountain time) kickoff.”You never can be ready to go into 100 degrees, but you’ve got to be willing to play.” Hankwitz said.The UW coaching staff doesn’t believe that the heat should cause too many problems — if the Badgers prepare correctly.”Once the sun goes down, it won’t be that bad. We’ve got to do a great job of hydrating and doing the right things nutritionally,” Hankwitz said.The Wisconsin coaching staff did what it could Thursday to prepare the team for the heat by practicing inside the McClain Center with the heat turned up.The last time the Badgers faced a spread style of offense was in the Capital One Bowl. As part of it’s Wildcat package, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden would line up as quarterback with fellow runner Felix Jones next to him. Defending UNLV and quarterback Travis Dixon is much different from defending the Wildcat, however, because of the variety of options the Rebels will use. Dixon ran for 129 yards and threw for 141 more in the Rebels’ opening game against Utah.”They are two different things,” Hankwitz said. “There are some similar elements, but [UNLV] is a lot more diverse. … They just have more different plays out of this.” Las Vegas is known for the ribbons of bright neon lights that make the city famous. Wisconsin football fans might have a slightly darker memory of the city. In 2002, the last time the UW football team traveled to Las Vegas to take on UNLV, the game was halted midway through the fourth quarter because of a power failure that caused the lights to go out at Sam Boyd Stadium.For the Badgers’ defense to turn in a different kind of lights-out performance, they will need to control the line of scrimmage and hold their gaps.”You have to make sure you’re really on top of your game, really taking care of your responsibility and staying disciplined,” defensive end Mike Newkirk said.On the topic of discipline, the Badgers will be without reserve tailback Lance Smith, who was suspended Wednesday for Wisconsin’s five road games because of a summer altercation with his girlfriend. Replacing Smith as the top backup behind P.J. Hill will be a true freshman — either Zach Brown or John Clay.While the suspension was not announced until Wednesday, the UW coaching staff has been aware of the situation for about three weeks. Because of the advance notice, losing Smith should not present too much of a tactical difficulty.”We knew this one was coming,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “It’s just like Lance pulled a hamstring during the game on Saturday.”Bielema noted that Clay had seen more repetitions than Brown during both Sunday and Tuesday’s practice, but Smith was back to his normal load Wednesday.Clay, the Wisconsin state high school player of the year as a junior at Racine Park High School, may still be behind Brown, based solely on time in the system. Clay had some eligibility issues during summer, which prevented him from practicing with the team for the bulk of fall camp.Another option for tailback depth would be Bill Rentmeester, a fullback who was initially recruited to the program as a fullback.”As we go closer to the game, we’ll make a determination who the first guy in (will be).”last_img read more

