Beat writers predict close matchup in Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament opener against Baylor

first_img Comments Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) earned an eight seed in the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City as a part of the West Region. That sets up a Round of 64 meeting with Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12). The Orange have played the Bears twice before in their histories, with SU winning both matchups. The game tips off at 9:57 p.m. on Thursday.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Thursday night.Billy Heyen (25-8)Teddy bearsSyracuse 69, Baylor 64My one reservation about this matchup is Syracuse protecting its defensive glass. But if the Orange limit second-chance opportunities, they have the upper hand elsewhere. Tyus Battle will be back, Frank Howard is playing his best basketball and Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and Oshae Brissett have all been effective of late. SU actually has the shooting to stretch the floor when Baylor goes zone, and if the Bears’ go man, Battle can take over to send Syracuse into a likely meeting with one-seed Gonzaga.Charlie DiSturco (24-9)A dash of Orange in MarchSyracuse 65, Baylor 63AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is a super interesting matchup for Syracuse. They face a small Baylor team that normally sends out a starting center at 6-foot-8, yet the Bears are the second-best offensive rebounding team in the country. One of the flaws in the 2-3 zone is allowing offensive boards, and that’s what’ll keep this matchup close in the Round of 64. The difference maker, which is why Syracuse will pull away at the end, is the height differential  — SU is the tallest team in the country, while Baylor sits at No. 143. Forcing the ball inside to Oshae Brissett and Paschal Chukwu will be key and using the length at the top of the 2-3 zone will stop an average-shooting Baylor squad. Matthew Gutierrez (20-13)Here come the OrangeSyracuse 62, Baylor 54Here come the Orange for another dance to the second weekend, beginning with a win over Baylor. Syracuse is 7-2 in its last nine NCAA Tournament games — and 12-4 in its last four NCAA Tournament appearances. This appears to be another SU team that could make a good run, at least to the Sweet 16. The basketball SU played in Charlotte was encouraging on a number of levels — Frank Howard, Buddy Boeheim, defense, ball movement — and SU seems made for the Big Dance. March on. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 20, 2019 at 4:06 pmlast_img read more

