September 20, 2020

Oakland looks to extend streak vs IUPUI

first_img February 26, 2020 Oakland looks to extend streak vs IUPUI TEAM LEADERS: IUPUI’s Marcus Burk has averaged 21.2 points while Jaylen Minnett has put up 16.4 points. For the Golden Grizzlies, Xavier Hill-Mais has averaged 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds while Rashad Williams has put up 14.9 points.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Burk has been directly responsible for 47 percent of all IUPUI field goals over the last three games. Burk has 26 field goals and 10 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: IUPUI has scored 74.9 points per game and allowed 84.4 over its seven-game home losing streak.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Golden Grizzlies have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Jaguars. IUPUI has 41 assists on 76 field goals (53.9 percent) across its previous three outings while Oakland has assists on 49 of 80 field goals (61.3 percent) during its past three games.LAST FIVE: Oakland has scored 77.8 points while allowing 75.4 points over its last five games. IUPUI has averaged 74.4 points and given up 87.6 over its last five. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOakland (12-17, 7-9) vs. IUPUI (6-23, 2-14)Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Oakland looks for its fifth straight conference win against IUPUI. Oakland’s last Horizon loss came against the Wright State Raiders 83-71 on Feb. 8. IUPUI has dropped its last seven games against conference opponents.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Scrimmage an opportunity for Syracuse to play with new rules

first_imgFor a second straight season, Syracuse enters the upcoming campaign clouded in uncertainty. Last season, the question was how the Orange would replace one of the best recruiting classes in NCAA history.In September, the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee approved the implementation of a 30-second shot clock. How the 2013 season will play out, though, remains especially uncertain as every team in the country adjusts to the new rules.“There’s so much that’s put on the officials – from the early jump on the faceoff to when do you call stalling. They’re going to have to determine whether a team is stalling,” SU head coach John Desko said. “And then you’re going to have to look at what teams will do.”On Saturday, Syracuse will get its first real test run of how the new rules will affect the sport. The Orange plays host to a pair of opponents, Hofstra and Holy Cross, at 10 a.m. in the Carrier Dome for an exhibition doubleheader to open the season. For all three teams, it’s an opportunity to play under the new rules for the first time.SU’s regular season doesn’t kick off until Feb. 17. The Orange will get one more chance for game action after this weekend – a Feb. 2 exhibition doubleheader against Ohio State and Robert Morris in Columbus, Ohio.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe addition of the 30-second shot clock was the most talked-about rule change in the offseason. Lacrosse fans – Orange fans in particular – have clamored for some sort of a shot clock for years. Syracuse should especially benefit from the rule change.Under Desko, the Orange plays at a fast pace. SU has struggled against opponents like Maryland and Johns Hopkins, which have held the ball on offense to limit Syracuse’s possessions and force it out of its rhythm.Under the old rules, even after a stall warning, players could hold the ball for as long as they wanted so long as they didn’t leave the box. With the new rule, players have 30 seconds to shoot after a stall warning. Teams can no longer imitate the tactics of the Blue Jays or Terrapins. The Orange can get out and run.“There’s going to be a lot of goals in transition this year,” SU attack Derek Maltz said. “We’re a very athletic team. We have great, very athletic defensemen, very athletic midfielders, and our attack’s been moving the ball very well. So I’m very confident in these new rules, and they’re going to help us out a lot, especially in transition.”But the biggest change could be that substitutions are now on the fly. The horn that signaled substitutions no longer exists.Whereas the 30-second shot clock is still flexible – it only begins after the referee’s stall warning is called – the new substitution rules, as well as placing more balls on the sidelines and allowing for quick restarts, are more absolute and promise to speed up the game regardless of officials.“You can just pick up the ball and basically, if you step on the field fast enough with the balls on the sideline, you can go right away,” Syracuse midfielder JoJo Marasco said. “And we’ll get some transition goals pretty fast on that.”Perhaps the biggest surprise is how the new stringing rules have affected the game. Not everyone sees much of a change – both Marasco and Maltz will use extremely similar pockets to those they used last season – but other players’ slight modifications have made a world of difference.Steve Ianzito is one of several players using a new style of pocket. In past seasons, nearly every player utilized a hard-mesh pocket. Now, Ianzito estimates, at least 75 percent of the team is using a soft-mesh or traditional pocket.“It’s completely changed my style of play after five years,” the long-stick defensive midfielder said, “and I love it.”The changes will have an effect. Just how much of one, though, remains to be seen.Even in the fall, the Orange worked to get a leg up on the competition. As early as late September, SU brought NCAA officials to practice to play with the new rules.Syracuse won’t be caught off-guard.“We brought officials in earlier than we normally do,” Desko said. “ … That’s one of the reasons we’re getting into it earlier this year, also, is to see how the rules will actually play out. There’s still some unknown until you actually play by the rules.” Comments Published on January 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Related Stories Syracuse works to adjust to 30-second shot clock, other rule changes aimed at speeding pace of playSyracuse’s fast-paced style benefits from NCAA rule changescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse defense shuts down lackluster NC State offense

