Tyus Battle keeps Syracuse within striking distance of Duke in 69-65 loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 24, 2018 at 3:58 am Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco OMAHA, Neb. — Seven seconds remained on the clock as Tyus Battle stepped to the free-throw line. The Orange trailed by three, its season quickly falling out of reach.In that moment, Battle had an opportunity to pull the Orange within one against conference rival and brute Duke. The sophomore had kept SU within striking distance all game on the back of his 3-point shooting and passing. Now, here he was, possibly taking his last pair of free throws in an Orange uniform.Battle released his first free throw. It bounced off the rim and to the floor. He dropped his head, knowing the game was over. Though he made the second free throw, Duke would extend its lead to two possessions on the following play. And six seconds later, the buzzer sounded as No. 11 seed Syracuse’s (23-14, 8-10)  run came to an end against No. 2 seed Duke (29-7, 13-5), 69-65, on Friday night at CenturyLink Stadium. When SU had trailed by seven at the half, the margin was single digits because of Battle. And as the comeback ensued, it was Battle again.“Battle is one of the best players in the country,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “And I thought he really kept them in the game in the first half. And he’s poised. He’s a big-time player.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerAll season long, Battle has been the leader on a Syracuse team that’s had a turbulent season, one that led to the Orange being the last team in. He’s played 39 or more minutes in all but two games since December and has taken the bulk of the shots, especially down the wire. Just last game, he scored 16 second-half points and had the step back jumper and a pair of free throws to lift the Orange to a 55-53 upset over No. 3 seed Michigan State. But in the two games prior to Duke, Battle struggled to heat up in the first half. He shot a combined 1-for-11 before using a strong second half to lead SU in back-to-back upsets. That changed Friday night.Two minutes in, Frank Howard caught a pass in the high post. He quickly found Battle who drilled the 3. In the previous 40 first-half minutes, he had just three points. All it took was one shot to tie that skid.Over the next 18 minutes, Battle added two more 3s, a floater and found Paschal Chukwu for an alley-oop over Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. Unlike the last two games, Battle said he was releasing the ball higher, which resulted in a better shooting performance — 50 percent from the field. He also credited freshman Marek Dolezaj, whose screens helped open up enough room for a pair of 3s. It was a much-needed performance for Battle, especially with his two main counterparts, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett, struggling. The two combined for four points on 1-of-12 shooting and four turnovers. “That’s our main scorer on the team. We want him to take those shots and get over our offensive slumps,” Brissett said. “… Today he was hot so we just kept on giving him the ball, kept on letting him do his thing.”Battle’s success carried over into the second half. On one play, he spun between a collapsing Trevon Duval and Marvin Bagley III before letting off a floater that went over the outstretched arms of Carter Jr. The ball swished through the net as the referees blew their whistle to call a foul.Though he only scored eight points in that half, he distributed the ball into the paint often. Battle continuously worked the ball to Dolezaj who consistently made turnaround jumpers. As the final buzzer sounded, Battle hunched over. His team-high 19 points and five assists helped Syracuse keep the game within one possession until the final seconds. But he couldn’t lift SU over Duke like he had over the previous three opponents. After the initial press conference, Battle walked into the locker room and was swarmed by reporters. A few questions were asked before one reporter brought up Battle’s plans for the future. The sophomore’s stock had jumped since the Tournament’s start and he had been featured in mock drafts.Battle shook his head and said he has yet to consider it. But he wouldn’t confirm that he’d return, like his teammate Brissett had. “I don’t even know,” he said. “It’s so early to even decide what I’m gonna do.”At least for now, Battle is still Syracuse’s leader. The one that has carried the team through the highest highs like upsetting Michigan State, and the lowest low like losing to a Matt Farrell-and Bonzie Colson-less Notre Dame team. He’s one of the main reasons Syracuse got this far. And a big factor in why Orange had a chance to upset the Blue Devils. But the magic had run out. Commentslast_img read more

