Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer The game was going to be different for Syracuse. It was clear at the start of the year, when SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said he wanted to prove his team belonged in the same conversation with other upper-echelon squads, like preseason No. 1 Notre Dame.The expectation only ramped up in the last month as Syracuse kept its program-record 18-game home winning streak alive. Then, 11 days ago, Syracuse announced a partnership with 13 local companies that all offered group ticket discounts in attempt to set an attendance record for a women’s game in the Carrier Dome.The Orange never pretended this game was like any other. It wasn’t. Not after the North Carolina game last week. Not during the media availability session this week. Not during the first play of the game, when Brittney Sykes rose up for a deep 3-pointer from the left wing, drained it and held up three fingers on each hand with thunderous Carrier Dome crowd as the backdrop.“It’s a big game,” Hillsman had said. “We can’t deflect that.”No. 21 Syracuse (18-9, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) started hot in one of its biggest regular season games in program history, hitting three quick 3s to pump itself and the crowd. In front of a record-setting 11,021 fans, Syracuse seemed ready to avenge two losses to UND last year. Ready to make sure the outcome of the game would be as different as the atmosphere.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 7 Notre Dame (25-3, 13-1) fought back every step of the way, and took its first lead early in the fourth quarter. Syracuse brought it back to a 3-point game but an Alexis Peterson heave with seconds left on the clock came up just short, as the Orange couldn’t finish off a monumental upset in an 85-80 loss on Sunday in the Carrier Dome.“We played a great three quarters,” Hillsman said.Notre Dame tilted the game back in its favor by using star big Briana Turner. In the first half, Turner mainly prowled the high post area. Syracuse was content to let her stay out there as it stopped UND’s forwards curling inside for looks.But in the second half, the cuts were inverted. Notre Dame’s forwards flashed to the high post, drawing out center Briana Day while Turner curled onto the inside, oftentimes finding herself matched up with an SU forward. Three straight buckets for Turner to start the fourth quarter turned a four-quarter deficit into the Fighting Irish’s first lead. She finished with a career-high 31 points.“She was getting on our forwards sometimes and it was just a mismatch from there,” Day said. “… it just threw us out of our defense.”Hillsman made adjustments too by subbing out forward Isabella Slim for center Bria Day with seven minutes left to play with extra size on the interior. Turner only made one more field goal the rest of the way.The Orange had found the way to slow down UND’s looks on the inside, but it failed to complete the defensive stand. SU surrendered eight offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter alone, including five in the last 3:57 of the game.On one play, Turner got fouled on a layup and missed the and-1 opportunity. Teammate Arike Ogunbowale corralled the layup and got an extra two points for UND instead. On another, SU forced UND into a 3-pointer with one second left on the shot clock. But the visitors grabbed a long rebound.One of the Orange’s goals, Hillsman said, was to have 20 more possessions than Notre Dame. SU won the turnover margin, but 18 offensive rebounds for UND, compared to Syracuse’s five, made achieving that goal impossible.“When they get those offensive rebounds … off of playing 25, 30 seconds of defense,” Sykes said, “it puts pressure on us to play another 30 and now we’re playing a whole minute.”Despite fourth-quarter errors, Syracuse fought back. Gabby Cooper hit a big 3-pointer to make it a four-point game with 36 seconds to go. Missed free throws by UND down the stretch gave the Orange one last chance to tie the game, before Peterson missed the 3-pointer.There’s no denying that the game was different for Syracuse. Eleven thousand people waited with baited breath as Peterson’s final shot soared through the air. The Orange’s total season attendance before today’s game was a little more than 17,000.Those fans arrived with higher expectations. Last year, SU played UND twice and did not lead once. On Sunday, the Orange led for three quarters and hung blow for blow with one of the premier programs in college basketball.Syracuse hoped that by changing everything else — the crowd, the expectation, the lineup — it would lead to a change in final result.But, just like Peterson’s 3-point attempt, the heave came up just short. Comments
Kennedy says the GAA must act to ensure that the grassroots are kept healthy. A prominent Tipperary GAA figure is warning that the club game is ‘going down the very same line’ as rugby.Drom-Inch hurling manager Ted Kennedy fears that ‘ordinary’ players will drift away from the association’s sports if more isn’t done to meet their needs.IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has admitted that many rugby clubs are struggling to survive since the advent of professionalism two decades ago.
