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GOP Senate candidates agree to debate

first_imgIndianapolis, in. — The Indiana Debate Commission’s April 30 televised U.S. Senate Republican primary debate now includes a three-candidate field in what will be the only statewide debate offered live to hundreds of Indiana media outlets.U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita had initially declined, while Indiana businessman Mike Braun and U.S.  Rep. Luke Messer had confirmed the hour-long time slot to debate. With all three now committed with an agreement signed today, the April 30 debate will be broadcast 7 p.m. EDT.Media outlets will be sent specifications at a later date for the live satellite feed and also to share the debate online or in their social media channels. The Indiana Broadcasters Association is a sponsor of the Indiana Debate Commission.“Debate is a great option for Hoosier voters who may be undecided, and we’re pleased that all candidates in this contested GOP primary are now 100 percent invested in this final debate before the May 8 primary,” said Commission President Gerry Lanosga.“The commission continues to be a non-partisan voice for all Indiana voters by making the debate option available to candidates in statewide and contested races,” Lanosga added. “Opening debates up to Hoosier voters is a significant milestone for Indiana campaigns that started in 2007. That mission – Putting Voters First – has not changed. Voters can continue to be active and involved by submitting their questions to us online.”The winner of the May 8 Republican primary will go on to challenge U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, the Democrat incumbent who is completing his first six-year term and was not challenged in a primary contest.Hoosier voters can continue to submit questions that will be considered for this April 30 debate on the commission’s website..last_img read more

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Soldado in as Bale question lingers

first_imgTottenham have moved to further strengthen their squad with a deal to sign striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia, but the future of Gareth Bale remains uncertain. He said on Spurs TV: “Some clubs wanted me this summer but Tottenham Hotspur was the best choice for me and the best club, a club I can fit in to. I played here three years ago for Twente and I was really impressed with the club, the stadium and all the players. “As a group, I know we want to reach the Champions League places. Last season was too bad the team didn’t make it, but I am sure we can improve and make the first four.” Soldado later urged Bale to stay at White Hart Lane so the pair can form a partnership next season. Speaking to reporters at Valencia airport before boarding a flight to London to undergo his medical, the 28-year-old was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS: “Bale is a great footballer and you can see the effort Tottenham are making to prevent him from leaving. Of course I want him to stay.” The forward also left with a parting shot at Los Che. “I’m leaving Valencia because I don’t trust or believe in this project,” he said. “I will say it again: I decided to leave the club the moment I lost faith in this project.” Press Association However, were Bale to be sold to Real Madrid – who are ready to pay a world-record £85million for the Wales international – then that outlay on new players would be offset entirely, opening up the possibility of a move for Roma’s Argentina forward Erik Lamela. Confirming the move for Soldado, a statement on the Tottenham official website said: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Roberto Soldado subject to a medical.” Soldado impressed at Valencia after joining from Getafe three years ago, plundering 80 goals during his 146 appearances for the Mestalla club. He netted 24 goals in La Liga last season and has become an established member of the Spanish national team, who he helped to runner-up spot at this summer’s Confederations Cup. Soldado hails from Valencia but began his career at Real Madrid, scoring 63 goals in 120 league appearances for the B side, Real Madrid Castilla. He also represented the senior team on 16 occasions. The Spaniard’s impending arrival boosts a Spurs strike force that was found light last season, with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor the first-team’s only out-and-out attackers. Tottenham have also brought in Belgian winger Nacer Chadli from FC Twente, in a deal which is reported to have cost some £7m. Chadli is in no doubt he has joined a team going places, as Villas-Boas looks to build on last season’s fifth place finish. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has been keen to bring in some attacking reinforcements and has long been an admirer of 28-year-old Soldado, who has been a prolific goalscorer in the Primera Division. The deal, though, is likely to have cost the White Hart Lane club around £26million, the buy-out clause which last week Valencia president Amadeo warned would have to be met to pry the striker away. If so, it would see Tottenham break the club transfer record set when they signed Paulinho for £17million from Corinthians earlier in the summer. last_img read more