Awarding superlatives to Syracuse men’s basketball 2017-18 season

first_imgKevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorMVP: Tyus BattleAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerBefore the season, Battle faced the question of whether he could become the alpha Syracuse needed. He answered with a resounding YEP. Battle strapped this team to his back and carried it for most of the season by scoring, and that doesn’t really do justice to the job he did Heimlich-ing the Orange’s offense at the end of the shot clock on a possession-by-possession basis. His experience at the top of the 2-3 zone on defense with Frank Howard helped settle greener players behind him, and that suffocating pressure spearheaded a run to the Sweet 16.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBattle didn’t dazzle throughout, but he played well enough on the biggest stages to pull his NBA Draft projection from late second round to the late first. His 3-point shooting percentage (32.2) probably didn’t end up where he wanted, but that could be a byproduct of every team focusing on slowing him down every night. But hey, that’s the responsibility of the team’s alpha. — Sam FortierMost pleasant surprise: Marek DolezajAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerIn his 42 years at Syracuse, head coach Jim Boeheim said he has offered a scholarship only twice to players he had not seen in person. One was the “worst player I had,” whom Boeheim did not name. The other is Dolezaj. The coaching staff overhauled Dolezaj’s jumpshot, which helped him go from little-known reserve to starting forward for the second half of the season. He’s so skilled, Boeheim said, that if he were 200 pounds he’d “probably be one of the better players in the country.” His growth is encouraging and he factors to be a key cog for the Orange in years to come. — Matthew GutierrezBiggest disappointment: Matthew MoyerMoyer redshirted a year ago after suffering a turf toe injury and missing much of the preseason. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward came in as the No. 74 recruit in the 2016 class and was the Connecticut Player of the Year his senior year of high school. There was the hope that the year off would allow Moyer to develop on the side and prepare him to take on a leading role this season.Instead, Moyer never really got his redshirt freshman season going. He struggled early in nonconference play, oftentimes getting the brunt end of Jim Boeheim’s yelling when he’d get subbed out. Moyer had a breakout, 18-point 11-rebound performance against Connecticut, but that proved to be an aberration, not the start of the trend.Then on Jan. 24, Moyer sprained his ankle. He missed a few games and lost his starting spot to Marek Dolezaj. Even after he came back, Moyer primarily only saw the court either to spell Dolezaj for a few minutes, or if the Orange was hit by foul trouble.Moyer ended the season averaging 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds, while playing just 16.8 minutes per game — and he didn’t reach that mark in any contest since SU’s penultimate regular season game against Boston College. On Monday, he announced his transfer from SU. — Tomer LangerBiggest flaw: OffenseAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerIn late February, Boeheim said only three players were capable of scoring. That held true for nearly the entire season, save for the occasional random outbursts. Nearly one-third of Syracuse shots were midrange 2-pointers. The midrange jumper is the most ineffective shot in college basketball. That issue was compounded by SU’s inconsistent 3-point shooting.Junior point guard Frank Howard turned into the second-most improved player in the conference, Brissett shined as one of the better freshmen in the country and Battle was the team MVP. Dolezaj chipped in, too. Otherwise, the Syracuse offense was the biggest weakness on this team. — M.G.Biggest X-factor for next season: ForwardsNext season, the forward position group will likely be the indicator of Syracuse’s success. The Orange will have sophomores in Oshae Brissett and Marek Dolezaj who grew remarkably this season, and they’re complemented by a top-10 recruit in Darius Bazley. Brissett is the most important member of this group, and he said he’s for sure staying.This year, Brissett struggled with finishing at the rim, selecting the best shot and allowing the big moments to swallow him. Those issues are the biggest worry, but Brissett’s improvement this season and perimeter performance are points for optimism. Still, as you know, when it comes to Syracuse basketball, what makes sense really doesn’t matter. — S.F.Evaluating the coaching staffAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerOn an individual level, a lot of SU’s players made strides throughout the course of the season.Brissett shot 28 percent from deep in nonconference play, but upped that to 37.6 in the ACC. He also became a better finisher through contact and eventually developed into a late-game bucket getter.Marek Dolezaj seemed timid and afraid to shoot the ball early in the season. But he had his two highest-scoring games in the postseason: a 20-point performance against Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament and a 17-point outburst against TCU in the NCAA Tournament.On top of the individual success, Syracuse was a Top 10 defense in points allowed and in adjusted defensive efficiency, per In fact, this year’s 2-3 zone had the best adjusted efficiency of any SU team since 2013. Doing all that with a seven-man rotation, that really only had six healthy players, was very impressive.Still, there’s a reason this year’s efforts didn’t get an “A” from me. The entire season, Syracuse just couldn’t figure out how to manufacture offense. Nearly every game featured periods of isolation-heavy basketball with little off-ball movement and action.It’s not like SU didn’t have weapons. Tyus Battle was one of the best one-on-one scorers in the country. Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett almost always had size advantages over their defenders. But the offense was stale. At one point in the season, Boeheim said that he didn’t run plays because his players wouldn’t make the shots anyway. Frankly, that seemed like a cop-out. Because his players weren’t making a lot of their contested shots as the shot clock was winding down, anyway. — T.L. Comments Published on March 26, 2018 at 10:51 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sides prepare for FA 5th round draw

first_imgAnd Championship side Fulham will also be among the names in the draw after they thrashed top-flight Hull 4-1 at Craven Cottage.The draw will take place at 19:20pm with the eight fifth-round ties due to be played between Friday 17th of February and Monday the 20th of February. The lowest ranked team left in the competition are in the draw after they beat Championship side Leeds 1-nil yesterday.Holders Manchester United will also be in the hat after they eased past Championship side Wigan 4-0 Old Trafford.Third-tier Millwall progressed with a 1-nil win over Premier League side Watford.last_img read more

Twitch partners with to launch interactive trivia extension has partnered with Twitch to add their Tilted Trivia extension to the platform, allowing viewers to play live by contributing Twitch Bits.The extension will allow users to compete by answering a variety of trivia questions tailored to the streamer and the game they’re watching. The extension will launch with over 3,000 trivia questions from general gaming, esports, and top titles like Fortnite, League of Legends, CS:GO, PUBG, Overwatch and more. The top 3 participants will feature on the streamer’s leaderboard.Twitch Tilted Trivia – layoutSpeaking about the partnership, Mitch Liu, Co-founder and CEO, Labs had this to say: “As we built to over five million monthly visits, we learned that interactive trivia games are highly engaging and capture the attention of viewers, Our users earn free virtual coins for prizes by watching streamers and actively participating in trivia, raffle contests and live polls, leading to session times that clock in at up to 40 percent longer.  Tilted Trivia represents the next evolution of this engaging platform, and we’re excited to enable thousands of streamers to deepen their relationships with Twitch’s 100 million monthly active users.”Twitch streamer Erik ‘Fl0m’ Flom spoke about the deal: “What has me most excited for Tilted Trivia is that this same increased engagement will be directly brought into Twitch through the extension. A second added benefit is my viewers and the Bits they use directly support me while participating in the trivia and competing for the top of the leaderboards. All you have to do is enable the extension and let the fun begin.”Currently, streamers are only able to use one extension at a time. Twitch has clearly noted the issues, as back in January they released a developer post about the subject.Esports Insider says: More revenue streams is important for streamers, plus the extension should help viewers feel more a part of the community, while also being rewarded for that loyalty.last_img read more