Ayre: Early signings a major boost

first_img More are set to follow, with Liverpool well down the line in negotiations for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori, while they are trying to hammer out a complicated deal for £20million-rated Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan. But the fact a bulk of the business has already been done – not taking into account striker Luis Suarez who is publicly courting a move to Real Madrid – will be advantageous to Rodgers, according to Ayre. “It’s always important. It’s not always possible but it’s always important,” said the managing director. “Particularly from the playing perspective, the manager and the coaches and all of the staff want to know that they’ve got the squad together, particularly ahead of pre-season. “We’ve worked tirelessly, a lot of people behind the scenes worked ahead of the transfer window to identify those players that interest us. Then the hard work starts, negotiating and bringing these deals together.” Liverpool were able to confirm the Aspas deal on Sunday after personal issues with his agents were sorted over the weekend. The 25-year-old scored 12 goals in 34 league matches as Celta Vigo avoided relegation on the last day of the season. By then a deal had already been lined up for a fee in the region of £7.7million. “It wasn’t a tough decision at all. I’m really happy to have come to a big club like this one,” said the Spaniard. “Having weighed up all my options for this window, a massive club like Liverpool was always my first choice.” Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre believes the early identification and capture of transfer targets gives the club a boost ahead of the squad’s return to pre-season training. Press Associationcenter_img Press Association Sport understands Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will attend the Reds’ Melwood training ground on Tuesday for a medical before finalising personal terms on an £11million-plus transfer agreed on Friday. The Belgium international will be manager Brendan Rodgers’ fourth signing before the end of June after previous deals for Manchester City defender Kolo Toure, Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto and Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas. last_img read more


Hughes prepared for QPR backlash

first_img “I felt we could have turned it around, there were still plenty of games left and good players at the club.” Hughes added: “The impression I get is it (reception) will not be a great one, which is understandable, because since that time a lot has been said, I have not said a great deal about it, I don’t think I need to. “It was a difficult time for everybody. We were all trying to make the club successful, none of us wanted to damage the club, but it did not work for me in that opening part of the season. “QPR fans will remember that time as it was not great for anyone connected with the club, and if they feel they need to vent their frustrations at me, and I will take it on my shoulders. “Fair play, Harry got them back up last year and I wish them well.” Stoke won at Manchester City before the international break, only to then be beaten at home by Leicester. Hughes is expecting a response from both sides. “I watched them last week (at Manchester United) and they will have been disappointed with their performance,” he said. “They will want to bounce back and at home with the support they get from the ground it will be a difficult fixture, but we have enough ability to go there and get a positive result.” Midfielder Marko Arnautovic (foot) and winger Jon Walters (calf) are doubts, but Stephen Ireland should be in contention following a rib muscle injury. After a humiliating 5-0 home defeat by Swansea on the opening day of the 2012/2013 season and a run of 12 league matches without a victory, Hughes was sacked in November 2012 and replaced by Harry Redknapp, who could not keep the club in the top flight, but did secure a swift return after a last-minute victory in the 2014 Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley. Hughes is in little doubt there will be some QPR supporters only too happy to vent their frustrations at him as Redknapp’s side look to put last weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United out of their system. “It was a difficult period, without a doubt ( the toughest time of my managerial career),” said Hughes, who took over at the Britannia Stadium from Tony Pulis in the summer of 2013 and guided the Potters to ninth place last season. “We made changes that we thought were for the right reasons, would enhance the club and allow the club to be stronger for the future, but sometimes it does not come off and you have to hold your hands up,” “On paper the new players were very good, but the combination and dynamic of the changing room just didn’t work, sometimes you cannot envisage that happening until you bring the group together. “The feeling is maybe too many came in at the same time, but there was always going to be a big turnover. I just wanted to try to increase the quality. “Unfortunately when you don’t win games, and any issues within the group or that they had with me or the staff, then that will manifest itself in poorer performances, which is what happened. “But at the end of the day, we are judged on results and at the beginning of that second season, they were not good enough, so I lost my job, I accept that. Press Association Hughes managed to keep Rangers in the Barclays Premier League after taking over from Neil Warnock in January 2012, albeit by the narrowest of margins on the final day of the campaign as they lost to champions Manchester City in an afternoon of high drama at the Etihad Stadium and Bolton failed to beat Stoke. The Welshman, though, could not build from there, despite a large number of high-profile summer signings. Stoke boss Mark Hughes is ready to meet the QPR boo-boys head on when he goes back to Loftus Road on Saturday for the first time since his sacking 18 months ago. last_img read more