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. — The 48,961 fans that filled the Carrier Dome for Syracuse’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Clemson last Saturday were so loud that linebacker Marquis Spruill said the SU defense had trouble hearing play calls.But in its road debut against North Carolina State, the Orange defense was greeted with silence each time the Wolfpack offense trotted onto the field.It kept the 56,639 that filled Carter-Finley Stadium silent.“If we can communicate and get our checks down, we can play with anybody in the country,” safety Durell Eskridge said.Forced into playing 95 snaps — compared to the 61 its offense ran — the SU defense held North Carolina State (3-3, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) to just 3.7 yards per play and 7-of-23 third-down conversions in the team’s 24-10 win over the Wolfpack on Saturday. The Orange (3-3, 1-1) tightened its hinges playing for the first time without Keon Lyn, as well as linebacker Dyshawn Davis, who sprained his right ankle just before halftime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven the secondary, which head coach Scott Shafer called disappointing through the first five games of the season, appeared vastly improved.“It felt like everyone was clicking, everyone was on the same page and we were ready to go,” Eskridge said.After roughing the kicker penalty on Lewellyn Coker allowed N.C. State to drive the ball into the Orange red zone early in the second quarter, the defense clamped down. Facing a third-and-1 from the SU 7, Davis flattened 6-foot-5, 300-pound Wolfpack left guard Duran Christophe before wrapping up quarterback Pete Thomas in the backfield.Then the secondary held its cover as the Wolfpack went for it on fourth down and Thomas was unable to find an open receiver.“We always talk about 1. Sudden-change opportunities and 2. When we get within the 10 yard-line, your true character will be revealed,” Shafer said.The Orange defense flustered Thomas and Co. for the entire half. Two drives later, Robert Welsh batted away his second-down attempt. Then Eskridge intercepted his overthrow on the third down.“I saw the ball come right to me. It was like heaven,” he said.The Wolfpack was able to punch in a score with a short field before the break, but in eight second-half drives, it managed just three points.Josh Kirkland filled in for the injured Davis, and played a key part in the unit’s success. When he speared N.C. State wide receiver Quintin Payton on a crossing route to force the Wolfpack to punt early in the fourth quarter, the Syracuse sideline erupted.Kirkland said Shafer had been asking the defense for big hits all week.“During the week he was saying, ‘I want a lot of big hits this game. I want the defense flying around, making plays, effort always,’” Kirkland said.It did on Saturday. From Davis’ steamrolling of Christophe to Jay Bromley’s hope-sucking sack on Thomas with five minutes left, the Orange defense out-toughed N.C. State for all four quarters.Eskridge called the 52 points Syracuse allowed to Clemson last weekend “Christmas gifts.” He said the Tigers didn’t earn them. The Orange gave them to them.On Saturday, the Orange gave nothing. It forced 13 tackles for loss, moving the Wolfpack offense backward on more than one of every eight plays.It logged four sacks. And batted four passes.With a tough ACC schedule ahead, and a team in need of three more wins to become bowl eligible, the SU defense appears to be playing its best football of the season.“It was a letdown last week to lose,” linebacker Cameron Lynch said. “This week we came out and I just repeated ‘Let’s win this game. Let’s win this game.’“Watching film I knew we could win this game.” Comments Published on October 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Alex Acevedo flourishes after transferring to Syracuse two years ago