Julio Urias focused on Dodgers, won’t talk about city attorney, MLB decisions

first_imgUrias will have to maintain that clean record for the next year, attend a hearing with the city attorney and complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program. MLB has kept its investigation technically open in case new information comes to light but has levied no disciplinary action on Urias.The 22-year-old left-hander has made three relief appearances since being reinstated from administrative leave following the May 13 incident. The first was very good – he pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two in Pittsburgh. But he did not pitch well at home.In his first appearance at Dodger Stadium since the incident, Urias gave up back-to-back home runs to the first two batters he faced and hits to the first four. Three days later, he gave up a game-tying two-run home run to Bryce Harper. The Dodgers rallied to win both games.In both cases, Urias was greeted mostly with cheers by the home fans. Concern about how he might be received by fans had nothing to do with the two poor outings, he said.“I just missed some pitches,” Urias said. “Harper is a really good ballplayer. He hadn’t got me before. He got me that time. Before that, it was the same thing. I just missed some pitches and you can’t miss pitches at this level or they’ll make you pay. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PHOENIX — Both Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles city attorney’s office have investigated the incident involving Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias and his girlfriend three weeks ago and decided to take no action.But Urias would not comment on those decisions and what sense of relief they might have brought for him after three weeks of uncertainty.“I can’t talk about that. I just focus on pitching,” Urias said through an interpreter.The city attorney cited three reasons for conditionally deferring prosecution on the suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery – no physical injury was caused, the woman involved “at no point indicated to either the uniformed police officers or to civilian witnesses that she believed she was a victim” and Urias’ lack of prior criminal conduct.center_img Among Tuesday’s picks were Butler right-hander Ryan Pepiot (third round), UC Irvine third baseman Brandon Lewis (fourth round) and Stanford right-hander Jack Little (fifth round).Lewis was a two-time all-conference selection at L.A. Pierce College before transferring to UCI, where he tied the school record with 14 home runs this season. He hit .315, reached base safely in 36 consecutive games and led the Big West Conference in runs scored, doubles and RBIs.Little was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection. He tied the Stanford school record with 16 saves as a sophomore last year then went 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA and nine saves this season.The draft continues with the final 30 rounds Wednesday.REHAB GAMEAustin Barnes began a brief rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday night, going 1 for 3 with an RBI single and a run scored. Barnes caught five innings from Josiah Gray (a right-handed prospect who was obtained as part of last winter’s Reds-Dodgers).Out for a week with a mild groin strain, Barnes is expected to play one more game for the Quakes then join the Dodgers in San Francisco this weekend when he is eligible to come off the Injured List.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 7-2, 3.61 ERA) at Diamondbacks (RHP Jon Duplantier, 1-0, 3.18 ERA), Wednesday, 12:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Every time I go out there, I just try to do my job and try to give everything I can and sometimes I just miss pitches.”That job could have been more difficult to do with potential criminal charges or a suspension hanging over his head. But Urias said he was able to maintain his focus on the field.“I think I’ve had challenges in the past,” Urias said. “I pitched against Christian Yelich in the playoffs. I pitched against Atlanta. Some situations are tough but you have to know how to pitch in those tough situations.”HANDLE WITH CAREJustin Turner was back in the starting lineup Monday after missing four games with an accumulation of issues with his legs – a foul ball off his left shin on May 17 and a mild hamstring strain last Wednesday. But he was out of the lineup again Tuesday as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Turner will be handled with an extra level of caution in the hope that nothing escalates into a more severe problem.“I think it’s going to be a couple weeks,” Roberts said. “Just to kind of get out of the woods with that.”The option of putting Turner on the Injured List and shutting him down entirely for 10 days or more was not an attractive one, Roberts said.“He’s just too valuable off the bench,” Roberts said. “If there’s a spot, a big spot, he’s one of your best bats. … To have him in a big-leverage spot, we have no one who can do that.”DRAFT TALKThe Dodgers made eight selections on the second day of the draft Tuesday, taking college players in the third through 10th rounds.Texas high school right-hander Jimmy Lewis (the Dodgers’ second-round pick Monday) is the only high school player the Dodgers have taken so far in the draft.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Man reportedly sets home on fire to kill his daughter after an argument

