MBB : Surprise teams, powerhouse programs fill rest of Sweet 16 outside East Region

first_img Published on March 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img A look at the teams remaining in the other regions in the Sweet 16.West Region – PhoenixNo. 1 Michigan State (29-7) vs. No. 4 Louisville (28-9)Thursday, 7:47 p.m., TBSMichigan State has been to the Final Four six times in the last 13 years, and Tom Izzo’s Spartans are still the favorite to do it again out of the West Region. Not many teams can stop Draymond Green. The Spartans senior forward posted a triple-double in the second round against Long Island-Brooklyn and is averaging 20 points, 12.5 rebounds and eight assists for the tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMeanwhile, after losing two in a row to finish the regular season, Louisville has now won six straight. The Cardinals are trying to do what Connecticut did a season ago: go on an extended winning streak to win a national championship a few weeks after winning the Big East tournament.No. 3 Marquette (27-7) vs. No. 7 Florida (25-10)Thursday, 10:17 p.m., TBSJust like Draymond Green for Michigan State, Marquette’s Jae Crowder has been a double-double machine down the stretch. He followed up a mammoth 25-point, 16-rebound effort against Brigham Young on Thursday by putting up 17 points and 13 rebounds against Murray State on Saturday.This is Florida’s first tournament game against a single-digit seed, after blowing out No. 10 Virginia and No. 15 Norfolk State. The Gators found their 3-point shooting stroke against Norfolk State, burying 10-of-28 3s after a 4-of-23 performance from long range against Virginia.South Region – AtlantaNo. 3 Baylor (29-7) vs. No. 10 Xavier (23-12)Friday, 7:15 p.m., CBSOn an athletic Baylor squad, sharpshooter Brady Heslip stole the show in the team’s third-round win against Colorado. The sophomore hit 9-of-12 3-pointers, accounting for all 27 of his points. Thus, BU has advanced despite getting nine points total in two games from Perry Jones III.Xavier edged out Notre Dame in the Musketeers’ second-round game and came back from a double-digit, first-half deficit to defeat No. 15 Lehigh on Sunday. Xavier center Kenny Frease scored 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting against the Mountain Hawks.No. 1 Kentucky (34-2) vs. No. 4 Indiana (27-8)Friday, 9:45 p.m., CBSKentucky and Indiana meet in a rematch of one of the most memorable games of the regular season. IU forward Christian Watford’s buzzer-beater 3 on Dec. 10 handed UK the first of its two losses and showed that the Hoosiers were for real this season.So far in the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky’s offense has been on point. The Wildcats are averaging 84 points per game in the tourney, shooting 55.5 percent from the field.Midwest Region – St. LouisNo. 1 North Carolina (31-5) vs. No. 13 Ohio (29-7)Friday, 7:47 p.m., TBSNorth Carolina was cruising through the first weekend until Kendall Marshall got hurt. The sophomore point guard, who had 21 assists in UNC’s two NCAA Tournament games, fractured his right wrist against Creighton and had a screw inserted in it Monday, but his status for Friday is up in the air.Ohio is the highest-seeded team left in the tournament. The Bobcats, who defeated Georgetown in the tourney two years ago, upset Michigan and then defeated South Florida to reach the Sweet 16. Guard D.J. Cooper, who has 20 points and six assists per game in the tournament, is Ohio’s leader.No. 2 Kansas (29-6) vs. No. 11 North Carolina State (24-12)Friday, 10:17 p.m., TBSKansas barely avoided being the third No. 2 seed to lose in the first weekend, squeaking past No. 10 Purdue in a three-point victory. The Jayhawks haven’t gotten their offense going yet in the tourney, scoring 65 and 63 points in the two rounds, respectively.North Carolina State entered the NCAA Tournament having won four of five and beat No. 6 San Diego State by 14 in the second round. The Wolfpack then upset No. 3 Georgetown, 66-63. An NC State-UNC Elite Eight matchup would be the fourth meeting between the two teams this year, and the Tar Heels have won the first three.-Compiled by Mark Cooper, sports editor, mcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more

Q&A with Rhode Island beat writer Bill Koch of the Providence Journal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse opens its season at home on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Rhode Island. Follow along with Syracuse-Rhode Island coverage here or on Twitter @DOSports.To learn more about the Rams, The Daily Orange spoke with Bill Koch, a Rhode Island beat writer for the Providence Journal.The Daily Orange: If Rhode Island were to keep it close with Syracuse, it would be because of what?Bill Koch: Their defense and forcing turnovers. They’re not a very good offensive team. They weren’t last year, they probably won’t be again this year. But their defense is fast, they’re physical, they’re aggressive and if Syracuse has a tough night on the offensive side of the ball, you could see Rhode Island win a low-scoring game like a 17-13, something like that. But I think that’s probably the only real chance they have.The D.O.: What does recently named starting quarterback Paul Mroz bring to the table?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textB.K.: I think the biggest thing for him, obviously he’s a winner. He played at a good junior college program last year. He’s a tough kid. You come out of Brockton, Mass., it’s a tough town, it’s on the southeastern side of the state … it’s just a very blue-collar place with very good athletics. It’s been that way for a long time. So if you come out of there, you’ve got a certain pedigree and I would expect him to have it. And I think that’s probably why he’s the starter to this point, because he’s a tough guy and he brings in a little bit of a presence into that huddle that they need that they didn’t really have last year.The D.O.: How important is junior linebacker Adam Parker’s role on the defense taking the reigns from recent graduate Andrew Bose?B.K.: It’s important just from the sense that he’s replacing a really good player. Andrew Bose is in camp with the Ravens. He’s one of the all-time leading tacklers at URI. Just a really, really good player, a guy that could have played at a higher level that probably went a little under recruited out of high school. Parker and (senior) Connor Caponegro are two guys still there at linebacker who have played a lot of football at URI. Two very experienced guys. It’s definitely going to be key to that defense and how they replace the guy who was really their leader last year in Bose.The D.O.: Rhode Island allowed over 230 rushing yards per game last season. Why was that and how might that change this season?B.K.: I think their offensive stats are more truthful than the defensive stats if you look at last season. Offensively they just weren’t very good and I think they put the defense in a lot of tough situations in terms of short field, they were on the field for a long time, there was a lot of time of possession. I think the rushing numbers are a little inflated because the other team had the ball 36, 37, 38 minutes and the defense would get worn down. When you’re ahead, you’re running the ball and I think there was a lot of that going on … They certainly did some things in terms of forcing turnovers that they wanted to do, but their offense just put them in such difficult situations so often so they never really had a chance. Commentslast_img read more

CPA says All-Ireland finals could be played in August

first_imgIt’s one of a number of ideas put forward at their official launch in Dublin today.The CPA says changing the fixtures calendar is its key priority and they hope to be officially recognised by the GAA at next month’s Congress.last_img

Veterinarians Encourage Dog Owners to Get Their Pets Vaccinated to Prevent Dog Flu

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA new disease is sweeping through the state of Michigan, Dog Flu. For your beloved pets, veterinarians are urging dog owners to get their 4–legged family members vaccinated.There have been over 100 cases of Dog Flu since August, but none of those cases have reached this region of the state. To prevent the spread of the virus, Dr. Jill is still recommending that dog owners get their dog vaccinated. Traveling, and being around multiple dogs puts both humans and dogs at risk.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Annual Chili and Chowder Cook-Off a ‘Tasty Success’Next Besser Museum upholds Native American history on Columbus Daylast_img read more

Lakers, Clippers would consider taking their title quests to a neutral site

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“If it means we get to play and continue our pursuit for the goal that we want, I feel like one of the Dr. Seuss titles: ‘I will play anywhere. I will play in a house, I will play (with) a mouse,’ ” said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, who said his team wants to continue its pursuit of the organization’s first championship.“That’s how you feel. I think that’s how our team feels. We don’t care where, when, why, what – we just want to go after our goal.”Major League Baseball also has discussed the premise of starting up play at a neutral site, according to an ESPN report that described talks of having all 30 teams play at Phoenix-area stadiums without fans.For his part, LeBron James – whose Western Conference-leading Lakers also wish badly to continue their title chase – said he’d be willing to discuss the idea.“I think the line of communication is open, not only from the owners, from the players, from the whole league, from Adam Silver and everyone,” James told reporters on a Zoom call Wednesday. “Obviously, the No. 1 thing is the safety and the well-being of all of us here in America first, and getting this pandemic under control. “I believe once that’s under control and they allow us to resume some type of activity, I would love to get the season back going. I feel like we’re in a position where we can get back and start to compete for a championship, get back to doing what we love to do, making our Laker faithful proud of us, of being back on the floor.“And if it’s in one single isolated destination – if it’s Las Vegas or somewhere else that can hold us and keep us in the best possible chance to be safe, not only on the floor but also off the floor as well – then those conversations will be had.”Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img “Look,” said Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, “these are unusual times that you have to be really adaptable.”And all indications are that the NBA is motivated to test its dexterity, according to Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ general manager.“Everyone has this hope and desire to find a way to finish the season,” he said Wednesday. “They are looking at every option to get to the end. Including fanless games. Including remote locations where teams could gather and create as safe an environment as possible. The messaging coming from the league is, ‘We are thinking long, hard about what this could look like to get to the end.’“We’ll put the health of the world and our fans and our players first and foremost, but hopefully once we get past this initial phase where we’re all putting in these efforts to flatten the curve, if we see success there, hopefully it will get to a place where we can see more definitively what those plans might look like.“But I think it’s too early to know.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Let’s say that the NBA is, in fact, able to build a basketball bubble to carry out the remainder of the season.Commissioner Adam Silver cautioned this week that talk of holding games again anywhere, including at a neutral site with teams quarantined to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, is purely speculative. In a remote video conversation with Ernie Johnson, host of TNT’s “Inside The NBA,” Silver reasserted that the league will adhere to advice from health experts before making any decisions about restarting a season that was halted March 11.That said, the commissioner ventured an opinion about the wide-ranging impact of bringing back NBA basketball, a $7 billion business: “Beyond the virtue of crowning a champion, what will the symbolism be of major league sports starting back up in this country?”Yes, but back to that part about crowning a champion. That piece might prove plenty meaningful to Los Angeles – even if it occurs away from the city. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mike Francesa delivers takedown of Donald Trump on coronavirus response: ‘Treat this like the crisis it is’

first_imgMike Francesa has given Donald Trump the handwave.The longtime New York-based sports radio gasbag took to the airwaves on Monday night, offering a takedown of Trump and his response to the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the nation, and specifically, New York. March 30, 2020 – The day that Mike Francesa’s unwavering loyalty to his old friend @realDonaldTrump finally came to an end. pic.twitter.com/KZnpbbsYG3— Funhouse (@BackAftaThis) March 31, 2020MORE: Every sporting event canceled so far due to COVID-19″There’s a disconnect. We’re watching one thing happen in our city on the 11 o’clock news every night. We’re watching people die,” Francesa says. “And now we know people who died. And we’re not seeing one or two people die now in our neighborhood. We’re seeing them die by the 10s and 20s by the day. They’re bringing people out of the hospital in Queens in body bags. …”Treat this like the crisis this is,” Francesa continued. “And how can you have a scoreboard that says 2,000 people have died, and tell us it’s OK if another 198,000 died, that’s a good job. How is that a good job in our country? It’s a good job if nobody else dies.”Francesa, as you may know, is one of the kings of sports radio — but is also New York’s Numbah 1 in bad takes, inaccurate takes and “I nevah said that!”s in the history of broadcast radio.But Francesa is also known for his political takes, as — for some reason — listeners across the tri-state area tuned in to Francesa in 2016 for his political opinions during the election year. While it’s largely speculated that Da Sports Pope cast his vote for Trump, he hadn’t publicly stated that he did. He was a big Trump supporter during his election run, however.MORE: Sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19 “I think it’s about doing a good job. His ego will not let him do anything but a good job,” Francesa said of Trump in 2016.Francesa’s afternoon drive spot — originally from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET — is now tucked into a nice, half-hour spot on WFAN 101.9 from 6-6:30. He was recently given another show on Sundays while the sports radio world struggles to find something to talk about.Interesting to see if Trump will be back aftah this.last_img read more

