SWANSEA City have sacked Bob Bradley after only 85 days in charge of the Premier League club.The 4-1 home defeat by West Ham on Boxing Day left Swansea four points adrift of safety in the Premier League.It was their seventh loss in 11 games since Bradley became the first American boss in the top flight after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.He managed USA, Egypt and Stabaek in Norway before leaving Le Havre to succeed January appointment Guidolin.The club tweeted: “Swansea City can confirm that the club has parted company with manager Bob Bradley.”Swansea 1-4 West Ham: Bob Bradley says Swans are in a ‘rut’.At the time of Bradley’s arrival, Swansea were above the relegation zone only on goal difference.
——4:10 p.m.The World Figure Skating Championships set for next week in Montreal have been canceled due to public health concerns related to the spread of the new coronavirus.Quebec Province Health Minister Danielle McCann made the announcement Wednesday.The event was scheduled to bring nearly 200 skaters from more than 50 countries to Montreal. It is the premier competition of the skating season in non-Olympic years. It is scheduled for Stockholm next year. Drew says he suspects playing in an empty arena will adequately address public health concerns and that he’s not concerned at this point about the possibility of games being canceled.— Reporting by Dave Skretta——-4:40 p.m.NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Associated Press The WAC said the player was never in the arena and the game was postponed out of caution, pending test results. The game had not started when it was postponed was rescheduled for 9:30 a.m.A previously-scheduled meeting between university presidents and athletic directors will take place on Thursday morning to determine any further decisions about the tournament.11:57 p.m.Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish thinks a Major League Baseball player will get coronavirus eventually, and when that happens, he expects MLB to suspend its season just as the NBA did Wednesday night.“At some point, somebody will get coronavirus I think,” the Japanese right-hander said. “If somebody would get it, I think MLB will do the same thing as the NBA.” The International Ski Federation announced the cancellation less than 24 hours before the first race, Thursday’s parallel giant slalom.Next week’s World Cup finals for both women and men in Cortina d’Ampezzo already had been canceled because of the virus outbreak in northern Italy.——2:45 p.m.The Fed Cup finals have been postponed indefinitely in response to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. — Reporting by Mitch Stacy.___6:05 p.m.Two college athletic conferences in the northeastern United States have canceled the bulk of their athletic events for the remainder of the academic year.The Ivy League says all athletic practices and events have been canceled, while the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference says it’s canceling conference play for all spring sports. The decisions come as colleges and universities place increasing restrictions on student gatherings in hopes of limiting the spread of the coronavirus.“Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue,” the Ivy League said in a statement.The Princeton, New Jersey-based league says the decision by member university presidents to scrap all practices and competitions was unanimous.The Ivy League says individual institutions may still decide whether winter sports teams or athletes who’ve qualified for postseason play may continue to participate.—— March 11, 2020 “We regret the inconvenience and disappointment this decision has caused our fans, especially those who have already traveled to Nashville for the tournament,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement.The SEC also says fans will be kept out of all regular-season events on its campuses and other league championships through at least March 30.—Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.___8:57 p.m. 1:20 p.m.One of college basketball’s postseason invitational tournaments has been canceled.Organizers of the College Basketball Invitational, widely known as the CBI, say they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event because of the “uncertainty about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on college campuses across the country.”The tournament is played at campus sites for teams that aren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.The statement issued Wednesday says officials look forward to bringing back the CBI in 2021. 4:25 p.m.A global esports league with teams in North America, Europe and Asia is canceling all matches through March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Overwatch League launched an ambitious home-and-away schedule for its 20 franchises in February but already had postponed all events in China and South Korea due to the outbreak. The league announced the latest cancellations in a statement Wednesday.The league’s players come from countries around the globe. OWL says it is “considering the various options available to esports.”Blizzard Entertainment, which operates the Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues, said scheduling considerations also are being addressed for the latter. The 12-team women’s tennis tournament was set to be played April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary. The