September 16

No. 10 Virginia Tech steamrolls Syracuse, 78-56, in SU’s worst loss since 2016

first_imgBLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Tech fanbase, clad in Hokies maroon and burnt orange, packed into the bleachers of a sold-out Cassell Coliseum, where they’re now 11-0 this season. They rallied around the Hokies with every basket. Every forced turnover. Every forced shot clock violation. They looked for any reason to cheer, growing louder as the game wore on, and the Hokies lead extended further and further out of Syracuse’s reach.A collective gasp followed every near-takeaway. The Hokies’ high-pressure man-to-man defense forced four shot-clock violations. Guard Justin Robinson freed himself up to go 9-for-13 from deep — shattering a program record for single-game made 3-pointers. They carved into the 2-3 zone with a mix of lights-out 3-point shooting, inside-out ball movement and a bevy of cuts to the rim.The Orange entered Saturday night winners of three-straight, but they played maybe their worst basketball against one of the conference’s best teams. The 10th-ranked Hokies (16-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) handled Syracuse (14-6, 5-2), 78-56, by moving the ball with ease and creating chaos on the SU perimeter. It’s the Orange’s worst defeat since they lost to St. John’s at the Carrier Dome in 2016.“Their defense was really, really good,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We did a very poor job of finding Robinson. Our offensive struggles bled over into our defense, and we don’t do a very good job of locating him. They passed it out more than most teams, and we didn’t react to it.”The loss slows a surging SU team that came to Blacksburg in pursuit of a second top-10 road win in a 12-day span. Syracuse had altered the trajectory of its season. The Orange hobbled to four nonconference losses, then lost by 14 at home to one of the ACC’s weakest teams in Georgia Tech. Road games at Duke and Virginia Tech loomed. Yet SU put up 95 points in an overtime victory over the then-No. 1 Blue Devils on national TV, and all of a sudden every game on the schedule became winnable.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen came Virginia Tech. On numerous possessions, the Hokies left Syracuse with no room. They doubled pick-and-rolls. They were all over SU junior shooting guard Tyus Battle when he touched the ball, largely cutting off any room for him to run. He finished with just 10 points on 10 shot attempts. With the perimeter in gridlock, Syracuse didn’t find much offensive rhythm.Ideally, when a team doubles the ball handler in high-screen situations, the big bumps toward the basket. A dump-off pass is the desired outcome, Boeheim said, but that puts the onus on senior center Paschal Chukwu, who finished with two points and didn’t alter shots defensively.“Some nights, he has nothing,” Boeheim said. “Tonight, he had nothing.”The 43-24 halftime deficit seemed to jolt the Orange. For as much as Virginia Tech pressured the ball on the perimeter, gaps opened inside. The backdoor was there. The high post, mainly sophomore forward Oshae Brissett’s territory, had points written all over it. He finished with a team-high 16 points. The Orange exploded out of the half to an 11-0 run. The arena went quiet, and Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams called a timeout.The Hokies shot back with a 14-1 run: In time, a Virginia Tech 3-pointer pushed the SU deficit to 15. Assistant coach Allen Griffin leaned back in his chair. After Brissett missed a layup near the left block, the Hokies marched back and connected on an alley-oop to push the lead to 18. Rapid ball movement inside and out left an open Ty Outlaw on the perimeter. His shot swished. SU senior point guard Frank Howard stood still. The arena got loud, and the Hokies never looked back, pushing the lead to as much as 25.When Robinson drilled 3 after 3, the Orange could not respond. When the Hokies stripped the ball loose and pushed the ball up court for a transition score, they could not respond then either.“We knew that we had to get the ball to the high post and let the high-post guy operate,” said Robinson, who also broke the program’s career assists record. “We made great decisions in the high post, and everything just opened up. In a zone like that, they converge in the middle. So, who are you going to guard on the outside?”The options VT had on the perimeter — always at least three shooters on the floor at once — haunted SU. Boeheim said he didn’t elect to counter their 3-point approach by inserting freshman sharpshooter Buddy Boeheim because VT’s defense was perimeter oriented. Boeheim also said it didn’t help that the Orange had only one day to prepare for the Hokies, while the Hokies had four days. Their preparation time allowed them to develop a plan against the SU 2-3 zone, he said. Generally, Boeheim wants at least two days to prepare for an opponent.Over the past week, the Orange handled Pittsburgh and Miami with ease. With a second top-10 road win, Syracuse had a chance to propel itself near the top of arguably college basketball’s top conference. But the Orange ran into a wall of a Hokies defense that combined with a relentless offensive attack to keep SU at bay.“They made it tough,” said Battle, who added two rebounds and a pair of assists. “They were swarming the pick-and-rolls, clogging passing and driving lanes.”At the under-eight timeout, Syracuse trailed by 15. At the under-four timeout, the VT lead had swelled to 25. “Let’s go Hokies” boomed through the arena as dozens of Syracuse fans filed for the exits. When the final buzzer sounded Saturday night, the Orange filed into the locker room, their minds trying to make sense of the program’s worst loss in two-plus years. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on January 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