Chelsea doctor row Q&A

first_img What else might this be about? Mourinho has rarely been short of a scapegoat when one is required. Whether it be ‘media campaigns’, dodgy floodlights, other teams gifting his rivals results (see Sporting Gijon v Barcelona, 2012) or the always reliable complaints about referees, Mourinho is a master at deflecting attention from a poor performance from his side. This might be taking things a bit far, but one thing that has barely been discussed since Saturday is Chelsea dropping points at home. What happens next? Carneiro and Fearn will be absent from the bench this Sunday. All eyes will be on what happens the next time a Chelsea player goes down apparently injured and how the medical staff on the bench respond, and each time Mourinho faces the media he can expect questions on when Carneiro and Fearn are going to return. The Portuguese was unhappy that the pair went onto the pitch to treat Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard late in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea, and although he did not back down he did say that their exclusion from the bench was not necessarily permanent. Here Press Association Sport looks at what is really going on in the row which has dominated the sporting week. So, uhm, what’s up, doc? Chelsea, down to 10 men after the dismissal of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, were left hanging on for a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea last Saturday. Hazard went down injured late on, prompting Carneiro and Fearn to enter the pitch and treat him. But that left Mourinho fuming on the touchline as he gestured frantically and shouted angrily. After the match, Mourinho accused the doctors of being naive regarding the game situation as their treatment of Hazard meant the player had to come off the pitch, leaving Chelsea temporarily with nine players. That seems a bit harsh. Did the doctors do anything wrong? According to the Premier League Doctors’ Group, Carneiro and Fearn had no option but to enter the pitch and treat Hazard – and would have been in breach of their duty of care if they had failed to do so. Under existing guidelines, a player can request treatment, or the referee can decide to call for it if he believes the player needs it. Referee Michael Oliver signalled for the doctors to come on as Hazard remained down, which would seem to make it an open-and-shut case – the doctors did everything right. Does Jose even have a point, then? Mourinho has received some limited support from former managers and players, who said they at least understood his frustration as events occurred in real time. But his decision to make an issue of it in his post-match comments, and the apparent reduction of Carneiro’s role in the wake of the incident, has created a huge storm in which Chelsea are not looking too good. Shouldn’t Mourinho have been more concerned about Hazard? It’s not clear to what extent he was injured. We’re not going to say he was definitely trying to waste time by staying down, but, let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be the first time a player has done that. If Mourinho was worried about needlessly being reduced to nine, we might ask why he has not criticised his star player for staying down and requesting treatment if he did not really require it. And if Hazard did need treatment, the player might be left wondering why his manager didn’t seem to care. Jose Mourinho has spoken publicly for the first time since his criticism of Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro, confirming she and colleague Jon Fearn will not be on the bench for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City. Press Associationlast_img read more