International Tennis Federation said it still hopes to stage the event in 2020, but did not announce a date. The Fed Cup serves as a qualifying event for the Olympics and the ITF said it “is working closely with the IOC to address any impact this may have on athlete eligibility” for the Tokyo Games. All playoff matches between lower-ranked teams, which were set to be played in eight locations around the world, were also postponed. ITF President David Haggerty said “we are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators.” The Fed Cup finals features a new format this year with 12 teams competing in four groups before a knockout phase. The United States is set to play Spain and Slovakia in Group C. ___2:30 p.m.San Francisco is banning all large gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next two weeks and the Golden State Warriors intend to play at least one home game without fans.Mayor London Breed announced the ban Wednesday. She says she understands the order “is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health.” She says the Warriors are in support of the efforts, and the team announced it would host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night with no fans, making it the first NBA game set to be played in an empty arena.The Warriors’ next home game after that is March 25 against Atlanta. Skiing officials have called off the last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus.The decision to call off the three-day event in Are, Sweden, hands Federica Brignone of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season.Brignone becomes the first Italian women’s overall champion in the 53-year history of the World Cup.Shiffrin, the defending overall champion, had announced earlier Wednesday that she would compete at the event after taking a six-week break from the sport following the death of her father.During her absence, Shiffrin lost her lead in the overall standings to Brignone, who is 153 points ahead of the American. There would have been a total of 300 points up for grabs in the last three races. Rugani, who also plays for the Italian national team, is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive.Juventus, which has won the last eight Serie A titles, announced the result on its website and social media channels.The club says Rugani and those known to have had contact with him are being isolated.Italian soccer, along with all other sports in the country, has been suspended until April 3.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):12:05 a.m.A Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball game between CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon in Las Vegas has been postponed until Thursday after a player got sick and was taken to the hospital to be tested for coronavirus. The Lincoln and Lancaster County Health Department recommended limiting spectators because of concern about the spread of coronavirus. Health officials announced this week that a Crofton High School student who attended the girls’ tournament in Lincoln last week was diagnosed with COVID-19.Ohio announced that only participants’ families and media will be allowed to attend winter sports postseason tournaments.Connecticut has canceled the remainder of its winter sports seasons as well as state tournaments.Boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments in New York and Pennsylvania have been disrupted because several schools have declined to host games, forcing them to be rescheduled.– Reporting by Eric Olson ___10:15 p.m.The National Hockey League says it is aware of the NBA’s decision to suspend its season and is continuing to consult with medical experts and evaluate options. The NHL says it expects to provide another update Thursday.So far, the NHL has not made any declarations about even holding games without fans in the stands. The Columbus Blue Jackets became the first team to announce that, beginning with their game Thursday night against Pittsburgh. The San Jose Sharks said they would hold their three home games in March in an empty arena.—Stephen Whyno reporting. ___1 p.m.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo. The restrictions do not include Spokane, where NCAA Tournament games are scheduled to take place next week. The men’s first and second rounds are being played at the Spokane Arena, while early rounds of the women’s tournament could end up being played on campus at Gonzaga.___1:35 p.m.Stanford is still willing to host the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a strict limit on spectators if selected to do so next week.The school in Northern California said Wednesday that all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public through May 15 or until further notice in response to the spread of the new coronavirus. 