August 28

Africa United Cup 2015: Dream Team to face TP Mazembe

first_imgA local select side, named the ‘Dream Team’ will host CAF Champions League finalists TP Mazembe at the Accra Sports Stadium to battle for the African United Cup.The match will be played to climax the Mo Ibrahim Annual Governance Weekend.It is expected that former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah as well as ex-internationals Laryea Kingston, Godwin Attram and John Mensah will all feature for the Dream Team.The three day event will see Primeval Media as the main organizers of the football match after being contracted by the Office of the President, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.“It is going to be a three-day event which starts on the Friday 20th of November, then there will be a musical concert on the Saturday before the match on the Sunday,” Chief Executive Officer of Primeval Media Larry Opare Otoo said at the launch of the football match on Tuesday.Dreams FC and former Black Stars captain C.K Akunnor will head the technical team of the Dream Team with the organizers in advanced talks with the various league clubs to secure the services of their players for the match. Fans will be entertained before, during and after the match from leading Ghanaian artistes Gasmilla and Shatta Wale with the renowned DJ Black on the turntables.Players Selected for Dream Team:Soulama Abdoulaye (Hearts of Oak), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars), Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Tijani Joshua (AshGold), Lawrence Lartey (AshGold), Abeiku Ainooson (Asante Kotoko), Robin Gnagne (Hearts of Oak), Ahmed Adams (Asante Kotoko), Eric Kwakwa (Medeama), Kadri Mohammed (AshGold), Zakaria Mumuni (WAFA), Joseph Gordon (Medeama), Kennedy Ashia (Liberty Professionals), Latif Anabila (New Edubiase), Kofi Owusu (Berekum Chelsea), Joel Fameyeh (Asokwa Deportivo), Samuel Tetteh (WAFA), Latif Blessing (Liberty Professionals), Eric Opoku (AshGold), Bright Lukman (Ebusua Dwarfs) and Dan Darkwa (Aduana Stars).last_img read more

August 13

I’m my own man, insists Van Niekerk

first_img– ‘Not a walk in the park’ –“To be honest with you it really did upset me a bit,” said van Niekerk.“The amount of respect I have shown each and every competitor, including Makwala, and for him to come out and mention my name amongst something fishy with the IAAF, knowing how hard I have been working…“I have been putting out great performances for two years now and I definitely deserve way more respect from my competitors.“I wouldn’t say it affected me, but I expected more from someone I have been competing against for years now.“There has been continued respect, and for him to come out with that was a bit disappointing.”Van Niekerk said he was delighted with the performances of several other South Africans at the championships and the fact that his achievements have helped persuade others to take up the sport instead of opting for the more traditional ones of football, cricket or rugby.However, he had a warning for them.“I wish they could be a bit more patient and respect the process as well,” said van Niekerk.“It is not a walk in the park, you need to take it step-by-step and learn from your experiences and take it from there.“The youngsters who are coming through now get it a bit easier than we got, we had to fight a bit harder.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayde van Niekerk says he is building his own “image and brand” and doesn’t want to be tagged as the successor to track and field legends Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson.The 25-year-old South African 400 metres world record holder just missed out on emulating Johnson’s feat of the 200/400m world championship double, which the American achieved in the 1995 championships, when he took silver in the 200 metres on Thursday behind surprise winner Ramil Guliyev of Turkey.He had successfully defended his 400m world title earlier in the week.Nevertheless, van Niekerk, who was unusually emotional after the race, raising his arms in celebration when he heard he had finished second, said he believed his effort had been “successful”.However, he dismissed comparisons with either Johnson — whose 400m world record the South African shattered when he won the Olympic title last year — or 100/200m world record holder Bolt, who is competing in his final global championships.“I will never try and fill Usain’s shoes, or Michael’s,” said van Niekerk.“I’ve shown enough dominance, hard work and performances to start building my own image and brand.“I have the utmost respect for Usain and he is the one I have been watching over the last few years. I have got to know him quite well and I thank him for what he has done for the sport.“This week is the perfect time for us to honour him.”However, van Niekerk, who is coached by 74-year-old ‘Auntie’ Ans Botha, tore up the script with regard to his normal generous and complimentary remarks about his rivals when it came to Botswana’s Isaac Makawala, who made allusions to the South African and the sport’s governing body colluding to have him barred from the 400m so the double dream could stay alive.Makwala, who finished out of the medals in the 200m, had been barred after being diagnosed with the highly contagious norovirus — something both he and his team hotly-contested — and under British health rules had to be placed in quarantine for 48 hours.last_img read more

