September 16

Boeheim’s Army advances to second round of The Basketball Tournament despite upset scare

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 27, 2019 at 12:23 am Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Jordan Crawford jab-stepped his right foot out and hesitated. The shot clock had ticked under five seconds late in the third quarter as John Gillon’s crosscourt pass arrived, giving the Boeheim’s Army guard no time or space to drive. We Are D3’s Johnny McCarthy had already closed out with his hand raised.With McCarthy’s hand in his face, Crawford elevated and sunk a 3-pointer from the left wing to put Boeheim’s Army ahead, 51-48. It was BA’s first lead since the game’s opening baskets. For 24 minutes, those shots hadn’t fallen for Crawford or anyone on Boeheim’s Army. Their passes were tipped, shots bothered and rebounds corralled by D3’s forwards. Defensively, neither man-to-man nor 2-3 defenses prevented We Are D3’s shooters from slipping wide open. But late in the third quarter, that changed.“I don’t think any of us felt we played good all game,” Crawford, who scored 17 points, said. “It’s just about grinding it out.”Riding the third quarter surge, Boeheim’s Army slowly clawed its way back from a 26-15 first quarter deficit and defeated D3 68-65. The comeback started with a switch from the 2-3 zone to man-to-man on defense, continued with more accurate shooting and was capped off by Hakim Warrick and Arinze Onuaku’s play in the paint. With the win, Boeheim’s Army finds itself in a second-round matchup against Gael Nation — a team it defeated in 2017 — on Saturday afternoon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We did what we needed to do,” head coach Ryan Blackwell said. “We locked them on defense at the right time, we made some plays, but we’ve got to be better going forward.”It wasn’t supposed to be that close. After TBT announced in January that a regional would be held at Onondaga Community College, excitement built around the Syracuse alumni roster. Mainstays Warrick and Eric Devendorf returned. Fan-favorite Gillon announced his commitment. Jordan Crawford became only the third non-SU alum to play for Boeheim’s Army. Slowly, general manager Kevin Belbey assembled a roster that had enough talent to become only the second team not named Overseas Elite to win the TBT championship in the tournament’s six years.But from the opening tip, the perceived talent disparity was missing. Crawford missed his first two shots – so too did Andrew White. By the end of the first quarter, Boeheim’s Army shot a combined 4-for-12 from the field compared to D3’s 11-for-17. During those nine minutes, D3 grabbed control. McCarthy corralled the ball on the left-wing, stepped up, and sunk a three. Arik Smith — who led all scorers with 20 points — floated a jumper and hit a 3-pointer of his own. Blackwell stroked his chin and folded his hands together while pacing the sidelines. Devendorf talked with Onuaku about his defense at the bottom of the 2-3. While BA struggled, D3 thrived from the field.“We were a little lackadaisical on defense, and that gave them the opportunity to get in a rhythm and get going,” Blackwell said.After the switch to zone, Boeheim’s Army started to disrupt passing lanes and shooting rhythms. Devendorf stole a kick-out pass. Then, a Gillon steal. With that, Boeheim’s Army began to close the gap: eight by the second quarter’s media timeout, two by halftime. With 40 seconds left in the second, John Gillon jumped and swung his arms in the right corner as Devendorf brought the ball up. Instead of attempting to thread a pass into the opening, Devendorf took two dribbles, pulled up from the middle of the court and calmly sunk a three.“When we play zone, if you’re not out there flying around, it’s not gonna be a Syracuse zone,” Warrick said. “I think the man kinda got us going.”Finally, using a 12-4 run to close the third quarter, BA grabbed the lead. With a target score of 68 and a four-point lead entering the Elam Ending, BA tallied four free throws — including the game-sealer by Crawford — to clinch the win, fighting off a late run that cut their lead to two.  After Onuaku placed the “Boeheim’s Army” tag on the bracket above Gael Nation, Blackwell and Crawford slumped in two chairs before the postgame conference room filled with media and other BA players.“I know I didn’t have a rhythm for a minute,” Crawford said to Blackwell. The pair shook their heads and conversed: now BA knows what to expect, now they were tested, now they’ve proved their ability to win close games, albeit against a lesser team. Blackwell rested his arms on the black tablecloth. “They played hard man, they played really hard,” he said. “Got in the passing lanes almost every possession.”A smirk crossed Crawford’s face as he swung his arm around the two seats next to him. He stared at the table. “No. Every possession.” But, that didn’t matter anymore. Boeheim’s Army had done enough. Commentslast_img read more

