Pellegrini plans cake for Toure

first_img On the downside, playmaker Samir Nasri, who suffered a groin injury soon after coming off the bench at White Hart Lane, will not play again this season. Pellegrini said: “This week – at least the last two days – we have had the complete squad working except Samir Nasri who has a muscle injury and he will be out from now until the end of the season.” Aside from injury problems which also saw him have a spell out in December, Kompany has not enjoyed a successful season. The normally reliable and influential defender has fallen below his own high standards and has made a number of high-profile errors in City’s failed title defence. Pellegrini hopes the recent enforced break might have done the player good. He said: “Vincent is always a very important player for us. He is just coming back from a muscle injury. “For him it is important to try to recover his normal performance. We will see what happens now until the end of the season.” City’s failure to challenge Chelsea for the title this season has led to considerable speculation about changes this summer. Manchester United’s signing of PSV Eindhoven’s highly-rated winger Memphis Depay this week has possibly underlined the need to act decisively in the transfer market. Pellegrini, whose own future may not be certain, claims that deal will not influence anyone’s thinking at the Etihad Stadium. He said: “We are doing things in the right moments, with what we think is better and not what the other teams do.” Midfielder Toure was at the centre of a bizarre row about cake last year after his agent claimed City did not do enough to mark the Ivorian’s 31st birthday. Toure turns 32 next Wednesday and Pellegrini was asked at his latest press conference if he had found a suitable cake for the occasion. “Are you sure it is next week?” he asked with a smile. “We will think what is the best thing for him. It is important to learn from the mistakes that you have (made) in the past!” Pellegrini, however, was otherwise in little mood to discuss matters relating to Toure’s outspoken representative Dimitri Seluk, who has been in the headlines again this week. Seluk has claimed Toure is “90 per cent certain” to leave City this summer after five years at the club. Pellegrini said: “Everyone can say what he thinks is better for him but we are all focused in our team, the players and managers, and what the agents think is not my problem. “We will talk about next season in the right moment. Everyone in this moment can say what they want about different rumours but I have never answered to Yaya’s agent so I will not do it now. “Yaya has a contract here for two years more so in this moment we are only thinking about the best way to finish the season then we will see what happens next season.” Toure is fit to return to action against QPR on Sunday along with captain Vincent Kompany. Toure missed last week’s Barclays Premier League win at Tottenham after pulling up with a hamstring injury against Aston Villa the previous week while Kompany has been out for three matches with a groin problem. Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has joked that the club must celebrate Yaya Toure’s birthday properly this year.last_img read more

Bucksport, GSA, MDI athletes claim titles at PVC outdoor track championships

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Athletes from three local high schools claimed  Penobscot Valley Conference titles this weekend at the Small-School championships in Bucksport and Large-School championships in Old Town.For the Bucksport girls’ team, freshman Angelina Cotoni finished with a time of 17.14 seconds in Friday’s Small-School 100-meter hurdles to take home first place in the event. Cotoni also joined Addie Morrison, Britney Bussey and Johanna Stiles to give the Golden Bucks a first-place finish in the 4-by-100 relay.On the boys’ side, senior Carter Tolmasoff earned 100- and 200-meter dash titles for Bucksport with times of 11.28 and 23.13 seconds, respectively. The Golden Bucks’ 4-by-100 team of Tolmasoff, Nate Sawyer, Jade Smith and Logan Stanley finished 0.04 seconds behind Orono to claim second place.For George Stevens Academy, senior LeeAnn Varnum won the girls’ shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 5 inches. On the boys’ side, GSA got second-place efforts from Ian Howell (1,600-meter race walk), Ian Renwick (long jump) and its 4-by-800 relay team.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn Saturday’s Large-School meet, Mount Desert Island’s Marilyn Sawyer got an early event win with a time of 13.31 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Gilbert Isaacs won the shot put for the MDI boys with a distance of 52 feet, 1 3/4 inches.Ellsworth and Sumner didn’t win individual titles at their respective meets, but athletes from both schools still put forth notable performances; Ellsworth got third-place efforts from Beck Deeny (boys’ triple jump) and Emma McKechnie (girls’ high jump), and Sumner got a sixth-place finish from Logan Carter (boys’ 1,600-meter run).Qualified athletes are set to compete in the Class B and Class C championship meets, both of which begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1. The Class B meet will be held at Brewer High School, and the Class C meet will be held at Mount Blue High School in Farmington.last_img read more

