MBB : Faster start important for Syracuse as it enters third-round game with Kansas State

first_img Comments Published on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm PITTSBURGH – Dion Waiters has a feeling Syracuse won’t come out sluggish on Saturday.After three tough contests in a row, he sees an attitude change in his teammates. The opening minutes against Kansas State, he believes, are going to go the Orange’s way.‘I feel as though we’re going to come out ready,’ Waiters said. ‘I can see it in everybody’s face. Everybody, the way they’re talking about it. We’re going to come out to a great start tomorrow.’If the top-seeded Orange (32-2) starts out hot against the No. 8 seed Wildcats (22-10), it will be a break from Syracuse’s recent trend. SU has trailed at halftime in two of its three postseason games, and in its last game of the regular season against Louisville, the Orange didn’t lead until almost 13 minutes in. That stretch has led to three single-digit wins and Syracuse’s second loss of the season.But Syracuse expects that to change at 12:15 p.m. in the Consol Energy Center on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s definitely important,’ forward James Southerland said. ‘If we throw the first punch, basically, I feel like we’ll have them on their heels, and we’ll be ready instead of giving them confidence by letting them throw the first punch.’Syracuse hasn’t thrown the first punch since Feb. 25, when it ran out to a 14-point halftime lead against Connecticut.The flatness to start games cost the Orange a shot at the Big East tournament title. Cincinnati buried eight 3-pointers and took a 34-17 lead after 15 minutes of action. Thursday, it nearly cost SU a birth in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.No. 16 UNC Asheville jumped out to a 34-30 halftime lead while Syracuse’s offense sputtered.C.J. Fair made it clear that underestimating the undersized Bulldogs had nothing to do with it.‘We didn’t take them lightly,’ he said. ‘We just came out a little sluggish against them.’Part of the issue has been the early struggles by seniors Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine. Head coach Jim Boeheim said after the loss to Cincinnati those seniors have determined Syracuse’s success for most of this year.Joseph is 3-of-18 with just 10 points and seven rebounds in the first halves of the last four games. Jardine hasn’t scored in three of those four halves and has just two points, six rebounds and eight assists.The seniors have been able to turn it on after halftime, but Jardine knows they’ll have to show up for the entire game if SU hopes to move on to the Sweet 16.‘We can’t allow that to happen as we advance in the tournament,’ he said. ‘We got to bring it for 40 minutes. The guys are looking to us to bring that intensity and bring that sense of urgency to the basketball game on both ends of the floor.’The explanations for SU’s slow starts have varied. Waiters said it was partly just misfortune, good shots simply weren’t falling. Southerland thought it was a lack of defensive awareness and pointed to Cincinnati’s eight first-half 3s as an example. He also added SU has had a lack of communication on the floor.But whatever has ailed the Orange at the start of games, it feels confident it will come out strong against Kansas State.Especially after a slow start almost sent it home early Thursday.‘Yesterday we got our jitters out,’ Fair said. ‘Tomorrow’s a new day. Everybody’s just got to keep being aggressive like they’ve been. Our shots are going to fall. I’m still confident in each one of my teammates to come out there and play well.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LIVE BLOG: Wisconsin vs. Indiana

first_imgWelcome to the Herald Sports live blog! I’m Mike Fiammetta, and I’m here at the Kohl Center with Herald Sports editor Elliot Hughes.We’re set for what’s sure to be a fantastic night of hoops as the No. 25 Badgers (16-5, 5-3) are set to host the No. 16 Indiana Hoosiers (16-4, 4-4) in a conference battle with plenty at stake in the Big Ten race.Wisconsin is coming off a strong performance on the road Sunday that resulted in a 67-63 win over Illinois. Point guard Jordan Taylor continued his stellar play of late, dropping 19 points while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out five assists. Taylor’s improved play since the non-confernese season and early Big Ten play has been vital to the Badgers, who are now riding a 4-game win streak.Indiana, meanwhle, has seen its fortunes fade in January, where the Hoosiers are 3-3. Despite losing three of their last four games, the Hoosiers do have a tendency to be somewhat tricky on the road. IU is 3-3 on the road this season, though the Badgers have, as usual, been hard to beat here at the Kohl Center. Despite losing two games at home earlier this season, Wisconsin has rebounded with a 10-3 home record.Tonight’s matchup will be a a battle of clashing strengths, as Wisconsin boasts the Big Ten’s (and the nation’s, at that) stingiest scoring defense at 49.6 points allowed per game. Indiana, meanwhile, is the conference’s top scoring offense (No. 15 in the country) at 79.8 points per game.Anyway, thanks for joining us on the live blog below (we’ll also be on Twitter @BHeraldSports) and have a great Thursday night.<a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=cb9541f7ae” >Wisconsin vs. Indiana</a>last_img read more