Lukaku Brace Lifts United, Lloris Saves Spurs in Derby Draw

first_imgRiyad Mahrez fired Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League as the champions won 1-0 against Bournemouth, while Hugo Lloris saved Tottenham in their draw with north London rivals Arsenal yesterday.Pep Guardiola’s side sit two points above Liverpool thanks to Mahrez’s second-half winner at Dean Court. The only frustration for City in a hard-fought victory were injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones, which could significantly impact their bid to win an unprecedented quadruple.De Bruyne hobbled off after the Belgian midfielder suffered a hamstring injury in the first half.City, who are already without injured duo Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte, also lost England defender Stones with a groin problem just after the interval.But, showing the depth of City’s squad, it was Mahrez, who had come on for De Bruyne, who finally gave the champions the lead in the 55th minute. Mahrez claimed his first league goal since December, the Algeria winger driving his shot under Bournemouth ‘keeper Artur Boruc.“We made one of our best performances. People should understand how difficult it is to attack 11 players who are defending,” Guardiola said.“We demand a lot of the players without giving them the time to rest physiologically, that is why it is incredible. No matter what happens this season they deserve my admiration.”At Wembley, Lloris saved a 90th-minute penalty as Tottenham salvaged a 1-1 draw in a pulsating derby. Mauricio Pochettino’s side fell behind in the 16th minute when Aaron Ramsey slotted home from Alexandre Lacazette’s pass.But Harry Kane won a controversial 74th-minute penalty to equalise for Tottenham. Kane was offside when Christian Eriksen sent over a free-kick, but the flag stayed down and the England striker was bundled over by Shkodran Mustafi.Kane calmly notched his 22nd goal of the season and his ninth in nine Premier League games against the Gunners.Arsenal had a golden opportunity to take the points when Davinson Sanchez was penalised for a soft challenge on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Referee Anthony Taylor felt the minimal contact was enough to justify a penalty, but Lloris came to Tottenham’s rescue as the France star dived to his right to keep out Aubameyang’s low penalty.Arsenal finished a bruising contest with 10 men after Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira was sent off for a studs-up foul on Danny Rose.“VAR is coming to help them,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery grumbled when asked about Tottenham’s equaliser.The dramatic finale ensured Pochettino, celebrating his 47th birthday, avoided a third successive defeat as Tottenham’s record run of 33 league games without a draw came to an end.“Lloris’ save was a massive present. I am so happy because we didn’t deserve to lose the game – we were better than them,” Pochettino said.Third-placed Tottenham remain four points ahead of Arsenal as the fight for Champions League qualification heats up.Arsenal dropped to fifth place after Manchester United moved one point above them.Federer wins 100th ATP title in DubaiRoger Federer has won his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Tennis Championships – 6,600 days after winning his first in Milan. The 37-year-old Swiss – a 20-time Grand Slam champion – beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4.Federer’s first ATP title came at the Milan Indoors on 4 February, 2001, when he beat Frenchman Julien Boutter.“It is an absolute dream come true right now,” said Federer, who will become world number four tomorrow.He is just the second man, after American Jimmy Connors in 1983, to reach the landmark.“I’m delighted. It’s great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th singles title,” he added. “To win in Marseille and then come here was difficult for Stefanos.“I don’t know if Stefanos was born when I won my first title (he was, in August 1998). It’s a privilege [to play against possible future champions] because I’ll be watching them on the TV. It was a treat to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I’m sure Stefanos will have a wonderful career.“Tennis is in good hands regardless if I’m there or not.”Federer broke Tsitsipas, 20, in the first game of the match before saving two break points at 5-4 to see out the first set.The Greek – who will break into the world top 10 for the first time tomorrow – held his nerve in the second set until 4-4, before Federer broke his serve once again to wrap up the final in 69 minutes.World number 11 Tsitsipas was Federer’s 50th different final opponent and the 25th different nationality.Federer will have to win 10 more titles to beat Connors’ men’s record of 109, while Martina Navratilova holds the all-time record having won 167 women’s singles crowns during her career.RESULTS & FIXTURESTottenham 1 – 1 ArsenalBournemouth 0 – 1 Man CityBrighton 1 – 0 HuddersfieldBurnley 1 – 3 Crystal PalaceMan United 3 – 2 SouthamptonWolves 2 – 0 CardiffWest Ham 2 – 0 Newcastle UnitedLazio 3 – 0 RomaReal Madrid 0-1 BarcelonaWatford v Leicester 1pmFulham v Chelsea 3:05pmEverton v Liverpool 5:15pmNapoli v Juventus 8:30pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United moved into fourth place in the Premiership table with a dramatic 3-2 win against struggling Southampton at Old Trafford yesterday.Yan Valery smashed a fierce drive past United goalkeeper David De Gea for a memorable first goal of the young Southampton defender’s career in the 26th minute.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team equalised in the 53rd minute as Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira bagged his first Premier League goal with a long-range curler.Romelu Lukaku, back in form after a long barren spell, put United in front six minutes later with a composed finish.James Ward-Prowse drew fourth-bottom Southampton level with a superb 75th-minute free-kick.However, in the 89th minute, Belgian forward Lukaku made it four goals in two games with the last-gasp winner.Paul Pogba’s stoppage-time penalty was saved by Angus Gunn, but Solskjaer’s unbeaten domestic run as United boss has now reached 15 games.“The belief is there, they have gone so long without losing games (domestically). The dressing room is bouncing at the moment. They were class finishes from Romelu,” Solskjaer said.last_img read more

How much BH Football Clubs Will earn on the European Scene?

first_imgFrom the next season (2015/2016), UEFA will increase the prize money allocated to clubs for performances in the Champions League and the European League.This is the result of the new sponsorship agreement, thanks to which UEFA will be more generous to all participants of the European competitions.FC Sarajevo will be the only BH representative in the next season in qualifications for the Champions League, and will begin its European path in the second qualifying round.The club will be awarded 300.000 euros for entry into qualifications, i.e. the second qualifying round.In the event of a placement in the third qualifying round, FC Sarajevo will receive an additional 400.000 euros.In the next season, a defeat in the play-off of the Championship League is worth 3 million euros, and a win 2 million euros. The winner of the play-off game enters the group phase and will directly receive an additional 12 million euros.In the second qualifying round for the European League, Zeljeznicar, Zrinjski and the winner of the Cup B&H, Olimpic, will represent B&H.These clubs will, by their participation, each earn 210.000 euros.In the event of  a placement in the third qualifying round , UEFA allocates 220.000 euros, and a placement in the play-off earns 230.000 euros.Each club that enters the group phase of the European League will earn 2.4 million euros.(Source: read more

Florida Sheriff Says He Will Deputize Gun Owners if Violent Protests Erupt

first_imgDaniels provided no indication in a three-minute video that was released Wednesday of any imminent demonstrations in his county.Still, he said that if anyone begins “tearing up Clay County,” he would deputize gun owners if needed. Daniels said his office has a “great relationship” with the community. A Florida sheriff is getting noticed for using social media to make a statement that could put gun owners on equal footing with law enforcement.Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels says he will deputize every gun owner in his county, if that is what it takes to put down violent protests that his deputies cannot handle on their own.last_img

Alex Scott says even Lionel Messi wouldn’t get into this Man City team!