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Boxers ready and rearing to go for GBBC’s Pro/Am card tonight at Giftland Mall

first_imgTHE professional and amateur boxers slated to appear on the Guyana Boxing Board of Control’s (GBBC) `Locked and Loaded’ fight card scheduled for the Giftland Mall, Pattensen, East Coast Demerara, tonight are ready and rearing to get into the `square jungle’to prove their point.The card,which is being sponsored by Guyana Beverages under its brand Fruita orange juice, Ansa McAl under its Stag Beer brand, New India Assurance Limited and Turbo Energy Drink, will get underway from 19:00hrs at the Giftland Mall’s car park and will have as its feature bout, a flyweight contest between Guyana’s Dexter `De Kid’Marques and Venezuela’s Luis Alberto Requena Zarraga over 10 rounds.Marques (15-2-0) will be seeking to shake off the ring rust due to 14 months of inactivity,and victory tonight will most likely guarantee him a Commonwealth title fight, which according to GBBC’s president, Peter Abdool, will be held here in Guyana at the new home of professional boxing: the Giftland Mall.Once he is also successful in that Commonwealth fight, the GBBC has plans for Marques to fight for a world title.So, this makes tonight’s clash with Zarraga very much important.According to Abdool, Marques is the best flyweight fighter in the Caribbean and despite being absent from the ring for 14 months, he can still handle Zarraga and others better than him (Zarraga).The co-feature event is a six-round lightweight bout between Imran `The magic’ Khan and Keeve Allicock.Since turning pro in 2015, Khan has shown that he has what it takes to be a professional fighter, and that is aggression, but for some reason, he hasn’t worked on his stamina.He won his first professional fight by way of a second round knock-out over David Thomas, but lost his other two fights,both to Quincy Gomes after leading on the judges’ scorecard after three rounds.However, Khan stepped up his preparation for tonight’s fight and is beaming with confidence.GCCB’s president,Peter Abdool at the signing of contracts for the card a few weeks ago, had said Sunday’s card is a small card in terms of the number of bouts, but the quality of fights should and would be a booster to professional fights and will serve as motivator that can see fight fans and enthusiasts coming out in their numbers to support boxers of their liking and the sport in general.The other professional fight on tonight’s card brings together Edmund DeClou and Winston Pompey in a six-round super middleweight contest.There will also be three World Boxing Council (WBC) amateur fights.The first will be between Rewinne David and Akeela Malazon in a four-round lightweight bout.Kelon Issacs takes on Euel Agustine in a light welterweight contest and Stephan Gouveia tackles Jackford in a welterweight bout over three rounds.For the first time ever, Guyanese will be able to witness live Mixed Martial Arts as seven bouts are slated for the night and will include two professional and five amateur bouts.last_img

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The Latest: NY Jets, Johnson family donate $2M for relief