D’Tigers Final 12-Man List For 2017 FIBA Afrobasket Released

first_imgD’Tigers of Nigeria head coach, Alex Nwora has released the final 12-man list of players that will represent Nigeria at the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket.The final 12-man list include captain, Diogu Ike, Washington Wizards center Daniel Ochefu, Abdul Yahaya, Dike Azuoma, Deji Akindele. O’karo Akamune, Bryant Mbamalu, Ike Nwamu, Akin Akingbala, Ike Iroegbu, Anthony Odunsi and Kelechi Anuna.Two home-based players, Victor Anthony and Musa Usman will travel with the team to the continental tournament despite not making the final 12-man cut.The team, lead by Head Coach, Alex Nwora, will depart Nigeria for Tunis, Tunisia by 6.20am Wednesday morning via a Royal Air Maroc flight.The defending champions, D’Tigers are in group A alongside, DR Congo, Mali, and Cote d’Ivoire.The 2017 FIBA Afrobasket Championship tips off from Friday 8 – 16 September in two cities, Tunis, Tunisia and Dakar, Senegal.RelatedEight Players Sent Home As D’Tigers Gears Up Preparation For 2017 FIBA AfroBasketSeptember 3, 2017In “National Team”D’Tigers Begins Afrobasket Title Defence TodaySeptember 8, 2017In “National Team”Ike Diogu Sets Sights On 2019 FIBA World Cup TicketJune 29, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

Charles Woodson leaving ESPN

first_imgCharles Woodson’s tenure as a broadcaster with ESPN is over, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL great announced Thursday. The 42-year-old Woodson, who spent 18 seasons in the NFL, shared a message on Instagram as he thanked ESPN and his on-air “Sunday NFL Countdown” colleagues — Sam Ponder, Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck and Rex Ryan. Woodson shared the set with them for the past three years after retiring from the NFL in 2015.  “You have given me the opportunity immediately out of the NFL to work in television. It’s been a wonderful three years. It’s been a blast. I’ve learned a lot, had a lot of fun, gained some great friends,” Woodson said, in part. View this post on Instagramcenter_img Many thanks to @espn @espnnfl it was a good run!!A post shared by Charles Woodson (@charleswoodson) on Feb 7, 2019 at 7:53am PSTWhile Woodson didn’t reveal what’s next, the former All-Pro defensive back alluded to his next venture as he said, “For everybody out there who may have tuned in and watched me every week. I’ll see you next season somewhere. Stay tuned.”Woodson has been selected to the 2018 class of the College Football Hall of Fame and joined Michigan’s Hall of Honor in 2017 over the past three years. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection in his career with the Raiders and Packers.last_img read more