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement dpipNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs89mjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E51( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9b9Would you ever consider trying this?😱g66Can your students do this? 🌚08vmpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former English footballer Alex Scott’s one comment about Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team created a controversy. Alex Scott was there in the talk show of Sky Sports at the time of showing the video of the Goals of the first game week.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPWhen she started to praise the attacking line up of Manchester City, Alex Scott mentioned,“Would Messi, with his levels even get into a Pep team?”Advertisement Her words have created a huge controversy. She just tried to emphasize the depth of the attacking line up of Manchester City. One of their main attacking options, Leroy Sane is out of the field for the next 7-8 months with an injury in the anterior cruciate ligament. Without him, Manchester City produced such a stellar performance against West Ham United in the opening match of the season. Even two of their best players, Sergio Aguero and Bernadro Silva were in the bench in this match.However, Alex Scott was questioned by a few fans of Lionel Messi on Twitter. Alex Scott replied to them on Twitter. She said,Advertisement  “Would ‘todays’ Messi fit into the Manchester City Team? Of course he could…“But the point on the show, which I thought would be interesting to start a debate was…“Would Pep have to change City’s high intensity style of play to fit Messi in? And if so, WOULD HE??”Alex Scott brought the topic of Lionel Messi to start a debate and she had no intention of demeaning Lionel Messi.Manchester City clinch Community Shield with Tiebreaker heroics of Claudio Bravo Advertisementlast_img read more

Ind vs WI 3rd T20 Review: India triumph in fringe run-fest to seal series

first_imgAdvertisement 4w6ndNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs36o76Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1ts( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 869jWould you ever consider trying this?😱wupCan your students do this? 🌚wjRoller skating! Powered by Firework India secured the series by a margin of 2-1 after defeating the visitors by a margin of 67 runs. The Wankhede stadium witnessed a run-fest that amassed over 400 runs to provide a memorable culmination to an enthralling series. Advertisement West Indies named an unchanged eleven after winning the toss. Mumbai Indians’ hero Kieron Pollard elected to bowl first with him being familiar with the conditions after playing for over 9 years for the franchise.Advertisement Virat Kohli, on the other side, named two changes in the eleven which suffered a defeat at Thiruvananthapuram. Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav made their way into the line-up with Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal paving way for the duo.India faced a precarious situation with their shaky record batting first in the shortest format and countering the infamous dew which makes its mark in the second innings.Advertisement However, the hosts were off to a flying start with the hometown hero shaking off doubts concerning his poor form while being duly aided by KL Rahul at the other end.The duo smashed Cottrell for 15 off his second over after being rather subdued for the first couple of overs. The innings proceeded to propel as the opening pair took full advantage of the fielding restrictions and averaging a couple of boundaries every over to take their powerplay tally to a whopping 72-0.The pair showed no signs of slowing down and brought up their 100-run stand in a blink of the eye. Rohit Sharma failed to get his record fifth T20 hundred after getting dismissed for 71 off Williams. A new shuffle saw Rishabh Pant being promoted to No.3. The wicket-keeper’s tumultuous time continued with a second-ball duck.Virat Kohli capped off his series with an entertaining knock of 70 off just 29 deliveries which marks one of his most explosive innings ever. The Indian captain had the last laugh in his battle against pacer Williams with a slew of boundaries that brought the Wankhede to its feet amongst the sea breeze.KL Rahul failed to notch up his hundred after getting dismissed in the final over for 91. The Men In Blue eventually ended up with 240-3 after the end of 20 overs.West Indies were in utter tatters scaling the huge target set by the hosts. Deepak Chahar swung the ball around initially which resulted in mistimed shots and edges. The Indian fielding unit gobbled up the catches to trigger an early collapse.Kieron Pollard forged a lone battle as West Indies eventually succumbed to the inevitable.Read Also:Prithvi Shaw’s comeback gains steam after cracking Ranji trophy century off just 84 ballsTurning a new page: Mayank Agarwal earns maiden ODI call-up; set to replace Dhawan for West Indies ODI series Advertisementlast_img read more