8:47 p.m.The Oakland Athletics are working with Major League Baseball to figure out alternate plans for their season-opening series at the Coliseum after the City of Oakland imposed a ban on gatherings of 1,000 or more people through the end of March.The team hasn’t said whether it was considering a different location for the games or the idea of playing in an empty ballpark the way the Golden State Warriors plan to do across the bay in San Francisco on Thursday night.Oakland is scheduled to host the Minnesota Twins for a four-game series beginning March 26, and then the Houston Astros are set to play their first road series following the club’s sign-stealing scandal on March 30-31 at the Coliseum.The Giants earlier in the day announced they wouldn’t play a scheduled exhibition game against the A’s at Oracle Park on March 24. The Mariners will move home games from Seattle through end of March following the state of Washington’s decision to ban large group events in response to the coronavirus outbreak.Seattle had been scheduled to open the season at Safeco Field with a four-game series against Texas from March 26-29, then host Minnesota in a three-game series from March 30 through April 1.The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle metro area through at least the end of March.That decision affects the Seattle Mariners’ first seven games of the season, when they host the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. It also applies to home games for the MLS Seattle Sounders, XFL Seattle Dragons and a pair of junior hockey teams in the area. —Reporting by Janie McCauley.___8 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament joined the Big 12 and Big Ten in playing without fans starting with Thursday’s quarterfinal round.The league announced the decision in a statement Wednesday evening. That came late on the second day of the five-day event, after fans had attended four full games and half of the Boston College-Notre Dame game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Emmert said in a statement Wednesday he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.___4:30 p.m.NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations. A message was left seeking comment from MLB after the NBA announced the suspension of its season.Darvish visited a hospital last week fearing he may have the COVID-19 virus but was determined to have another illness. He found out about the NBA news, including that Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the virus, after making a spring training start against San Diego in Mesa, Arizona.Despite his concerns about a player being diagnosed, Darvish said he was not yet urging MLB to postpone opening day, which is set for March 26.“I’m not MLB commissioner so I can’t say anything about it,” he said. “But if I’m the commissioner, I want to see more, like one more week.”—Jake Seiner reporting from Mesa, Arizona. Only participants, coaches, working staff, officials, credentialed media and a very limited number of family members, friends and guests of the competing teams will be allowed to attend. Santa Clara County announced a ban earlier this week of gatherings of more than 1,000 people.The seventh-ranked Cardinal were expected to be picked as a host for the tournament that starts March 20. The top 16 teams are picked as hosts of the opening two rounds.The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.— Reporting by Josh Dubow___ 7:10 p.m.The Big 12 and Big Ten basketball tournaments will proceed without fans beginning with Thursday’s games, following the lead of the NCAA Tournament in barring anybody but family and essential personnel. Each conference started Wednesday’s tournament games with fans in attendance.Going forward, Big 12 teams will be allowed 125 tickets on a game-by-game basis beginning with Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The arena will be cleared after each game. The tickets will go to guests of student-athletes and staff members, but pep bands, cheerleaders and dance teams won’t be allowed.At the Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis, attendance starting Thursday will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams.The Big 12 policy also will be in place for its women’s tournament, which begins Thursday night in Kansas City. ——3:45 p.m.Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he will be issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings” due to the coronavirus that will affect NCAA Tournament games in Cleveland and Dayton.DeWine says the order will include banning spectators from games and that he’ll be asking people to make “informed decisions.”During a news conference Wednesday, DeWine said he will issue an order in the next 24 to 36 hours. Dayton will host the NCAA’s First Four next week at Dayton Arena, and first- and second-round games will be held in Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Latest: WAC women’s game postponed by sick player 6:15 p.m.The Columbus Blue Jackets are the first National Hockey League team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands.The Blue Jackets announced their game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials. The games will be closed to the public.”The decision comes in response to Ohio Gov. DeWine’s announcement that he is issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings,” include a ban on spectators at sports events.The Blue Jackets said the new restrictions for home games will be in effect for as long as the state of Ohio’s mandate on large gatherings. ___9:17 P.M.The Southeastern Conference has joined the rest of the Power Five leagues in closing off its men’s basketball tournament to fans.The SEC opened its tourney in Nashville on Wednesday night after the NCAA announced that only family and essential personnel would attend its men’s and women’s tournament games that begin around the country next week. The league said then it was evaluating plans for the remainder of its tournament.About 15 minutes after Georgia beat Ole Miss to open the tournament, the SEC