The Latest: D’backs donate to medical field for virus relief

first_imgAmong the players involved were Bernardo Silva, João Félix, Nélson Semedo, Pepe and Renato Sanches.Ronaldo and Mendes had already funded other donations, including three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal. They said they had also offered ventilators to officials in Madeira. ___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says the team has completely left its spring training facility, which is now being used for coronavirus testing.The National Guard is using parking lots and back fields to check members of the public at the complex the Nationals share with the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, Florida. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Five days later, Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, triggering rolling shutdowns of sports around the world.Smart tested positive on March 19. He had been in isolation since then and was being monitoring by Celtics medical staff. His teammates, coaches and staff members were also tested, but those tests have come back negative.___The British and Irish Lions and SA Rugby have delayed the ticket ballots in Europe and South Africa and the release of the supporters’ tour packages because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both were to be launched next month for the tour in July 2021. The franchise donated $550,000 last week and said that money was given to numerous nonprofit organizations that worked in food distribution and also helped support the children of health care workers. The new donation will help those causes in addition to more providing support for the medical and health care fields.“We are fortunate to not only be in a position to continue to give back, but to be in touch regularly with those in the medical field who can help distribute these funds in a meaningful way,” Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said in a statement. “Whether it is personal protective equipment, critical resources to support health care personnel or technology to provide virtual visits for those currently receiving care, we believe this money can make an immediate impact.”___Soccer agent Jorge Mendes is donating more than 150,000 masks to a Portuguese hospital with the help of José Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and other players.Mendes has raised the funds for the masks with the help of 25 people, most of them footballers. The donation will be made to the Hospital Santo António in Porto. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Arizona Diamondbacks are donating an additional $500,000 to help people and organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the organization’s total contributions to more than $1 million. Associated Press Rizzo also said on a conference call with reporters Monday that Nationals Park in Washington “is completely closed.”The GM said none of the World Series champions’ players has shown any symptoms of COVID-19, so none has been tested for the illness.___Augusta National is donating $2 million, split evenly to Augusta University to expand testing for the new coronavirus and to a local relief agency to help those affected financially by the pandemic.The gift is in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), the longtime charitable arm for the home of the Masters. League commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the pandemic has made it unsafe for players and coaches to gather as scheduled.The league has not given an indication of when camps might open.Postponing training camps increases the likelihood of the CFL delaying the start of its 2020 regular season.___The Pac-12 Conference has extended its suspension of organized team activities through May 31 because of the new coronavirus. Chairman Fred Ridley says the $1 million to Augusta University will help with telemedicine pre-screening, triple the number of drive-through testing lanes on campus and allow for more supplies and personnel to increase testing from 100 to 1,000 or more tests daily.The gift to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund goes directly to support relief efforts to those most vulnerable.“It is our hope these gifts will help address the many challenges brought about by the coronavirus throughout the city of Augusta and the greater region,” Ridley said. “We believe Augusta National has an important responsibility to support and protect the community who has so generously and consistently supported us for many years.”___The CFL has postponed the start of training camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. Virtual group activities, including film study, are allowed up to two hours per week in football and four hours per week in other sports. Coaches are allowed to recommend written, self-directed workout plans, and videos on workout plans are allowed to show proper form and technique.___Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical officials after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month.In a message posted late Sunday on Twitter, Smart says he was informed of the news Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. He thanked everyone for their support.“Stay safe and stay together — apart!” Smart wrote. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says “we will continue to evaluate all aspects of our 2020 European Tour schedule, and discussions on the rescheduling of postponed events will remain ongoing until we have clarity on the global situation.” ___The governing body of swimming welcomed the new Tokyo Olympic dates without giving any detail of how to reschedule its own world championships in Japan next year.FINA’s biennial worlds were planned for July 16-Aug. 1, 2021, in Fukuoka. That slot is now taken by the Tokyo Olympics.FINA says knowing the Olympic dates “is very helpful to federations and athletes everywhere.” ___The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour golf event to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament was scheduled for May 28-31. There will now be no play on the tour until June at the earliest. The next possible tournament is the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7.The Irish Open is one of the high-profile events that make up the tour’s Rolex Series and had prize money of $7 million this year. It was due to be hosted by Graeme McDowell at the Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny.Regular tour events in Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Spain, Portugal and Denmark have already been postponed or canceled. Casado says “I am absolutely confident that we will have magnificent games in Tokyo next summer, with the help and support of all of us involved in the preparations for hosting the event.”The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.Triathlon has remained in the capital even though it includes running.___The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022. The Latest: D’backs donate to medical field for virus relief Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8.There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues.___ “Everyone’s priorities are in doing everything they can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are no exception,” SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement on Monday. “We ask our passionate rugby supporters to please bear with us during this difficult time.”The eight-match tour is going ahead as scheduled despite clashing with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The tests are on July 24 — the day after the games open — July 31, and Aug. 7.___Atlanta United President Darren Eales says Major League Soccer still intends to play a full 34-game schedule this season, even though the league will be shuttered for at least two months because of the new coronavirus. ___General manager Brian MacLellan says no Washington Capitals players have tested positive for COVID-19 or shown any symptoms after using the same locker room as NBA players who later tested positive.MacLellan says the team hasn’t had any sickness complaints from players related to the coronavirus pandemic that suspended the NHL season. The Capitals followed the NBA’s Utah Jazz in the visiting locker room at Madison Square Garden in New York in early March. Two Jazz players tested positive.MacLellan said on a conference call Monday that “we’re pretty much daily checking in with players to see if they’re exhibiting any” symptoms.Four NHL players have tested positive for the new coronavirus: two on the Ottawa Senators and two on the Colorado Avalanche. NHL chief medical officer Winne Meeuwisse said last week he was “thankful” the numbers have been low. The governing body of track quickly committed to pushing back its world championships to 2022. But FINA has the added complication of the 2022 Commonwealth Games because many top swimmers compete in both events.___The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new dates.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “even though we would have preferred to move the games to earlier dates, where the impact of the heat was a bit lower, we agreed that these dates are the best solution.”All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates. More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 World Athletics says “everyone needs to be flexible and compromise.”The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15.World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships. Those are other major track events scheduled to take place in 2022.___The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. March 30, 2020 Eales says MLS is more fortunate than other leagues around the world that play the traditional fall-to-spring schedule and may have trouble completing their seasons in such a compressed time frame.MLS was just two weeks into its season when play was halted March 12 because of the pandemic. The league has set a tentative return date of May 10, though the growing death toll in the United States could force that date to be pushed back.Eales says everything is on the table, including the possibility of resuming league play in empty stadiums.“We’re fortunate that we had just started our season,” he said Monday during a teleconference with Atlanta media. “We have the whole calendar year to reschedule the games we missed. The emphasis is on playing all 34 games plus the playoffs.”MLS will likely schedule more midweek games and push back its MLS Cup championship game into mid-December in a bid to play a full season, according to Eales. He added that the playoffs could begin in mid-November — around the time MLS had been planning its title game.last_img read more

Players will no longer be bullied – Sammy warns CWI

first_imgFORMER West Indies captain Darren Sammy has advised regional governing body Cricket West Indies (CWI) to take note of increased player power and its impact on the modern game.Player versus board disputes have been a regular feature on the regional cricketing landscape for several years, with many of the team’s biggest players finding themselves out of contention for selection at various points.In addition to disciplinary issues a major bone of contention in recent times has stemmed from a conflict between the world’s various lucrative T20 leagues and the international schedule. For the past couple of years some of the Caribbean’s best players have opted to take part in the T20 leagues as they have stood out as a good way to earn a living.In response Cricket West Indies instituted a regulation which stated that players must take part in regional competitions before being selection for the West Indies team.The rule, which is currently up for revision, has in the meantime left the team without several of its most experienced players for the Test and One Day formats for several years.Sammy believes the struggle is a part of the new landscape that has seen players shift their focus from simply looking to represent a region.“Now players can see it’s not all about international cricket. When I grew up, the goal was to play for the West Indies and then maybe play county or league cricket in England,” said Sammy, who will serve as a pundit for OSN Television during the Champions Trophy.“But now, if you don’t get into the Indian Premier League, you can get in the Bangladesh Premier League or the Pakistan Super League or the NatWest T20. South Africa and Afghanistan now have one, there’s also the Big Bash in Australia. There are so many opportunities to make a living,” he added.“Cricket is changing. In this day and age, cricketers understand that they are the product and now boards can’t just boss them around anymore. It’s a different age, a different era,” he warned.“You only have to look at what’s happening in Australia (the dispute between players and the board). (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Defense key in pair of wins for UW soccer

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe future looks bright for the Badgers following Friday’s 3-0 home victory over the Broncos of Western Michigan.Wisconsin (2-1-0) was led by a pair of freshmen — Laurie Nosbusch and Erin Jacobsen — each netting their first collegiate goals.With the goalkeeper charging at her, Nosbusch scored the game-winner on a header in the 15th minute off an assist from sophomore Taryn Francel.“I was very excited for her to get her first goal as a Badger,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “[But] most importantly, she showed some sacrifice. She put her body in harm’s way to get that goal, and I think that bodes well for the future here.”Jacobsen recorded her goal in the second half on a penalty kick and credited her teammate and fellow freshman for drawing the penalty.“It felt great, and it was great by Leigh Williams to get that PK,” Jacobsen said. “It was all her there.”In its first three games, Wisconsin has gotten a significant boost from the strong play of its freshmen. Along with Nosbusch, Jacobsen and Williams, Wilkins has commended the play of freshman Rita Keimakh.Also contributing for UW was senior Taylor Walsh, putting the game away with a goal in the final five minutes of play.Defensively, the Badgers played aggressively and prevented the Broncos from getting many good looks at the goal. Senior goalkeeper Jamie Klages made four saves on only four shots-on-goal, recording her second save of the season.Even with a strong 3-0 victory, Wilkins believes there is still a lot the team can do to improve, especially heading into conference play.“The Big Ten is going to be a lot faster,” Wilkins said. “[We need] good touches on the ball, our positioning needs to still be a little bit better and our anticipation and traveling defensively [needs to improve].”Wisconsin opened its home slate Aug. 26, with a 1-0 victory over in-state rival UW-Green Bay. Both teams played well defensively in the game, with the only goal coming early in the second off the foot of Walsh.“I was really happy to get that goal in,” Walsh said. “It felt really good. It was my first game of the season, so that felt really good.”Following a disappointing start in Milwaukee, the Badgers made defense a priority in their return home. The result was a game much more one-sided than the final score. Despite netting only one goal, Wisconsin recorded 22 shots to just one for UW-Green Bay.“My defense has been playing really well, so I haven’t had to do a lot,” Klages said. “I’m glad that when I get maybe one shot and I have to make one save, I’m glad I can handle that.”Defense was a weakness for Wisconsin in the season’s first game, with a 3-0 loss at UW-Milwaukee on Aug. 22. After a hard-fought scoreless first half, the Panthers wore down the Badger defense in the second en route to three goals, two coming on corner kicks.“As the game wore on, fitness was a problem for us,” Wilkins said. “On the corners, they were hitting to the back post area, and we didn’t have somebody in the back post area. I didn’t recognize it fast enough to let the team know to sort that out.”Adding to the team’s defensive woes was the absence of Walsh, its offensive leader, who sat out the season opener at UW-Milwaukee with a leg injury.Despite the lopsided result, Wilkins once again was impressed by the play of her freshman midfielders in their first collegiate action.“I thought there were great spots with the youngsters,” Wilkins said. “I think that’s part of our growth as a program, and I think that’s a good sign for us moving forward.”Men’s soccer opens season on the roadAs the women’s soccer team enjoyed the friendly confines of the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison this weekend, the men’s team hit the road, opening its season at the Dayton Flyer Classic.Wisconsin squared off Friday with Wright State and Sunday with Denver in Dayton, Ohio.In Friday’s matchup with Wright State, UW secured a 2-1 victory on a Scott Lorenz header to the far post in the second extra period.Heading into the regular season, Wisconsin played exhibition games versus UW-Parkside and Edgewood College, resulting in a 0-0 draw and a 6-0 victory, respectively.Leading the way against Edgewood for the Badgers was junior Scott Lorenz, who notched a pair of goals.Wisconsin opens its home slate Friday against Santa Clara as part of the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational.last_img read more