World number one Djokovic completed his first private stranglehold of all four Slams with victory at Roland Garros in 2016.Having clinched the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open titles and then a seventh Australian Open crown in January this year, the Serb is tantalisingly close to another ‘Djoko Slam’.Federer and Nadal, with 20 and 17 career Grand Slam titles each respectively, may be ahead of 15-time major winner Djokovic in total hauls and have also completed career Slams.However, not even Federer or Nadal have managed to hold all four of the sport’s greatest prizes at the same time.It is such a rare feat that only Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) – all calendar Grand Slams – have pulled off the sweep in the sport’s history.Djokovic, who turned 32 on Wednesday, is playing down his potential date with destiny even if it would put him halfway to a 2019 calendar Slam of his own.After losing to Nadal in the Italian Open final last weekend, the Serb was in no doubt that it was the Spaniard who would likely be celebrating a 12th Roland Garros title in a little over two weeks’ time.“Nadal, number one favourite, without a doubt – then everyone else,” he said.Djokovic, who will be top seed in Thursday’s draw, could be forgiven his caution.At Roland Garros in 2018, he was shocked by Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato in the quarter-finals, a defeat which was such a crushing bodyblow that he even contemplated skipping Wimbledon.Federer is returning to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015 having turned his back on clay court tennis to focus on Wimbledon.This year marks the 10th anniversary of his one and only Paris triumph and should the 37-year-old defy the odds and clinch the 2019 title he would become the oldest Grand Slam champion of all time.Age hasn’t dimmed his ability with Federer saving match points to beat Gael Monfils in Madrid and in Rome against Borna Coric as he found his feet again on European red clay.“It’s been interesting and fun, but not so challenging, to be honest,” said Federer despite his Rome campaign being cut short by a leg injury.Nadal, whose record at Roland Garros stands at a staggering 11 titles and a win-loss record of 86-2, claimed a ninth Italian Open title and a record 34th Masters on Sunday.His three-set win over Djokovic was timely as it was his first title of 2019 and had followed three successive semi-final losses at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.The last two of those were against Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas, both of whom play with a one-handed backhand, just like Federer.Thiem, the 2018 runner-up to Nadal at Roland Garros, has defeated the Spaniard four times on clay. “There is a new wave coming through with the one-handed backhand that can counter some of Rafa’s spins and lefty play,” said Federer, a four-time runner-up in Paris.Outside of Djokovic and Federer, world number four Thiem and sixth-ranked Tsitsipas are the most likely candidates to dethrone Nadal.The same cannot be said for Germany’s Alexander Zverev, for so long touted as the brightest star of the so-called ‘Next Gen’.The German’s run to the quarter-finals last year remains his best Slam performance while he has yet to get beyond the last eight at any of the European clay events in the run-up to Paris.“He has lost his self-confidence, he gets very angry, gets down and destroys himself,” said compatriot Tommy Haas, a former world number two.“What he urgently needs is a success.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram French Open 2019 Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open.However, a returning Roger Federer and rejuvenated Rafael Nadal will once again stand in his way.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has denied reports that Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah will be undergoing an attachment to build his capacity ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.There are media reports that the Ghana FA has secured an attachment in Europe for Appiah to meet world class managers to understudy them and enhance his knowledge due to his inexperience at the world Cup.But Ghana FA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie Daara on last Saturday’s Sports Link programme on Joy FM vehemently denied the story stating coach Appiah will not undertake any attachment.“Is true that coach Kwasi Appiah will visit some European clubs but it is not an attachment, you said capacity building, I will probably think that is the right word to use,” said Daara“He wants to go and share ideas with top coaches not necessarily to go on attachment, it looks like a student on internship.“He will go there and talk to some of the best coaches on how they prepare their teams and listen to their philosophy for matches and a lot more.”
