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Tulsa looks to extend streak vs UConn

first_imgTulsa looks to extend streak vs UConn Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUConn (11-10, 2-6) vs. Tulsa (15-6, 7-1)Donald Reynolds Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Tulsa looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over UConn. In its last five wins against the Huskies, Tulsa has won by an average of 3 points. UConn’s last win in the series came on Feb. 13, 2016, a 75-73 victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 5, 2020center_img Associated Press STEPPING UP: Tulsa’s Brandon Rachal has averaged 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds while Jeriah Horne has put up 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. For the Huskies, Christian Vital has averaged 14.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals while Alterique Gilbert has put up nine points and 4.3 assists.CLAMPING DOWN: The Golden Hurricane have given up only 56.1 points per game to conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 68.2 per game they allowed to non-conference competition.CLUTCH CHRISTIAN: Vital has connected on 30.8 percent of the 117 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 25 over his last three games. He’s also made 90.2 percent of his free throws this season.SLIPPING AT 70: UConn is 0-6 when it allows at least 70 points and 11-4 when it holds opponents to less than 70.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Tulsa is a perfect 11-0 when it holds an opponent to 65 points or fewer. The Golden Hurricane are 4-6 when opponents score more than 65 points.LAST FIVE: UConn has scored 66 points while allowing 67.2 points over its last five games. Tulsa has averaged 69 points and given up just 53.8 over its last five.last_img read more

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The Latest: NHL says 26 players have reported positive tests

first_imgMonday’s update includes four additional cases among those tested at team facilities, to go along with the 11 announced June 19. The league says it’s aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol.The NHL said more than 250 players who worked out at team facilities were administered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests.The league and players are in the final stages of agreeing to resume the season. Training camps can open as early as July 10 if an agreement on testing, health and safety protocols and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached.___NASCAR may be racing during the coronavirus pandemic. Celebrating in early December now is off the schedule. The Latest: NHL says 26 players have reported positive tests June 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8.center_img Associated Press The motorsports series has canceled its Champion’s Week and Cup Series awards scheduled for early December in Nashville, citing the uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the industry. NASCAR moved Champion’s Week to Nashville in 2019 from Las Vegas.NASCAR still plans to celebrate its champions from the Xfinity Series to the truck series and promises details to come. And NASCAR says the series looks forward to returning to Nashville in 2021. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Carter-Williams posts another stellar performance, steadily leads offense in win over Providence

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The triple-double watch has become routine. With each successive game, there comes a point in time where it seems inevitable that Michael Carter-Williams will creep closer and closer toward the elusive achievement, his supreme athleticism, ability to penetrate and court vision tormenting every opponent.And Wednesday was no different, as the Syracuse point guard quietly scored 17 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists. He has yet to reach the triple-double plateau (his closest effort fell one rebound short earlier this season), but his command of the game is tight as a vice whenever he is on the floor.He played 38 minutes in Syracuse’s 72-66 win over Providence on Wednesday, amassing those impressive numbers while committing but a single turnover that came after the game was comfortably in control in the final minutes. It was but another ho-hum performance for a player whose average night is among the nation’s best.“Michel is such a key for us,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I’ve never had a situation where a kid who has never played — well I did once. I had a guy named Sherman Douglas that never played and he was pretty good as a sophomore. He made first-team (All-Big East), and this kid is headed in the same direction.”The two most striking aspects of Carter-Williams’ game on Wednesday were his ability to torment man defenses with dribble penetration and two crucial 3-pointers — one in each half — when his team desperately needed them.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the most part on Wednesday, the Friars played a 2-3 zone defense. But they switched to man briefly in the second half, and Carter-Williams promptly blew by his defender and found Rakeem Christmas for a dunk and a foul (Christmas made both free throws) on back-to-back possessions.Immediately, Providence abandoned the man defense.“Every time they went man-to-man he made them pay,” Boeheim said. “He got in the lane and he got two guys dunks off that. He’s really good. He’s playing certainly as well as you could hope for in the first opportunity to play in college. He’s had a lot of big games for us.”And on a night where James Southerland and Brandon Triche couldn’t hit water from a ship, it was ironic that Carter-Williams, a player who opponents leave open intentionally because of his streaky-at-best jump shot, nailed two of the game’s biggest 3-pointers.In the first half his 3 cut the Providence lead from eight to five with less than four minutes to go. And in the second half he nailed a shot from the top of the key with the shot clock winding down and the score tied.“Michael did hit some big shots,” C.J. Fair said. “He’s not afraid of taking big shots, and for you to be a good player you can’t be afraid. Even though his shot hasn’t been falling lately, he stuck with it and knocked down some big ones.” Comments Published on January 10, 2013 at 11:26 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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Cooney falters on final play as Syracuse comes up short