Carmichael leads Bucksport baseball to season-opening win

first_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Bucksport’s Christian Chase-Hurd steals second base against Washington Academy’s Damon Barker in the sixth inning. Chase-Hurd finished the game with two hits. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLBUCKSPORT — It was a rarity that opposing batters were able to get to Bucksport’s Chase Carmichael on Monday, and even when they did, the Golden Bucks’ starting pitcher persevered.When Carmichael found himself in a jam, he worked himself out of it; when opponents hit the ball hard, his teammates made great plays in the field; and when he found his rhythm, he retired batter after batter in order.Carmichael recorded nine strikeouts and walked just one batter to lead the Bucksport baseball team to a 6-2 victory over Washington Academy in the first game of the 2017 season Monday. He threw over 90 pitches and recorded a complete game in the process.“My arm just felt good the whole game, and I was able to keep going,” Carmichael said. “My two-seam [fastball] was tailing just like I wanted, and my curve was hitting all the right spots.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter retiring the side to start the top of first inning, Carmichael hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half to give Bucksport (1-0) its first run of the season. In the second inning, an RBI double by Christian Chase-Hurd and smart baserunning by Anthony Wardwell gave the home team a 3-0 advantage.Carmichael had another perfect inning to start the third before Washington Academy (0-1) put three runners on base and plated a run in the top of the fourth. Yet Carmichael found his rhythm again over the next two innings, and Bucksport scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend its lead to 5-1.Washington Academy would add another run in the top of the sixth, but Bucksport restored its four-run lead in the bottom of the inning after Chase-Hurd recorded another single and later scored on a two-base error. Carmichael didn’t allow another run, and the Golden Bucks walked off the field victorious.Bucksport finished the game with seven hits, no errors and five runners left on base. Washington Academy had three hits, three errors and three runners left on base. Chase-Hurd and Tanner Stegner had two hits each and reached base in each of their seven combined plate appearances.Carmichael’s teammates made the job easier for him in the field. In addition to the team’s error-free performance, Bucksport also had diving catches from Wardwell and Stegner. Both came at key times late in the game and held off any chance of a Washington Academy rally.“We have some good athletes, and that really helps us in being defensively sound,” Bucksport head coach Mike Cowing said. “If you look at the difference between the teams today, I don’t think the talent levels are that different. We just made the plays on defense today.”Bucksport’s next game will be on the road against the Mount Desert Island Trojans at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20. The Trojans boast many of the same athletes who helped them win Northern Maine titles in football and basketball over the past several months, and they’re poised for a strong year on the diamond as well.“That’s going to be a big test for us,” Cowing said. “They’re an all-around good team, and it will be a game that lets us see where we are.”Bucksport softball blanks RaidersOver at Wardwell Field, the Bucksport softball team (1-0) blanked Washington Academy (0-1) 8-0. Madysen Robichaud hit a two-run home run for the Golden Bucks.The Bucksport softball team will play MDI on the road at the same time as the baseball team Thursday.center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more


Crandon gives Super50 squad vote of confidence

first_img– No new caps, Beaton named in 14-man squadBy Rajiv BisnauthGUYANA Jaguars Head Coach Esaun Crandon said he is happy with the 14-man squadJonathan Fooselected and is optimistic about the players giving a good account of themselves during the 2017 NAGICO Regional Super 50 tournament.The senior selection panel announced the 14-man squad yesterday, with no real surprises, but Crandon is of the opinion that the squad is one of the most well-balanced units comprising the maximum number of match-winners, and feels it is the best chance for the Guyanese to bag their tenth coveted title at this level.Ronsford Beaton“I think we have a good all-round and balanced squad. Obviously we have a lot of players who are frequently in the one day squad, so the experience is there.“I think we have a decent mix of players which I’m satisfied and prepared to work along with,” said Crandon during an exclusive interview yesterday with Chronicle sport.The left-handed Leon Johnson is once again at the helm, and he will have a bunch of experienced players to call on, among them is middle-order batting stalwart Shivnarine Chanderpaul.The squad includes seven players who have represented the regional side in Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20s, and Crandon believes the team’s flexibility provided by the presence of batting and bowling all-rounders will be a major asset in the tournament.“We stand a good chance of bettering last year’s performance. I am confident of us doing well and I feel it is our best chance of winning our 10th title at this level,” said the 35-year-old former national all-rounder.The squad this year is further strengthened with the inclusion of West Indies Test opener Rajendra Chandrika and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo. The squad also includes West Indies A team pacer Ronsford Beaton, former West Indies youth captain Shimron Hetmyer and hard-hitting batsman Jonathan Foo.The five players were not part of the squad last year. However, they replaced recent West Indies A team players, middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, fast bowler Romario Shepherd, opening batsman Kevon Boodie and all-rounder Royston Crandon who were all part of last year’s squad.Further,when questioned about Beaton’s selection to the squad, chairman of selectors Rayon Griffith said Beaton was named among the 28 players selected for training, and was eligible for selection.Earlier in the week it was reported that Beaton will turn out for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes during the upcoming tournament, with the Leeward Islands Cricket Board chief and operations officer, Vernon Springer, confirming to the Observer newspaper that Beaton, West Indies right-hander Marlon Samuels and Trinidadian Daron Cruickshank will be making their appearance for Leeward Islands Hurricanes.However, Griffith pointed out that the Leeward Islands Cricket Board did not inform the selection panel regrading Beaton’s position. Griffith also mentioned that Beaton himself did not inform the selection panel on any such move.The Guyana Jaguars will do battle in Group B of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Group B comprises last year losing finalists Barbados Pride, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions,Guyana Jaguars and ICC Americas.Meanwhile, title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, the West Indies U-19s, and visiting English County Kent Spitfires have been installed in Group A.When the action bowls, the Guyanese will be aiming for a 10th regional 50-over title, the last of which was achieved in 2005 when they defeated Barbados in near darkness in the final of the KFC Cup at the GCC ground, Bourda.Prior to that, Guyana reigned supreme in 1980, 1983, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2003.The Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (Captain), Veerasammy Permaul (Vice-Captain), Anthony Bramble (Wkp), Shimron Hetmyer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Rajendra Chandrika, Steven Jacobs, Assad Fudadin, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton, Paul Wintz and Jonathan Foo.Management Staff: Esaun Crandon (Head-coach), Rayon Griffith (Assistant-Coach) and Ernesto Gonzalez (Physiotherapist).last_img read more