‘Hard work pays off’: The making of Pirates slugger Josh Bell

first_imgThat hard work he’s been putting in since he was a kid in high school is still paying off, and back then he wasn’t just learning that work ethic from his dad. Bell said he remembers watching his mom sit up at night or early in the morning writing her book on teaching and learning about diversity. Sometimes when the family would go on trips to other cities for his baseball tournaments, she would have to bring her laptop with her, but for the most part she sacrificed a little sleep so she could get her work done and then be with her family during the day. Those memories still stick with Bell many years later, and watching his mother work hard at her craft influenced how he’s always worked at his.“It’s just hard work pays off,” Bell said, “and I saw that from both of my parents.” Ask his mother or his high school baseball coach and it’s apparent pretty quickly that there isn’t one because there are actually so many that it gets hard to single one out. For his mother, Myrtle Bell, a college professor, there are not only the ones she saw when Bell was 5 years old at the field by their house outside Dallas, there are the ones in high school, the ones she doesn’t even remember — the ones former teammates or even former opponents come to tell her about.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAsk Josh himself, and he practically shrugs off the Paul Bunyon-esque longball exploits of his youth.“I never really looked at myself as a power hitter,” Bell told SN. “I was always like, never strike out.”But mom remembers it differently.When he was just 5, she and her husband Earnest would take him to a nearby youth baseball diamond and throw to him. And he would launch the ball over the fence and over the street behind it. From both sides of the plate.“It was comical,” Myrtle Bell said. Whichever of Bell’s many home runs capture the imagination and stick in the memory, the player we see today is doing what he’s doing because he has just the right combination of natural strength and athleticism, and he applies a strong work ethic to go with it.Both of those things are a testament to his parents. His father, a retired computer engineer who looks like he could bench press a Buick, didn’t play baseball himself, but when his son was very young he took some of his knowledge of the game and knew early that teaching Bell to switch hit would be wise.“He learned to investigate and troubleshoot and figure out what would be best,” Myrtle Bell said. “So he studied the game of baseball. … He studied and he read about switch-hitting, and he decided to make Josh a switch hitter.”Those childhood lessons took easily, and then as Bell got into youth baseball, his father would always have him play a level up against kids at least a year older than he was. And then as a high school player at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, Bell would regularly stick around after practice to do more work. His dad would either be there with him or he would write down for Bell what he should do.“A half-mile of lunges after the game, or run backward for a half-mile after practices and whatnot,” Bell said of those days.No big deal, the way he describes it now. Occasionally a teammate would decide to stay after practice and try to do it with him, but Bell’s mother never saw any of them do it more than once. Some of them will approach her now to talk about the bombs they remember him hitting back in high school, like the one he hit out of the Baylor University ballpark and into the Brazos River in 2011 when he was a senior. “People joke that it’s still floating out there,” she said.The guys who played against Bell back then have their own stories too. In June when the Pirates were playing in Houston, a young lady approached Myrtle Bell in the stands to introduce herself because her boyfriend once pitched against Bell and Bell took him deep. Almost a decade later, he still remembers it well. But for Bell’s mother, it’s just one of many in her memory.And even the hits that didn’t go out of the park still stand out to the ones who watched him play in those days.MORE: Rays’ underdog attitude paving way for potential powerhouseBrian Jones, who came to coach Jesuit in 2009 for Bell’s junior year, still loves to talk about the time at a tournament in Austin that fall when Bell hit two home runs from the left side of the plate in his first two at-bats, and then when he came up for the third time, the other coach put in a left-handed pitcher, thinking they would avoid getting hurt a third time. So Bell moved to the right side of the plate. The other coaches were incredulous, Jones said, audibly questioning just who Bell thought he was.“So he proceeds to hit one into probably a 10-mph wind, a line drive straight to the center field wall,” Jones said. “The kid catches it, but when he hit that ball you could have heard a pin drop in that stadium.”Otherwise, Jones has trouble pinning down just one memorable homer from Bell’s high school career. There’s the Baylor home run, of course, but also one he hit during his senior year when the team was playing a game at the Ballpark at Arlington that hit the back wall of the Rangers’ bullpen. And even without the home runs, Jones could see that he had something special in Bell.“You could see things the way he ran the outfield, you could see things the way he ran the bases. You could see how he put in work. He was just a skinny 6-2 at that time. He really hadn’t formed body weight or anything along those lines,” Jones said. “But you could definitely see the potential was there.”These days, Bell is putting together the best season of his young career. An All-Star for the first time, Bell went into the break with 27 home runs and the most RBIs in baseball. He has a .992 OPS and if he somehow doesn’t hit another home run all season, he’ll still have more than his previous career-high of the 26 that he hit in 2017, his first full year in the majors.Bell attributes the growth he’s shown has a hitter this year mostly to better timing at the plate. “I just feel like I’m in a better place to hit,” Bell said. “More on time to hit fastballs and to react to balls out of the zone for the most part. Just a lot of hard work.”Bell said he feels like he’s in his “A swing” more often this year — what he described as essentially his default, natural swing — and as a result, he’s hitting better on the whole and going deep more often.“The less redirection in my swing, the farther the ball goes. So if I square the ball up and I’m not changing anything at all in my body, if it’s in my A swing path, that’s when the ball travels the farthest,” Bell said. He’s had more than a few titanic shots this year. Five of them have traveled more than 450 feet, two of those more than 470. And Bell isn’t just about displays of power. He’s been a better overall player in 2019. He’s hitting for the highest average of his career, his wRC+ of 150 is almost 40 points higher than he’s ever posted and he’s improved by eight defensive runs saved in the field from 2018.  There’s usually that one home run. The one in Little League when the coach or the parents realize a kid’s got something extra. Or the one in high school that gets the first scout to write down his name. Or the one that locals talk about for years afterward.But for Josh Bell, there isn’t one.last_img read more