first_img Related Stories LOST IN THE MOMENT: Familiar poor shooting dooms Orange 61-56 in Final Four loss to MichiganCohen: Triche, Southerland leave Syracuse with mixed legaciesFair provides Syracuse with another remarkable performance in season-ending loss to MichiganDespite size advantage, Syracuse dominated on glass in loss to MichiganMichigan successfully cracks Syracuse zone in 1st half Facebook Twitter Google+ ATLANTA — Mike Hopkins sat inside a locker in the back-right corner of the room. His suit jacket hung on a hook to the right of his face. He was dazed. Misty-eyed.The Syracuse assistant coach spoke quietly as he explained the final play of the game, detailing what was supposed to happen before turning to what went wrong.The season wasn’t supposed to end with the ball in Trevor Cooney’s hands, the redshirt freshman guard forced to hurl a right-handed runner at the rim out of desperation. It should have been with Southerland, the sharpshooting senior who was silent for 38 minutes before scoring five quick points to give the Orange life when its season seemed dead.But that all went wrong when Michigan played six seconds of perfect defense to preserve a 61-56 win and earn a spot in the national championship game. The most important possession of the season went up in flames with a backup guard thrust into a precarious position.“If Michael Carter-Williams and them were in there it would be a little bit different,” Hopkins said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnly they weren’t. Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche, Syracuse’s two starting guards who handle the ball almost exclusively, both fouled out. It left the keys to Cooney, a sparsely used role player unfamiliar with the point guard position.The situation was as follows: Syracuse down 59-56 with 15 seconds left. Head coach Jim Boeheim calls timeout.It was designed for Cooney to bring the ball up the court and find Southerland, who had two options based on how Michigan defended him. He ran off a double screen and could either pop out for a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer — something he had done dozens of times this season — or he could change direction and go back door for a quick two.“He had two options,” Hopkins said. “Then the guy just popped. So he went back door and Trevor was stuck.”As Southerland curled off the screen, a Michigan defender was there to greet him. He tried to go back door, and that was covered as well.It meant Cooney, a player in his first NCAA Tournament and only on the court due to foul trouble, would have to create on his own. He drove right, opting for a two-point basket instead of a 3, and flung up a runner against an arriving double team.The shot clanged off the rim. Michigan got the rebound. The game was over.“The best play probably should have been shooting the 3. He’s a great 3-point shooter,” Triche said of Cooney. “You either want to just go early if you have 19 seconds left and maybe get two points with 12 seconds left. But once it got eight seconds and he didn’t find James, he probably should have put it up and shot a 3.”Tim Hardaway Jr. snared the rebound and threw the ball ahead to Jordan Morgan for an emphatic slam with two seconds left.Michigan was off to the national championship game. Syracuse was off to the airport.“Trevor had no choice,” Boeheim said. “That was it. He had no choice. He did the best he could in that situation.” Commentscenter_img Published on April 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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Financial Aid Office to create scholarship for students who remain at home