Cricket News Prithvi Shaw blasts reports of ‘indiscipline’ during Australia tour

first_imghighlights New Delhi: Prithvi Shaw had made a magnificent debut in Test cricket by smashing a hundred against West Indies in Rajkot. The Mumbai youngster was selected in the squad for the four-Test series in Australia. Shaw played the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI and scored a solid fifty. However, while taking a catch near the boundary, Shaw landed awkwardly and suffered an ankle injury. He was carried off the field and was subsequently ruled out for the entire series. Following his recovery, Shaw played the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy but reports started floating around that he was sent back from the Australia tour due to indiscipline. In an open media interaction conducted by the Delhi Capitals franchise before the IPL, Shaw blasted those rumours and did not get into details about rehabilitation.“These are rumours, so I will better let it go. No one told me anything about not working hard. I wanted to play but got injured. I thought I could play the third Test (in Melbourne) but then progress of recovery was slow. If you have had a look at my ankle, you would have known that it was really painful. Ankle wasn’t healing quickly and I had to return,” Shaw curtly replied. Prithvi Shaw scored a century on Test debut against West Indies.Prithvi Shaw captained India to the Under-19 World Cup title in New Zealand.Prithvi Shaw will feature for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Recently, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) has been in the news for the way how player injuries has been mismanaged. Wriddhiman Saha’s shoulder injury was one such instance and it became so problematic that the Indian keeper has had to undergo surgery and get into intensive rehabilitation. However, Shaw thinks otherwise.“I mean everything was perfect over there (NCA). I did a lot of sessions there. I was working to get fit before Mushtaq Ali T20 as I wanted to get used to the T20 format and then go to the IPL. That’s how I had planned my two months of rehab. Trainers and physio were very committed,” Shaw said.The Mumbai player, who rose to prominence after smashing a record 546 in a Harris Shield game for Rizvi, has had a great start to his India career and he credited coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli for making him comfortable. “I have learnt a lot. I mean I was a bit nervous when I first entered that (Indian) dressing room with players having 10 years of experience sitting in front of me. When the skipper and coach said that there are no seniors or juniors, you then kind of open up and irritate them with your questions,” Shaw said.The youngster, who helped India win the Under-19 World Cup when they defeated Australia in the final at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand in 2018, also added that he could bat anywhere in the order as required and stressed on the mindset required. “When I open the innings in limited overs, my mindset is different. Two men outside 30-yard circle, powerplay overs but when I am going down the order, it will obviously change. I watch a lot of experienced players. I watch if I go at No 5, what will I do there. It’s all about mindset, how you approach that situation,” Shaw said.last_img read more


France to try former IAAF chief Diack for corruption, money laundering – source

first_imgPARIS (Reuters) – Disgraced former IAAF chief Lamine Diack will be tried in France on charges of corruption and money laundering, a judicial source said, after a four-year investigation into doping cover-ups, extortion and bribe-taking in world athletics.The judges’ decision comes a month after financial prosecutors formally accused Diack and his son Papa Massata of a host of illicit practices over a period of years with the active involvement of international athletes and their federations.Money laundering alone carries a jail term of up to 10 years.Diack, who led the IAAF from 1999-2015 and was one of the most influential men in athletics, and his son have consistently denied wrongdoing.Prosecutors began their investigation in 2015, shortly after the IAAF’s ethics commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) uncovered evidence a Russian marathon runner paid 600,000 euros ($683,220) to cover up a positive drug test, allowing her to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.The prosecutors in their indictment highlighted what they describe as the “extremely complacent” attitude of the IAAF towards the Russian athletics federation. They set out the relations between a number of IAAF and national federation officials allegedly involved in corrupt practices.According to the prosecutors, Diack and his son, who oversees a sports consulting business called Black Tidings, solicited payments from athletes, either directly or indirectly, totalling 3.45 million euros (3.09 million pounds) in exchange for covering up positive doping tests and allowing athletes to go on competing.last_img read more