August 12

Superb Great Britain & Ireland win the Curtis Cup

first_img Great Britain and Ireland won the Curtis Cup for the first time since 1996 with a superb singles performance at Nairn Golf Club, Scotland. They beat the USA in five of the eight matches for an overall victory scoreline of 10½-9½. It means the Curtis Cup, the Walker Cup, the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup are currently all held on this side of the Atlantic. GB&I were trailing the USA by a point at the start of today’s play, but matters quickly changed. English champion Kelly Tidy came back from three down after six to win the top match and put GB&I on level terms with the USA. Welsh champion Amy Boulden and England’s Holly Clyburn – playing her second Curtis Cup – quickly followed with their wins. GB&I were two points ahead. Next to put her point on the board was England’s world number five, Charley Hull, who romped to a 5/3 win over her opponent and was an estimated three-under par. Meanwhile the Americans had scored two points with wins over Pamela Pretswell of Scotland and Ireland’s Leona Maguire. The state of play was GB&I 9½, USA 8½  – and 10½ points were required for an outright victory.  It fell to Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow to score the point which brought the Curtis Cup back to these shores. She was round in an approximate four-under par, was never behind in her match and birdied the 15th to go dormie three up, before claiming her victory point on the 16th. Meanwhile, England’s Bronte Law had birdied the 15th and, after halving the 16th and 17th, was just one down with one to play. But, with the overall match decided, the hole and the point was conceded to the USA. Singles scores (GB&I names first)    Kelly Tidy beat Austin Ernst 2/1 Amy Boulden beat Emily Tubert 3/1 Holly Clyburn beat Erica Popson 3/2 Pamela Pretswell lost to Lisa McCloskey 4/3 Bronte Law lost to Tiffany Lua 2 down Charley Hull beat Lindy Duncan 5/3 Stephanie Meadow beat Amy Anderson 4/2 Leona Maguire lost to Brooke Pancake 6/5 Picture caption Standing, from left: Holly Clyburn, team manager Anna Hubbard, Charley Hull, Pamela Pretswell, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow Kneeling, from left: Kelly Tidy, captain Tegwen Matthews, Bronte Law and Amy Boulden Full details: www.lgu.org   Curtis Cup match set to tee off 07 June 2012 The 37th Curtis Cup match tees off at 8am tomorrow morning when the first foursomes session gets underway at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. The line-up includes three England internationals – Kelly Tidy, Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law – but omits world number five, Charley Hull. The other player to sit out the first session is Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell. The order of play is: 0800 Kelly Tidy & Amy Boulden v Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 0812 Holly Clyburn & Bronte Law v Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 0824 Leona Maguire & Stephanie Meadow  v Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey The GB&I team are aiming to win the cup for the first time since 1996. And their captain, Tegwen Matthews, makes no secret of her game plan: she wants her players to go on the offensive against the Americans from the first tee in every match. “Over the years, GB&I teams have been very good at fighting back after letting the Americans get too far in front of us to be caught, “ she said. “This time I want it to be the Americans who are playing catch-up golf. I am hammering home to our girls that they have got to start fast, win holes and put the pressure on their opponents.” If the GB&I team do succeed in their mission, the Curtis Cup will join three other major matchplay trophies which are already held on this side of the Atlantic: the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup and the Walker Cup. The full GB&I team is: Amy Boulden (Conwy, Wales) 18, Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 21, Charley Hull (Woburn) 16, Bronte Law (Bramhall) 17, Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell, Ireland) 17, Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle, Scotland) 22, Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 20, Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush, Ireland) 20. This is Holly Clyburn’s second Curtis Cup and she commented: “Hopefully we will win the trophy. I honestly think we can. Everyone is in good form and on the leaderboard all the time. It’s exciting and I’m really looking forward to it.” Full details and scoring: www.lgu.org Caption details: Back row (l-r) Kelly Tidy, Charley Hull, Pamela Pretswell, team captain Tegwen Matthews, Holly Clyburn, Amy Boulden. Front row (l-r) Leona Maguire, Bronte Law, Stephanie Meadow. 