Sumner Regional Medical Center looking to fill housekeeping – 2nd shift position

first_imgSumner Regional Medical Center has an immediate opening for a full-time Housekeeper on our evening shift.  Hours are 11:30 to 8:00 pm, with shared holidays and weekends.  Weekend hours are 7:00 to 3:30 p.m.Full benefits package, including KPERS is offered with this position.  Apply in person at Sumner Regional Medical Center, attn: Traci Smith, 1323 N. A St., Wellington, KS or online at www.srmcks.org.  EOE; Post-offer drug screen required.last_img

Clear Lake’s Earth Day big event won’t happen this weekend, but you can still do things to participate

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake’s Earth Day activities were supposed to be held this weekend, but the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the event’s plans. Earth Day Committee member Jan  Lovell says one of the popular events, the 5K/10K, has switched to a virtual event.  “So essentially that means each runner can choose when and where to run anytime between now and Sunday at midnight. It can even be on your treadmill. A portion of the funds are going to a really wonderful organization. It’s a new organization, the North Iowa chapter of Ainsley’s Angels.”Lovell encourages people to get outside and use the parks and trails that are open.  “Check to see that the site you are going to is open. Our state parks are open during the day, and our county conservation areas are open during the day. Be sure to socially distance yourself six feet apart. Prepare for limited access to restrooms, most of those facilities are not open. Do bring hand sanitizer and use it often. Bring your own water bottle. This isn’t the time to be sharing water bottles or using drinking fountains for sure.” Lovell says another big event has involved large groups going out and picking up trash, which she says they are encouraging people to do as individuals.  “Clear Lake will be having a more formal kickoff later when it is safe to do as groups, but in the meantime, some individuals are going out and choosing their favorite areas, as long as they are separated, doing the social distance separating, wearing gloves, going on your own or just with one or two other individuals. In Clear Lake you can register online for this still. For more information head to earthdayclearlake.orglast_img read more