Lady Jags begin hunt for CONCACAF Women’s U-20 C’ship qualification tonight

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyGUYANA will open their CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship qualifiers tonight at the National Track and Field Centre against Bermuda and the team’s head coach, Dr Ivan Joseph, believes that Guyana’s opening-night opposition will be his toughest challenge. The Lady Jags, as they are more commonly referred to, will play in tonight’s second match of the planned double-header from 21:30hrs, following the Suriname vs St Lucia game at 19:00hrs.“I’ve been involved in the National team over th e past year and if you look clearly from our experiences last year in the qualifiers, we clearly see that Bermuda are the most organised and most talented group in the pool. They’ve got a strong infrastructure, and they have a longer history. This is our first time in the U-20, where we probably have two players with some senior team experience,” Dr Joseph told reporters, at yesterday’s press conference at the Ramada Hotel at Providence.Speaking on the team’s composition, the Canadian said the side is made of players based on the Diaspora, with “probably 80% of our team experiencing their first time in international competition. Our expectation is that this is part of our rebuilding programme, so we’ll be hopeful to place in the top two as we look to build the programme”.In the absence of any local football for the country’s women, Dr Joseph called the selection process “difficult”, adding, “to be honest, I’m assuming that many of the Caribbean nations might be in a similar position where you’re trying to field team … to put together (a team), based on one and two practices, what you think will be an impactful line-up.”The CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Qualifiers will be held July 13-21, where Guyana are placed in Group A along with Bermuda, Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname and St Lucia.Following tonight’s game, Lady Jags will face Antigua and Barbuda on July 15, St Lucia on July 19 and Suriname on July 21.Guyana’s Squad: Tylor White (Oshawa Kicks OYSL), Aneesa O’Brien (FC Durham Academy), Lensey Adolph (Kwakwani FC), Sydney Puddicombe (ANB Futbol Academy), Rylee Traicoff (FC Durham Academy), Jessica Myers (FC Durham Academy), Hailey David (Pickering SC), Jade Vyfhuis (UMSC OPDC), Amanda McKenzie (Fruta Conquerors FC), Kiana Khedoo (North Miss League), Serena McDonald (AJAX FC), Shontel Greene (Foxy Ladies FC), Tori DeNobrega (Pickering SC), Nailah Rowe (FC Durham Academy), Jaida Brooks (FC Durham Academy), Jenea Knight (AJAX FC), Brianne Desa (FC Durham Academy), Siacy Adams (Foxy Ladies FC), Aubrey Narine (Pickering SC), Tiandi Smith (Fruta Conquerors FC).last_img read more