PITTSBURGH >> The Pirates initiated three challenges in their 6-5 win over the Dodgers on Saturday and won them all. The Dodgers challenged one call on the field and lost.In a one-run game, that mattered a lot.Don Mattingly has never shied away from suggesting changes to the replay system this season, particularly when calls go against the Dodgers and the manager gets on a roll. That’s happened a few times. The Dodgers are 10-19 on challenges this season.The last of the four challenged calls saw Yasiel Puig called out at first base with one out in the ninth inning and Howie Kendrick at second base. Puig was originally ruled safe by first base umpire Mark Wegner because Pirates first baseman Sean Rodriguez briefly lifted his foot off the bag to catch the throw from third baseman Jung-Ho Kang. Added catcher A.J. Ellis: “They’re going to see what they see. It’s one of those things, every time you watch a challenge you’re so biased toward your own team coming out on top. You look up there and go, ‘There’s daylight there!’ or ‘He tagged him on that right there.’ Both dugouts are probably thinking we’re going to get this call right most of the time, especially most of the really tight ones. It was disheartening to see it go through.”Hernandez finding his nicheKiké Hernandez got a rare start in center field — his third in 20 games since the All-Star break and his sixth this season — against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano.It was Hernandez’s 17th start against a southpaw this season, compared to 13 against right-handers. The numbers say that’s a good call: Hernandez drew a walk and hit a home run in his two plate appearances against Liriano, raising his batting average to .408 against lefties this year with eight doubles, two triples and two home runs in 49 plate appearances.“I think Kiké can hit righties,” Mattingly said. “It’s just our situation, the way we’re set up, that’s not his role. I do think that there’s going to be a day when Kiké has a chance to play a whole lot more. I think he’ll hit righties too. It’s been a year the way our team is set up those at-bats aren’t there for him.”Hernandez is hitting .197 against right-handed pitchers this year. When the Pirates went to right-hander Joe Blanton out of the bullpen, left-handed hitter Joc Pederson took over for Hernandez in center field.Mattingly shied away from saying that Hernandez would continue to spell Pederson against left-handed starters, preferring instead to use Hernandez in a super-utility role. Pederson has started 12 games against lefties this year.Also …Justin Turner will be able to slide without restriction once he returns from a skin infection next week, Mattingly said. … Scott Van Slyke’s two-hit game was his first since July 8. His outfield assist was his first since June 30. … The Dodgers’ 55 hits are their most through five games on any road trip this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pirates manager Clint Hurdle challenged the call, a lengthy review followed, and Puig was ruled out.Mattingly reiterated some familiar talking points after this game, using a new tact: sarcasm.“It’s obvious that it’s 100 percent clear and convincing. I’m sure we’ll get a photo at one point that shows (Rodriguez’s) foot was 100 percent on the bag. So within the terms of the rules of ‘clear and convincing,’ I’m sure it is.”Sarcasm there?“No, I’m just sure it’s 100 percent,” Mattingly said. “That replay system is so good that there’s 100 percent turnover there, that means it’s clear and convincing the foot was absolutely on the bag. I’m hoping to get a photo of that.”
John CooperJohn Robert Cooper, 81, died Tuesday, August 6 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born April 21, 1932, in Granby, Missouri to Everett and Mona (Cole) Cooper.After graduating from Granby High School, John served his country in the Korean War as a communications specialist. Upon returning to the United States, he worked for Boeing for a couple years, and then began working for Beechcraft. During his time there, he helped plan and design their EMC testing facility, and once won $1,000 in a contest for a money-saving suggestion.He retired in 1995 after 36 years at Beechcraft as the test engineer in charge of EMC testing for their Engineering and Experimental Division. After retirement, John became the family cook, and enjoyed trying out new recipes like borscht and blonde lasagna. Family was very important to John. He prepared many feasts for his extended family and he rarely missed the annual Cooper cousin reunion in Missouri. He was very handy around the house and used to repair TVs in his spare time.He liked genealogy, and researching his family tree back hundreds of years. His main hobby was woodworking, and he made many pieces of furniture for family and friends that will be treasured for years to come, including barrister bookcases, jewelry boxes, and quilt racks. Another of Johnâ€™s hobbies was polka dancing, which led him to become the first president of the POLK of A Club of Kansas. John is preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Mona (Cole) Cooper and his sister, Betty (Ron) Gaenzle. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Elsie; daughters Beverly (Dana) Anderson, Wellington, KS; Terri (Mike) Welch, Houston, TX, granddaughters Laura (Drew) Spencer, Roeland Park, KS, Danielle Anderson, Manhattan, KS; Tess and Jillian Welch of Houston, TX; and brothers Billy Joe Cooper and Jerry Lynn Cooper of Granby, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Via Christi Foundation. Visitation 1-8 p.m. Saturday (family present 4-6 p.m.), at Culbertson-Smith Mortuary, 115 S. Seneca. View tributes at www.smithfamilymortuaries.com.