first_imgStudents who will remain in USC housing will see increased awards based on need. Confirmation fee refunds for those who canceled their contracts have been processed and application fees will be returned for those considering to terminate their contract. Those living in off-campus housing away from family will need to provide documentation, such as a lease agreement, to the Financial Aid Office so their awards can be maximally increased based on need. The former adjustment comes after many students took to social media to detail being locked into housing agreements following the University’s decision to deliver classes primarily online. The scholarship, along with adjustments for students in USC housing and off-campus arrangements, will be implemented once students’ housing plans are finalized, the email read.  The office aims to update financial aid packages by Aug. 3 for students who will live in USC housing and those who submit their off-campus lease agreements by July 24.  The Financial Aid Office will award $4,000 each semester through the Undergraduate Living-at-Home Scholarship to students who normally receive financial aid for housing but who choose to remain at home this fall and next spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dean of Financial Aid Thomas McWhorter announced Tuesday in a Universitywide email. The announcement follows outcry from students, consolidated demands on Instagram from organizers such as @novusthinktank, @affordable.sc and @iamstangenius and more than 2,000 signatures on a change.org petition to halt USC’s tuition increase.center_img A July 2 email from the Financial Aid Office explained that room and board costs were not included in the calculations for total financial aid due to uncertain housing arrangements. The previous calculations were also made in the wake of a 3.5% tuition increase for the 2020-21 academic school year, a change made prior to the coronavirus pandemic, according to University officials. Institutions such as Princeton University discounted their full-year undergraduate tuition by 10% to mitigate the costs of attendance amid the ongoing crisis.  “For most of you, it has been difficult to plan for the year ahead without knowing where you will be living in the fall,” McWhorter wrote. “With COVID cases on the rise in Los Angeles, there continues to be uncertainty in our fall plans, and we realize that is a particular challenge to students receiving financial aid.” The email also directed students to contact Student Basic Needs to relay their concerns related to technology for the upcoming term, including internet access and a computer loaning program.last_img read more

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Kiladangan among winners in today’s divisional action

first_imgMoycarkey-Borris defeated JK Brackens 4-20 to 0-16 in the Quarter-Final of the competition, which was played in Holycross. They defeated Toomevara 2-18 to 1-17 in Dolla.In the day’s other First Round encounter, played at the same venue, it finished Burgess 4-24 Moneygall 1-13.There was also action in the Centenary Agri Mid Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship today.last_img

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Le Guen Deal Runs into Glitches

first_img*NFF: He was only recommended, contract terms not concludedOlawale Ajimotokan in Abuja and Femi SolajaThe deal between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Paul Le Guen started on a curious note after the Frenchman scorned report that he had been appointed as Super Eagles Technical Adviser.Le Guen ‘s refutal was revealed by a top French journalist, Herve Penot, via the twitter handle (@hpenot_lequipe).The tweet said that Le Guen, who had once coached Cameroun, was not coming to Nigeria, because the NFF was yet to meet the terms and conditions for the said job. The Nigerian federation is enthusiastic to employ Le Guen, to drive the Eagles’ quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The NFF Technical Committee that met in Abuja had on Monday announced that Le Guen had been offered appointment as the new national coach.But Penot had tweeted in French that Le Guen would not be traveling to Nigeria as his conditions had not been met.Paul le Guen n’ira pas au Nigeria. Les conditions pas réunies pour être sélectionneur. Rien à voir aujourd’hui avec la sélection— Herve Penot (@hpenot_lequipe) July 18, 2016, said Penot’s tweets.The tweet when translated reads:.“Paul le Guen will not go to Nigeria. Conditions not met to be coach . Nothing to do with the selection”.But strangely, NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire, last night said the technical committee, only ‘recommended’ Le Guen as technical adviser, while the final decision on who to employ rested with the Executive Committee of NFF.The Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande similarly dismissed reports in local and international media of the Frenchman’s rejection of the position as simply preposterous.“The press statement was clear, to the effect that all appointments made at the Technical and Development Committee meeting were mere recommendations, which had to be deliberated upon and agreed to by the Board. No sub-committee in the NFF, except the judicial bodies, takes decisions. They only make recommendations.“In truth, the Technical and Development Committee perused the profiles of all the coaches who submitted applications and find Mr. Paul Le Guen suitable for the post. But during final negotiations, he objected to being given a target and also did not wish to live in Nigeria, which was a sore point with the board.”Yahaya-Kwande added: “The job of Head Coach of Nigeria is a very big one and there is no way anyone will get such a job without being handed a target. There is absolutely no issue with Le Guen saying he is not coming; several highly-qualified persons would be happy to be named Manager of the senior national team of Nigeria. We have a plan to take care of that eventuality.”But THISDAY gathered last night that one of the grey areas between NFF and Le Guen is on the status of the Nigerian back-up staff.It was learnt that NFF is imposing the local technical staff led by Salisu Yusuf on Le Guen, who insisted on bringing his own team to assist him in Nigeria.However, this development makes the Frenchman the second foreign coach to leave the Super Eagles post moments after being announced for the job.Former Brazilian World Cup winner in 1970, Carlos Alberto Torres, did same to the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in 1996 before the race for the World Cup qualifying matches to the1998 Mundial in France.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Lakers’ Byron Scott maintains faith in Lou Williams despite shooting struggles