August 12

Dr. Fauci: Florida Jumped “Over a Couple of Checkpoints” in Reopening

first_imgAs Florida crossed the 4,000-death threshold for the coronavirus pandemic and logged the most deaths in a 24-hour period on Thursday, the state became the focus of criticism from the nation’s top infectious disease expert.Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called out Florida for bypassing guidelines and opening too soon.“Certainly Florida jumped over a couple of checkpoints,” he said in an interview with FiveThirtyEight.Fauci also told the Wall Street Journal that states that are experiencing spikes in cases and deaths, including Florida, should again consider lockdowns.“I think any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down,” he said. The state’s one-day death toll high is a likely sign of a rise in coronavirus deaths in the days ahead, according to Dr. Jay Wolfson, Professor of Public Health, Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of South Florida. “It’s going to get worse,” he said.Dr. Wolfson adds that the rise in deaths typically comes last, weeks after the initial spike in cases occurs. “It’s a cascade,” Wolfson said, “and we are just in the early phases of that cascade.”The state’s Department of Health on Thursday reported 232,718 confirmed cases and 4,009 deaths.In a news conference in Jacksonville on Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida and the rest of the Sun Belt region seems to be experiencing a “natural peak” in new cases.He added that most new cases are in younger populations, who are more likely to avoid serious illness and death.last_img read more

August 12

Serena wins 3rd US Open in row, 18th Slam

first_imgSerena Williams, of the United States, hugs the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams ended a difficult-for-her Grand Slam season in the best way possible, winning her third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major title overall.And like each of her matches at Flushing Meadows the past two weeks, the final wasn’t close at all — a 6-3, 6-3 victory over good friend Caroline Wozniacki that lasted only 75 minutes Sunday.Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the fourth-most in history. Williams also matched Evert’s total of six championships at the U.S. Open and became the first woman to win three in a row since Evert’s four-title run from 1975-78.Not only did Williams, ranked and seeded No. 1, win all 14 sets she played in the tournament, she never even dropped more than three games in any of them.When the final ended, Williams dropped to her back behind the baseline, covering her hands with her face. Her first major trophy also came in New York, in 1999, when she was 17.“It is a pleasure for me to win my first Grand Slam here and then this No. 18,” Williams said, her voice choking. “So I’m really emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”Williams earned $4 million, a record in tennis — $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having had the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit. Evert and Navratilova joined her on court during the trophy and check ceremony.Williams also has won five titles apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, plus two at the French Open. Only three players have more Slams to their credit: Margaret Court with 24, Steffi Graf with 22, and Helen Wills Moody with 19.Until the U.S. Open, though, Williams had not been at her best on her sport’s biggest stages in 2014. She lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the second round at the French Open, and the third round at Wimbledon, where a disoriented Williams also struggled through an odd appearance in doubles that was attributed to a viral illness.Back at the top of her game, Williams broke Wozniacki’s serve five times and compiled a hard-to-believe 29-4 edge in winners.“You really deserved it today. You played better than me,” the 24-year-old Wozniacki said. “You’re an unbelievable champion and you’re an inspiration to me, both on and off the court. You’re an unbelievable friend — and you definitely owe drinks later.”Remarkably, until a cross-court backhand on the run in the final game that Williams applauded, the only winners registered by the 10th-seeded Wozniacki came on a trio of aces.That was, in part, a result of the Dane’s iffy play in only her second Grand Slam final — she lost to Kim Clijsters at the 2009 U.S. Open — but mainly due to Williams’ relentless pursuit of every ball.A few weeks shy of her 33rd birthday, making the American the oldest major champion since Navratilova was 33 at Wimbledon in 1990, Williams powered this way and that in her black-and-pink hightops. Wozniacki is the one training for the New York City Marathon, but she was tuckered out by the end.Wozniacki may as well have been an extra in this Williams highlight reel. Points were directed by Williams, via serves that reached 120 mph (194 kph), forceful returns that backed Wozniacki into a corner when not producing outright winners, unreachable groundstrokes or the occasional volley.Yes, this was all about Williams. At times, it felt as if Wozniacki were there because, well, someone needed to be on the opposite side of the net.They’ve been pals for years, and they hung out together in Miami — heading to the beach, watching an NBA playoff game — after both lost early at the French Open in May. Wozniacki says Williams helped her get over the end of her engagement to golf star Rory McIlroy.“We text almost every day. She’s such a great person, a nice friend,” Williams said, before turning to address Wozniacki.“I know you’re going to be winning very, very soon, maybe even Australia,” Williams said, referring to the next major tournament, in January, “so I got to go home and get fit again so I can be ready for you there.”The friendship between Williams and Wozniacki did not matter one bit, of course, while they played with so much at stake as early evening shadows moved across Arthur Ashe Stadium.As Williams put it beforehand, referring to her older sister, “If I can play Venus, I can play anybody.”Sure looked that way Sunday.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrichlast_img read more