This is a question Jones will be asked to address often over the next month or so, especially now that the Cowboys have lost three of their last four games in frustrating fashion. On his weekly radio appearance with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones’ answers on the topic fell in line with what he has said in the past. Except for one line.”In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year,” Jones said. Wait, what?MORE: Ranking Cowboys’ Jason Garrett replacement candidatesThis is an interesting “opinion” for Jones to have considering he directly controls Garrett’s employment future. Rather than suggesting Garrett could land a job in 2020 with one of the 31 other teams in the league, Jones could have doubled down on what feels like increasingly artificial confidence in Garrett. That was his approach for the rest of the interview.”First of all, he’s a good coach … one of the smartest coaches,” Jones said, confirming he plans to keep Garrett in place through 2019. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”Jerry Jones said on @1053thefan he’s retaining Jason Garrett for rest of season because “first of all, he’s a good coach” and “one of the smartest coaches.” His experience level helps balance younger members of staff. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 3, 2019Added Jones on how Garrett’s experience benefits Dallas’ current coaching staff: “When I decided to go with a younger makeup of a coaching staff, I decided that. And we did get it. We got Marc Colombo, we got it with Richard really impacting our defense, we got it several areas out there. Our special teams coach, our linebacker coach, When we the year before made a change with our receiver coach, and Kellen Moore the obvious one at coordinator.”I felt strongly that we could do and do that with a young group that still had experience to get. I felt we could to that with Jason Garrett there, he could be the safety net in case the wheels came off.”Jones also mentioned he had seen the list of candidates who could replace Garrett should the Cowboys not extend their coach. (No word on whether it was Sporting News’ list he saw.) He said those coaches “can’t guarantee a Super Bowl.”Obviously, neither can Garrett, whose overall record entering Week 14 of the 2019 season was 83-65, not including a 2-3 mark in five playoff games. Dallas is still looking for its first Super Bowl appearance since 1995.MORE: Mapping out Garrett’s future in DallasThat Jones would say he thinks Garrett will coach “in the NFL” next season rather than “the Cowboys” is interesting, especially in light of an NFL Media report that suggests Garrett and the Giants would have mutual interest should the coach hit the open market. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones reportedly will not fire coach Jason Garrett before the end of the season. And why would he? As long as Dallas remains alive in the playoff picture, a deep postseason run for a still-talented team remains in play.But what about after the season, when Garrett’s contract with the Cowboys is set to expire? Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio speculated Garrett’s camp leaked that info in an effort to maintain leverage as the coach’s seat gets warmer. Perhaps Tuesday’s comment was a similar move by Jones.Diplomacy. https://t.co/NIJxz3gurV— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) December 3, 2019Regardless, Jones’ lack of commitment to Garrett with his words Tuesday matches his actions. Simply put: If Jones wanted Garrett to continue as the Cowboys’ coach regardless of how the 2019 season plays out, the team owner already would have extended the coach’s contract.The Cowboys, 6-6 and still leading the NFC East over the 5-7 Eagles, have a chance to get back on track with a Thursday night game against the Bears in Chicago this week. Jones on Tuesday claimed “there’s boxes to be checked” for Garrett over the next four weeks and beyond, but he wouldn’t say whether Garrett needs to win a specific amount of games or reach a certain round of the playoffs.
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Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard tackles Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Cleveland. The Browns won 31-10. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)ITTSBURGH (AP) – J.J. Watt isn’t the kind of player to walk into a coach’s office and make demands.The way the Houston Texans defensive end is playing, there’s no need. The ball seems to end up in his hands regardless of where he lines up, whether it’s on the defensive line or during the occasional snap at tight end.“He never lobbies,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “He doesn’t do that. There are other guys that lobby for things, but he’s not a lobbyist.”What Watt is – at the moment anyway – is the most dominant defensive force in the NFL, even if the Texans (3-3) are hardly a finished product heading into Monday night’s game at Pittsburgh (3-3).And for all the ridiculously athletic plays Watt has made over the season’s first six weeks, he’d trade his own burgeoning MVP candidacy for the first significant victory of O’Brien’s tenure.The truth is, for all the fireworks Watt has provided, the Texans have just 10 sacks and are 27th in total defense. That’s not exactly the way to make inroads on Indianapolis in the AFC South.“Obviously up front, we need to get after the passer,” Watt said. “That’s what I can control in my group. We need to get after the passer, we need to be sound in our coverages in what we do and put pressure on guys, and obviously we knock out some of those plays and it’ll be a big help.”Yards haven’t been an issue for the Steelers. Points, however, are another matter entirely. Pittsburgh’s offense sputters to a halt whenever it nears the end zone.The Steelers have only turned seven of their 19 possessions inside the opponent’s 20 into touchdowns, a major reason they have alternated wins and losses despite having what quarterback Ben Roethlisberger described as the franchise’s most explosive attack in his 11-year career.“We’ve got to find a way to score,” left tackle Kelvin Beachum said. “It’s not magic or secret to it. We’ve just got to get it done.”Some things to look for as the Texans try to snap a two-game losing streak and the Steelers attempt to bounce back from a debacle in Cleveland that marked the franchise’s worst loss to its closest rival in 25 years.CLOSE CLOWNEY: Houston’s pass rush might get a needed boost with the possible return of rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who has missed the past five games with a knee injury. O’Brien said there’s a “50/50” chance Clowney could play, a move that would force the Steelers to shift some of their attention away from Watt.BOUNTIFUL BELL: Pittsburgh second-year running back Le’Veon Bell has blossomed into one of the league’s best all-around backs. He is second in the NFL in yards from scrimmage and is second on the Steelers in receptions (28) behind star wide receiver Antonio Brown. Yet Bell has just one touchdown, a 38-yard sprint against Cleveland in the opener.POOR PRESSURE: While Houston isn’t getting to the quarterback with regularity, at least the Texans are disruptive. That’s not the case in Pittsburgh, which has just nine sacks and allowed unheralded opponents such as Brian Hoyer and Mike Glennon to put up big numbers.Coach Mike Tomlin called out his outside linebackers, saying they need to be more disruptive. Jason Worilds, making more than $9 million this season, has just two sacks.“He’s had some good games and performance in pockets of games, and he’s had some games where he’s been less impactful,” Tomlin said of Worilds. “We’re compensating him to be consistently impactful and that’s what we’re searching for.”FEELING POSSESSED: The Texans know one way to help out their defense is to keep the offense on the field. It’s not happening with any regularity. Houston is 16th in time of possession (29:43) because of some issues on third down.The Texans are converting just 37 percent (28 of 76) of their third downs. Lengthier drives would help keep Watt fresh even if the possessions don’t necessarily result in points.“You always love the explosive plays and I’m not saying we want to avoid those, I’m saying we want to be able to string together some first downs, some good drives, keep the defense off the field and control the tempo,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said.NO PANIC: A 21-point thumping by the Browns hasn’t set off alarms with the Steelers.“There’s no time to panic,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “You guys are waiting for us to panic. We’re not panicking.”___Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
FRISCO, Texas – Postseason play for the Southland Conference continues as Abilene Christian headlines four Southland member institutions with a bid at the NCAA Tournament.Abilene ChristianThe Wildcats are coming off their first-ever Southland Conference Tournament title where they topped Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday in a 69-68 thriller. ACU is making its inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament at the Division I level. The Abilene Christian program will enter the tournament as a No. 16 seed and will travel to Waco, Texas to take on No. 1 Baylor. Tipoff against the Bears is slated for 4:30 p.m. CT Saturday, March 23 inside Ferrell Center and will be televised regionally on ESPN2, plus streamed nationwide on ESPN3.NichollsNicholls (20-11, 14-4 SLC) accepted an invite into the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) where they will square off with Southern Miss, Thursday at 6 p.m. The Colonels are coming off of their first 20-win season in program history and concluded Southland regular-season play on a seven-game win streak. Head coach Dobee Plaisance and her Colonels squad enter the WBI as one of 16 teams and will play their opening round contest in Hattiesburg, Miss. at Reed Green Coliseum. The game will be streamed on CUSA.tv.Stephen F. AustinStephen F. Austin earned an at-large bid into the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) after compiling a 25-6 overall record and a 16-2 mark in Southland play. The Ladyjacks will hit the road to take on the Mavericks of UT-Arlington in the opening round of the 64-team tournament, marking the program’s sixth overall appearance in the WNIT. SFA is set for a 7 p.m. start time Thursday inside the Mavericks’ College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. Thursday’s contest will be streamed on ESPN+.LamarLamar will round out the four Southland schools continuing their postseason contention with an appearance in the WNIT tournament. The Cardinals (24-6, 17-1 SLC) earned an automatic bid after capturing a Southland Conference regular-season title. LU will host South Alabama inside Montagne Center on the Lamar campus beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and will stream on ESPN3. Robin Harmony and her Lamar program will make their fourth appearance in program history Friday night at the WNIT.