Kotoko Arrives on Friday

first_imgA contingent of Asante Kotoko, to be led by acting general manager, Opoku Nti, is expected in Monrovia on Friday.Opoku Nti was a former captain of the Black Stars, as well as Asante Kotoko. He led the Black Stars to win the Zone lll finals in the SCSA tournament in Monrovia.Kotoko will clash with local champions, Barrack Young Controllers in their second leg qualifying match in the CAF Championship League, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Kotoko won the first leg 2-1, and the winner of the two-leg matches advances to the second round.  -30-Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Rasta Man” jailed for attack on Mabura resident

first_imgRomel Vieira called “Rasta Man” will spend the next two years in prison after he was jailed for a felonious wounding offence.Romel Vieira also called “Rasta Man”Vieira was found guilty by Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Linden Magistrate’s Court. He was charged in connection with the severe beating of Mabura, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) resident, Cliff Williams, which occurred on February 15.It was revealed that 50-year-old Williams was attacked at about 13:30h by Vieira and a group of men at Mabura which caused him to sustain several bodily injuries, including fractured fingers.According to Police, the Virtual Complainant of 47 Miles, Mabura, and the perpetrators are known to each other and would usually argue from time to time due to misunderstandings. It was reported that the men were at Vieira’s shop at Mabura consuming alcohol when the victim started to argue with him and another suspect. A fight then ensued during which the men dealt several cuffs and kicks to the VC, causing his right foot and left hand to break and his fingers to be fractured. The suspects then fled the scene while the victim was escorted to the Linden Hospital Complex. Vieira was later arrested for the offence.last_img read more

Guyana drawn in Group F

first_img2018 CONCACAF Men’s U-20 C/ships…Guyana has been placed in ‘Group F’ of the six groups that would be contesting in the 2018 Under-20 playing of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Championships, following the official drawing yesterday.Guyana’s goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-LyleThe tournament, which involves 35 teams, will see Guyana competing against El Salvador, Guatemala, Curacao and Cayman Islands at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from November 1 – 22.Technical Director of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Ian Greenwood, thinks the tournament would contribute to further development of the U-20 players.“The redesign and concept of the U-20 Championships is very exciting. We are in a competitive and challenging group. The exposure (that would be gained from) playing Central American opposition such as El Salvador will massively benefit our players as they develop into senior football.“Our U-20s are a talented group, with several already in and around the Senior Golden Jaguars set-up,” he declared.CONCACAF has declared this year’s tournament format different from what had obtained in previous years. This year’s format is designed to enable participating teams to be engaged in high-level, consistent and competitive football.GFF Technical Director, Ian Greenwood“Unlike the previous format of the Men’s Under-20 competition, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final championship, the redesigned 2018 format would ensure that all the participating teams have access to play more top-level football matches,” Greenwood has said.The first round of the tournament would see five groups consisting of six teams and one group consisting of five teams engaged in a round-robin format of play. CONCACAF explains the format by stating, “Following the first round, the six group winners will advance to the qualification stage, where they will be divided into two groups of three teams. After a second round-robin play, the two group winners plus the second placed finishers will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Additionally, the two groups winners will advance to the tournament’s final to determine the regional champion.”Other teams participating in these championships are as follows:‘GROUP A’: USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the US Virgin Islands.‘GROUP B’: Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, Nicaragua, Grenada, Saint Martin.‘GROUP C’: Honduras, Cuba, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Belize and Sint Maarten.‘GROUP D’: Panama, Canada, St. Kitts & Nevis, Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique.‘GROUP E’: Costa Rica, Haiti, Bermuda, Saint Lucia and Barbados.‘GROUP F’: El Salvador, Guatemala, Curacao, Guyana and Cayman Islandslast_img read more

CONFIRMED: Barcelona activate buy-back clause for Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu

first_img Gerard Deulofeu spent the second half of last season at AC Milan 1 Barcelona have announced they have activated their buy-back clause for Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu, who will return to the Nou Camp on a two-year contract.The winger impressed for the Toffees while on loan during the 2013/14 season and was signed from the Catalan club permanently in 2015.However, Deulofeu fell out of favour with Ronald Koeman and was loaned out to AC Milan for the second half of last season.The 23-year-old’s performances at the San Siro were impressive and that has persuaded Barcelona to bring their youth academy graduate back the Nou Camp.“Barcelona have activated the buy-back clause for Gerard Deulofeu,” read the club’s statement on Friday.“In the following days, the terms will be agreed with both Everton and the player. Deulofeu’s contract will run until 30 June 2019.”last_img read more