September 23

Jenner takes care of business at Banks

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. (June 14) – Matt Jenner took care of business when the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds took their turn on the oval Saturday night at Sunset Speedway Park.Jenner led the entirety of the feature despite nearly losing the race on the last lap. Rob Ireland made a banzai last lap pass on the white flag lap only for Jenner to retake the lead and win his first career SSP IMCA Modified victory. Ireland, Doug Lockwood, Robert Jenner and Don Jenner rounded out the top five.last_img read more

September 23

Martha Jean Thomas, 66, Brookville

first_imgMartha Jean (Hamlin) Thomas, age 66, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born July 31, 1952 in Middletown, Ohio, she was one of three children born to the late James Edward & Wanda Mae (Lowe) Hamlin. She was a Veteran of the United States Navy, having served as a Hospital Corpsman from October 1970 until her Honorable Discharge in April 1974, during the Vietnam era. On December 7, 1979 she was united in marriage to Jim C. Thomas and he survives.A homemaker, she enjoyed reading, being outdoors, camping, her pets, as well as visiting with her friends and family.Besides Jim, her loving husband of 39 years, survivors include a daughter, Julianne (Bill) Hodge of Metamora, Indiana, a son, Jesse (Cynthia) Thomas of Austin, Texas, as well as brother, Daniel E. Hamlin of Monroe, Ohio.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James W. Hamlin.Family & friends may visit from 1 until 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Carlisle Community Church, 780 Fairview Drive, Franklin, Ohio, 45005.Kevin Noah will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, December 15, 2018; 2:00 P.M., at Carlisle Community Church in Franklin, Ohio. Burial with full military honors by the Franklin Post #7596 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will follow in New Jersey Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Carlisle.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Thomas family, to sign the online guest book or send a personal condolence to the family visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

September 21

Fergie to have hip surgery

first_img Manchester United have privately confirmed reports that Ferguson is booked in for surgery immediately after the club return from their three-week pre-season tour at the end of July. That Ferguson will have his summer break and then travel to Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong before the operation suggests he is not going to be sidelined for too long. However, United must face either Manchester City or Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 11, with their title defence due to begin the following weekend. Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson is to have a hip operation that could see him miss the start of next season.center_img No timescale is being put on Ferguson’s likely absence but it would require a rapid recovery from the 71-year-old in order for him to be back in the dug-out by then. Ferguson has always said his health would dictate how long he would carry on as United manager. He was taken ill at a function in his native Scotland almost 12 months ago, although his nosebleeds were put down to the amount of short flights he had undertaken. Ferguson subsequently missed pre-season matches in Norway and Germany and also sat out a mid-winter break in Qatar. Other than that though, he has remained in bullish mood and on Friday poured champagne for journalists attending his press conference at United’s Carrington training ground in recognition of a 13th Premier League title. last_img read more

September 21

Clichy signs new City deal

first_img The left-back, who moved north from Arsenal in July 2011, has committed his future to City until 2017. “I’m really happy to have agreed a new deal with city and I’m already looking forward to next season,” Clichy told the club’s official website. “Things didn’t go the way we wanted them to this year but we’ll come back stronger next season and learn from this experience.” Gael Clichy has signed a new four-year deal at Manchester City. City are currently without a manager after sacking Roberto Mancini last week, but interim boss Brian Kidd said Clichy would be an asset to whomever came in to replace the Italian. He said: “Gael is a crucial member of this team and we’re all delighted he’s committed his future to Manchester City. We are building a side that will challenge for honours for years to come and to do that, you need top quality players – Gael comfortably fits into the bracket. “Gael is a top professional off the pitch as well as on it and his attitude and conduct is faultless. He is a manager’s dream.” The France international, 27, has made 74 appearances for City and won the Barclays Premier League with them last season. They were comprehensively beaten to the title by city rivals United this term, though, and Clichy is determined to bounce back. “We are just going to keep moving forward and raising the bar,” he said. “We know where we want to be and with the talented players in our squad there is no reason why we can’t achieve our targets. “When I look around me and see the quality players and the plans that are taking shape at Manchester City, I know that I am in the right place.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