first_imgOfficials in Minnesota are reporting that they have arrested a 46-year-old man who reportedly set his mobile home on fire to kill his 22-year-old daughter after an argument.The incident occurred Tuesday in Paynesville.Authorities say they received a call from the victim, Jamey Newport stating that her father was going to set their home on fire. During the phone call, authorities reported that Newport than began screaming and coughing claiming that her father had set the home on fire and that she was trapped inside.A responding officer found black smoke coming out of the mobile home and could hear Newport screaming inside. The officer attempted to get inside the home from there rear where he heard the victim screaming, however, he was unsuccessful before the home was engulfed in flames.The officer then went back to the front of the home, where he found the victim’s father John Newport yelling at the victim through a broken window.He then attempted to get back into the home through a door and then through a broken window but eventually retreated.  He was eventually restrained by the officer and taken to a hospital to for treatment on his injuries.Firefighters arrived to the scene and immediately put out the fire and pulled the victim from the home.She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.According to the report, the two argued about Jamey’s plans to move out of the home and that John posted on Facebook Friday that he planned to burn down his house.John has since been taken Stearns County Jail and charged with  second-degree murder.  He remains behind bars on a $2 million bond.last_img read more

England Golf County Rules Schools heading to the North and South of England

first_img England Golf has announced that it will be running another two County Rules Schools this spring, at venues in Cheshire and Devon. Following the success of seven County Rules Schools in 2011, which proved to be very popular attracting over 200 delegates, England Golf are delighted to be offering the chance for more people to participate in rules education. To date, 67 of those delegates who sat the County Rules exam last year achieved a distinction. This in turn has provided their respective County Unions with a potential new source of qualified ‘County Referees’ to assist at county tournaments. Barry Morgan, Secretary of Hampshire County Golf Union, who hosted a Rules School at Basingstoke golf club last year said, “The England Golf County Rules School has proved to be an invaluable tool, enabling Hampshire Golf Union to formulate the nucleus of a tournament panel for our County events. Those that attended are now much more confident in their knowledge of the rules and the school has given them the confidence and self belief to be able to deal with rules situations on and off the golf course”. Toby Thorne, England Golf Deputy Championship Manager says, “The schools cater for all levels of rules knowledge, endorsed by the wide variety of delegates who have attended and the feedback that we have received. There is something for everyone to learn about the rules of golf and with the new changes coming into effect from 1st January it will be important to ensure all delegates are aware of and well informed about these changes. The format of the School, with a mix of outdoor practical demonstrations, refereeing role-play scenarios and some indoor tutorials, keeps everyone interested and on their toes throughout the day”. Delegates should have at least a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf before attending the school, although advice will be given on how to prepare for the exam which is several weeks after the first day of practical tuition. The following dates and venues are finalised for spring 2012: Cheshire: Day 1: Wed 28th March Day 2 (inc. Exam): Thu 3rd May (North) Entry deadline: Fri 9th March Venue: Sandiway Golf Club, Northwich Devon: Day 1: Thu 26th April Day 2 (inc. Exam): Thu 7th June (South West) Entry deadline: Fri 30th March Venue: Exeter Golf & Country Club, Exeter The fee for attending an England Golf County Rules School is £50, which includes all tuition, lunches, teas and coffees on both days. Although hosted in a particular county, delegates from other counties will also be made welcome. Further Schools are being scheduled for Autumn 2012 and will be announced in due course. For more information regarding the England Golf County Rules Schools and how to register for an event, visit www.englishgolfunion.org/rulesschool. 24 Jan 2012 England Golf County Rules Schools heading to the North and South of England last_img read more