first_imgThe Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus.Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings. ___German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.”German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments.Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished. The Latest: NY Jets, Johnson family donate $2M for relief April 23, 2020 The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics.Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities.France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event.The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___ The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums.NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“___ Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief.The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”Fans can choose their horse on www.KentuckyDerby.com starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run. Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.”Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.center_img Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year.The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___ The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic.The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to organizations that are focused primarily on food insecurity, first responders and regional relief.“No region in the country has been affected by COVID-19 more than ours and because of that, our resolve has only grown,” Johnson said in a statement. “These organizations continue to nourish the vulnerable and target the needs of those on our front lines. At no time has being a good teammate ever mattered more.”The $1 million contribution from the Johnsons and the Jets last month supported the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New York Jets and team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey. ___UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.” Associated Press UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete.___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’” Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”Maracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31. The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect.Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgHamlin takes virtual finaleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR’s iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway.This year’s Daytona 500 champion had four fresh tires as he chased down leader Ross Chastain and nudged him out of the way. Chastain retaliated by hitting Hamlin’s car after the checkered flag.Timmy Hill finished second, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chastain and Austin Dillon.Hamlin was instrumental in organizing his fellow Cup drivers for the invitational series that started after the series was suspended. He also won the opening iRacing event on March 22. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is considering the prospect of holding its amateur draft before the Stanley Cup final.The draft had been scheduled for June 26-27, but it was postponed with the season in an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the NHL is deciding whether to hold it earlier in June following the NFL’s success with its virtual draft last month.Such a move means teams would not be able to trade players before or during the draft, there would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap and the draft order could be determined before all games are played. There are mixed feelings about the idea among executives.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The end of this virus-disrupted school year has produced a bleak financial outlook for major college sports. Budget projections are landing in the red. West Virginia has announced a $5 million projected shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30. The athletic director will take a 10% salary reduction for the next budget cycle along with other high earners in the department. Minnesota has forecast a $4 million deficit for the current fiscal period. The month before the pandemic hit, a $1 million surplus was projected. Now, the school says all cost-savings measures are on the table. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUFC-TRUMPTrump lauds UFC for resuming matchesJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — President Trump has congratulated UFC for restarting the sports world Saturday night after a nearly two-month hiatus. The league said in a tweet that Pratt’s “stories, her energy will be missed for a long time.”Her nephew, Walter Pratt, told The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass. she died peacefully at a nursing home.OLYMPICS-JOVANOVIC-OBITUS bobsledder diesLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic has died at 43. Associated Press — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, football coach Paul Chryst (krihst) and men’s basketball coach Greg Gard are being asked to take a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic. School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among 25 of the athletic department’s highest-earning employees who are being asked to take that voluntary cut. There will be no reduction in that group’s work hours.— Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. The Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” concept ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs. Teams at or near the relegation zone are worried about the monetary and competitive impact of playing the remainder of the season at neutral grounds without fans. “Project Restart” needs approval from at least 14 teams.— Two players at German second division side Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting on hold the club’s planned return to soccer next weekend. Dresden was to play Hannover away on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension. Now, the entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home.— The president of French soccer club Lyon (lee-OHN’) says all members of its men’s and women’s teams have tested negative for the coronavirus. They were tested by team doctors.NASCAR-iRACING Hamlin races barefoot on a top-of-the-line simulator. He also gained national attention three races ago at virtual Talladega Superspeedway when his daughter, Taylor, tried to ask him a question during the race and accidentally turned off the screen on his simulator with a remote control she was holding.WOMEN’S BASEBALL-PRATT-OBITOriginal Rockford Peach diesBRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Former Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets pitcher Mary Pratt has died at 101.Pratt was believed to be the last surviving member of the original 1943 Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which inspired the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own.” She pitched in the league until 1947 and taught physical education for 46 years. Trump’s taped message was played during ESPN’s broadcast of the UFC 249 undercard from a fan-free arena Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. He congratulated UFC President Dana White, who is a Trump business associate and a major contributor to his re-election campaign.UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago. It was supposed to be held in New York April 18 but was postponed in hopes of helping slow the spread of COVID-19. White tried to stage the event on tribal land in California and still hopes to create a “Fight Island” for future cards.One of the fighters scheduled to take part in UFC249 has tested positive for the COVID-19. UFC says Jacaré Souza’s middleweight bout against Uriah Hall was called off after Souza tested positive, along with his two cornermen. UFC says all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL considers early draft May 10, 2020 The Toms River, New Jersey, native took up the sport in 1997. A push athlete for driver Todd Hays, he won a bronze medal at the 2004 world championships and finished seventh in both the two- and four-man events at the 2006 Winter OlympicsUSA Bobsled/Skeleton said in a release Saturday that Jovanovic took his own life May 3.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Osaka world’s highest paid female athlete

first_img(REUTERS) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4M in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes.The 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period.She earned $1.4M more than American great Williams who had topped the list for the last four years.Maria Sharapova had held the record for 12-month earnings for a female athlete, having made $29.7M in 2015.Female tennis players have always occupied top spot on Forbes’ women’s list since 1990 with either Williams or Russian Sharapova leading the way from 2004.Osaka burst into the limelight by beating Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open final – a highly-controversial match in which Williams was given three code violations by the umpire.The Japanese then won the next Grand Slam, the 2019 Australian Open, although her form has dipped since and she has fallen from world number one to 10th on the WTA rankings.Florida-based Osaka’s mixed heritage – she has a Japanese mother and Haitian-American father – her engaging personality and attacking style of play have combined to make her one of the world’s most marketable athletes.Part of the stable of management group IMG, Osaka currently has 15 sponsorship deals, including with global brands such as Nike, Nissan Motors, Shiseido and Yonex.last_img read more

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Orange shoots out of early slump in route over Blackbirds