New Intercity Transit Route Options for Puget Sound Commuters

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0 Sing with me!  “The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round…”Thurston County’s public transportation provider, Intercity Transit, offers tremendous opportunities for safe, green transportation throughout our region.  They provide more than simply bus service. Intercity Transit has commuter vanpools, they help facilitate carpools, encourage bicycling and walking, provide door-to-door Dial-A-Lift service for qualified riders, and specialty van programs.Recent grants to Intercity Transit from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Regional Mobility program have opened up two new express routes that operate between Thurston, Pierce, and King Counties within typical work-day hours. The new express routes nearly doubled the number of weekday trips for Puget Sound commuters.Here are the details on the new Express routes:Route 592, operated by Sound Transit, leaves the Olympia Transit Center for downtown Seattle with stops at the Capitol Campus, the new-and previously unserved-Hawks Prairie Park and Ride in Lacey, DuPont Station, Lakewood Station, and the SR 512 Park & Ride.  Buses depart every 30 minutes between 4:12 and 6:42 a.m. and return from Seattle every 30 minutes between 3:20 and 5:50 p.m.  The one-way fare from Olympia to Seattle is only $3.50 and takes about two hours each way.Route 609, operated by Intercity Transit, departs from Tumwater’s Department of Labor and Industries rand serves the Department of Health, Tumwater Park & Ride lot (on Israel Rd and Bonniewood),  Capitol Campus, Hawks Prairie Park and Ride, Lakewood Station, and the SR512 Park & Ride.  The 609 makes ten northbound trips and eleven southbound, running from 5 a.m. through 6:30 p.m.  The one-way fare for this trip is only $3.Olympia resident Clark Gilman regularly uses Intercity Transit buses to commute to work.These new express routes have been funded with over $4 million in state and local grants and are scheduled to run through 2015.  If ridership numbers remain strong, additional funding will be sought to maintain the service.Olympia resident and long-time Intercity Transit user Clark Gilman is a huge fan of the new Route 592.  Having first used their services in 1981 as an Evergreen student, he now occasionally commutes to Seattle for work.“My job requires that I spend two days each week in Seattle.  I walk or ride my bike to downtown Olympia on the other three days.  Why bus?  It’s less expensive, it’s lighter on the environment, and I’m a social person and I enjoy meeting new people each day,” comments Gilman.“I have never had a fixed enough schedule to commit to a carpool.  For me, driving to downtown Seattle and parking is like working another shift.  The bus drops me a block from our Seattle office fresh and relaxed.  I’ve noticed a real difference in my energy level since I began commuting by bus,” explains Gilman.Gilman’s switch to Route 592 has enabled him to use the money he’s saved on parking and gas to buy a tablet computer.  He reads, listens to music, and shares family photos with fellow riders.  While he says some coaches are definitely more comfortable than others for the long trip, having this route has been a real blessing.Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson calls this “another example of the great partnerships between our Legislature and state, regional and local transportation agencies working together to keep Puget Sound moving.”  The grants also provided for the purchase of three new 40-foot hybrid-electric buses to help with the new routes.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo lowers its market value by 25 million

first_imgHowever, in the summer of 2018 one of the most remembered transfers of recent times would be officially made, when Cristiano left Real Madrid to leave for Italy, to sign his new contract and thus become a new player of the Juventus A signing that, without a doubt, turned the whole of Turin into one of the great candidates to be European champions and left, on the other hand, a worrying vacancy in Madridist terms to cover an exit of such magnitudes. Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best players on the planet. His scoring figures in the last decade allow him to be among the top scorers in history, and therefore it is normal that his market value, despite being 34 years old, remains high.His stage at Real Madrid raised him to football skies. There, in the Santiago Bernabéu, it was where he wrote the most glorious pages of his sports career, where he got the most prestigious records, and where he signed the largest volume of trophies as a professional footballer. Its output has resulted in sports downturn, but also in market value downturn. The latest update of the Transfermarkt specialized website confirms it again. If recent analyzes confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo bargains less than in Real Madrid and, in turn, his scoring figures are below those he used to in the white team, now, in economic terms he has starred in his third decline in market value of consecutive way. Curiously, all after leaving Real Madrid to go to Juventus.When it militated in the white set its market value was established around 100 million euros. But once in Series A, its market value already suffered the first drop, when it fell to 90 million euros. A downfall nothing important, nothing worrisome, but that now, after the last update, has undergone a new devaluation in the market that leads it to be currently valued at 75 million euros. It meansn season and a half its market value has dropped from 100 to 75 million euros.He remains a decisive striker. Maintains high scoring figures. But its effectiveness is no longer outstanding and its scoring figures are already remarkable and not excellent. A sporting context that has been directly reflected in economic terms and, for the third consecutive time, its market price has fallen again. Such is the case that it has already been established in values ​​similar to those of his arrival at Real Madrid, before his great explosion, before living the best sports stage of his professional career.last_img read more