Fast Reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 55-53 win over Michigan State


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Commentscenter_img DETROIT — Syracuse will keep on dancing.Even without its starting point guard over the final 6:39, Syracuse went on a big run to close out the game and beat No. 3 seed Michigan State on Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.Less than 48 hours after playing lockdown defense against high-powered No. 6 seed Texas Christian, Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 3 seed Michigan State (30-5, 16-2 Big 10), 55-53. A ferocious defensive effort by SU sent the Orange to the Sweet 16 in Omaha, Nebraska, next week.The Spartans entered the season ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25, has never been ranked lower than No. 9 and has been ranked outside the top-five for just two all weeks all season. MSU ended the year ranked No. 5 and, by some accounts, should have received an even higher seed than No. 3.But Syracuse’s strong defense prevailed. Tyus Battle led the Orange with 17 points and Oshae Brissett added 15 in the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are three quick takeaways from the game.Key stretchSyracuse went off on a 7-0 run over a 1:20 period late in the game, even with starting junior point guard Frank Howard out because he picked up his fifth personal foul on a questionable 50-50 ball near midcourt. MSU didn’t make a single field goal over the final 5:40 of game time.Brissett worked chaos way inside a crowd of white jerseys and converted a layup. Marek Dolezaj made two free throws. Former-walk on Braedon Bayer held his own at the top of the 2-3 zone and defense to keep SU in the contest and keep dancing on.Meat and potatoesAt points, Michigan State’s 21 second-chance points sucked the life out of Syracuse, elongated possessions and gave the mostly MSU-backed arena something to cheer about. The deep, well-balanced MSU offense had trouble all game against SU’s 2-3 zone. But collecting offensive boards — sometimes three on a single time down the floor — provided ample opportunities to maintain a lead until the closing minutes.The Spartans front line is no taller than that of Syracuse, but they are muscular and physical inside. They crashed the glass hard. But Syracuse’s defense mounted nearly every Spartan first-chance and maintained the gridlock defense that powered it past high-powered offenses in Arizona State, Texas Christian and now Michigan State.Twenty-six offensive rebounds weren’t enough for the Spartans because SU’s defense didn’t allow space and forced MSU to shoot 17-for-66 from the field.Brissett vs. BridgesArguably the two most talented players on the court, MSU sophomore Miles Bridges and SU freshman Oshae Brissett, matched up in several one-on-one situations. Both clearly indicated they were the alpha male of their respective team. Brissett took command of the SU offense, knocking down contested shots and maneuvering inside.With just over a minute left, Brissett grabbed a defensive rebound to set up a Battle step-back jumper that pushed SU’s lead to three. Brissett also had nine rebounds and played the whole game.last_img read more

Derek Boateng reveals how ‘juju’ ruined Ghana’s AFCON 2013 campaign


first_imgEx-Black Stars midfielder, Derek Boateng has revealed that some of the Black Stars players use black magic, also known as ‘juju’ to help them play football.Ghana football has been plagued with the thought that using ‘juju’ aids in the winning of games and enhances performance.Last season, fans were left bemused after Aduana Stars and Asante Kotoko completed the first 45 minutes of their Ghana Premier League encounter with 10 players each, with each team refusing to send in the 11th player first for fear of losing the game.Despite not receiving any red cards, both sides decided to start the game with their 11th – and final – players sitting on the touchlines.Many reports have indicated that some Black Stars players use ‘juju’, a claim Boateng has now confirmed to be true.“Yes, I had teammates who used juju to play. I have seen a lot of things and they are really bad. Sometimes some of the Black Stars players you cannot even go to their rooms because of the kind of smell that is there. I believe every player has what they believe in which will help them play very well”.According to the 37-year-old, some of the players used the ‘juju’ to cause the downfall of some of the team members so they get into the starting lineup.“An example is the AFCON 2013 tournament in South Africa. After the tournament, a lot of things went bad for us, we couldn’t meet our target. So after everything, we had a meeting with the coach and everyone aired their views but I was silent because I knew the kind of things (black magic) some of the players were doing.So I sat down and said nothing because it wasn’t going to change anything. At this point, Asamoah Gyan noticed it and asked why I was not saying anything and I told him the players have already said everything so there was nothing to add but the coach also insisted I say something since I was part of the senior players in the squad.This was prior to our game against Mali in the 3rd and 4th placement game. So I stood up and addressed the team saying we are all here to defend Ghana, whoever that is here should do anything within their reach to make the team win the game but don’t do anything to destroy any player so you can get to be in the starting lineup.So if you know you can pray for Ghana, do so, if you know you can eat an orange in order to secure a win, do it but don’t do something against your brother so you have the chance to play,” he said on Joy FM.Derek added that he is a Christian and as such he has his personal routine before the start of every game.“When we go to the dressing room, I have my bible with me, I have shirts that have the inscription of Jesus under my jersey, I recite Psalm 23 thrice then I go on my knees and pray before we go to the field. I also pray when I get to the pitch.This is because it is what I believe in. others also believe in something else. I am not complaining, they can do whatever they want and I cannot change anyone. And all this is geared towards defending the country. So when you talk about ‘juju’, yes some of my colleagues do things”.Background of Derek BoatengThe former Black Stars midfielder made over 40 appearances for the national team and scored just a goal.He has played for several clubs including Panathinaikos in Greece and Getafe in Spain among other clubs.last_img read more

