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McGinley ‘not underestimating USA’


first_img ” I’m under no illusions whatsoever,” McGinley said at a press conference ahead of the ISPS Handa Wales Open, where team members Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher will complete their preparations this week. “If we don’t win this Ryder Cup, it won’t be because of complacency, I can assure you that. We are very motivated. We know it’s going to be a very strong American team. We know it’s going to be a very strongly motivated team and a very strongly-led American team, as well. “We are under no illusions how big this task is. It’s not a case of turning up and the Americans are going to roll over. It is going to be very, very difficult to win this Ryder Cup. I think we’ve got a slightly different threat from America than we’ve had in the past, as far as they really feel like they are underdogs and they are up against it.” McGinley also feels question marks over Watson’s wild card selections – with the in-form Chris Kirk and FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel missing out – can galvanise the American side, adding: ” We’ve seen that in the past, certainly from a European perspective, how not being on form and questions marks being made about the team can really galvanise them. “We will not be underestimating America, I can assure you of that. We will be absolutely ready for this.” McGinley, who has played on three winning teams and been vice-captain on two others, added: “My one worry is that you’re at the very pinnacle of world sport here. You’ve got 12 of the best players from Europe playing 12 of the best from America. This is top level sport and anything can happen.” The 47-year-old Dubliner at least insists he has no concerns over the relationship between McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, who are currently involved, directly and indirectly, in a court case with McIlroy’s former management company. McIlroy’s legal battle with Horizon Sports Management also involves the affairs of McDowell and the judge hearing the case said on Tuesday it involved such sensitive matters that the sides should engage in mediation. European captain Paul McGinley believes his side faces a “different threat” from the United States as they look to defend the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next week. Press Association “It’s not a concern,” McGinley added. “It has been going for a year and both have had very strong years. Rory’s had arguably his best year ever and Graeme won the French Open. It has not affected their performance and both of them have assured me it’s not going to affect anything in the team room. “I would be very surprised if they don’t play together, although I’m not going to write it in stone.” McGinley said he has a “skeleton plan” in place for his pairings and is happy with the different preparation methods of his team. He was having dinner with Donaldson, Westwood, Gallacher and Bjorn on Wednesday evening, when he will hand over a booklet with information and pictures of what to expect in terms of infrastructure at Gleneagles. He also “endorsed” Victor Dubuisson’s decision to withdraw from the tournament and prepare in France, with the players involved in the latter stages of the FedEx Cup play-offs having a rest. “I’m delighted the guys who played in America are having a week off,” McGinley said. “We did not have that in Medinah and I think we suffered. Graeme McDowell has gone on record saying he felt unprepared physically and mentally.” The course at Celtic Manor has been set up to replicate the challenge posed by Gleneagles, where McGinley said the three rookies on his team – Dubuisson, Donaldson and Gallacher – will definitely play at least one match before the singles. Despite needing a wild card, Westwood will expect to play in most sessions in his ninth Ryder Cup and revealed he has lost 23lb in six weeks with two gym sessions a day. Europe have won seven of the last nine contests and go into the 40th Ryder Cup as odds-on favourites with a side containing four of the world’s top six players, including world number one and Open and US PGA champion Rory McIlroy. However, McGinley is well aware that the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012 has provided the American side with extra motivation to regain the trophy, along with that supplied by captain Tom Watson, who led the US to their last win on European soil in 1993. last_img read more


IN THE CLUTCH: Ennis guides No. 2 Syracuse to win over No. 22 Pittsburgh


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ At this point, Tyler Ennis’ actions can’t surprise anybody. None of his teammates look at him as a freshman — they really haven’t all year. Trevor Cooney expects Syracuse to go to his backcourt mate for big plays. Jim Boeheim said the guard is as good at getting to the rim as anyone he’s seen.There was never a doubt that Syracuse’s head coach could look to his freshman point guard for a critical play during a close game. Pittsburgh stops players from getting to the rim as well as anyone, but it couldn’t stop Ennis.“He made some of the best plays I’ve seen in a long time,” Boeheim said.Ennis darted through an off-balanced defense for a go-ahead scoop shot with less than two minutes remaining. Just over a minute later, he went with his left hand to end the No. 22 Panthers’ (16-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) upset bid and seal a 59-54 win for No. 2 Syracuse (18-0, 5-0) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.“They don’t let you get all the way to the rim,” Ennis said. “I got there once. I wasn’t really expecting to get it a second time.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe guard, who led the Orange with 16 points, scored six of the SU’s final eight and kept Syracuse atop the ACC in front of a raucous 30,046 — the second largest crowd this year.It was just the second time this season that Ennis led the Orange in scoring, but he’s been one of SU’s most reliable offensive weapons. Syracuse has other options but the freshman is the catalyst.“From the moment I started to work with him,” assistant coach Gerry McNamara said, “I kind of got the feeling that he was a little bit different.”McNamara is surprised at how often Ennis gets overlooked.C.J. Fair, not Ennis, was the Orange’s unquestioned star in the preseason. When Ennis played with Andrew Wiggins with CIA Bounce in the Amateur Athletic Union, it was Wiggins, not Ennis, who typically stole the show.“I’ve watched him for three years now and every time I’ve watched him,” McNamara said, “he’s made every player on the court a better basketball player.”In the final moments on Saturday, it played to his benefit. Ennis is no longer a relative unknown — he’s a legitimate ACC Player of the Year and National Freshman of the Year candidate — but he also has a plethora of options to distribute to.Cooney went just 2-for-8 but he’s too dangerous when open to be left alone. Fair scored fewer points than Ennis, but is SU’s leading scorer for the season. Ennis doesn’t have the offensive reputation of the two, so the Panthers often left him one-on-one.He just had to get his man off balance and the help from the wings wouldn’t be quick enough to close in on him at the rim.“You kind of just spread it out and let him go to work,” Cooney said. “If they’re going to try and take him away, he’ll make the right play and find the open guy, but you’ve got to cover everyone else and he made spectacular plays.”For the opening 20 minutes on Saturday, though, Ennis was a non-factor offensively. He had just one assist and his two points came from a pair of free throws.But he’s started slow before — particularly of late — and still managed to put together standout performances. He followed up a two-point first half against Boston College with a 10-point second and recovered from a handful of early turnovers to score 10 against North Carolina.“You’ve never seen any intimidation when you look at him,” Fair said. “He always plays the same game no matter what the score is.”Less than three minutes into the second half, Ennis was able to get himself going. He found his way to the heart of the defense, but got stuck in no-man’s land and twirled around. Somehow, the defense sagged off him and he pulled up for a mid-range jump shot.Moments later, the talented two-way freshman grabbed a steal and found Cooney in transition for one of his two 3-pointers. Syracuse’s lead swelled to seven. The Orange led by as many as 10, but a barrage of 3s from Pittsburgh wing Lamar Patterson made it a struggle until the end.There aren’t many freshmen that Boeheim could turn to at the end of the game when in need of a steadying presence and critical bucket. He said Carmelo Anthony and McNamara were two. Ennis is another.Said Boeheim: “He won the game down the stretch for us.” Comments Published on January 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more


Denis Maher suffering from a dislocated shoulder


first_imgIt’s been confirmed the 23 year old suffered a dislocated shoulder and will attend a specialist this week. Denis was part of the Tipperary Minor Hurling panel in 2008 and 2009 and the Under 21 Hurling panel in 2012. The 23 year old made his National League debut as a substitute versus Waterford in February 2014, scoring a point from play.last_img