MBB : Boeheim, SU hope to continue success against UConn’s Walker in Big East semifinals

first_imgNEW YORK –– One day short of the two-year anniversary of their epic six-overtime classic – the game that trumps any other in the storied canon of Big East tournament games – Syracuse and Connecticut will renew their rivalry at Madison Square Garden tonight (7 p.m., ESPN) in the tournament semifinals.But leading up to the game, the focus has been cast on one player who is the only remaining Husky star from the night and early morning that was March 12 and 13 of 2009. He is also the unquestioned star of this year’s tournament after his last-second quarterfinal heroics Thursday.He is Kemba Walker. And despite the fact that Jim Boeheim’s acclaimed 2-3 zone muzzled Walker into his worst performance of the season on Feb. 2, the SU head coach expects the Walker who has a knack to carry his team and hit big shots to show up versus Syracuse Friday.‘I don’t take anything out of the (Feb. 2) Connecticut game,’ Boeheim said after Syracuse’s 79-72 quarterfinal win over St. John’s on Thursday. ‘I don’t think they played well. Kemba had probably his worst night of the year and we know that wont happen (Friday) night.’On Friday, Boeheim expects the Walker who, as a freshman two years ago, hit a shot with 1.1 seconds left in regulation to force the first overtime of six. He expects the Walker who earned first team All-Big East honors earlier this week, only to top it Thursday with a 24-point performance in a heart-stopping upset of top-seeded Pittsburgh – capped off by a beautiful walk-off step-back jumper which left Pitt center Gary McGhee in a heap on the floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe expects that Walker, the Walker who pillaged pretty much every team but Boeheim’s this year. Not the Walker who only went for eight points – the only game this season where Walker has been held to single digits – in the then-No. 6 Huskies 66-58 loss to SU on Feb. 2.But if Walker’s history against SU foretells anything, it is that the Orange has his number. Two years ago in the six-overtime classic, a then jumper-less Walker struggled in an abysmal 4-of-18 and 0-of-7 shooting performance from behind the 3-point line.Two years ago, though, Walker wasn’t the one and only savior and workhorse for a loaded No. 4 UConn. He has been this year and was expected to be on Feb. 2. In that contest, Walker struggled against a scouting report devised by another former star of the Big East tournament – Gerry McNamara. McNamara conveyed to the Orange guards that within the 2-3 zone they must not let Walker shoot, never mind score. He only shot the ball six times in a second half during which the Huskies took 27 shots.After the game, it left UConn head coach Jim Calhoun so frustrated he refused to talk about any Husky player other than Jeremy Lamb, who scored 22 points.‘Individually I don’t have comment on any of our players except Jeremy,’ Calhoun said. ‘I thought he played terrific.’‘I thought tonight we got beat,’ Calhoun added. ‘But I don’t think we should have gotten beat.’The man who stepped up for Walker that night, Lamb, said he felt the mentally tough Bronx-native Walker let the referees take over his game.‘I just think he let the referees get in his head,’ Lamb said. ‘Once he didn’t get certain calls he got a little frustrated.’Frustrated is the last thing Walker will be Friday, his complete confidence super-saturated after his heroics Thursday.Boeheim is bracing for him. He knows he has two players left over — Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph — from the six-overtime game where he said he had ‘never been prouder of any team he ever coached.’Boeheim’s two include Jackson, who has grown to become the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year and best big man two years after coming up in the clutch. He slammed home a game-tying dunk with four seconds left in the first overtime in 2009, and set a timely screen to free Andy Rautins up for a game-tying 3-pointer in the third overtime.Still, though, tonight isn’t about Jackson. It’s about Walker. And the same number of points Boeheim held Walker to two years ago and the last time out, eight, is the amount of games Boeheim thinks the energizer bunny Walker could play in this tournament. Yes, eight. That is the kind of regard Boeheim holds Walker — even if the coach has held him in check.Said Boeheim: ‘I think Kemba Walker could play eight nights in a row.’aolivero@syr.eduThe Daily Orange beat writer predictions:Brett LoGiuratoSyracuse 70, Connecticut 68Can’t you just feel a Fab Melo game-winning layup? March Madness!Tony OliveroSyracuse 68, Connecticut 66If there is one team Kemba doesnt want to play it’s Cuse. Eight versus the zone in the six-overtime game. Eight on Feb. 2.Andrew L. JohnSyracuse 73, Connecticut 71Four wins in four days is pretty difficult to pull off, even for the best player in the country. Published on March 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Super Bowl 53: Rams RB Todd Gurley is 100 percent, coach Sean McVay says

first_imgRams coach Sean McVay is confident Todd Gurley will be 100 percent when the Rams face the Patriots in the Super Bowl. McVay provided an update on his running back Friday after the team held its final practice before Sunday’s game. He revealed Gurley is “feeling good” and he expects Gurley to “play a big role” against New England. Related News “He didn’t have that many touches, but he still played a good amount of snaps,” McVay said (via ESPN). “We just weren’t able to run it as much as we’d like to, because New Orleans did a nice job stopping us. Then, we were in some two-minute situations at the end of the game and the end of the half where you’re more inclined to throw it. He should be good.”When asked about his knee earlier this week, Gurley said, “I’m good.”The Rams are expected to have a completely healthy roster heading into the Super Bowl as there are no injury designations. Gurley, coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss the Rams’ final two regular-season games with inflammation, didn’t have many touches during the NFC championship game, causing some speculation as to whether he fully recovered from his injury.Gurley played 32 of the team’s 68 snaps, finishing with five touches for 13 total yards, including a 6-yard touchdown run against the Saints. Super Bowl 53: Todd Gurley, Sony Michel in ‘perfect’ spots, says ex-Georgia teammatelast_img read more

For Mickelson, it’s not easy being rich

first_imgby Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Columnist It’s not always easy being rich, as Phil Mickelson reminded us the other day. There are taxes to pay — apparently lots of them — and the price of a tank of jet fuel seems to go up every day.A million dollars a week just doesn’t go as far as it used to, now that the wealthy are paying more in taxes. For Mickelson, things have gotten so bad that he’s thinking of moving from California so the state doesn’t get a cut of the $47 million that Golf Digest estimates he made last year.Thankfully, it’s not quite to the point where Tiger Woods and his buddies need to hold a car wash to raise money for Lefty. He has, after all, made an estimated $400 million in the last decade and even the greediest of tax collectors doesn’t take it all.And he does seem to realize — though a bit belatedly — that one thing rich people shouldn’t do is complain to people who aren’t rich about the taxes they have to pay. Mickelson was barely done moaning about the taxman the other day when he began a round of apologies that continued Wednesday at his hometown tournament in San Diego.“I’ve made some dumb, dumb, mistakes, and, obviously, talking about this stuff was one of them,” Mickelson said.Not to worry. There are ways to stay put at home and still have enough left over for a few of the Five Guys hamburger franchises he loves so much.Among them are:WIN LESS: What good is winning when you have to pay so much of your earnings to the government? Sure, it goes against Mickelson’s competitive instincts, but there’s a good living to be made in the middle of the pack on the PGA Tour, where almost everyone is a millionaire. This week’s winning payout at Torrey Pines is $1,080,000, but why deal with the anguish of giving so much of it away? Luckily Mickelson has already taken an important step in that direction by winning only two times since capturing the Masters three years ago.THINK SILVER: Back in the days when the Tournament of Champions was held in Las Vegas and people still had silver dollars, the winner was paid every year with a wheelbarrow full of the coins. It might take a dump truck to hold enough silver dollars for today’s huge purses, but imagine the fun Mickelson could have when the IRS comes by to take its share. POOR PHIL–Phil Mickelson answers a question about comments he made about taxes during a news conference following his round in the Pro-Am at the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines on Jan. 23, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)last_img read more

Bonds to attend Pirates opening day

first_imgBarry BondsPITTSBURGH (AP) – Barry Bonds, Dick Groat and Jim Leyland are going to help the Pittsburgh Pirates honor their award winners from last season on opening day.The former Pirates stars will be on hand Monday when Pittsburgh celebrates its first winning season and trip to the playoffs since 1992 before playing the Chicago Cubs.Bonds, the 1992 NL MVP, and Groat, the 1960 winner, are set to give center fielder Andrew McCutcheon his NL MVP award. The recently retired Leyland, Manager of the Year in 1990 and ’92 with the Pirates, will give Clint Hurdle the award he won for guiding last year’s club to a 94-68 record.Jack Wilson, a 2004 Silver Slugger winner for best-hitting shortstop, is going to give McCutcheon and third baseman Pedro Alvarez their Silver Sluggers.last_img


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESJOEL ROSARIO, EDWARDS GOING LEFT, WINNER: “He broke a little slow so I was having to use him a little right away. It looked like a nice spot was there on the rail and he was wanting to go towards it. There was room so I dipped him in and he did the rest. I wanted to have him wherever he wanted to be and he was happy and traveling well once there. He tried really hard today and fought back. Last time I rode him he was trying to go by the other horses and didn’t quit, so when we were in it today, in the stretch I saw the same thing from him.”TYLER BAZE, KING ABNER, SECOND: “I don’t like getting beat like that. I thought Edwards Going Left got away from us a little on the first turn, so I angled out. Gotta say, that time on that track, that’s fast. It’s been a little heavy all day.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, EDWARDS GOING LEFT, WINNER: “Just watching the races, the track seems like the horses in front were running really well, so I told Joel to ride him out of the gate, get him a good position, then figure out what you want to do. He’s such a nice horse, if you look at his form he doesn’t have a bad race on there, and his form serves him well, you look at him coming in third to City Of Light (Winner of 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational), really top, top horses, always runs a good race, he just came out of a fast race the other day, I think Ax Man will be the favorite in the San Carlos so we would like to keep them in the Cal-Bred program if we can then we can dip into open company too. It was a great stretch drive, I’ve got a lot of confidence with Joel. He’s so strong and if you notice very little whipping, it’s him just riding him and carrying him. He’s a very strong rider.”OWNER QUOTESKOSTA HRONIS, OWNER OF EDWARDS GOING LEFT, WINNER: “That was tough coming down the homestretch. It was tough to keep calm. I can imagine how Joel feels! It seemed like it was a very long stretch run for a while. This is so nice and so rewarding. I’m happy for him. He’s a hard trier every time and he’s a Cal-bred and we love the Cal-breds here at Santa Anita. We’re just so happy he’s back on track and doing well.”NOTES:  The winning owner is Hronis Racing, LLC.Hronis Racing’s Edwards Going Left and jockey Joel Rosario, right, outleg King Abner (Tyler Baze), left, to win the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes, Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

Montpellier humbled by Racing

first_imgPhoto by Getty Images. Caption: Racing 92 fly-half Pat Lambie Montpellier had won their last three games, but were put to the sword by the hosts, who ran in three tries and saw 11 points come from the boot of fly-half Pat Lambie to give their home stadium in Colombes a fine send-off before they move to the newly built U Arena.Racing, who are set to lose Dan Carter at the end of the season after he announced this week that he is to leave for Japan’s Kobelco Steelers, went ahead courtesy of the first of three Lambie penalties 23 minutes in.And seven minutes later Albert Vulivuli crossed for the game’s opening try.Another Lambie three-pointer made it 13-0 at the break and Brice Dulin extended the lead further when he went over out wide.Juan Imhoff added the finishing touches with a 70-metre solo effort from an interception as Racing recorded a bonus-point success that marked their fourth successive win.Bravo à nos Ciel et Blanc pour cette belle victoire ! Au programme : Tour d’honneur + selfie avec les supporters ! #R92MHR pic.twitter.com/Q8qkKaYrE6— Racing 92 (@racing92) November 26, 2017Lyon could have gone top had they taken advantage of Montpellier’s slip-up, but they too stumbled at home against Toulouse.Lionel Beauxis’ penalty put Lyon ahead after 13 minutes but a Toulouse penalty try and a Zack Holmes converted try put the visitors into a 14-3 lead.A late hit from Dorian Aldegheri saw him sent to the sin bin and Beauxis took advantage with two penalties to narrow the gap, only for a late Thomas Ramos penalty to put the game beyond doubt.Lyon remain four points behind Montpellier in third, level on points with Racing, while Toulouse are a point further back.last_img read more

Klopp era starts at Liverpool

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):With his charm, quips, tactical insights and beaming smile, Juergen Klopp made quite an impression when he was presented as Liverpool’s new manager last week.Comparisons were made with Jose Mourinho’s arrival in English football a decade ago. Liverpool fans spoke of Klopp as a saviour.However, it will be results on the field he’ll be judged on and the Klopp era at Liverpool gets off to a potentially tough start tomorrow with a trip to Tottenham, who thrashed then-leader Manchester City 4-1 in their last home game in the Premier League.The international break has at least given Klopp some extra time to adjust to his new surroundings. He was pictured on a night out in Liverpool city centre on Friday, a few hours after his first round of interviews, and took his first training session on Tuesday with nine players who weren’t involved on national-team duty, including Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and James Milner.The serious business begins this weekend.How long will it take for Klopp to deliver the “full-throttle football” he is promising? Can he make Liverpool more solid at the back? What will his attack look like, with Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Coutinho and Adam Lallana all competing for places?Danny Ings won’t be in the attacking mix, not for most of this season anyway. British media reported yesterday that the striker will be missing for six months after sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury. Liverpool have not officially confirmed the injury.Games will come thick and fast for Klopp over the next three weeks, on average one every three or four days across three competitions the league, the Europa League and the English League Cup. That will likely stretch his squad and give him a chance to see who is worth keeping ahead of the January transfer window, when he may reshape the team.Liverpool are in 10th place after eight games, but only three points off the top four. Spurs are a point and two places ahead.CITY INJURIESThe international break did no favours for league leader Manchester City, with Sergio Aguero and David Silva – two of the team’s star players – both getting injured on duty for their countries and set to miss tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth.Aguero was in tears as he was being carried off on stretcher playing for Argentina last week and his hamstring injury appears serious. He said he is hopeful of being back for Argentina for their November 13 game against Brazil, but that “the injury must be let to recover a bit so there is no relapse.”It gives an opportunity for fellow striker Wilfried Bony, who has struggled to make an impression at City since his January move from Swansea – scoring just two goals in 19 games.Silva injured an ankle playing for Spain against Luxembourg.City holds a two-point lead over Arsenal and Manchester United.HOT SANCHEZArsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is arguably the form player in the Premier League, having scored nine goals in his last five games for club and country – including two in the stunning 3-0 win over Manchester United in the last round of the Premier League.last_img read more

After topsy-turvy elims, PBA quarterfinals match ups are set

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The other quarterfinals pairings are No. 3 TNT against defending champion San Miguel and No. 4 Meralco versus Barangay Ginebra in a pair of best-of-three duels starting Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“It’s not going to be easy for us,” said SMB center June Mar Fajardo on matching up with TNT and its hefty import Joshua Smith. “We all have to help each other.”The Hotshots beat the Beermen on Saturday night but still slipped to No. 7 after failing to win by at least 14 points.Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero, though, remained upbeat of his team’s chances despite being in a tough situation in needing to beat Alaska, which just got back Diamon Simpson as its import and has one of the league’s premier big men in Vic Manuel.“Against Alaska obviously, we’re the underdogs. We just have to prepare hard. I think it will be a very hard game for us. We will try to give our best effort and play our best game,” Victolero said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On Saturday, victories by TNT and Magnolia overset the quarterfinals match-ups.Rain or Shine, one of the biggest revelations this conference, emerged as the No. 1 team after finishing the eliminations with a 9-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The reward for the Elasto Painters, however, is a date with the eighth-seeded GlobalPort Batang Pier and their explosive point guard Stanley Pringle, who had a 50-point outing this conference.Fortunately for Rain or Shine and No. 2 Alaska, which faces No. 7 Magnolia, both will have a twice-to-beat advantage. A topsy-turvy elimination round in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup has paved the way for a potentially thrilling quarterfinals, which fires off on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Maybe next time LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

“Labour laws must be complied with” – Ally

first_imgThe Social Protection Ministry has reinforced its policy on ensuring that businesses and organisations in Guyana operate in accordance with the stipulated laws which govern the nation.Additionally, it was emphasised that specifically private businesses “must comply with the laws,” which the Ministry will ensure happens.This pronouncement was made by Social Protection Minister Amna Ally on Monday during an interview with State Media.Minister Ally is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that her office has been working to initiate the legal requirements for various agencies regarding the dos and don’ts of employment of staff. According to Minister Ally, just recently a complaint was made to her office about a particular security agency underpaying its workers.“The situation was investigated and we have found it to be true. We are going to take action because we cannot allow workers out there to suffer … We are going to take the agency to court,” Minister Ally emphasised, adding that there is a possibility that the company’s licence will be revoked.According to Minister Ally, the Labour Department has also encountered situations where managers are deducting monies from employees’ salaries for their National Insurance Scheme (NIS) contributions, but no records of such are being reflected at NIS.She said presently, over 50 employers were taken to court for acting against the law.“We assure that these practices will not go unnoticed and it is not being harsh to managers. We are seeking to ensure that in all respects they comply with the requirements”.Further, Minister Ally reminded radio listeners of several initiatives undertaken by the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA). She explained that the Agency focuses primarily on children’s welfare and in some cases caters for their parents. The Minister highlighted that currently, Regions 3, 4, 6 and 10 are benefitting from training exercises, while works are in place for the remaining regions to commence similar training sessions.Minister Ally said representatives are in all 10 administrative regions and each location is working to achieve the same goal.last_img read more

East Berbice residents demand potable water

first_img…block roadway, prevent Minister, Police from passingA team of high level officials, led by Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams, was intercepted by protesting residents on the East Bank of Berbice, demanding access to potable water.The team, which included Managing Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Dr Richard Van West Charles, was on its way to re-commission a water system in Mara, EBB, on Thursday.However, from Hiburry and Light Town, residents used barrels and water tanks to block the roadway. The residents, which included uniformed children, held up placards and demanded a solution from the relevant authorities.The Police Force was called in to address the situation, but the protesters were resolute in their stance and wanted assurances from the officials.In doing so, Minister Hastings-Williams committed to the residents that she would ensure they received potable water as soon as practicable. She pointed out to the crowd that they are not alone their in plight since many other communities across the country are facing the same situation.On this note, she asserted that the administration is working on ensuring that that all Guyanese have access to potable in their homes.Meanwhile, the GWI head also gave assurances to the protestors that he will do everything he can so that they can get potable water in those villages. He explained that the water company is currently looking at the Well at Sisters Village, EBB, as well as other Wells that are down. He added, however, this would require them to transport the necessary equipment to carry out these rehabilitative works, which takes time.Moreover, Van West-Charles told the angry residents that in the meantime, GWI will continue to take in water into the area via trucks.The residents, however, complained to the officials that the truck would usually provide one barrel of water to each household once per month.Nevertheless, the GWI boss assured that a solution will be in place by the first quarter of next year, further disclosing that he will engage the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to decide on the location of a new Well for the area.last_img read more