first_imgDuring the winter of her senior season at Oakleaf (Florida) High School, Alex Acevedo was still searching for a place to play collegiate softball. She visited Duke, Florida Atlantic and Florida State, but one destination stood out.At a recruiting camp hosted by Dartmouth, Acevedo thought she found her fit. Not because of the campus, the team or the strong academics but because of the woman in charge — Shannon Doepking.“She knew that she wanted me,” Acevedo said. “I knew I wanted to go to school with her, I almost didn’t care which school it was.”Though Acevedo and Doepking instantly “hit it off,” the recruit didn’t commit to Dartmouth. Instead, Acevedo stayed closer to her home in Orange Park, Florida, her mother, Melissa, said. But when Doepking accepted the head coaching position for Syracuse, Acevedo followed.As a freshman, Acevedo started two games at FAU and hit .176, but she has flourished since transferring to Syracuse. Doepking gave her the opportunity to play, and she batted .258 while starting all but one game for the Orange in 2019. Acevedo has entrusted her future with Doepking, and the coach has shown her the same commitment.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When she got on the portal, it was a no-brainer that if I was going to build culture, I needed kids that were going to buy into me as a head coach,” Doepking said. “I mean, she is a kid that as a coach, you couldn’t ask for more. She is just a kid that will always have my back.”Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorDuring Acevedo’s freshman year, Dartmouth took a trip to Boca Raton, Florida to play FAU, and Doepking was able to catch up with Acevedo. The infielder was frustrated after not receiving the playing time she wanted with the Owls. Acevedo wanted to find her worth, Doepking said, but the coach told her it would never be defined inside the foul lines.The two weren’t allowed to verbally communicate due to NCAA restrictions, but Acevedo would like all of Doepking’s Instagram photos and talked to one of her previous travel teammates who played for Dartmouth. When Doepking moved to Syracuse in September of 2018, Acevedo “slid in her DMs,” as Doepking puts it, and congratulated her on the new role. Doepking couldn’t respond, but she understood the sentiment. By the end of the year, Acevedo was a member of the Orange roster.“I knew that she was someone that I really wanted to coach me and to learn from,” Acevedo said. “So as soon as that happened, that is when I just wanted to do it. If she wasn’t here, I would not be here.”After transferring to Syracuse in December of 2018, Acevedo knew she had to be better than she was for FAU. Her freshman year came with some “jitters,” she said, but she took the necessary steps to earn playing time at a program like SU’s.Throughout the season, however, she accumulated injuries that plagued her. She strained her right leg, which forced her to move to first base, then dislocated her left shoulder reaching for a ball and hurt her wrist after being struck by a pitch from Florida State’s Megan King.The injuries set her back at the plate — she says her numbers weren’t indicative of her abilities — but Doepking saw enough value to play her over other healthy members of the team.“I would never want to be off the field,” Acevedo said. “They would have to break both my legs before I came off the field.”Doepking said that Acevedo was only 50%, but the trust they had built kept her on the field. Doepking needed Acevedo to “tough some of this out” for an underperforming Syracuse team. And Acevedo didn’t want to let her coach down.“I believe her and Doepking just have this bond of ‘I trust you, you trust me,’” Melissa said. Comments Published on February 26, 2020 at 10:41 pm Contact Eli: efjarjou@syr.edu center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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O’Sullivan could get world golds following Chinese admissions

first_imgKieran says it’s possible but not certain that O’Sullivan’s results will be upgraded. The revelations came out in a letter, signed by nine teammates revealing their anguish to a journalist but it remained unpublished for 19 years.O’Sullivan could be in line for two golds as she came second in the 1500 metres and fourth in the 3000 metres, finishing behind Chinese runners in each race. All of those athletes are all part of coach Ma Junrens’ group and they have accused Junren of forcing them to dope against their will..last_img read more