announced it was joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 in keeping the general public out of the final four days of its tournament. The crowd late in the Big 12 first-round game between Iowa State and Oklahoma State booed loudly when the public address announcer read a prepared statement on the tournament being played without fans beginning with the quarterfinal round Thursday.The league made the decision shortly before tip-off of Wednesday night’s game. It had considered barring fans from the first-round games, including a nightcap between TCU and Kansas State, before deciding that such a decision made so close to the start of the games would have caused more harm than help.The quartet of games Thursday will be played with only university staff members, 125 friends and family from each team, credentialed media and essential arena employees. Pep bands, cheerleaders and dance teams will not be allowed.—Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City.___ ——2:35 p.m.An exhibition baseball game in San Francisco between the Giants and Oakland Athletics has been canceled because of the virus outbreak. The Bay Area teams were set to play at Oracle Park on March 24. That was two days before the start of the regular season in Major League Baseball. The announcement came Wednesday after the San Francisco mayor banned gatherings of 1,000 or more people. The league cited the “rapidly changing landscape regarding COVID-19,” saying games would be played only with teams, player guests, limited school administrators and credentialed media present.Thursday’s games are the first to feature the top seeds in No. 4 Florida State, No. 10 Duke, No. 15 Louisville and No. 17 Virginia.The NCAA announced that only family and essential personnel would attend the “March Madness” tournament games that begin next week around the country, including in Greensboro. After the NCAA’s announcement, the Big 12 and Big Ten — which were opening play in their league tournaments Wednesday — made similar calls to keep out fans with Thursday’s games.—Reporting by Aaron Beard.___ Golden State also said all events through March 21 would be canceled or postponed. The G League Santa Cruz Warriors were set to host the Austin Spurs on Saturday, but that will be moved to Santa Cruz.Fans will receive refunds, the team said.— Reporting by Janie McCauley——2:05 p.m. 5:25 p.m.Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew says it’s “sad” that college coaches and players in the NCAA Tournament won’t get to experience the excitement that a fan presence adds to the games.Drew says it also will be an adjustment for coaches who now have to prepare for an environment similar to the scrimmages they conduct during the preseason. He notes that players won’t have the excuse that they can’t hear coaches’ instructions.Drew and some players spoke after No. 5 Baylor practiced Wednesday in preparation for the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, where teams learned of NCAA President Mark Emmert’s decision to restrict attendance of the NCAA postseason events. Emmert says only essential staff and limited family members will be permitted to attend the games. The decision applies to more than just men’s and women’s basketball. All NCAA-sponsored championships including hockey’s Frozen Four will be affected.Baylor guard Devonte Bandoo says it’s “shocking” and “really unfortunate” that fans will be barred from the NCAA Tournament. He calls it a “reality check.” “The order will be that there cannot be spectators there,” DeWine said. “There certainly will be people — there will be TV people, there can be radio people there, there can be sports writers, certainly can be the media there. But we’re not going to have the large crowd.”DeWine applauded the Mid-American Conference for closing its tournament games to the general public this week.— Reporting by Tom Withers——3:20 p.m. “The attempt is to absolutely minimize the number of people here but still find a way to conduct events and actually get the opportunity to play games,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsy said.—Reporting by Dave Skretta___6:40 p.m.Italian soccer club Juventus says one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for COVID-19. NASCAR will race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but said officials Wednesday all driver interviews will be done with the drivers either on risers or with 6-foot buffers around them. The pre-race driver meeting will be held in open-air locations and attendance will be restricted to drivers, crew chiefs, team owners and select officials and dignitaries.The promoters of the Long Beach Grand Prix, scheduled for April outside of Los Angeles, said Wednesday the race is still planned.Roger Penske, readying for his first Indianapolis 500 as owner of the race, told The Associated Press by text message he’s approaching the scheduled May 24 race “day by day” while noting the 500 is nearly 90 days away.– Reporting by Jenna Fryer—— On Saturday, the Women’s World Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia were called off.——4 p.m.Nebraska is the latest state to limit attendance or cancel a state high school championship tournament.The Nebraska boys’ basketball tournament will be played as scheduled Thursday through Saturday, but the only fans allowed into the venues will be participants’ immediate families. “We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.”