Arsenal to appeal FA sanctions


first_imgGhana Premier League side Berekum Arsenals say they will appeal the six match ban and a fine of GHc5000 handed them by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association for misconduct, during their Glo Premier League fixture at home to Asante Kotoko on May 12 at the Golden City Park.The Berekum-based side received the ban after video evidence proved their supporters were guilty of violence and lawlessness, during their week 26 fixture which saw them losing 3-0 to the Porcupine Warriors. Aside the ban and fine, Arsenals also have to deal with the painful thought of slipping into relegation at the end of the 2012/2013 league season.Mohammed Salifu, spokesperson of the Ghanaian soccer gunners told JOY Sports “we still have a couple of days to decide what to do next if we want to appeal against the sanctions.For now our survival chances are quite open after winning our last game against Wa All Stars.So that has kept us busy and more focused than this problem that has come up. So we will deal with our survival first then think of appealing the ban. What happened doesn’t warrant a ban of six matches and a GHc5000 fine, it is very harsh so we will appeal.”last_img read more

Masters 2019: Tiger Woods looks ahead after triumph: ‘I can win majors now’


first_imgIn the intervening period he battled a succession of injuries — a fourth back surgery in 2017 making him wonder if he would ever play again — and saw his reputation damaged by lurid revelations about his private life.Woods had ended a five-year wait for a PGA Tour victory when he triumphed at the Tour Championship last September and spoke ahead of the Masters of how that experience would aid him.Now, after delivering once again at the very top level, Woods is more certain than ever that he can kick on with Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major wins well within sight.”I can win majors now,” he told reporters with a smile.”The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close last year a couple times, still had to get it across the finish line and didn’t quite do it.”I didn’t do it at Tampa [Valspar Championship]. I didn’t do it at the Open Championship. I was a little better at the PGA [US PGA Championship], but still I didn’t win.I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable. pic.twitter.com/LsOUX2dWH1— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 14, 2019″East Lake was a big step for me, confirming that I could still win out here and against the best players. It’s obviously the hottest 30 guys for the year.”To be able to do that against Rory [McIlroy] and Rosey [Justin Rose] there gave me a lot of confidence going into this year, and I said, you know, just keep building on it and let’s try to get the mind and body peaking towards Augusta.”So my last three major championships have been pretty good, so that in itself gives me a lot of confidence going down the road.” But despite the spectacular return to form, Woods will not alter his playing schedule this year. He is keen not to overwork a body that has suffered with repeated injuries.”I’m not going to play as much as I did last year,” he said. “I played a little bit too much last year because I kept trying to qualify for World Golf Championships and events in the [FedEx Cup] Playoffs.”The playing schedule doesn’t change. I’m going to play a little bit less than I did last year. I’ll just play in the tournaments and I’ll be fully invested and committed to playing and trying to win.” Tiger Woods is ready to attack the upcoming majors after ending his 11-year drought at the Masters on Sunday.The 43-year-old completed a phenomenal comeback by claiming a 15th major title at Augusta National, winning one of golf’s Grand Slam events for the first time since the 2008 U.S. Open.last_img read more