first_imgYet, the Lakers (2-9) enter Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors (7-6) at Staples Center with Williams averaging 12.9 points on only 33 percent shooting and 2.8 assists in 25.9 minutes off the bench. But Williams has still closed out seven of the Lakers’ 11 games ahead of Russell, who has averaged 9.5 points on 39.3 percent shooting and 2.7 assists in 24.8 minutes as a starter. “I don’t worry about Lou that much,” Scott said. “He’s one of those guys that knows how to create opportunities for himself. When he’s not shooting well, he can still get up numbers for us.”The numbers pale to when Williams posted 15.5 points on 40.5 percent shooting in 25.2 minutes last season in Toronto, where he won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. But Williams has offset his decreased scoring by converting on 85.1 percent on his team-high 67 free-throw attempts, something that Scott called “an art.”“I just continue to be aggressive,” Williams said. “You’re going to have stretches where shots aren’t going to fall. You have to find other ways to make a positive impact on the court. Getting fouled and being able to get to the line is one of those outlets for me.” Williams dismissed facing Toronto as another outlet despite the Raptors refusing to retain him. Williams maintained, “I’m looking forward to the one in Toronto (on Dec. 7) more than this one,” he said. Despite Williams fulfilling his reputation as a high-volume shooter, Scott called Williams “pretty fiery” and “very competitive” on defense. Scott also gushed about Williams’ leadership presence, sharing that he led a players-only meeting following a loss last week in Miami.Russell, who did not speak to reporters on Thursday, has also expressed frustration. But that is more geared toward his fourth-quarter absences. Still, Scott said both Russell and Williams have handled that dynamic “pretty well.”Williams maintained he has “been very impressed with these young guys and how they approach every day.” That includes Russell, who spent the end of Thursday’s practice watching film with Lakers player development coach J.J. Outlaw. But Williams has advised Russell to limit making what he calls “home-run passes.”“He just got to understand there’s nine guys on the floor that has the same talent level if not better than he has,” Williams said of Russell. “In college, he has two or three guys on the floor that can really play. You’ll have six or seven guys, they’re just decent. Here, there’s 10 guys on the floor that can play that can sniff out the no-look passes and sniff out some of the fancy things you want to do. He just has to get adjusted to that.”Then again, Williams has to get adjusted to playing point guard after admitting he has not manned the position for the past five or six years. Perhaps that explains why Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sounded skeptical before the 2015-16 season about Williams assuming point guard duties.“He can bring the ball up the floor,” Kupchak said before the season. “But I’m not sure that’s the best way to use him.”Yet, Scott has done that with Williams, who believes the Lakers’ coach trust in him will soon pay off.It’s an adjustment, but with the way our offense is set up, you have scoring opportunities from all five spots on the court,” Williams said. “So my job is to initiate the offense. After that, it’s to make plays. I’m starting to find a rhythm where I can find my shots. Even when I do get shots, it’s my job to be efficient.” The Lakers’ new point guard has not shot the ball as well as he has liked. He has also admittedly experienced adjustment issues in the Princeton-based offense that Lakers coach Byron Scott oversees. But Scott has shown patience in his new player. Scott predicted his new point guard will fix his shooting struggles soon. He argued his point guard has still found ways to become effective despite his shooting inaccuracies. Most notably, Scott has granted his new point guard numerous opportunities to close out games.That person is not rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell, whom the Lakers selected second overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. Instead, Scott has shown more faith in 10-year NBA veteran Lou William, who signed with the Lakers last summer to a three-year, $21 million deal.“He’s got a couple of opportunities so far early in the season and he’s going to get a lot more,” Scott said about Russell closing out games. “For me in the fourth quarter, in the last six or seven minutes, it’s really who has been playing the best at that time. That’s the guy I’m going to go with.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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DeMar DeRozan fined $25K for chucking ball at referee

