Superlatives from Syracuse’s season-opening 48-34 loss to No. 11 Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2019 at 11:01 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost 48-34 to Virginia (1-0, 1-0) in its worst offensive performance in the Jim Boeheim era. The Orange started slow in the first half, but timely offense allowed them to pull the game close at halftime of the low-scoring matchup. In the second half, Syracuse’s offense fell silent again. And the Orange never recovered.Here are some superlatives from the game.Stud: Elijah HughesIn a game with limited offense, Hughes still managed a solid performance. He scored 14 points and was the Orange’s only consistent force on the offensive end. He drew fouls, hit 3-pointers and opened up lanes for his teammates by breaking down defenses on the perimeter.Hughes had a poor shooting performance, but was the only Syracuse player who consistently found his own shot. If someone has to emerge as the best SU player Wednesday, it’s Hughes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDud: Bourama SidibeSidibe, as expected from Jim Boeheim’s previous lineups, comments and rotations, earned the start Wednesday night. In a game that packed a lot of size in the interior, Sidibe was no outlier: he disturbed layups early in the half on high-low drives from the free throw line and scored Syracuse’s first points of its young season.But two fouls in under a minute sent Sidibe to the bench and he didn’t return for the remainder of the half. On his second foul, Sidibe jumped up but shot his arms forward.“Hands up,” Boeheim yelled from the sideline, repeating until he drew Sidibe’s eyes.After Syracuse’s exhibition game against Carleton, Boeheim noted Sidibe has worn an Orange uniform for three seasons, but much of his time has been spent watching from the sidelines. Sidibe doubled down on that inexperience with poor interior defense, undisciplined fouls and little energy on cuts running the pick and roll.Biggest surprise: Joe Girard III, point guardThrough Brycen Goodine handled the ball for the majority of the preseason after Jalen Carey exited the game, Girard III was SU’s de facto No. 2 point guard. In the first half, Girard III — a high-school star who relied on a knockdown 3-point jumper en route to 50-plus point performances — made an immediate impact on dribble drives to the rim.To break a long SU scoring slump, Girard III used two dribbles to penetrate and dropped off a pass to Marek Dolezaj. Dolezaj turned and hit a floater over the Cavaliers defense. He worked the ball inside several times thereafter, sparking a run of inside-outside creation the Orange had not yet seen.On one play he faded off the ball, caught a pass at the top of the key and fired a shot that bounced off the back of the rim. But the momentum — which seemed to be in Girard III’s favor — carried the ball back into the rim. The Carrier Dome crowd, sensing life from the SU offense, exploded in cheers.The big moment: Kody Stattmann’s 3-pointerDespite trailing for most of the game, the Orange — behind a 3-point heavy attack — always seemed in reach of the Cavaliers. On a possession with under nine minutes to play in the game, Virginia worked the ball around the exterior of the 3-point line and found Kody Stattmann open on the left wing.The sophomore guard, who was quiet for a large part of the game, rose up and drained a 3-pointer to sink the Orange deficit even further to 15 points, 42-27 the score. The Orange seemed lifeless afterward: they turned the ball over, missed open threes and shots under the basket. Three minutes of game time later, Syracuse remained down by 16. Fans headed for the exits. Commentslast_img read more

Russian T’tennis Players Cleared to Play at 2016 Olympic Games

first_imgAfter careful review of the criteria set up by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday following the release of the McLaren report, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has determined that the three Russian athletes qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be allowed to compete.ITTF’s investigation of the matter included individual test analysis of these players outside the Russian anti-doping system, and confirmation by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that none of the concerned players were implicated in the McLaren findings released on 18 July 2016. ITTF believes that the provided evidence meets the requirements of the IOC and confirms the eligibility of the three qualified Russian players Polina Mikhailova, Maria Dolgikh and Alexander Shibaev to play at Rio 2016.If ITTF’s ongoing testing program and/or further findings from Prof. McLaren’s extended mandate reveals any potential anti-doping rule violation or wrongdoing, the ITTF will take immediate action to investigate and take sanction within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Code and the ITTF’s applicable regulations.The ITTF will continue to take doping issues very seriously and do everything in its power to ensure that table tennis stays clean, not just at the Olympic Games, but in all levels of table tennis.The Olympic table tennis event runs between 6-17 August at Riocentro Pavilion 3.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