Here are 5 things to know about the Preakness

first_imgExercise rider Willie Delgado, center, leads Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome to his stable as trainer Art Sherman, right, watches after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Thursday, May 15, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — If trainer Art Sherman coughed, no one would care. When his horse coughs, that’s news.Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome coughed after training Thursday, leaving open the possibility the horse wouldn’t be in top shape for Saturday’s Preakness.Sherman’s veterinarian discovered that the colt had a small blister in his throat. Nothing a little mouthwash couldn’t fix.“California Chrome is fine. His throat is fine. He had a little tickle,” said assistant trainer Alan Sherman, Art’s son. “He is not scratching from the Preakness. He is fine. I don’t know why it was blown out of proportion.”California Chrome is being treated with a glycerin throat wash.Now that you know that, here are five more things to ponder about the Preakness:BAD TRIP: Whether it’s a crowded field or just bad luck, Ride On Curlin can’t seem to get a smooth trip around the track.Trainer Billy Gowan bemoaned the unfortunate situation and remained hopeful that a reversal of fortune would improve his seventh-place finish in the Derby.“We just have to get a good trip,” Gowan said. “I think he’s a good horse. I think that’s all we need. And if Chrome stubs his toe a little bit, well that would help.”This is the first Preakness for Gowan, whose horse will be attempting to get into the winner’s circle for the first time in five races since Jan. 14.“There’s only one chance to run in the Preakness,” Gowan said. “The Derby didn’t take much out of him. He’s given me all the signs he wants to run.”ONE IS THE LONELIEST: Dynamic Impact won the Illinois Derby from the No. 1 post position, and that’s where he will be starting Saturday.Problem is, the rail has not been kind to horses in the Preakness.The last 3-year-old to win from the No. 1 post was Tabasco Cat in 1994. Before that, Bally Ache in 1960.Dynamic Impact trainer Mark Casse, another first-timer at the Preakness said, “Things have to go our way and he has to save ground and then move out at some point. We will be closely watching the earlier races, and there could be some last-minute changes in our strategy.”The post position that has produced the most wins, by the way, is No. 6.NEW SHOOTERS: California Chrome, Ride On Curlin and General a Rod are the only three horses to go from the Derby to the Preakness this year.“I don’t know why everybody skipped this race and is pointing toward the Belmont,” said Ron Paolucci, co-owner of Ria Antonia. “There was a lot of bouncing around at the Derby. I think people believe California Chrome is more vulnerable going a mile-and-a-half than a mile-and-3/16ths on this type of track.”The last newcomer to win the Preakness was Rachel Alexandra in 2009, the only horse in Preakness history to win from the 13th post.SPEEED THRILLS: Social Inclusion, the second-favorite in field, has led to gate to wire in his two wins and burst to the lead in his other race, the Wood Memorial, before fading to third.The lightly raced colt is expected to set the pace in the Preakness, too.“We’ll be in good position in the early stages,” owner Ron Sanchez said. “I didn’t like being on the outside in the Wood, but the Pimlico front stretch is a little bit longer. My horse is more experienced now and he is multi-faceted. He has speed and strength.”Sanchez added: “He’s going to finish. In the Wood, the track didn’t help him. This time the track is going to help us.”ODDS AND ENDS: Keep in mind that if California Chrome wins the Preakness, there is no guarantee he will become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Thirty-three horses have won the Derby and Preakness, but only 11 backed that up with a win in the Belmont.The largest margin of victory in the Preakness was 11 ½ lengths, by Smarty Jones in 2004. He broke the record of 10 lengths, set by Survivor in 1873.If 30-1 long shot Ria Antonia wins Saturday, she could provide her backers the biggest payday in Preakness history. The record is held by Master Derby in 1975, a 23-1 shot that paid $48.80 to win.last_img read more