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm Quentin Hillsman refused to slow the game down. Even when Syracuse had only scored six points eight minutes in, he told his squad to keep shooting. ‘They have to,’ he said. ‘They can’t pass up shots. They’ve got to take open shots. We can’t get to a point where we’re gun-shy, and we stop shooting.’ Doing exactly what its coach insisted, the Orange (3-0) shot its way out of an early shooting slump, rolling over Long Island, 90-36, Monday. Sparked by Carmen Tyson-Thomas’ back-to-back 3’s, SU went on to shoot 63 percent from the field and eight 3-pointers for the rest of the first half.  SU finished the game shooting 45.6 percent from beyond the arc. What began as an ugly shooting performance for the Orange, ended with the Orange emptying its bench in a route over the Blackbirds (2-1). ‘We shoot every single play every day, so we know there’s going to be different stretches where we might not make any baskets,’ said senior guard Erica Morrow, who led the team with 16 points and six assists. ‘We stuck to our scheme, and we just got through it.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text While the Orange stifled Long Island on the defensive end early, its offense could not muster up any scoring. Leading scorer Kayla Alexander picked up two early fouls and was relegated to the bench. With her out, Syracuse struggled to find rebounds for second-chance points, something it has thrived on through its first two games. So instead of relying on second-chances, SU started capitalizing on its first opportunities. Tyson-Thomas, who had missed her first four shots, hit a quick three after a Blackbird turnover to put SU up 9-7 with 12:16 left in the first half. On the next Orange possession, Morrow dished the ball to the sophomore in the corner where she drained her second three in a row. ‘(Assistant) coach (Rick) Moody always tells me to keep shooting,’ said Tyson-Thomas, who matched Morrow’s team-leading 16 points. ‘Just shoot out of it. That’s the best thing you can do as a shooter is shoot out of the slump.’ Morrow said the back-to-back 3’s for Tyson-Thomas got the team going and she extended the run shortly after. After a Troya Berry steal, Morrow hit a transition three from the right corner. The next possession, she knocked down a shot from behind the arc with Blackbird guard Krystal Wells in her face, giving the Orange a 20-9 lead. Five different players drained a shot from beyond the arc for the Orange, with four players hitting on multiple opportunities. That’s something the Orange hasn’t had in quite some time. ‘They were going underneath every screen,’ Hillsman said. ‘So she was really able to come off and get her feet together and shoot the ball. They went under every screen that we set so she got some pretty good looks at the basket.’ Long Island called a timeout after Morrow’s second three to try to cool off SU’s shooters, but it was to no avail. Senior guard Tasha Harris eventually got into the mix, hitting two back-to-back 3’s of her own late in the half to extend the Orange lead. By halftime, Syracuse had turned a 1-for-10 performance into a 45-18 laugher. Entering the game against the Blackbirds, SU was shooting just 25.5 percent from beyond the arc. But Monday night, with its leading scorer Alexander playing just four minutes in the first half, five different players knocked down 3’s as the Orange put on a shooting show. ‘We just focus on taking good (shots),’ Hillsman said. ‘I thought they took good ones. As long as we have the right people taking good shots, then I think we have a good shot at making them.’ zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Portugal to rest Ronaldo for Greece friendly

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo missed training on Friday and will sit out Saturday’s friendly against Greece after complaining of muscular pain in his left thigh, coach Paulo Bento said on Friday.Bento did not think there was any risk of Ronaldo missing Portugal’s openingWorld Cup Group G match against Germany, but added that he had to “consider every scenario.”Ronaldo joined the Portugal squad on Thursday along with Real Madrid team mates Pepé and Fabio Coentrao and has yet to leave the team hotel in Obidos.Portugal said in a statement he spent Friday doing rehabilitation work in the hotel because of pain in his left thigh.“He will be with us but he will not compete,” Bento told reporters, adding that Pepé would also be rested. Bento was asked if there was any risk of Ronaldo missing the Germany match in Salvador on June 16th. “I don’t think so but I have to consider every scenario,” he said. “What I don’t want to do is put any sort of pressure on a player that causes them to compete when they are not in a the right state to do so. “We’re not setting any deadlines.”“The player’s well-being comes first. I want him to be in the best possible form without running any risks. We must have a team that compete with the players who are usually the first choices and can compete with players who maybe aren’t among the first choices.”Ronaldo struggled with minor injuries during the closing weeks of Real Madrid’s season before playing 120 minutes in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid last Saturday and scoring the final goal in their 4-1 win with a penalty.Bento dismissed the suggestion that Ronaldo’s presence put Portugal among the World Cup favourites.“The fact that we have the best player in the way doesn’t make it an obligation for us to be world champions,” he said. “Our first target is to get to the round of 16.” Ghana and United States are Portugal’s other group-stage opponents.last_img read more