first_img NBA playoffs 2019: Kyrie Irving says Celtics finally settling into who they want to be DeMar DeRozan was hit with a hefty fine after he let his temper get the best of him.The Spurs star will have to pay $25,000 after he threw a basketball at a referee in the fourth quarter of Game 4 against the Nuggets, the league announced Sunday. NBA playoffs 2019: Celtics sweep Pacers to advance to conference semifinals DeRozan appeared angry after referee Scott Foster whistled him for an offensive foul against Denver’s Gary Harris. He chucked the ball into Foster’s vicinity, which ended up in the stands.DeMar DeRozan ejected after throwing fastball at ref Scott Foster pic.twitter.com/B6iPUiowjN— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 20, 2019DeRozan was ejected with 5:01 left in the game. The Spurs ended up losing, 117-103, evening the series at 2-2.center_img “Frustration,” DeRozan later described the incident after the game. “I thought it was a bad call. Combination of both.”DeRozan finished the night with 19 points, five assists and five rebounds. Related Newslast_img read more

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Lakers teammate spoke to Lonzo Ball about him avoiding beef

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“To Zo? No, no, I thought it was just smart staying away from it,” Lopez said.Ball gave his thoughts postgame.“It’s the NBA,” he said. “People ain’t really gonna fight, so I ain’t trying to get no tech.”Coach Luke Walton on Saturday acknowledged that a player on the team talked to Ball about it, when team camaraderie for a situation like this was mentioned. However, Walton was firm in his defense of Ball, his 20-year-old rookie point guard.Yes, Walton said, it “absolutely” was smart that Ball steered clear of the fracas. No, he’s not concerned about how it appears to others. Lakers don’t give up the fight, but lose to Suns Heisler: Lakers dream of LeBron James, even a middle-aged one Lakers center Brook Lopez had no problem getting involved in the shoving match between teammate Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and fellow guard Tyler Ulis of the Phoenix Suns during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 122-113 Suns victory at Staples Center.“I just tried to get in there and break it up,” Lopez said. “I was just trying to get in the middle of it. If someone throws a punch, maybe it’ll hit me. I can take it.”Lopez was laughing. But the tone of an interview with Lopez following practice Saturday changed a bit when the subject of what teammate Lonzo Ball did was broached. It was the opposite of Lopez. The skirmish began at the outset of a timeout just as Ball was passing the two combatants. Ball looked over, but just continued to walk on by, rather than get in there. Smart?Related Articles “Yeah, I mean, you’re staying out of trouble,” Lopez said. “I feel like I’m big enough to where I can come and get in the middle of it, and I’m not going to do anything crazy. So I’m just trying to get everything under control, help get everything under control.”Lopez was asked if he had any reaction to Ball’s non-reaction.center_img Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. back on practice court after having cast removed “I don’t really care how that looks,” Walton said, “because our guys love Zo. He’s one of the few rookies I’ve ever seen that everybody is just kind of drawn toward him. Vets, everyone really wants him to succeed. They all love playing with his group, whether it’s practice or the game.“So I think they all know that what that looked like isn’t what Zo is about and isn’t symbolizing what his feelings are on that type of situation. I know the general public and the internet world likes to do what they do, but it didn’t really affect our team at all because they know who Zo is and they know what he’s about.”Walton would not identify the player who spoke to Ball, but he said he likes the way it was handled.“I want everything to come from the players,” Walton said. “We’re going to coach our lessons and coach our philosophy on how we want to play and how we want to do things as a group.“Whether somebody’s taking too many shots or somebody’s not playing hard on defense, I want players to hold each other accountable and feel comfortable enough within our environment to be able to call each other out on anything like that, so it’s nice when that happens.Lopez gets 1,000th blockLopez, in his 10th season – first with the Lakers – on Friday blocked four shots. His final swat was the 1,000th of his career. He said he didn’t even realize that.“No, I didn’t,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.”He said he learned to do this early in life.“I’ve always prided myself on being a shot-blocker,” he said. “It’s something my twin brother (Robin) and I have always taken to heart and looked to do on the court since we were very little. And so that’s very, very cool and it’s humbling for me.”This and thatThe Lakers (6-10) on Sunday play host to the Denver Nuggets (9-6) at 6:30 p.m. at Staples Center. … The Lakers were 5-5 before losing three of four on their recent road trip ahead of going 0-2 at home since returning. “I felt like we were really starting to play some consistent, solid basketball,” Walton said. “We lost it somewhere along that road trip, and we’ve just gotta get it back.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more