LA Lakers’ Brandon Ingram misses second half of loss to Utah Jazz

first_imgMoments after the win over the Rockets, Russell saw Walton talking to reporters and yelled out, “Luke’s 1-0 baby!” Walton rolled his eyes.Two days later, the Lakers fell to 1-1.Nonetheless, the Lakers still stayed competitive. After Walton yanked his starters, the Lakers’ reserves held the Jazz to a 2-of-7 clip and forced two turnovers for the next seven minutes. With Walton allowing his starters back in, the Lakers stayed within single digits.But after Russell made a layup to cut the Jazz’s lead to 83-81 with 4:22 left, the Lakers missed their next two shots, committed two turnovers and allowed an uncontested layup and 3-pointer.After Luol Deng cut Utah’s lead to 91-87 with 1:06 left, Russell drew a foul before missing an open 3-pointer at the top of the key. “If Russell’s open, I’m fine with him shooting,” Walton said. “If it’s a contested jump shot, I would prefer he move the ball side to side at least once or twice.”All of this taught the Lakers how to close out another tight game. They also still have yet to grasp how to defend, allowing Utah to post 46 points in the paint and convert on 20 second-chance points. The Lakers also committed 28 fouls. That explains why Walton’s preparation has focused on two things. His film sessions highlight mistakes on team defense. Walton’s assistants often show film to players individually to show their own defensive miscues. “It’s just getting more reps, staying on the guys when they don’t do things right and continuing to have a good effort,” Walton said. “A lot of the guys are young and are still learning how to play with NBA guys.” The Lakers showed that on Friday against Utah. They can only hope Ingram can experience that same learning curve on the court instead of on the sideline. The Lakers will surely monitor Ingram’s progress, but at least they did not find a sprain in his knee. He also sat on the Lakers’ bench during the second half and walked without limping during timeouts.From the bench, Ingram saw the early growing pains of a young team trying to forge an identity. D’Angelo Russell posted nine points on a 3-of-14 clip and committed as many turnovers (four) as assists (five). Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov each collected technical fouls, while Mozgov had five fouls in the first half. It became so ugly that Lakers coach Luke Walton removed his starters while trailing 54-44 with 8:21 left in the third quarter. That made Walton sound clairvoyant when he downplayed the team’s season-opening win against the Houston Rockets. “The challenge is letting that go,” Walton said before Friday’s game. “We can’t feel good. We have to be hungry and want more. If you’re holding onto that feeling, that’s not the mindset we want.” SALT LAKE CITY >> The concerns initially centered on how well Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram would handle the demanding NBA schedule and hostile road environments. Instead, a more serious issue loomed in Ingram’s first NBA road game. The No. 2 overall pick missed the entire second half of the Lakers’ 96-89 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday at Vivint Smart Home Arena because of a sore right knee.Ingram first asked out of the game with 3:49 of the first quarter after spending less than a minute on the court. Doctors cleared Ingram to return to the game after determining he had simply felt a twinge in his right knee. After re-entering the game wearing a protective sleeve on his knee with 9:15 left in the second quarter, Ingram lasted for only about four minutes. Doctors re-evaluated Ingram at halftime and then decided to shut him down. He finished with two points on 1-of-2 shooting and four minutes.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Safety warning issued as harvest picks up

first_imgAMES — The harvest will soon ramp up to full speed and that can lead to some hectic days on the farm.Iowa State University , professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering Charles Schwab says this year is an example of how tough the harvest season can be on the health of farmers. The late planting could lead to a later harvest and a rush to get all the crops in. “You window of harvesting is shrinking and you’re waiting for the right conditions and your stress level is increasing — those all impact the body — impact the decisions you make,”Schwab says.Schwab says one thing farmers need to do is take time to meet their nutritional and other needs during the harvest. “When you work long hours, if you are not taking breaks to replenish your body and refresh your mind, then some of the decisions may be poor. Poor in that they put your health at risk,” Schwab says.He says not taking care of yourself could end up causing more trouble in the long run. “It’s not that you can’t work long hours — but take breaks, have people check on you — and be aware that the longer you are working at a particular activity you need to take breaks to refresh your body and give it a chance not to get locked into that…stupor of not seeing the dangers that are approaching you,” according to Schwab.Schwab says just remember you can get a lot done while still taking precautions. “We’re dealing with a lot of pieces of equipment that come out during the harvest — and we just need to recognize that this is also the time to be safe,” Schwab says.The crop report out last Monday showed a minimal amount of crops had been harvested.last_img read more