September 19

Batting let us down, says Griffith

first_imgGUYANA Jaguars manager/assistant coach Rayon Griffith blamed his batsmen for the historic tie in round six of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day encounter against the Windward Islands Volcanoes on Sunday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The title-holders’ batsmen folded at the hands of off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who bowled the visitors to the first tie in 152 years of regional first class cricket.Beginning the fourth day with 61 runs behind for victory, the hosts failed to step up to the pressure, and were bundled out for 164, with the ex-West Indies spinner snatching his 40th five-wicket haul.“While the batting let us down, I think it was reckless cricket … we had enough time to win that game, it was a game we should have won,” Griffith, the former Guyana fast bowler noted.Griffith added, “The application wasn’t there at all, which is something that is very surprising. I think it was nerves … we haven’t held our nerves at all … the crucial point was when Keemo Paul was run-out, I think that was the turning point of the game, but having said that the Volcanoes bowled well, especially Shillingford.”Despite the shocking result, the Jaguars remained at the top of the table, moving to 97.2 points, having earned 10.8 from the match.However, Griffith stressed the importance of keeping focus at this crucial stage of the season.“The next game is definitely important. Our focus is on the next game as we must take maximum points to make sure of maintaining our lead … the Hurricanes (Leeward Islands) will not be easy opponents,” the 38-year-old said.The Jaguars have been the most dominant team in the history of the PCL, losing three of their 36 games played to date. They lost twice to Leeward Islands Hurricanes and once to the Barbados Pride.The Jaguars now host the Hurricanes in round seven from Thursday before the tournament breaks for the Christmas season.last_img read more