Saints agree to re-sign free agent cornerback P.J. Williams April 2, 2020 More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to bring back free agent cornerback P.J. Williams.General manager Mickey Loomis said Thursday the Saints were bringing Williams back, though terms of the new contract have not been released.Williams, who entered the NFL when the Saints selected him in the third round of the 2015 draft out of Florida State, played regularly as a nickel back and also filled in at cornerback last season. He started eight of the 14 regular season games in which he played in 2019. His highlights included an interception and a sack.Williams also played in New Orleans’ lone playoff game, an overtime loss to Minnesota.Missing most of his first two seasons with injuries, Williams has played in 47 career regular season games, starting 22. He’s made 150 solo or assisted tackles, two sacks and four interceptions, one of which he returned 45 yards for a touchdown. He also has 23 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Williams has appeared in five career playoff games, in which he made or assisted on 16 tackles and successfully defended five passes.___
The rivalry between former World Footballer of the Year recipient Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo took another dimension last week as the duo go head to head to erase age-long goal record set by legendary Pele.The duo in the last 11 years have five Ballon Dor each and had continued to break new ground in the present day football especially at club level when they have won several trophies both in domestic and Europe.Barcelona forward, Messi has scored his 576th goal in 660 appearances for Barcelona with goal against Levante last Thursday has his latest installment in Copa del Rey win for his club. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Attachments area After beating Gerd Muller’s record of 565 goals for Bayern Munich in 1964-1969 back in November, the Argentine only has Pele ahead of him.Pele, who played for Santos between 1956 and 1974, scored incredible 619 goals in 638 games for the Brazilian side. Thus, Messi needs 44 more goals to get ahead of the legendary Brazilian forward.As Messi said back in November, he himself is not really focused on the individual achievements. “I am delighted, I have just found out now. I am happy for this new stat,” he told reporters after the game against PSV when he has also become the player with the most UCL goals for one club.Another player who also has a chance of beating Pele’s record is, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward has scored an impressive 589 goals in 789 games. However, it also should be noted, that Ronaldo is 869 days older than his counterpart.Interestingly, Pele has bashed Messi for being a ‘one skill’ player back in December:“How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn’t head the ball well?” Pele told Brazilian daily newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo, as cited by the Mirror.Earlier in 2015, the Brazilian legend, never accepted the Barca no.10 as a better player than himself, even praised his life-long rival Diego Maradona as superior to Leo: “You will ask me,” Pele said, “was (Maradona) better than Messi? Yes, by a lot. Much better.”
Big Boi and Phantogram will be the headliners of USC’s annual Conquest festival tonight, held to rally students before the UCLA rivalry football game this upcoming Saturday.Conquest!: The Ultimate Trojan Experience is a yearly event hosted by USC Concerts Committee, Office of Campus Activities, Undergraduate Student Government Program Board and Trojan Pride. It will be held on McCarthy Quad and give students the opportunity to come together and show their Trojan pride. Conquest will celebrate accomplishments in USC athletics and academics.This is the 11th annual Conquest rally.“The purpose [of the event] is to celebrate and capture the incredible pride on display during Troy Week and bring the student body together to rally around the team and school before the cross-town rivalry game,” said Abigail Harris, the assistant director of Concerts Committee.The event will open with a food truck fair and sponsor booths at 5 p.m. Food trucks at the event will include Kogi, The Lime Truck, Waffles de Liege, Coolhaus, The Grilled Cheese Truck and The Boba Truck.There will be a rally at 7 p.m. with appearances from USC sports teams and coaches, the Trojan Marching Band and the USC Song Girls. USC performance groups scheduled to perform are the hip-hop dance crew C3, a capella groups Troy Tones and Underscore and Competition Cheer.There will also be returning traditions such as the Ferris wheel that lights up cardinal and gold, a Bruin bonfire, a fireworks show and a concert.This year’s headliners have collaborated before.Big Boi is a six-time GRAMMY Award winner and has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide as half of the musical group OutKast. Outside of OutKast, he is also a successful songwriter and record producer.The other headliner, electronic rock duo Phantogram, made SPIN’s list of the 50 Best Albums of 2014, has played at many major American music festivals, and has had songs featured in movies such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and TV shows such as Skins, Teen Wolf and Shameless. The band has previously performed with Big Boi on three songs from his second studio album.“We decided on [this] lineup because we wanted to do something truly special and thought bringing Big Boi and Phantogram was the perfect way to achieve that goal, as they’re both highly acclaimed performers, bring very different audiences together and are working on a joint EP,” Harris said.Previous Conquest! concert headliners have included Jason Derulo, Childish Gambino and Cobra Starship.Typically around 5,000 students attend throughout the course of the night, according to Concerts Committee.Conquest! is a closed show for USC students, alumni and community members. USC students must show their USC IDs, and guests must show proper government-issued ID to enter McCarthy Quad.