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Tom Hoffarth: Puig’s ‘thoughtless’ throws draw scolding from Scully

first_img“Yasiel Puig is going to school and getting poor marks in the third inning,” the 85-year-old Scully summed up the performance of the 22-year-old as the Dodgers quickly fell behind in the four-run third, also at the expense of some poor pitching by ace Clayton Kershaw as well as some tight calls at the plate by umpire Greg Gibson.It started with a throw Puig made off balance toward home when picking up a single to right by Carlos Beltran in an attempt to get Matt Carpenter trying to score.TBS replays show the throw may have started too high but it actually got to cut-off man Adrian Gonzalez in time for him to catch and perhaps make a play at second to try to get Beltran going to second. But Gonzalez dropped the ball.Scully immediately called it “a bad, unwise throw” that went too high from Puig.“Beltran would not have advanced if Puig made a decent throw to the infield … once again, they are burned by a poor throw … and it wasn’t just a bad throw, it was a thoughtless throw, too high to hit the cutoff man.” Buster Olney, the ESPN senior baseball writer, was tweeting out Tom Emansky YouTube video clips that demonstrated how kids are taught to hit the cut-off man.Gabe Kapler, the Fox Sports 1 baseball studio analyst, posted his thoughts on Twitter as well: “Sorry #Puig fans. We knew it would impact a game at some point, welcome to that game.”“The wild horse spit the bit,” TBS play-by-play man Ernie Johnson said, a reference to a well-worn nickname created earlier in this season by Vin Scully.But of all the Yasiel Puig instant analysis that came out of the Dodgers right-fielder’s performance that contributed to a Game 6 freefall in the NL Championship Series on Friday night in St. Louis, Scully may have delivered the most scalding blows. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Moments later, it was Puig sailing a throw over the head of Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis on a single by Shawn Robinson, “another huge bad throw,” said Scully.TBS analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Jr., were also focused more on being critical of Puig’s plays than of Kershaw’s abilities in that game-changing inning.“You can’t afford those kinds of mistakes,” said Ripken. “You take an extra step, make a strong throw knowing there’s not a play at the plate.”After the second poor Puig throw, Ripken responded: “It’s little points of execution, those things come back to haunt you.”That elicited a thought from former Dodger Thoughts blogger and one-time Daily News sports media beat writer Jon Weisman, who writes for Variety: “TBS — the last inning was about Kershaw, not Puig — and I know you know this. Why are you being so dim?”Because it’s a great story line?Usually, the between-innings interview TBS gets with managers aren’t very insightful, but the one with the Dodgers’ Don Mattingly right after that mess gave him a chance to sum up what he just saw and prepare his postgame response.As Ripken brought up Puig’s performance, Mattingly sounded exasperated: “It’s been our battle. He’s always trying to make plays. We’re trying to teach. I don’t know how else to say it.”As Puig took his final at-bat for the season in the eighth inning with the score 9-0 — eventually striking out the second time — Scully reiterated how “thoughtless” the throws were in allowing hitters to go from first to second.“The Dodgers only hope he will learn and be better for it,” Scully said.Maybe “Late Show with David Letterman” executive producer Eric Stangel said it best with his tweet: “If only Puig had a crazy beard, the #Dodgers might be winning right now.”•TBS graphics were right on top of providing subtext to events as they unfolded in Game 6, maybe consistent with the job their stat crew has done all series, but perhaps more visible in a game of this importance.As the Cardinals’ Carpenter started the bottom of the third inning, a graphic went up that said he had “95 two-strike hits” during the season. After fouling eight pitches off, Carpenter finally doubled to right on the 11th pitch to start the rally.Interestingly enough, Scully pointed out in Carpenter’s first at bat that when Kershaw starts a count 1-0, hitters are only .109 against him; when he starts the count 1-0, they hit .300. Kershaw got Carpenter to strike out the first at-bat, starting him 0-1. Kershaw fell behind Carpenter, 1-0, in his second at-bat.As Yadier Molina came up later with a runner on second and two outs, the TBS graphic flashed: “In the regular season, St. Louis had 287 2-out RBIs (led NL).” Molina followed with a single. Carpenter drove in two more later that inning.• Maybe the most stunning statistic was uncovered by veteran sports-talk show host Fred Wallin of Sports Byline: At vegasinsider.com, the Cardinals started off being listed as -360 favorites with Adam Wainwright, the loser in Game 3, if there was to be a Game 7 against the Dodgers on Saturday. Meaning, you had to bet $360 to win $100.“Even if the Dodgers were the worst team in baseball, and they’re not, -360 would be high,” said Wallin.Maybe the oddsmakers saw the worst of Friday’s game before it happened?last_img read more