September 18

Update on the latest sports

first_imgRyder Cup postponed until next year at Whistling StraitsUNDATED (AP) — With no guarantee of fans, there won’t be a Ryder Cup this year. The PGA of America says the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin has been pushed back to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PGA Tour still hasn’t allowed spectators at its events, and no other golf tournament is dependent on partisan cheering like the Ryder Cup. After working with the PGA Tour and its Presidents Cup, the decision was reached to move the Ryder Cup to Sept. 24-26 in 2021. That means the Presidents Cup will return to even-numbered years starting in 2022 at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.The Ryder Cup had been scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits, one week after the U.S. Open.It’s the second time in the last two decades the Ryder Cup was postponed. It was moved off the odd-numbered years in 2001 because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. July 8, 2020 Update on the latest sports CINCINNATI (AP) — As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the weekend. Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers worked out at Fenway Park for the first time since Boston opened its summer camp. Also, Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman was on the field after missing the first five days of workouts. In Cleveland, outfielder Franmil Reyes was cleared to return after being isolated for attending a party over the July 4 weekend.Elsewhere in the majors:— The offseason renovations at Dodger Stadium have hitters adjusting to a new backdrop in center field. First baseman Max Muncy was hit by a pitch on his left ring finger during an intrasquad game and says he couldn’t see the ball coming. The black tarp that served as the backdrop in center is gone, replaced by a new center field plaza. Muncy is expected to be ready by opening day on July 23. But manager Dave Roberts says it’s unsettling that a hitter couldn’t see the ball because of the background.— Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Junior Guerra has returned to the team after missing the start of summer camp because of a positive coronavirus test. Guerra is one of four Arizona players to test positive and had not participated in summer camp since its start last week. Guerra said his first test for the virus was negative, but his second about 10 days ago was positive. He returned after testing negative twice in 24 hours. Guerra signed with the Diamondbacks last offseason after spending the previous four seasons in Milwaukee. — Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes (FRAHN’-meel RAY’-uhs) has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend. The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media. Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields (deh-LY’-noh deh-SHEELDZ’) Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. In Facebook post last weekend on Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club president Donnie Snellings’ page that called on followers to “Re-post if you are still boycotting the NFL.” VanMeter, who is white, responded with a post that used an abbreviation of the N-word. He later posted, “Put em back in their cage!!!” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLS-SOCCER RETURNSMoment of silence before MLS kicks offs offKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer’s return to action Wednesday night. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black facemasks emblazoned with Black Lives Matter. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: — NASCAR cannot meet the quarantine rules in New York and must move its August race from Watkins Glen. The event will instead be held on the road course at Daytona. It will be NASCAR’s debut on the course used by the IMSA sports car series. The Cup schedule released today covers all of August through the regularly scheduled season finale on the oval at Daytona. The Cup Series will also race doubleheaders at Michigan and Dover.— Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and will race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. NASCAR confirmed Wednesday that Johnson has been cleared to return. Johnson’s streak of 663 consecutive starts — most among active drivers — was snapped when he didn’t race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson is the only NASCAR driver to test positive for the coronavirus since the series resumed racing on May 17.— The Ivy League says will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league left open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if outbreak is better controlled by then. The move could have ripple effects throughout the big business of college sports. Football players in the Power Five conferences have already begun workouts for a season that starts on Aug. 29. The Ivy League decision affects not just football but soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country, as well as the fall portion of winter sports like basketball. The league said it has not yet determined whether fall sports can be moved to the spring.— North Carolina says it has paused voluntary football workouts for at least a week after reporting 37 positive test results for the new coronavirus among school athletes, coaches and staff. The school announced results following 429 tests administered as they began returning to campus last month. The school didn’t specify which programs were impacted beyond announcing the pause to football workouts. Officials did say the Orange County Health Department had identified a cluster of five or more related cases. It’s unclear exactly when football workouts will resume. How to make 1 golf course look like 2 different tournamentsDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Muirfield Village is gearing up for the first doubleheader on the PGA Tour in 63 years. A new tournament called the Workday Charity Open starts Thursday on the course Jack Nicklaus built. And then it’s onto the Memorial, the tournament Nicklaus created. The goal for tour officials is to protect the condition of the course from 157 players this week and 120 players next week. They also want to try to present a different test. That means slower greens, different tees and rough that isn’t quite as high this week. The last time the PGA Tour had back-to-back tournaments on the same golf course was in 1957, five years before Nicklaus turned pro. The All American Open and the World Championship of Golf were played at Tam O’Shanter in Illinois. — Sonny Gray has been chosen to start the Cincinnati Reds’ first game back from Major League Baseball’s shutdown due to the pandemic. Gray started openers for the Athletics in 2014 and 2015, throwing a combined 14 shutout innings while getting a win and a no-decision. He’s in line to face the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park on July 24 as Major League Baseball starts a season shortened because of the pandemic.— An array of injuries was largely responsible for the blight on the first five years of Byron Buxton’s major league career. The latest setback for Minnesota’s speedy center fielder was surgery last fall to repair labrum damage in his left shoulder. Buxton worked his way onto a rehabilitation track that would have had him ready for the original season opener on March 26. Having four extra months to heal and train due to the virus outbreak sure didn’t hurt. The Twins play the Chicago White Sox on July 24 to start the 60-game season.— The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand. The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm. The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.— The Seattle Mariners say they had three positive tests for the new coronavirus among 122 individuals that received initial intake tests before the start of summer camp workouts last week. The team has not specified whether the three that tested positive were players, coaches or staff. The Mariners say all three are asymptomatic and are currently quarantined.PGA-WORKDAY OPEN — Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the group that travels to Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the NBA season at Walt Disney World likely won’t include the team’s entire 35-person traveling party. The Bucks closed their practice facility in Milwaukee after receiving results of their Friday coronavirus testing. Horst won’t say whether a positive test came from a Bucks player or another member of the traveling party. The Bucks owned a league-leading 53-12 record when play was halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. They return to action July 31 against the Celtics.— As U.S. team sports prepare to resume, journalists are facing the same issues that their colleagues who cover politics and entertainment have encountered: coming up with new approaches to coverage with reduced access. Professional leagues closed media access to locker rooms and clubhouses in early March. When the games restart, that access is not going to return. Major League Baseball and the NBA will make managers and players available only via telephone or Zoom.— The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not be available this year. The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience. If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders getting the first chance to buy in advance of any public sale.— Northwestern’s football game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field in Chicago is being moved to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. — Stanford is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic for the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions. Stanford projected a deficit of more than $25 million in the 2021 fiscal year and a shortfall of nearly $70 million over the next three years due to the pandemic. The school estimated the cost of sustaining the 11 sports permanently would exceed $200 million. — Wisconsin says seven athletes have tested positive for the new coronavirus since the school started testing them a month ago. School officials previously had said two tested positive out of the 117 athletes who were part of the initial group of tests. The school now has conducted 428 total tests. Wisconsin isolates those who test positive, and the athletic department’s infection response team monitors their recoveries. School officials aren’t specifying which sports are affected by the positive tests.— Ohio State has paused voluntary workouts by athletes of seven sports on campus after getting the results of its most recent coronavirus testing. The school said in a statement Wednesday night that workouts have been paused for football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The university said it isn’t sharing cumulative COVID-19 information publicly to avoid identifying specific individuals and compromise medical privacy.— Associated Press research finds that four-year U.S. colleges have eliminated 171 sports programs because of budget problems blamed on the coronavirus outbreak. About 30 percent of those are in Division I, with Stanford being the only one from a Power Five conference.MLB-NEWSMore players test positive, others return Associated Press Workday is a one-time event replacing the canceled John Deere Classic.In other Workday news:— Three PGA Tour players who have tested positive for the coronavirus but are no longer symptomatic will play together at the Workday Charity Open. The tour announced the change Wednesday in the latest revision of its COVID-19 policies. Nick Watney will play alongside Dylan Frittelli and Denny McCarthy during the first two rounds at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Watney was the first tour player to test positive and reported mild symptoms. The tour said all three players continue to test positive for the virus but have met the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for return to work. Players in those circumstances will either be grouped together or play as singles.NFL-49ers-MOSTERTMostert requests trade The players walked toward midfield, raised their right arms one at a time and held the pose so long that some could be seen stretching fatigued muscles afterward. It was a poignant moment that put two of the nation’s most prominent changes over the last four months — masks and movements — at the forefront of the sport’s return.The league’s teams are sequestered in resorts for the duration of the World Cup-style tournament, which began with a Group A match that was the first meeting between two Sunshine State teams.FC Dallas withdrew Monday after 10 players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19. A day later, Nashville SC’s status was thrust into doubt with five confirmed positive tests.Nashville was supposed to play Chicago in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday but it was postponed.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers postseason breakout star Raheem Mostert has requested a trade from the team after being unable to renegotiate his contract. Agent Brett Tessler made the request public after talks with the 49ers failed to lead to a new deal to replace the three-year contract Mostert signed in 2019 when he was still mostly a special teams standout. Mostert has a base salary of $2,575,000 this season and $2,875,000 next season as part of the deal he signed with San Francisco last year.RACING-KEENELAND BREEDER BANNEDVanMeter banned after racist Facebook postLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky horse owner and breeder has been banned from racing and sales at Keeneland Race Course after his racist post on social media. Keeneland says it is banning Tom VanMeter from the premises, including participation by his sales company, while the Lexington track further reviews circumstances related to the recent “reprehensible comments” he made online. The posting drew condemnation across the racing industry. VanMeter later said he was wrong and was disgusted by his actions. last_img read more

September 17

MBB : Fair’s big bucket halts Indiana State rally, propels SU to run that puts game away

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img CLEVELAND — With Indiana State’s defense focused on Rick Jackson, C.J. Fair seized his opportunity. It was the freshman Fair who made ‘the play’, early in the second half, that returned momentum in Syracuse’s favor.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim drew the play up for Jackson, but when the ISU defense collapsed on the big man, he was able to fling the ball to Fair. Fair drove through the crowded lane and banked in a shot off the glass, increasing SU’s lead to six with 15:41 remaining.‘I think that was kind of the play,’ Boeheim said afterward. ‘We got six, and then we got a steal and got it to eight, to ten. But that, I thought, was a huge, huge play.’The four-point deficit prior to Fair’s bucket would be the closest ISU would get in the second half, as Syracuse rode the momentum to a 77-60 win in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament Friday, advancing the Orange to a third-round matchup Sunday against Marquette. Until then, the Orange had allowed Indiana State to chip away at a 17-point first-half lead.The Orange subsequently went on a 12-2 run over the next five minutes and closed the Sycamores out by outscoring them, 35-22, over the rest of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We had some turnovers right when we cut it to four that led to some easy fast-break points for them,’ Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing said. ‘I thought when we cut it to 42-38, we turned the ball over a few times and really didn’t give ourselves a chance.’Before that, the Sycamores had gone on a run to head into halftime down by just eight. Indiana State then began the second half on an 8-4 run before Boeheim’s play, drawn at the first media timeout of the second half, shifted momentum the other way.Shots were falling and ISU had confidence and momentum in its favor. Suddenly, the Sycamore’s turned an early blowout — in which SU once led 31-14 — into a game at 42-38.‘I think we thought we could do that the whole game,’ Indiana State point guard Jake Odum said. ‘You gotta go in the game thinking you can win. Even when we were down 17, if we gave up and didn’t think we could win the game, we wouldn’t have cut it down to four.’But it didn’t last long. Fair made his big shot, sparking Syracuse’s next run. A run that lasted the final 15-plus minutes.This time, there was no coming back.‘We’re proud of our effort, but things didn’t go our way after we cut it to four,’ Lansing said.Syracuse clamped down defensively, creating turnovers and forcing errant shots from the outside. Syracuse forward Kris Joseph called it one of the better defensive stretches the Orange has had recently.Indiana State made just one field goal during the five-minute stretch from 15:41 to 10:29, a stretch in which SU went on that 12-2 run to go up by 14. The Orange also forced 14 turnovers in the game.‘I think in the second half our defense got a little bit better when we needed it to,’ Boeheim said. ‘And we got some turnovers and got a couple easy baskets. …We made some good plays coming down the stretch when we needed to.’As a result, Syracuse turned what was a tight game into a 20-point lead with just minutes remaining. The Sycamores were unable to make the necessary plays down the stretch. ISU’s shots stopped going in, which in turn affected its defense and rebounding on the other end.Against a team like Syracuse, those mistakes became more costly than usual.And sitting in his locker in following SU’s win, Fair reflected upon the play Boeheim believes made it all happen. Fair wasn’t just thinking of the one play’s effect on the rest of the game, though.The freshman said his bucket jumpstarted what SU needs to do moving forward.‘That was a real big play,’ Fair said. ‘But the momentum changer was what we did after that with our defense.’aljohn@syr.edulast_img read more