Defensive lapses sink Syracuse in loss to Georgia Tech

first_img Published on January 12, 2019 at 10:40 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Curtis Haywood II’s hand rose in the air with Frank Howard a couple feet in front of him. A quick pass to Jose Alvarado, alone in the corner, ended in a 3 and prompted Syracuse to call a timeout.Right before half court, SU head coach Jim Boeheim walked over to Howard. The two talked about what had happened: Howard dashed to Haywood II and left Alvarado open. Georgia Tech took a six-point lead and the Orange never recovered.Syracuse looked much more polished after opening conference play with two straight wins. The defense that shut down Clemson was confronted with a weak offense in Georgia Tech that “survives” on its defense, GT head coach Josh Pastner said. But while Georgia Tech’s defense stifled the Orange, the Yellow Jackets’ (10-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) offense erupted and shot 59.5 percent from the field. Much of that success came from Georgia Tech’s game plan of feeding its bigs in the middle of the paint, leading it to a 73-59 win over Syracuse (11-5, 2-1) on Saturday night inside the Carrier Dome.Georgia Tech’s big men instantly made an impact. Abdoulaye Gueye was often guarded by Marek Dolezaj. He quickly took advantage of his strength advantage over the SU center. Gueye used a mixture of post moves to create separation on Dolezaj. He often backed the Slovakian native down before using a hook shot or layup off the glass.“(Dolezaj’s) a good player,” Boeheim said, “but he has trouble when he goes 1-on-1 with those guys.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlvarado said the team knew to feed the big men because Syracuse’s defense likes to play “high.” That led to 1-on-1 opportunities with Dolezaj, Bourama Sidibe or Paschal Chukwu down low. When SU doubled the post, a GT big man kicked the ball back out for an open opportunity.For the first time all season, Pastner started Gueye along with James Banks III, another big that dominated Syracuse’s interior defense. Together, the duo combined for 20 of Georgia Tech’s 27 first-half points and rarely missed.“It was part of our equation,” Pastner said. “Thinking about (Dolezaj on defense).”While Dolezaj was able to accumulate five steals, very rarely did the rest of the SU defense collapse on Gueye and Banks III, triggering 1-on-1 opportunities with players that are 37 pounds and 63 pounds heavier than Dolezaj, respectively.It is no secret Dolezaj struggles with bigger and stronger athletes, especially in the post. But against Notre Dame and Clemson, the big men were kept in check. He was able to get around players and poke the ball loose, rather than having to try and stop them in the low post.Notre Dame had just 14 points in the paint, while Clemson put up 22 against Syracuse. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, matched with 36, even with Gueye suffering a cramp with 15:43 left in the second half, forcing him to miss the rest of the game. The damage had been done, though.When Boeheim opted to combat Banks III and Gueye’s interior presence with a bigger player in Sidibe, the duo still found a way to score. One play, Alvarado saw Banks III slip by Sidibe for a wide-open alley-oop. Banks III added 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.“(Gueye and Banks III) did a really nice job of being patient and poised,” Pastner said, “when they caught the ball. They didn’t panic.”Oshae Brissett called it “defensive lapses,” as a team. Frank Howard said, “we weren’t engaged.”SU’s defensive failures didn’t just happen inside the paint with Gueye and Banks III. Alvarado and Haywood II often found themselves open in the corner or at the top of the key, pulling the trigger from 3. The duo made 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.Whenever it seemed like Syracuse was mustering up a run to cut the deficit to single digits, Georgia Tech would nail a deep ball, or get an offensive rebound and second-chance opportunity.Syracuse resorted to a full-court press for most of the game’s final 10 minutes, trying to force the Georgia Tech guards into making mistakes. Instead, the offense was able to often find a cutter down the wing who would either score with ease or draw a foul.Anything Syracuse threw at Georgia Tech defensively, it seemed like the Yellow Jackets were already a step ahead. Turnovers resulted in transition buckets. GT outscored SU in the paint by 20 and shot well, both 59.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3.With six minutes left, an inbound pass from Brissett was picked off by Michael Devoe. Tyus Battle slid over to help Buddy Boeheim with a half-court trap. But he drove in the paint and kicked it out to Evan Cole who quickly passed it to Haywood II.Wide open, at the top of the key, Haywood II released the shot. He stood there, watching, hand up in the air once again. He didn’t move until the ball swished through the net and made contact with the ground. Another Syracuse error that resulted in a wide open 3.“We made too many mistakes in the second half,” Boeheim said. “That put us in a hole we couldn’t recover from.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Peak Sports Backs Oyedeji’s Hoops and Read Team

first_img2017 B’BALL SEASONAhead of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Basketball League, new entrants into the league, Hoops and Read Basketball Club owned by former national men’s team (D’Tigers’) Captain, Olumide Oyedeji, has secured the sponsorship of Peak Sports.The former NBA star disclosed yesterday while analysing his expectation from his players in their very first outing in the league that the support given to his team by Peak Sports will go a long way in motivating the players to give their best. Oyedeji who donned Ebun Comets Basketball colours in the domestic league before moving to the United States of America to further his professional career, said his players have played series of friendly games during their preparations and are now ready for the commencement of the season.The sponsorship, according to Oyedeji, includes kits and other logistics that will motivate the players to display the talents in them during the league.During their preparations for the new season, the players were made to train at the University of Lagos and Rowe Park Complex in Lagos.“The entire team is very happy that we have a very reliable company in Peak Sports sponsoring us, I will say we are the first to do this even if we are still a new team in the league”, says Oyedeji“This sponsorship will definitely motivate the players to give their best. Our objective is to combine education with sports and I can assure you that we are coming up with something different”, the ex-NBA star addedMeanwhile, the men’s league is expected to commence on April 13 with the first game scheduled for Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more