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Rugby world in mourning

first_img“Phenomenal rugby brain” “Leader” and “Legend” are just some of the tributes being paid to former Munster coach Anthony Foley following his sudden death.The Killaloe man passed away on Saturday night as Munster was preparing to face Racing 92 in the Champions Cup. The former Ireland number 8 was head coach of Munster from 2014 to the end of last season.  Foley played 62 times for Ireland and captained the Munster team that won the Heineken Cup in 2006.Former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan, says Foley had everything you needed to be a great coach.Fellow Munster man Ronan O’Gara says the world has lost an “incredible man”.last_img read more

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Saints win Munster battle of Tipp sides

first_imgDungarvan Utd beat them 4-2 in Waterford. This means the Tipp Town outfit are still in the running to retain the trophy they won for an eight time last season.Thurles Town are also through to the last 16 as a result of overcoming Shannon Hibernians 4-1 in Clare.However, Tipperary Town – who were playing at this stage of the competion for the first time in their history – are out.last_img

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Semien hits leadoff HR, A’s beat Astros to win 8th straight

first_img Written By First Published: 9th August, 2020 06:54 IST FOLLOW US COMMENT Last Updated: 9th August, 2020 06:54 IST Semien Hits Leadoff HR, A’s Beat Astros To Win 8th Straight Marcus Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win a night earlier and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory Associated Press Television News center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Marcus Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win a night earlier and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory.Frankie Montas (2-1) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing two hits without walking a batter and striking out five for the AL West-leading A’s.The three-time reigning division champion Astros lost their fourth in a row. The last three defeats had been by a total of four runs.Semien became the first player in A’s franchise history with a game-ending hit and a leadoff homer on back-to-back days.Matt Chapman homered in the eighth and added an RBI groundout in the sixth as Oakland (11-4) matched the 2014 club for the best record through 15 games over the last 30 years.Houston starter Framber Valdéz (0-2) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out nine with one walk over seven innings.YANKEES 8, RAYS 4, 1st gameST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole came within one strike of earning his 20th straight regular-season win before getting pulled, and New York won the opener of a seven-inning doubleheader.Cole took a 5-0 lead into the fifth. With two outs and a runner on, he had a 1-2 count on Ji-Man Choi, who came back to hit an RBI double. Jose Martinez followed with a two-run homer on the 107th pitch from a clearly tiring Cole. Soon after, Yankees manager Aaron Boone took a slow walk to mound to replace Cole with Chad Green (2-0), who got the win after allowing one run over 1 1/3 innings.Cole struck out 10, walked one and gave up six hits.Aaron Judge hit his eighth home run of the season for the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Ford also connected for New York.After Ford homered, a two-run double by Gio Urshela put the Yankees up 4-0 and chased Rays starter Tyler Glasnow (0-1) with two outs in the third.TIGERS 11, PIRATES 5PITTSBURGH (AP) — Niko Goodrum, Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron and Jeimer Candelario all hit home runs in the first inning against Pittsburgh’s Derek Holland to lead Detroit.Detroit sent four of Holland’s first 11 pitches over the fence at PNC Park to propel the Tigers to another big offensive outburst against reeling Pittsburgh one night after a 17-13 win in 11 innings.The Pirates lost for the ninth time in their last 10 games.Cabrera got three hits, including his 481st career home run. The 37-year-old also drove in three runs.Ivan Nova (1-0) nearly let a big early lead slip away. The veteran gave up five runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.Kevin Newman tied a career-high with four hits and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh.INDIANS 7, WHITE SOX 1CHICAGO (AP) — Zach Plesac tossed six strong innings and Cleveland snapped a scoring drought with a six-run fourth.The Indians had been blanked for 13 innings before Franmil Reyes and Jordan Luplow each hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Luplow was 0 for 21 with a walk this season before homering. Domingo Santana added a solo homer in the eighth.Plesac (1-1) allowed five hits and struck out seven in lowering his ERA to 1.29 this year.Yoan Moncada homered in the eighth for Chicago. He has reached in 19 straight games dating back to last Sept. 25.The Indians were held hitless through the first three innings before erupting against Drew Anderson (0-1) in the fourth.Image credits: AP LIVE TV WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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JWOF Health & Wellness Conversation – “Keep our Children Safe, Content…