September 16

Countdown to Camp: Syracuse has 2 wide receiver spots up for grabs

first_imgSyracuse football’s training camp begins July 30. Every day leading up to camp, The Daily Orange’s football beat writers will take a look at some of the upcoming season’s most pressing storylines, players and position battles. Read more on the Countdown to Camp here.The passing game drove Syracuse’s strong offensive output last year. In part, it was the strong play of quarterback Eric Dungey, but he missed several games down the stretch. Still, the offense played well. That was especially the case in the season finale against Pittsburgh, when the Orange put up 61 points.The strong core of wide receivers kept Syracuse motoring, led by record-setting Amba Etta-Tawo. Now, Etta-Tawo and the dynamic Brisly Estime are gone. Last year, SU deployed four wide receiver sets. Etta-Tawo and Steve Ishmael usually lined up on the outside, Ervin Philips and Estime on the inside.In his senior season, Ishmael will take over as the primary outside receiver, and Philips was already the No. 1 on the inside. The Orange has to find a second outside and inside receiver to fill the holes. There are two receivers competing for both jobs, and training camp will provide all four a chance to show why they are most deserving.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJacob Greenfeld | Staff PhotographerThe first depth chart lists Jamal Custis and Devin Butler as the two players competing on the outside. They have rather different skill sets. At 6-foot-5, Custis is the tallest wide receiver on the roster. He would bring an unparalleled size factor, if he stays on the field. He missed all of last season with an undisclosed injury and caught only five balls in 19 games over two seasons before that.Butler is a speedy wide receiver who could make him an immediate deep threat. But inexperience remains a worry here, too. Butler missed the last six games of the year due to a foot injury, according to multiple reports, and while he was medically OK by spring practices, he has not taken on a major role for SU.The inside receiver battle, per the depth chart, is between Sean Riley and Sean Avant. Riley should have the upper hand here. He caught more balls last year (11) than Avant has in his three years at SU (seven). At 5-foot-8, 155-pounds, Riley is small, even by inside receiver standards. He also figures to take over as the primary return man, which might impact his availability as an inside receiver.’s Stephen Bailey has reported that incoming freshman Nykeim Johnson has impressed early. He will be somebody to keep an eye on for the inside spot opposite Philips. Comments Published on July 27, 2017 at 10:57 am Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

September 16

Water polo team takes fifth in invite

first_imgThe No. 5 USC men’s water polo team took home fifth place at the 2019 SoCal Invitational this weekend at UCLA’s Spieker Aquatics Center. Redshirt senior 2-meter Sam Slobodien was a problem for the Cal defense, drawing six of USC’s first seven 6-on-5’s, four of which they converted. The Trojans held an 8-4 lead going into the second half.  The Trojans secured a decisive 14-6 victory over No. 14 Princeton to open the weekend Friday. Though the Tigers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, USC responded with 5 straight goals. The Trojans entered the second half with a 9-5 lead after allowing just a single goal in the second period.  Twelve different Trojans contributed to the total team scoring effort, including three freshmen in driver Chris Sturtevant, driver Marcus Longton and 2-meter Grayden Reynolds. As champions of last year’s invite, USC looked to keep its hopes of a repeat alive on day two of the action.  Saturday’s doubleheader started with a high-scoring thriller against No. 4 Pacific. Tied 8-8 at the half, the teams battled back and forth throughout the second, but with under five minutes remaining, the Trojans faced a 4-goal deficit.  “At the end of the day, a win is a win,” Dasic said. “We did a good job in the first half, so we just had to stay calm because we know that’s how Cal plays,” Dasic said. “They’re always very aggressive.” Sophomore goalie Nic Porter was a force in the net with 12 total saves, holding down the LBSU offense to no goals in the second period and one in the third. The strong defensive effort secured a 9-6 win and sent USC to the fifth-place match. The Trojans refocused and set their sights on the next match of the day against Long Beach State. USC defeated the 49ers 13-6 in its home opener this season and used that familiarity to its advantage in their second meeting.  “I think at half, we still played good defense not allowing that many goals,” head coach Marko Pintaric said. “Just the tempo of today’s game and the physicality was a little extraordinary, and I think that’s the reason a lot of goals were scored … That attitude [caused] a significant drop in defense.” “We are allowing way too many goals compared to seasons in the past, and the No. 1 focus is on defense for the rest of the season,” Pintaric said. “We have to just become more consistent to play defense throughout the whole game.” Hat tricks from junior driver Jacob Mercep, sophomore 2-meter Jake Ehrhardt and senior driver Marin Dasic helped USC beat Cal 13-12 Sunday morning. The match was remarkably physical, featuring a whopping 36 total exclusions. Cal converted on four power plays to bring the deficit to one after trailing 13-8 in the fourth. USC ran down the clock for 20 seconds to edge out the Bears. The focus is on defense as the Trojans depart from the invitational section of the regular season. Tensions flared between the two teams in the second half, resulting in numerous whistles. Sophomore driver Hannes Daube defends a Long Beach State player in a match earlier this season. Daube’s 5 goals Saturday were not enough to help the Trojans advance past day two of the tournament. (Catherine Liang / Daily Trojan) Sophomore driver Hannes Daube led a quick three-score surge, bringing him to 5 total goals in the match. But as the last one came with just seven seconds left, it was too late. The Tigers handed the Trojans their second loss of the season and put them out of contention for repeating last year’s victory. The Trojans will play their second home match of the season at Uytengsu Aquatics Center next Saturday against UC Irvine at 1 p.m.last_img read more

September 16

Opponent preview: What to know about Bucknell

first_imgSyracuse (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) is riding its first winning streak of the season as it welcomes Bucknell (2-3) on Saturday. It’ll be the first time in eight years that the Bison will enter the Carrier Dome, and SU’s last game before the NIT Tip-Off moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Here’s what to know about the Orange’s matchup against the Bison.Gambling Odds: As of Friday evening, Syracuse is 13.5-point favorite, with an over/under of 135, according to Pinnacle.All-time series: Syracuse leads 9-1The Bucknell report: The Bison have lost back-to-back games on the road, souring a 2-1 start. Canisius outlasted Bucknell 83-81 in Buffalo on Nov. 16, and three days later Penn State blew past the Bison, 98-70. Five players are averaging double-digit points, though. John Meeks (13.6 points per game) leads the group, with Jimmy Sotos (12.0) and senior forward Bruce Moore (11.2) rounding out the top three. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBucknell is ranked 143rd in adjusted offensive efficiency, while their defense is 158th, per KenPom. The visitors will enter averaging more points per game than the Orange (73.6-66.3) and shoot the 3-ball better, too (38.5%-32.3%). The biggest threat to Syracuse will be Meeks. The junior center is used on more than 28% of possessions and has made eight 3-pointers over five games. He also places second on the Bison in rebounding (4.8). He does all of this off the bench, with Paul Newman starting at the 5 and hauling more than eight rebounds a contest. How Syracuse beats Cornell: Syracuse beats Bucknell like it’s beaten the rest of its nonconference games: Out-shoot them. SU has relied on the 3 this season and Saturday will be no different. While Bucknell holds opponents to a 26.7% 3-point clip, that number is slightly inflated after Fairfield shot 2-for-12 on Nov. 5. In their last three games, the Bison have allowed 3-point totals of six, six and five. The Orange should be able to get their looks from behind the arc like they have all season. The key will be making them and not following up a lackluster shooting performance with a worse one. It bodes well for Syracuse that Bucknell will likely be shooting primarily from deep. The Bison offense sees 40.8% of its points come from beyond the arc, good for 26th in the nation. In its most-used rotation over the last three games, Bucknell is able to place four shooters on the floor that can make 3s above a 40% rate. Expect the shots to fly through the Dome and whoever makes the most should take the victory.Stat to know: 62.8% — The percentage of points scored against Bucknell that come from inside the paint. The Bison’s have been able to limit the 3-pointer through 5 games. KenPom odds: Syracuse has been given a 87% chance to win. The projected final score is a 73-61 SU win.Player to watch: Sotos, guard, No. 4The junior from Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is Bucknell’s most-frequent shooter. He leads the team in attempts (29) and makes (12) through five games, while posting the fourth-best percentage (41.4). Sotos also leads the Bison in average minutes per game and will be an active member of a defense limiting SU’s own 3-point attack. Comments Published on November 22, 2019 at 8:49 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more