Published on July 27, 2016 at 5:55 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse wins back 1 scholarship for each of next 4 years in NCAA appealWhy did the NCAA give Syracuse basketball 4 scholarships back?Syracuse basketball recruiting: Former Kansas and Nebraska guard Andrew White III visits SU Syracuse was strangled by the NCAA’s scholarship reductions when sanctions were first handed down and in the aftermath of the ruling. But now the Orange has some freedom as the 2016-17 school year approaches.SU has nine scholarship players on its current roster. They are Dajuan Coleman, John Gillon, Tyler Roberson, Paschal Chukwu, Tyler Lydon, Frank Howard, Tyus Battle, Taurean Thompson and Matthew Moyer. That’s two below its allotted maximum of 11 for this cycle, which was raised from 10 when the NCAA gave back one scholarship to Syracuse for each of the four years it had taken three scholarships away.It appears SU has only one target remaining that would play in 2016-17, Nebraska grad transfer Andrew White III. Even if White chooses Syracuse, the Orange would still have one scholarship remaining. The likely move would be to place a current walk-on on scholarship, since an unused scholarship wouldn’t carry over to give Syracuse an extra one in 2017-18. If White opts for Michigan State or another school, the Orange would have two open scholarships, since the three players that had remaining eligibility with the team — Malachi Richardson, Kaleb Joseph and Chinonso Obokoh — will not be with SU this season.Richardson is now a member of the Sacramento Kings, Joseph transferred to Creighton and Obokoh transferred to St. Bonaventure.According to SU’s director of athletic communications Pete Moore, Jim Boeheim has until the beginning of the school year (Aug. 29) to award a scholarship to a walk-on. Maybe it goes to Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, a senior and valuable practice big man, or one of the many sophomore walk-ons who joined the team last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat group includes Adrian Autry Jr., Evan Dourdas, Jonathan Radner, Ky Feldman and Shaun Belbey.Whatever the move is or how many have to be made based on White’s decision, freedom on the scholarship front is a pleasant treat for a team that seemed like it would be severely handcuffed on that front for years to come.For a graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s scholarship situation, click here.
The Wisconsin volleyball team brought their shovels to Wednesday’s match at the UW Field House against Michigan.The Badgers accumulated 70 kills over three periods, with four players reaching double-digit dig marks.Leading the way for UW was Taylor Morey, who had a team-high 21 digs. This doesn’t come as a surprise for the junior libero, as she leads the Big Ten with 5.15 digs per set and is the frontrunner for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.Last Friday, also against Michigan, sophomore setter Lauren Carlini led the Badgers with 14 digs. She outdid herself Wednesday, by piling up 15 digs.Michigan tried to neutralize the Badgers by keeping the ball away from the back-line and hitting at Carlini, making it more difficult for her to set the ball. However, senior right side hitter Courtney Thomas was able to set the ball after Carlini digs.Thomas finished with three assists and added to the dig total with 11.Freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates was impressive in the back row for the Badgers Wednesday night. She wracked up 10 digs and said that as the season goes on, the more comfortable she feels defensively.“I’ve gotten a lot more training [in the back court] since preseason,” Bates said. “Adjusting to the speed of the game was gonna be the toughest thing for me defensively just because there’s so many talented players that have so many shots and it’s obviously a lot harder than in club and in high school. But I’ve gotten a lot really good training, so that’s definitely become more of a comfortable skill and I’m actually starting to enjoy it a lot more too.”Nelson added five digs, while seniors Ellen Chapman and Deme Morales added four of their own. Michigan’s libero Taylor Morales had a match-high 22 digs for the Wolverines.Neither team served particularly well in the first two sets of the match, especially Michigan. The Wolverines had five service errors in the first set and eight on the match. The Badgers had six times errors from the serving line throughout the match.In addition to the poor serving display, both squads had weak hitting percentages, although the numbers improved as the match progressed. In the first set, Wisconsin hit .171 while Michigan hit .116. In the third, UW hit .294 compared to Michigan’s .150.