first_imgThe annual Health and Wellness Forum hosted by the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) will be held on Saturday, September 29, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the South Regional Broward College Library located at 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024. The three hour Forum is free to the public, and is titled “Keep our Children Safe, Content and Self-Confident in Today’s World”.  Participants will be engaged in discussions about the well-being of our children in what seems sometimes like a hostile building society. A village to keep the children safeIn keeping with JWOF’s mission of personal development and healthy lifestyles, the President, Ms. Camille Edwards is encouraging the public to “come together to inspire and be inspired so as a village we can keep our children safe”.  She further reiterated the need for parents, youth, educators, law enforcement and legal professionals, faith-based among other community leaders to come together and share a wealth of information to be provided by a panel of assembled experts across the South Florida community who are actively engaged in safeguarding our children and our communities at large. PanelistsThe panelists will include Dr. Gregory Salters, transformational leadership and success coach; Ms. Shernette D. Grant, Director, Innovative Programs for Broward County Schools; Dr. Marsha Brown, psychologist; Ms. Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO, Children’s Services Council of Broward County; and moderator, Judge Norman Hemming, Chief federal Administrative Law Judge for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Attendees at the Health and Wellness Forum will hear from those community leaders who are at the forefront of identifying the impact of varying issues on our community and how our children are being affected emotionally, psychologically and physically. These leaders will also share solutions and resources to assist the children through their impact.  Some of the identified concerns are the rising number of school shootings, bullyism, families affected by drive-by shootings where children have been victims, suicide, changes in family structures, and academic choices among others.The annual Health and Wellness conversations are an agenda item on the JWOF’s mission of community outreach.  The event is now in its fifth year and continues to attract large audiences because of its meaningful exchange of information regarding the health and well-being affecting our families, adults and children alike.   According to President Edwards “our aim is to keep our families aware of the varying topics that affect the state of our health and well-being, and is detrimental to community building and family values, especially as it affect our children.”The forum will also include a question and answer period.  Information booths will provide clinical and legal advice and guidelines on all aspects of care and prevention and how the community can play a part in restoring family values and safeguard guidelines to protect the communities and the general welfare of this State.            Information regarding the Health and Wellness Forum is available at www.jamaicanwomenofflorida.com and www.facebook.com/jwoflorida  or by calling 561-320-1391last_img read more

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Hasaacas win Sekondi derby comfortably

first_imgThe second round matches of the Division One League resumed on Wednesday with mixed results being produced across the country.An interesting story has emerged in Zone 3A where the gap between the top and the bottom side is just four points.Great Olympics produced their second win in the zone after completing a league double over D’International with a 2-0 away victory.Despite the win, the Wonder Boys are still placed second from bottom of their division but Nania FC’s hopes of staying top was ended after they lost 2-1 to bottom of the table, Istanbul, allowing Prestige FC to jump top.Hasaacas continued with their impressive run by winning the Sekondi derby 2-0 against Eleven Wise in Zone 2B.Full results after match-day 8 Zone 1AJuventus 1-1 Guan UnitedGalazy 4-3 ToendeYassin 3-0 UtrechtZone 1B B.A. United 1-0 Sampa UnitedUniversal Stars 1-0 Unity F.CBechem United 3-1 Berlin F.CZone 2AMine Stars 2-1 Gold Stars Starke 2- RainbowTarkwa Utd 1-0 DeportivoZone 2BHasaacas 2-0 Eleven WiseAjax 1-0 Wassaman Windy Profs.1-3 Elmina SharksBrighton Stars 1-0 Metro S.CZone 3AIstanbul 2-1 NaniaPrestige 0-0 Inter Allies D’international 0-2 Gt. OlympicsRehoboth 2-1 Sporting MirrenZone 3BDanbort 1-1 Mighty JetsRed Bull 0-2 Pure Joy Okwawu Utd 2-0 King Solomonlast_img read more

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