7 Jun 2012 Superb Great Britain & Ireland win the Curtis Cup center_img GB&I in great Curtis Cup fightback 09 June 2012 Great Britain and Ireland staged a fantastic fightback in the Curtis Cup match at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland – taking 2½ points from this afternoon’s three fourballs and cutting the USA lead to just one point. The England pairing of Holly Clyburn and Kelly Tidy won one up; England’s Bronte Law and Ireland’s Leona Maguire halved their match; and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell paired up with Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow for a 2 up victory. The scoreline now stands 6½-5½ in favour of the USA – with the outcome of the match hanging on tomorrow’s eight singles. GB&I are seeking their first win since 1996, while the Americans need 10 points to retain the cup and 10½ for an outright victory. The GB&I performance was crucial after they had managed to win only one of the three morning foursomes and at lunch they were trailing 6-3. But the fightback began straight away. Clyburn and Tidy started birdie, birdie to go one up, but were pulled back to all square by an American birdie on the seventh. On the back nine the wind dropped – and the birdies came to the fore: GB&I birdied the 10th to go one up, but lost the 13th to a birdie. They dropped behind for the first time in the match after they failed to par the short 14th, but had the perfect answer with birdies on 15 and 16 to go ahead again.  Two halves gave them their point. Teenagers Law and Maguire won the first hole and were never behind in their match. Twice they extended the advantage to two holes but the Americans pulled them back and the match was all square after 13 holes – the first time they’d been on level terms since the fourth. The battle continued over the five closing holes, each halved as all four players demonstrated steely nerves. Another precious half point for GB&I. Meadow and Pretswell were down just once in their match, after the USA won the third, but they won the fifth and sixth with birdies to go one up and still held that advantage at the turn. They lost the lead with a bogey on the 10th, regained it on the 13th,  lost it again on the short 14th,  but crucially regained it on the 17th where Pretswell played a superb three-quarter nine-iron to within 3ft of the pin to set up a birdie. The finished two up after the USA failed to hole vital putts on the last green and were three-under par for a five-hour round. The second day’s play attracted nearly 3000 spectators. Fourball results (GB&I first) Holly Clyburn & Kelly Tidy beat Emily Tubert & Amy Anderson 1 up Leona Maguire & Bronte Law halved with Brooke Pancake & Austin Ernst Stephanie Meadow & Pamela Pretswell beat Tiffany Lua & Erica Popson 2up Singles draw (GB&I first) 10:00 Kelly Tidy v Austin Ernst 10:10 Amy Boulden v Emily Tubert 10:20 Holly Clyburn v Erica Popson 10:30 Pamela Pretswell v Lisa McCloskey 10:40 Bronte Law v Tiffany Lua 10:50 Charley Hull v Lindy Duncan 11:00 Stephanie Meadow v Amy Anderson 11:10 Leona Maguire v Brooke Pancake   Full details: www.lgu.org     Irish pair win in Curtis Cup foursomes 09 June 2012 Great Britain & Ireland took one point from this morning’s foursomes sessions at the Curtis Cup match at a very wet Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. The USA, who need 10 points to retain the trophy, now hold a 6-3 lead. The GB&I success was recorded by the all-Ireland pair of Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow who beat their opponents 3/1. But Charley Hull – England’s world number five – and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell were beaten 3/2 in the top match, while Holly Clyburn of England and Welsh champion Amy Boulden lost 2 down. Maguire and Meadow had the satisfaction of turning the tables on the pair who beat them in yesterday’s opening foursomes. The Irish combination got off to a very quick start, winning the first hole and getting to three-up after four. They were never behind in their match although their opponents twice narrowed the margin to just one hole. However, wins at the 16th and 17th gave the GB&I pair their point. Hull and Pretswell lost the first two holes to birdies and, although they managed to get back to all square after their own birdies on the fifth and seventh, they were never able to take the lead in the match. The Americans forged ahead again, winning the eighth and ninth with pars, to reach the turn at two up. The GB&I pair pulled one back at the 10th, but they lost the 13th and 15th – to a birdie – to go dormie three down, bowing out when the 16th was halved. Clyburn and Boulden won the first hole but were three down after six – only to battle back by winning the next three holes to reach the turn all square. The GB&I pair also won the 11th to go ahead for the first time, but were immediately pulled back to all square and then lost the 15th to go one down. Again, they came straight back to square matters on the 16th, but the Americans edged ahead with a par on 17 and, after both pairs found the wet rough off the 18th tee, also won the last. The USA captain Pat Cornett broke her right ankle in an incident at the start of yesterday afternoon’s fourballs and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Past USA Curtis Cup team member and captain Carol Semple Thompson, served as interim captain for the afternoon’s matches. Pat resumed her duties this morning. Foursomes results (GB&I names first) Pamela Pretswell & Charley Hull lost to Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 3/2 Holly Clyburn & Amy Boulden  lost to Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 2 down Stephanie Meadow & Leona Maguire beat Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey  3/1 The draw for the afternoon fourballs is: Holly Clyburn & Kelly Tidy v Emily Tubert & Amy Anderson Leona Maguire & Bronte Law v Brooke Pancake & Austin Ernst Stephanie Meadow & Pamela Pretswell v Tiffany Lua & Erica Popson Full details: www.lgu.org   GB&I fight back in Curtis Cup fourballs 09 June 2012 Great Britain and Ireland fought their way back into the Curtis Cup match at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland with two wins from yesterday’s three afternoon fourballs. It narrowed the gap between GB&I and the USA to two points at the end of the first day’s play, with the visitors holding a 4-2 lead. The USA had made a rapid start when they won all three morning foursomes – and they maintained the momentum by winning the top fourball against England’s world number five, Charley Hull, and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell. The players shared 11 birdies during the 15 holes of the match and the Americans were approximately six-under par, while the GB&I pair were an estimated three-under. But then the American progress was halted by GB&I. The all-England pairing of Kelly Tidy and Holly Clyburn won their match on the 17th, while fellow England international Bronte Law and Welsh champion Amy Boulden defeated their opponents on the 16th. Tidy and Clyburn won the first hole and were ahead for most of their match. They dropped behind after losing the seventh to an eagle three, but got back on level terms when they won the 10th with a par. They moved ahead by winning the 12th and 13th and although they lost the 16th, they came straight back at their opponents to win both the 17th and the match. Law and Boulden had to play catch-up early on when their opponents had four birdies in the first seven holes and held a two up lead. But from then on, the GB&I pair turned the match around and didn’t lose another hole. They won the eighth with a birdie and were all square after the ninth was conceded – and then moved steadily on, winning 10, 13 and 16 to claim their point. Fourball results (GB&I names first) Pamela Pretswell & Charley Hull lost to Amy Anderson & Emily Tubert 4/3 Kelly Tidy & Holly Clyburn beat Brooke Pancake & Erica Popson 2/1 Bronte Law & Amy Boulden beat Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey 3/2 Round three foursomes draw: 0800 Pamela Pretswell & Charley Hull v  Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 0812 Holly Clyburn & Amy Boulden v Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 0824 Stephanie Meadow & Leona Maguire v Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey Full details: www.lgu.org   USA strike first blow in Curtis Cup 08 June 2012 The USA struck the first blow in the Curtis Cup by winning all three matches in the opening foursomes at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. It was the exact opposite of the start hoped for by GB&I captain Tegwen Matthews, who had spoken of the need to make the Americans play catch-up golf. She said:  “I’m afraid that wasn’t quite the fast start we wanted. It’s disappointing. There was some good golf played out there but the Americans were just that bit sharper than us on and around the greens. “That’s something I’m going to talk to the girls about at lunchtime. We need to hole a few more putts and if we do that, there’s no reason why we can’t get back into the match. There’s still a long way to go.” The top GB&I pair of English champion Kelly Tidy and Welsh champion Amy Boulden lost by one hole, having held the lead for much of their match. They got off to a quick start when they won the first hole and they were two up after eight and still held that advantage with five to play. However, they lost the 14th to go back to one up; the 16th to go all square and the 17th to drop behind. The all-England pairing of Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law lost the first two holes to birdies and were three down after five. They settled into the match with a long string of halves before winning the 13th and 15th, with a birdie, but bowed out of the game on the 17th. The Americans quickly took the upper hand in the third game, with birdies on the first three holes, and were six up at the turn against Ireland’s Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow. The GB&I pair won the 11th and 12th but lost the 14th and the match. England’s world number five Charley Hull and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell sat out the first session but are in action in this afternoon’s fourballs.The draw: 13.00 Pamela Pretswell and Charley Hull v Amy Anderson and Emily Tubert 13.15 Kelly Tidy and Holly Clyburn v Brooke Pancake and Erica Popson 13.30 Bronte Law and Amy Boulden v Lindy Duncan and Lisa McCloskey Foursomes results (GB&I names first) Kelly Tidy & Amy Boulden lost to Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 1 down Holly Clyburn & Bronte Law lost to Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 2/1 Leona Maguire & Stephanie Meadow lost to Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey 5/4 Full details: www.lgu.orglast_img read more