“It was a defensive struggle for both teams,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “Neither team hit for a really high percentage and neither team hit for a very high percentage a few days ago either.”Michigan finished the match with a .130 hitting percentage, while Wisconsin hit at a .220 clip on the match.After lighting the Badgers up for 20 kills on Friday, the UW defense held Michigan’s Abby Cole to 12 digs, which was still a match-high. The Badger block made it more difficult for the sophomore middle blocker this time out.“We had a couple of defensive strategies we needed to make sure we stuck to the second time around,” Nelson said. “We cleaned up our block a lot. The pin blockers did a great job of shutting down the line. We just really worked on sticking to our game plan and fixing what we didn’t really do right the first time.“The block and the back-court worked really well together tonight and that was what we were hoping for.”Michigan’s Caroline Knop added 11 kills for the Wolverines. Her and Cole accounted for 22 of Michigan’s 38 kills.Those top-heavy numbers didn’t translate to the other side of the court, as the Badgers had a much more balanced attack.“It’s a great problem to have,” Carlini, who finished 37 assists and her thirteenth double-double of the season, said. “Being able to set any of my hitters and them having the ability to get kills makes my job way easier.“Setting the middle of the court, forcing the ball there, was really one our big strategies this game and I was able to do that with good passing and great defense by our team.”Thomas led the Badgers offensively with 11 kills, while Nelson was right behind her with 10. Senior middle blocker Dominique Thompson hammered nine kills of her own, including a brutal spike to close out the second set. Outside hitters Bates and Chapman added six kills each.Wisconsin upped its winning-streak to 14 in-a-row with the win, although the team’s approach to each match impresses Sheffield more than the wins.“I think our team has been really good at being consistent with their approach and taking each match as it comes,” he said.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his players are low on confidence but need to improve – and quickly.Last season’s runners-up are now 12th in the Premier League after a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.Tottenham capitalised on the sending off of Gaston Ramirez, to come from behind to beat Hull 2-1 at the K-C stadium. Christian Eriksen struck a last minute winner for the North London side.Tonight, second placed Southampton try and cut the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points with a win at Aston Villa.
Wales are expected to win in Moldova this eveing.Chris Coleman’s side currently lie two points behind Ireland and have a better goal difference.It is hoped that Norwich playmaker Wes Hoolahan can overcome a tight groin issue, to line out tonight.Aiden McGeady is also an injury doubt due to a hamstring problem, but neither player has been ruled out.Ireland are looking to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing draw with Georgia in Tbilisi.Jonathan Walters says it is up to the players to get the campaign back on track. The Republic of Ireland are preparing for a pivotal night in their World Cup qualification campaign.The Boys in Green will move to the top of Group D if they beat Serbia at the Aviva Stadium.Anything less than a win however, would put them in danger of falling to third.
Nigeria players’ union, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF), has issued a 14-day ultimatum to clubs in the country’s top divisions to pay up their players and coaches.“As a result of the failure of the affected clubs to comply with the arbitration decisions as communicated to them by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC), the Nigeria players’ union has issued the indebted clubs 14 days within which to pay the affected players and coaches or be ready to face the consequences of their non-compliance,” warned a statement by the NANPF.Having failed to secure the necessary statutory sanctions of the clubs for non-compliance by both the Nigeria Football Federation and the league bodies, the NANPF has commenced discussions with the leadership of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria to carry out strategic plans in ensuring full compliance by the affected clubs after the expiration of the 14 days deadline. Furthermore, the union is also aware of the clandestine moves of some indebted clubs in the Nigeria National League, to register for the 2016 league season, without complying with the decisions of the NFF Arbitration Committee to pay the affected players and coaches as communicated to the NNL by the NFF, the union have urged such clubs to do the right thing by paying the affected players and coaches or be ready to face the consequences of such unholy moves.In the meantime, the union has commended the government of Kwara State and management of Kwara United FC for paying their debts to the players and coaches in compliance with the arbitration decision.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram