Sac State, Idaho State look to end streaks

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Sac State, Idaho State look to end streaks LEADING THE CHARGE: The dynamic Joshua Patton is averaging 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks to lead the way for the Hornets. Ethan Esposito is also a key contributor, producing 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The Bengals have been led by Tarik Cool, who is averaging 13.6 points.STEPPING IT UP: The Bengals have scored 68.6 points per game to Big Sky opponents thus far. That’s an improvement from the 64.9 per game they recorded in non-conference play.TERRIFIC TARIK: Cool has connected on 34.8 percent of the 89 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 5 for 12 over his last three games. He’s also converted 75.9 percent of his free throws this season.UNBEATEN WHEN: Sacramento State is a perfect 5-0 when it scores at least 68 points. The Hornets are 6-10 when scoring any fewer than 68.COLD SPELLS: Sacramento State has dropped its last seven road games, scoring 54.3 points and allowing 66 points during those contests. Idaho State has lost its last five home games, scoring an average of 69.6 points while giving up 77.4.DID YOU KNOW: The Sacramento State defense has allowed only 57.9 points per game to opponents, which is the fourth-lowest figure in the country. The Idaho State offense has put up just 69.5 points through 21 games (ranked 212th among Division I teams). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSacramento State (11-10, 4-8) vs. Idaho State (6-15, 3-9)Holt Arena, Pocatello, Idaho; Saturday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Sacramento State looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to eight games. Sacramento State’s last Big Sky win came against the Portland State Vikings 66-55 on Jan. 23. Idaho State has dropped its last seven games against conference opponents.center_img February 7, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

Sixteen wickets tumble on second day but Windwards facing stiff run chase

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Sixteen wickets tumbled on Wednesday’s penultimate day but Windward Islands were left facing a daunting task in order to win their third round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship against Leeward Islands.Resuming from their overnight 77 for five at St Paul’s, the Windwards were bundled out for 95 to concede a first innings lead of 85.Elroy Francis was the best bowler with four for six while pacer Kian Pemberton ended with three for 44.In their second turn at the crease, the Leewards were bowled out for 174 with first innings top-scorer Uri Smith again leading with 36, Javani Tyson getting 26 and Joshua Grant, 24.Smith, who faced 59 balls and struck five fours, added 43 for the second wicket with Kadeem Henry (22) while Dimitri Adams (22) and Demari Benta (21) put on a further 30 for the fourth to keep the innings ticking over.When the Leewards slumped to 130 for six, Tyson arrived to whack two fours and a six in a 41-ball knock while anchoring a 30-run, seventh wicket stand with Grant.Sealron Williams was the best bowler with four for 48.Set 260 for victory, the Windwards lost Wayne Edward for eight with the score on 28 but in-form opener Kimani Melius struck an unbeaten 26 from 51 balls with four boundaries, to carry his side’s hopes on the final day.last_img read more

Iheanacho Focused on Real Madrid Clash

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEKunle Adewale with agency reportKelechi Iheanacho has put aside the brace he scored in Manchester City’s 4-2 defeat away to Southampton last Sunday and is now focused in helping the Citizens qualify for the final of the UEFA Champions League. City is away to Real Madrid tomorrow in the second leg of the semi final clash.“We need to put this result (the defeat to Southampton) behind us and focus on the UEFA Champions League game against Real Madrid on Wednesday,” Iheanacho told City TV monday.While admitting that a lot of things went wrong with City’s game plan, the former Under-17 World Cup winner insisted that they cannot afford to dwell in the past now.“So many things went wrong in the game. We lost so many balls and did not defend quite well.“We lost. We are not happy but we will try and put this behind us and come back stronger.“We have to keep our heads down and focus on the upcoming games,” stressed Iheanacho.The Nigerian forward is looking forward to winning the remaining two games to make top four finish possible for City to guarantee a Champions League slot.“We have two games left now and we have to focus on winning them so we can finish in the top-four and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.“I scored two great goals which were important for me and for the team as well but unfortunately we lost so the goals won’t mean (much).Iheanacho headed home City’s first goal in the 44th minute before completing his brace 12 minutes from time with a supremely-taken curler which left the Saints goalkeeper, Fraser Forster with no chance. He has now scored seven league goals this season but he continues to keep his feet firmly on the ground.The City starlet has netted seven times for the club this season and acknowledges that it is a healthy return.“I am pleased with my performance getting goals in the Premier League and having come through to the first team this season.“I have to continue working hard to get more goals and help the club (do well) in Europe.“I have to continue working hard because nothing is enough in football.“I have to convince (the manager, Manuel Pellegrini) that I deserve to be in the City first team).Iheanacho has scored 13 goals in all competitions for City this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

IHOC : 1st conference win gives Syracuse momentum heading into postseason

first_img Comments Jacquie Greco and her teammates were playing for more than their first conference win last Saturday afternoon.Stuck in last place with no way to advance out of the College Hockey America basement, a win against Niagara meant nothing to Syracuse’s grim spot in the standings. It didn’t matter, though. Greco and her teammates were playing for something else.‘Pride. We needed a conference win,’ Greco said. ‘We needed a win in general. We needed all the things going for us. We needed the bounces to go our way. They happen to go our way that game, so it was good for us.’The Orange got the bounces and beat Niagara for its first conference win of the season Saturday. After a loss to the Purple Eagles on Friday, SU (10-21-3, 1-8-3 CHA) had no chance to move out of last place in the conference. Going into the weekend slate of games, Syracuse players had a goal to sweep the series and sneak into a third-place finish. Instead, SU split the two-game set. Still, finding one win for the Orange was still a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season.‘We mostly did it for ourselves,’ Greco said. ‘Obviously the second game didn’t really matter regarding standings-wise, so we obviously did it for ourselves and to prove to ourselves we’re good enough to play with any team in the league.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the program’s four years of existence, SU head coach Paul Flanagan stared down the bleak possibility of not winning a conference game for the first time. Even in the program’s inaugural year, Syracuse didn’t have to worry about sweating out a win in the final regular-season game of the year.The Orange has kept games close, though, losing four conference games by one goal. And Flanagan feels luck hasn’t been on SU’s side for most of the season.On Friday, it even made him wonder if his team was snake-bitten in a 3-2 overtime loss.One Purple Eagles goal deflected off Catlin Roach’s pad and into the net for an early goal. Then the deciding score in the extra period hit off a defender’s head and past goalie Kallie Billadeau for the winning goal.‘We were starting to scratch our head, like what do we have to do to win,’ Flanagan said. ‘You really start to wonder are we going to get one of the bounces to go our way.’But for once at least, Syracuse did get the luxury of luck. And as Flanagan said, the team makes its own breaks. After starting on the penalty kill due to a questionable penalty against the Orange, SU was able to kill it off.Shortly after, Syracuse was on the power play as a result of what Flanagan thought was ‘probably a makeup call’ in favor of his team.That’s when Margot Scharfe capitalized with a goal. For the first time all season, Syracuse tasted a CHA victory. An unfamiliar feeling that Megan Skelly said was important for the Orange.‘I think any time you’re struggling it’s hard to keep positive in the team atmosphere because you’re struggling that hard it’s like maybe we’re not that good,’ Skelly said. ‘But I think we proved to ourselves that we should beat a team like that.’Greco said a weight was lifted off the shoulders of the 17 underclassmen. Though she said they’ve been doing great all year, the win still provided some extra confidence.It’s a confidence that came just in time for Syracuse. Now Syracuse faces top-seeded Mercyhurst in the first round of the conference tournament.While Syracuse has suffered a pile of losses this season, for once, it finally got to celebrate a win in the locker room and on a three-hour bus ride home. And in the most important stretch of the season coming up, Syracuse finally has momentum to ride.‘It’s huge,’ Flanagan said. ‘In terms of just having that energy, you know what it’s like and your just not fretting and walking away, ‘What do we have to do?’ You put that behind you and just move forward with some positive energy.’dgproppe@syr.edu Published on February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s track and field: Men’s distance team dominates at Penn Relays

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s track and field team saved one of its finest performances all season for the big stage this past weekend at the 125th Penn Relays.Thanks to some heroic efforts from anchors Morgan McDonald and Oliver Hoare, the team scored two victories over the weekend in the distance medley relay and 4xMile relay at University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.Friday’s victory in the distance medley relay was the men’s team’s first Penn Relays title since 1916.The team of McDonald, Corbin Ellis, Eric Brown and Hoare overcame swift competition from reigning NCAA champion Notre Dame, Georgetown and Indiana — the Badgers were at or near the front of the pack for the majority of the race.Track and Field: Hoare sets UW record in 1500 meters, headlining busy weekend in CaliforniaIt was a jam-packed weekend for both of Wisconsin’s track and field teams, who competed in two separate meets in Read…When Hoare received the baton for the 1500 meter anchor leg, runners began to bunch up and the race grew tight. But the reigning NCAA 1500 meter champion would not let up, carrying his team to victory with a time of 9 minutes, 47.19 seconds thanks to his famed, last-minute kick with under 200 meters to go in the race.“103 years is a long time to wait to win a championship of America Penn Relays wheel, but to be honest, this is what we came here to do,” Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne told UWBadgers. “In saying that, anything can happen race day, and it did.”Friday also featured the collegiate track debut for Doak Walker  Award winner and Heisman Trophy hopeful Jonathan Taylor of the Wisconsin football team. Taylor competed in the 4×100 meter relay event alongside Robby Hatch, David Young and Ellis, as the Badgers finished in 23rd place with a time of 42.00 seconds.Despite the underwhelming finish, it was a successful debut for Taylor, who competed and won at the Penn Relays in his days as a New Jersey high school track star.“It’s going to take a few meets for JT to get his sprinting legs under him, but today in the 4×100 relay, he certainly did not look like he’s been away from track for over two years. He was smooth, controlled, relaxed, and clean on the exchange,” Byrne said.Saturday’s 4xMile relay was certainly the most dramatic event of the weekend.The squad of Olin Hacker, Zack Benning, Hoare and McDonald finished with a time of 16 minutes, 39.82 seconds, barely edging out Indiana, who placed second with a time of 16:39.86, and Georgetown, who finished third in 16:40.63 in what was the very definition of a photo finish.Once again, the race came down to the anchor leg, where McDonald squared off against Indiana’s Ben Veatch, the Big Ten indoor 3K champion, and Georgetown’s Spencer Brown.But McDonald, a three-time NCAA champion, gave one of the most memorable runs of his Badger career, chasing down and passing Veatch on the outside lane with less than 100 meters to go to give Wisconsin its second relay victory of the weekend and third-ever Penn Relays title.The semester that was in Wisconsin athleticsThe spring of 2019 saw a blend of success and disappointment in Wisconsin athletics. With summer fast approaching, we asked Read…Other notable performances on the men’s side came from the 4×400 meter relay squad of Hatch, Ryan Dundun, Colin Enz and Stacey Boyd II, who finished in the top-25 with a time of 3:14.67.Hatch also placed 19th overall in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 53.77.Next up, the Badgers will host the Wisconsin Alumni Classic next Friday in their only outdoor meet of the season. Field events will start at 1 p.m. with running events to follow at 4:30 p.m. from the McClimon Track Complex.last_img read more

CARICOM’s Marijuana Commission to present report

first_imgThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Marijuana Commission established to investigate the issue of marijuana use in the region has submitted a status report, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat has announced.It said the 10-member Commission, which is chaired by Professor Rosemarie Belle-Antoine of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, is expected to present its findings and recommendations to the CARICOM summit to be held in Jamaica in July.Regional consultationsThe Commission had undertaken consultations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, The Bahamas, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname over the past two years. The consultations in Dominica were cancelled because of the passage of Hurricane Maria in September last year.According to the status report marijuana has emerged as an issue of social significance across the region.Several complex dimensions“It embraces several complex dimensions, including the scientific, economic, social, religious and legal…. and there [are] many commonalities in the discourse….” These include “… vital information and strong opinions about marijuana and its use, including strong lobbying for use for medical reasons from a group of persons living with disabilities and in wheelchairs…”the report states.Call for more public educationSome states in the Community have already initiated action on the issue; and in those states where decisions have already been taken to engage in law reform, the call for more public education and a more coherent regional approach was made.Field of expertsThe Commission comprised of experts in the scientific, medical, legal and social science fields, and a representative each from the religious community and youth. It was required by regional leaders to “conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean and determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana. This would therefore make the drug more accessible for all types of usage (religious, recreational, medical and research).” The CARICOM Secretariat said information gathering is ongoing and towards this end, data are being collected from adolescents and youth and the Commission is inviting the public, researchers and other interested persons to submit written material on marijuana for use in its work.last_img read more

Lakers pour on points in rout of Blazers for 11th straight road win

first_img“I just think our offense is starting to catch up with our defense a little bit,” James said. “And which we have kind of been talking about, we knew at some point that the cohesiveness offensively and the rhythm would start to get better and better because it’s been behind our defense for the majority of the season.”Davis got going early, knocking down five of his first six shots. A lax Portland defense made for easy lobs for Davis and JaVale McGee, who combined for 26 points in the first quarter alone.James took over in the middle frames and launched nine 3-pointers, making four. As a team, the Lakers were 17 for 36 from beyond the arc.The offense has been trending this way, shooting 46 percent or better for seven straight games. That’s been accompanied by the rising 3-point firepower, which has forced defenses out toward the perimeter, which opens backdoor cuts and lobs. When the Lakers are firing on all cylinders, opponents are learning, there’s no stopping them.“Everything’s a little more disciplined,” Danny Green said. “Our screening is better. Our pace, we push the pace and get out and running, we get everything open, from 3-pointers to lobs at the rim.”A heavily touted matchup between James and his close friend Carmelo Anthony turned out to be rather one-sided. Anthony was just 4 for 13 from the field for 15 points in his 34th career head-to-head meeting with James. James improved to 20-14 against the player picked just two spots behind him in the 2003 draft, a recent acquisition of the Trail Blazers after a year out of the league.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut perhaps the most impressive: scoring the most points they have all season while walloping a team that made the Western Conference finals last spring on their home floor.Observers wondered how the Lakers would fare traveling to more difficult opponents after a relatively easy start: Would they be exposed? But the delineation between the Lakers and other would-be contenders in the West has only become more stark after a three-game road sweep.“Three tough environments to win in and we’re able to come in and take all three,” Davis said. “But we have our minds set on something special. We know in order to reach that goal we have to stay in the moment and go game by game. We take every game personal. We want to go out there and be the best team.”There’s not much question so far the Lakers are at least the best in the West: Only Milwaukee, which blew out the Clippers earlier on Friday night, has matched the 20-3 start so far.Both Davis and James played deeper than usual into the blowout – seemingly happy to inflate their stats – but Stotts had to watch the remainder of it off the court. He was ejected in the third quarter for arguing a foul call on Kent Bazemore as Davis wound up for a dunk attempt. His protestations didn’t stop the Lakers, but neither did anything else his defense tried. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James embrace after an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)The Lakers’ Troy Daniels, left, battles Blazers guard Damian Lillard for a loose ball during the first half of Friday’s game in Portland, Ore. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPortland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, right, has his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside, right, reaches for a loose ball in front of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers forward Mario Hezonja, front, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee dunks in front of Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball during the first half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood reacts after being called for a foul against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Skal Labissiere during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Lakers forward Anthony Davis shoots over Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of Friday’s game in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, shoots next to Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Kent Bazemore #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket on Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket on Anthony Davis #3 and JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers battles for a loose ball with Troy Daniels #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Skal Labissiere #17 of the Portland Trail Blazers walks off the court with a bloody lip during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers is knocked to the floor as Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers go after the ball during the first half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers speaks to his teammates during a time out in the first half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers passes the ball as Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers and CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers go after a loose ball during the first half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Rodney Hood #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers lays on the court after being injured during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood is surrounded by teammates after tearing his Achilles tendon during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks up the court during the first half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, shoots next to Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Nassir Little #9 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside, right, has a shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, center, is held back after being ejected during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers speak during a time out in the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Mario Hezonja #44 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers loses control of the ball as he goes up for a shot over Kent Bazemore #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Mario Hezonja #44 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after scoring against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Mario Hezonja #44 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers and Troy Daniels #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers go after a loose ball during the second half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers tries to speak with CJ McCollum #3 after McCollum drew a technical foul during the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers brings the ball up the court during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers hits a three point shot during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Kent Bazemore #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers reaches in on Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers greet each other during a time outin the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)PORTLAND, OREGON – DECEMBER 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a rebound during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James embrace after an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)The Lakers’ Troy Daniels, left, battles Blazers guard Damian Lillard for a loose ball during the first half of Friday’s game in Portland, Ore. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 42The Lakers’ Troy Daniels, left, battles Blazers guard Damian Lillard for a loose ball during the first half of Friday’s game in Portland, Ore. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)ExpandPORTLAND, Ore. — Less than two hours before tip-off, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts chewed thoughtfully on a question: What concerned him most about taking on the Lakers – their offense or their defense.He went back and forth for roughly a minute before settling on an unsatisfying response: “I don’t know how to answer your question.”Not long after the game began, the correct answer could not have been more clear. Nothing Portland did could stop the Lakers (20-3) from dialing up points in a 136-113 blowout of the Trail Blazers, their 11th straight road win this season.There were a handful of staggering numbers: The 77 points the Lakers had before halftime (the most they’ve scored in a first half in 22 years). The 39 points Anthony Davis scored in just three quarters. The 25 points James scored in the second and third quarters combined (finishing with 31 on the night), burying the Blazers with 3-pointers. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The Lakers have now swept three trips of three games or more. They’ve yet to lose a game away from Staples Center – not that they aren’t at home everywhere they play. A friendly chant of “Kuuuuuz” broke out at the Moda Center as the forward worked on his 15-point night.It was a tough game for injuries: After Rodney Hood ruptured his left Achilles tendon in the first quarter, Rajon Rondo told the Lakers medical staff at halftime that he had tightness in his left hamstring. He did not return to the game, later saying that he thought it would be best to call it a night.James had a spill himself, colliding with a courtside server as he ran back on defense in the third quarter. He picked the woman up from the court and hugged her. She later told ESPN it was the most exciting moment of her day.For the first time all evening, James seemed to hit a rut as he considered her words in the locker room.“To be able to make someone’s moment like that, it’s very, um, I don’t know, it’s just something I can’t really explain,” he said. “I think it’s just really cool.”center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo delivers well-timed joke about James Harden during All-Star Draft

first_imgFirst, props to Chuck for using an archvillain nickname to describe Harden, although for all of Harden’s iso tendencies, he does dish the rock. He was averaging 7.3 assists per game heading into Thursday’s late contest vs. the Lakers. Second, Giannis’ comedic timing was pretty good. He got that line off with hardly any hesitation.Harden will get to clap back at Giannis during All-Star Weekend — and again on March 25 when the Rockets and Bucks meet for real in Milwaukee. He was deciding between Trae Young and Kemba Walker when TNT’s Charles Barkley stirred the pot by asking, “You don’t want The Dribbler?” meaning the Rockets’ James Harden. Antetokounmpo took it from there, saying he wanted “somebody that’s going to pass the ball, that’s what I want.”Giannis has got jokes 😂 #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/9m7cguXTMJ— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 7, 2020(Giannis took Walker, for the record.)MORE: Full All-Star Draft results for Team LeBron, Team Giannis Thursday’s NBA All-Star Draft was pretty ho-hum. Team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t show a ton of passion as they picked their teams for the Feb. 16 exhibition in Chicago.The best moment, really, was some minor pettiness when Antetokounmpo was picking a starting guard for his team.last_img read more

What should MLB do with the Cardinals amid COVID-19 outbreak? Here are some options.

first_img“No, I never thought that,” Mozeliak said. “I don’t think Major League Baseball wanted that to happen, so I was never under that … I mean, obviously, we have that other camp going, so at some point we could have brought other people up to play.”Yep. Even then, he was considering massive, wholesale changes. Maybe not complete changes, but why not? If the goal is to play baseball, then let’s play baseball. And if baseball is worried about cross-team contamination, then bring up a whole new team to step in for a couple of days. And, sure, that would seem to put the Cardinals at a competitive disadvantage, but actions do have consequences. Don’t want to field your B team? Don’t let COVID-19 into your inner sanctum. One word, and why: Disheartening. Opening Day came and went and I adapted to life without MLB. I had little hope of a season starting and then it did. Just as quickly, here we are and each day’s update is worse than the previous. I am not entirely sure what the hell happened but I really hate that the team I have loved all of my life is now the poster child for how not to handle this sorry fiasco. — @TroyinFlorissan The perfect answer for what to do with the St. Louis Cardinals does not exist. Major League Baseball has options, but every potential solution comes with a wince, a grimace, a caveat or a condition. The missteps and poor decisions that have brought the Cardinals — often by following flawed, naively optimistic MLB protocols — to this point have assured there are no perfect answers. While the NHL, NBA and WNBA have managed to stay almost completely virus-free in their bubbles, the Cardinals have now had 10 players and seven staff members test positive for COVID-19. This coronavirus debacle makes the Marlins’ early outbreak look like a hiccup.  MORE: MLB reportedly exploring a bubble for postseasonThe Cardinals have missed 13 consecutive scheduled games — including the three-game series in Pittsburgh that was scheduled to end Wednesday — and have no real idea when they’ll return to the ballpark for anything other than daily COVID-19 tests. At the moment, they’re supposed to play a doubleheader in Detroit on Thursday — no, wait, that was postponed, too — and start a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, but there’s little confidence that will happen. “In terms of when are we going to get back on the field and get back to baseball, I just don’t know,” John Mozeliak, the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations, told reporters Sunday night, per MLB.com’s Anne Rogers. “We’ll allow a few days to come and go and then we’ll reassess. … It’s a bummer. But not having experience on how to truly isolate it and prevent it from spreading, we’re learning as we go. So I wish I had better answers. I wish I had something firm. But I don’t at this time.”So what, exactly, are the options? We’ll take a look at several, from the extreme to the reasonable. And while we’re doing that, I thought we’d sprinkle in thoughts from some Cardinals fans. I asked folks on Twitter for one word to describe the Cardinals’ 2020 season, and an explanation for why they chose that word. One word, and why: Surreal. Normally I’d be texting or calling family and friends a few times a week about how the Cards are doing, but now that the Cards are smack dab at the nexus of this global story, I find myself avoiding bringing them up because it’s just such a downer to think about. It’s the inverse of what baseball usually is for us; instead of a salve, it’s a reminder of all that is so scary and unknown. — @rockyraul4One word, and why: Frustrating. I went into this season knowing it was going to be an anomaly anyway, but it was going to offer a chance to see both exciting young players like Jack Flaherty and Ryan Helsley and the twilight games of Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina. It’s frustrating that fans can’t see that. The way baseball set it up, an outbreak was going to happen to some team, if not more than one, and the priority was on return ASAP because the clock is ticking rather than return when it’s appropriate. — @TravisStern 1. Cancel the Cardinals’ seasonI’m not sure anyone who mattered really considered this a possibility, but with the team already missing more than two full weeks of a nine-week schedule, it’s not a completely crazy thought. It’s also not happening, which is why we’re starting with this one, just to eliminate it from the conversation. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with Derrick Goold, the team beat writer from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on Monday. He spoke in clear terms. “I absolutely see a path back for the Cardinals,” Manfred told Goold. “That is dependent on getting enough days with no positives that we’re comfortable with, that we don’t have a contagion risk. But, yes, 100 percent I see a path back.”OK, so that’s that. One word, and why: Cruel. I might have chosen pitiless. This season, once Rob Manfred mandated it, was destined to be a game of coronavirus roulette. First the wheel stopped on the Marlins; then the Cardinals turn came. Because MLB constructed a plan with its (currently typical) 50-50 mix of assuredness and incompetence, there were bound to be problems. There are likely more to come, and it’s unfair to place blame anywhere but on MLB. — @t_fin One word, and why: Delusional. What happened with the Cardinals could have (and may still) happen to any team, but this notion that the season could be played, in a pandemic, without the luxury of a bubble was just flat-out stupid. I understand the psychological need for normalcy but the reality is that these are not normal times. I also don’t understand why waiting just a few days between positive tests was enough time? Is it a superman complex? Pushback from MLB? The psychological justification we have all made during COVID that we are being safe when in actuality, we weren’t? — @kuchemJMORE: A few more silly rules MLB should adopt in bizarro 2020 season2. Accept fewer than 60 games This is almost certainly going to happen, if for no other reason than, mathematically, trying to play 55 games in 47 days is damn near impossible, even with seven-inning doubleheaders. So the question is this: What’s the minimum number of acceptable games? Manfred, in the Post-Dispatch article, talked about playing enough games to be a “credible competitor” this year. A bit of honest speculation: That number is almost certainly smaller than you might imagine. If 55 games are enough, why not 50? Why not 45? Why not 40? Because here’s the deal: We have to stop thinking of the 2020 baseball season in any sort of tied-to-history context. And, I get it, that’s really difficult for most baseball fans (this one included). More than any other sport, baseball has a deep connection with its history, warts and all. But this year is truly a one-off. If MLB can magically decide to place a runner on second base to start extra innings, nothing at all is sacred. If, in this season of widely expanded playoffs, a team makes the playoffs despite playing a dozen or more fewer games than a team that just misses the playoffs, that’s OK. Remember, 16 of the 30 teams will make the postseason. It’s very OK.Also, there is historical precedence for teams playing different numbers of games, when the stakes were much higher. In the strike-split season of 1981, MLB decided to split the season into two halves — pre-strike and post-strike — and award playoff spots to teams with the best records in each half. But here’s the thing: The league didn’t alter the schedule from its original form, and that made a HUGE impact on which teams made the postseason. When the strike hit, the Dodgers had a 36-21 record. The Reds were a half-game back in the NL West, at 35-21. The Dodgers got the playoff spot, despite that — because of the way the schedule happened to fall — they had played (and won) one more game than the Reds. Same scenario played out in the second half, too, in the NL East.The Expos had 53 games on their schedule after play resumed, and the Cardinals had 52. You can guess what happened: The Expos went 30-23 and the Cardinals went 29-23, and the Expos got spot. The Reds had the best winning percentage in the NL West for the overall season (.611) but finished second in both halves and missed the playoffs. The Cardinals had the best winning percentage in the NL East for the overall season (.578) but finished second in both halves and missed the playoffs. One word, and why: Unfortunate. With the futures of Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright, the faces of the Cardinals since the departure of Albert Pujols, in doubt, it would be unfortunate if they are able to get the send off that Cards fans are known for. It’s also unfortunate that the three Top-60 prospects in the system are missing out on valuable time. Just unfortunate for the “best fans” in baseball all the way around. Guys like Molina and Wainwright deserve a proper send off. — @dallas_stappOne word, and why: Disappointing. Was looking forward to the return of sports in general, but especially ready to see how my Cardinals would do this year. Now I just feel empty watching baseball without my favorite team because each new day is a new series postponement for them. — @dylan_corbet3. Play the B squadWhat if, instead of things getting better, they get worse for the Cardinals? What if, instead of multiple days of negative testing across the board, they have a couple of other players test positive? At this point, it’s pretty clear that MLB isn’t going to rush the club back, as it admittedly did after allowing the club to leave Milwaukee to come back to St. Louis. At that point, is sitting the team down for another week the right move? At some point, there’s a reason teams have alternate sites, with players staying prepared to join the big club should the need arise, right? I think that would qualify as a need arising. We’ve mentioned this before, but when the club was still quarantined in Milwaukee, Mozeliak was asked whether he thought his club’s season was on the brink of being canceled. last_img read more

Skill learning concepts in Physical Education

first_imgThe quality of a performance is largely determined by how skilful the performer is.Different skills are needed to perform and participate in different sport activities. The individual becomes familiar with these skills by practising, which eventually leads to mastering the skill. Once the skills are mastered, they can be executed effectively, consistently and efficiently within a competitive game or activity.Therefore, we can define skill as the learnt ability to choose and perform consistently the right techniques (basic patterns of movements) at the right time with maximum certainty and efficiency.Types of skillThere are many different sports and an amazing variety of physical skills. Physical skills involve the movement of the body and are normally called motor skills.Motor skills take time to learn and are the result of a series of mental and physical processes developed through practice.Some motor skills involve movement of a large group of muscles. These are known as gross motor skills. Example: activities that use large blocks of muscle to produce powerful and skilful movement such as javelin throws.Other motor skills involve the movement of a small group of muscles. These are called fine motor skills. Example: the action of the wrist movement in a badminton shot. Gross and fine motor skills need to be repeated consistently for successful performance.Motor skills can be divided into open and closed types. The division between open and closed skills is based on the type of situation or environment in which the skills are used.Open skillsThese are performed in situations that continually change and the player has to keep adapting to the changes as they happen. Successful performance depends on the player’s ability to see what is going on, accurately interpret what is happening, anticipate and act in the right way at the right moment. Example: intercepting passes, moving into position to receive passes and saving a goal, etc.Closed skillsThese are performed in predictable and stable conditions. You have to try to produce the movement in the same way each time. Skills such as cartwheels in gymnastics and free shots in basketball are examples.Most motor skills in sports lie somewhere between open and closed and can be considered as being at either end of a continuous system or continuum. Between the two ends of the continuum are skills made up of both open and closed elements. A continuum is a line which allows for skills made up of open and closed elements to be shown.All skills need to be practised under conditions as close as possible to those that they are going to be performed in. Open skills need to be practised in situations that involve change. Closed skills need to be practised in exactly the same way each time – repetitively. Skills with open and closed elements need both types of practice.Phases of skill learningThe learning of skills goes through phases. The length of each will depend on the difficulty of the skill, level of ability and the amount of practice. The three distinct phases are the cognitive, the associative, and the autonomous.ï Cognitive phase – This is the beginner’s phase. The skill is new. Clear demonstrations, simple instructions and practice are needed. Emphasis must be on technique and not outcome. A lot of errors, jerky performance and inaccuracies will occur. However, praises for correct actions must be given.ï Associative phase – Techniques are learnt and the concentration is on practising the skill. Performance improves, fewer errors are made, and the individual begins to analyse movements and make corrections through internal (use of senses) and external (the coach) feedback.ï Autonomous phase – Expertise is developed and the skill is now performed automatically. The skill is now performed consistently, effectively and efficiently. More concentration is on decision making concerning strategies and tactics. Example: a tennis player concerned about where to play the best shot, rather than the shot itself.Knowing about the different phases helps coaches to plan training activities that match the development of each performer. It is important to learn the skill correctly as you move through the phases because bad habits in the cognitive or associative phases can be difficult to correct later.Next week: Factors affecting performance.last_img read more