November 19

Goel steps in to rescue sacked footballer Vineeth

first_imgNew Delhi, May 19 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel has come out in support of Indian footballer C K Vineeth after his employer, Kerala Accountant Generals office, sacked him due to low attendance. “If rules are a hindrance, we might change the rules because they are dedicated for the passion of sports,” said Goel in a statement. Goel said he will speak to the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the matter. “A player has to play continuously and hence is unable to meet the mandatory guideline. I will speak to Kerala Chief Minister and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) office in New Delhi to seek their intervention to accommodate this player and change the rules.” Vineet joined the Accountant Generals office in 2012 through sports quota. The footballer has played both in the I-League and Indian Super League. PTI BS AH AHlast_img read more

September 11

STATE REP RACE Representative Shaunna OConnell Campaigns For Pina Prinzivalli

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — On Thursday night, State Representative Shaunna O’Connell (R- Taunton), headlined a fundraising event at the Knights of Columbus for Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury), candidate for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District“I’m pleased to be able to come all the way up from Taunton because that’s how important it is that we support Pina,” said O’Connell who represents the 3rd Bristol District and is best known for uncovering fraud, waste and abuse in the welfare system to make sure benefits are going to those who are in need.“The fact that Pina has been in this race since October, working hard, knocking on doors, meeting people, talking to business owners, finding out the concerns of the people she wants to represent says a great deal about her. She is the kind of person who has the drive, the commitment and the perseverance that we need on Beacon Hill.”Since launching her campaign last year, Prinzivalli has worked to lower the sales tax and establish an annual tax free weekend by collecting signatures for a ballot question. She’s the only candidate to have signed the Taxpayers Protection Pledge. Prinzivalli has also pledged to never vote herself a pay raise and in the event there’s an increase in salary, she will donate the money to charity.“If Pina was with us during the pay raises, she would have stood up against it because that’s the kind of person she is,” said O’Connell. “Pina will stand up and fight for what’s right. She will fight for her district and she will work to expose what’s going on to change the culture of our legislature so it’s truly the house of the people.”Earlier in the week, the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee unanimously endorsed Prinzivalli’s candidacy over another Republican in the race.“Pina has already shown that she will fight for her core values,” said Ruth Chou, chairman of the Tewksbury RTC. “Pina has also shown her determination to create opportunities to achieve her goals rather than wait for opportunities to fall into her lap. This is why we’re proud to endorse her.”(NOTE: The above press release is from State Rep. Pina Prinzivalli.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Billerica State Rep. Marc Lombardo Endorses PrinzivalliIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Receives Endorsement Of Tewksbury Republican Town CommitteeIn “Government”last_img read more

September 5

From Mamatas kurtas to love for mangoes Heres what PM Modi shared

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi in a candid conversation with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar at 7 Lok Kalyan marg.In a candid conversation with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar at 7 Lok Kalyan marg, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about everything but politics. Here are some of the interesting things from the hour-long interaction of Prime Minister and Akshay Kumar:Narendra Modi says he never dreamt of becoming the Prime Minister of India because he had not seen anything beyond the village. “I never thought of coming this far. The journey started and the nation took me along,” said PM Modi.When the ‘Khiladi’ star asked the Prime Minister why he doesn’t stay with his mother or any family, the PM said, “I was very, very young when I gave up all ties.”Despite a political rivalry, PM Modi said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sends kurtas and sweets to him every year.PM Modi got nostalgic while revealing his love for Mangoes to Akshay Kumar. “I love eating mangoes. Gujarat has a tradition of Aamras as well,” Modi said. “While growing up, we did not have the luxury to buy mangoes. But I loved plucking mangoes directly from the tree. It used to be the best but now, I have to keep a tab on my diet,” PM Modi said.PM Modi said that he used to wash his own clothes until he became Gujarat chief minister. While interacting with the actor, PM Modi said that it was in his nature to look presentable and live properly. “Until I became Gujarat CM, I used to wash my own clothes. It was in my nature to live properly,” Modi stated.When the film star asked PM Modi if there are times when he gets angry, PM Modi said that he does not get the opportunity to express his anger. “I have trained myself to refrain from expressing my anger as it would affect my work and deviate focus from the agenda.”The 51-year-old actor Akshay Kumar shared a glimpse of his conversation with PM Modi. Taking to Twitter, the Kesari actor wrote: “While the whole country is talking elections and politics, here’s a breather. Privileged to have done this candid and COMPLETELY NON POLITICAL freewheeling conversation with our PM @narendramodi.”While the whole country is talking elections and politics, here’s a breather. Privileged to have done this candid and COMPLETELY NON POLITICAL freewheeling conversation with our PM @narendramodi . Watch it at 9AM tomorrow via @ANI for some lesser known facts about him! pic.twitter.com/Owji9xL9zn— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 23, 2019last_img read more