Kyle Busch triggers expletive-filled outbursts from Bubba Wallace and Chad Knaus


first_imgThis just in, but Kyle Busch isn’t the best at making friends on the race track.After Sunday’s results at Watkins Glen International, William Byron and Bubba Wallace aren’t about to become pals with the No. 18. MORE: Watch NASCAR live & on demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)Busch’s day got off to a poor start on Lap 2, when he dove to the inside of Byron, but ended up spinning out in the process. Busch lost track position but managed to recover in Stage 1, all the way back to having a chance to pass Byron for fourth.When Busch approached the No. 24, he made contact and sent Byron flying through the grass infield. Byron’s crew chief Chad Knaus wasn’t pleased.”If I see the 18 come back here without you knocking the f**k out of him, we’re going to have a problem” – Chad Knaus#NASCAR #GoBowlingAtTheGlen @WGI @WilliamByron radio saying front nose damage— Tom Bowles From Frontstretch.com (@NASCARBowles) August 4, 2019During the final laps of Stage 1, @WilliamByron mowed the lawn through the chicane!#GoBowlingAtTheGlen | @WGI pic.twitter.com/BzqqxNf3wW— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 4, 2019Payback.@WilliamByron ➡️ @KyleBusch pic.twitter.com/GRgmVxRmbM— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 4, 2019When asked for comment about the incident after the race, Busch told the NBC broadcast, “You saw what happened.”Busch’s beef with other drivers continued on Lap 39 when he drew contact with Bubba Wallace, sending Wallace crashing into the wall. “I’m going to get my respect on the track, and I don’t care who it is,” Wallace said. “That’s for when guys fail to think about the young guys, I guess, or with me….I won’t put up with no shit. So I flat out wrecked his ass back.”On Lap 62, Wallace had his revenge, very clearly intentionally spinning out Busch.Bubba vs. Rowdy! 😱@BubbaWallace and @KyleBusch go after it on the frontstretch at @WGI! pic.twitter.com/8djEHlAMlh— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 4, 2019″I guess we’re even,” Wallace said. “We’ll see.“Following the race, Wallace’s team was more than happy despite the damage to the No. 43 as he shared fist bumps with his crew. “That’s what happens when you get run over,” said Wallace. “You just pay him back. So I won’t be like, ‘Oh, it’s Kyle Busch, he didn’t mean to.’“F— him.”Despite Busch’s inability to make friends, his 11th-place finish moved him into first in the Cup Series standings.last_img read more

Wellington 15-year-olds playing in Babe Ruth State Tournament in Garden City this weekend


first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars are the last summer team to represent the community. They are currently playing in the 13-15 year old Kansas State Babe Ruth Tournament in Garden City that starts today and runs through Monday.Wellington played Lakin in the first round game at 2 p.m. today. It the locals won, they will advance to the second round at 1 p.m. on Saturday. If they lose than they will play at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  Other teams in the tournament were: Parsons, Lyons, Frontenac, Cottonwood Valley, Galena and Garden City. The tournament is double elimination.The 15-year-olds were recent winners of the District 3 tournament held at Wellington’s Hibbs-Hooten Field the past weekend. This was a six-team tournament in which Wellington beat fellow Sumner County all-star team Oxford 20-5 in the championship last Sunday.  Wellington pretty much cruised through this tournament. After receiving a first-round bye, Wellington squashed Douglass 22-0. The locals then played Oxford in the first game between the two teams, winning 14-1.After Oxford beat Rose Hill 11-1, Wellington would win the championship game against Oxford.Those receiving special awards in the tournament include:Vs. Douglass: MVP: Chevy Nuss, WOW: Adam Hilts.Vs. Oxford (semifinals): MVP: Dylan Ferguson, WOW: Chevy Nuss.Vs. Oxford (Championship):MVP: Therin Fame. No WOW award was given.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more