Last time they played: Syracuse vs. Connecticut

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Connecticut 56 Syracuse 31 With its blowout loss to Connecticut to close the 2009 season, Doug Marrone forecasted what 2010 would become for the Syracuse football team. The SU head coach, for once, wasn’t engrossed in the moment of what happened on the field. The staggering loss to the Huskies wasn’t the preferred topic of conversation. Yes, he needed to answer questions about the 56 points Syracuse gave up, the most points for an SU opponent since 2001. But it was all about foundation as Marrone concluded a 4-8 year in his first season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text It was about what would come next. ‘We’ve been through a lot of adversity,’ Marrone said after the game in East Hartford, Conn. ‘And hopefully we won’t go through a lot of that in our future, that’s not what our goal is.’ The future, despite what Marrone and several SU players said following the game, looked bleak. Once again, Syracuse (4-8, 1-6 Big East) failed to muster two wins in Big East play. It would finish near the bottom in conference. And another tri-state team embarrassed the Orange to end the season, thanks to the Huskies’ 196 yards on the ground from Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon. Dixon and Todman, though, didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. It was all about the Greg Pauluses and Lavar Lobdells now that Syracuse’s season was over. It was time to thank them, even though the Orange was blasted by a former SU alumnus in UConn head coach Randy Edsall. The one-year experiment that was a graduate student at quarterback was over. Paulus concluded his 12-game SU career with a loss on the field. But to Marrone, the former Duke point guard was the ultimate winner. And with the endless praise from his head coach also came SU-best numbers. Paulus finished the year with the program’s single-season record for completions with 193. He also set the SU season record with a 67.7 completion percentage, capped off by a 296-yard, two-touchdown performance against UConn (6-5, 2-4). Paulus, like Marrone, didn’t care about the past. ‘As far as a standpoint of ‘are we satisfied and completely happy with the wins and results’ — no,’ Paulus said. ‘But we’ve set the foundation, the culture we’d like all the teams to have ahead of us.’ With the word ‘foundation’ surfacing for the head coach and quarterback who piloted the team to start a new era, SU’s tone was set. On the field, the Orange’s would-be returnees for the 2010 campaign showed flashes, as well. Especially two receivers at the end of 16 of Paulus’ 24 pass completions. Marcus Sales and Alec Lemon had career games in front of the 40,000 at Rentschler Field. Lemon went for a surprising 140 yards on the day, hauling in his first touchdown of his career. And Sales went for 89 yards. In all, two quarterbacks — including the Orange’s future starter in Ryan Nassib — and 10 receivers got in on the action. Nassib’s 64-yard, one-touchdown performance was another solid, yet abbreviated, audition for his future job. And Delone Carter went over 100 yards for the third time in four games. In the process, he established himself as SU’s premier offensive weapon heading into 2010. Still, the truth was that the Huskies pulled away for a 25-point win. It may have been the low point in another losing season. And like any team limping to the finish line, the Orange took solace in next year. The only difference for Marrone and SU linebacker Doug Hogue was that next year, they promised, would be different. It would be the year of building on what was SU football in 2009. It all ended with optimism forced from a devastating loss in East Hartford. ‘We’re Syracuse,’ Hogue said. ‘We always play hard, and going into next year, this game will probably be inspirational for us to work even harder, and we’re going to come back next year better than we were before.’ — Compiled by Asst. Sports Editor Tony Olivero, Published on November 18, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

No. 2 Syracuse overcomes poor starts from Ennis, Cooney in win over Tar Heels

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In one half on Saturday, Tyler Ennis committed more turnovers than he had in a single game all season. His passes weren’t as crisp and his decisions weren’t as smart.In that same half, Trevor Cooney’s shot looked more like it did during his freshman season than during his breakout sophomore campaign. He didn’t air ball any, but most of his 3-point attempts never had a chance of going down.Syracuse had control against North Carolina, but the backcourt had nothing to do with it.“We’ll have a tremendous number of tough, tough nights and it’s how we react to those, how we get through those,” said SU head coach Jim Boeheim.The Orange’s (16-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) backcourt was pegged as a question mark in the preseason, but for one of the first times this season Ennis and Cooney played like the inexperienced duo they truly are. Ennis committed a season-high four turnovers and Cooney went just 2-for-12 from beyond the arc, but No. 2 Syracuse was still able to dispatch the Tar Heels (10-6, 0-3) for a convincing 57-45 victory in front of 32,121 in the Carrier Dome.The disastrous first halves for the two gave way to improved final frames, especially from Ennis, and helped SU bust open a game of which it already held firm control.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEnnis’ first half was an uncharacteristic display of absent-minded passes and overzealous decisions. He threw a ball away in transition. He tried an over-the-shoulder dump off to Rakeem Christmas. He made a lazy pass to Jerami Grant that was deflected and went out of bounds off the forward.“Tyler had more turnovers than he had all year,” Boeheim said, “but he figured it out.”He didn’t commit any giveaways in the second half and managed to finish with a game-high seven assists.“I don’t remember the turnovers. That’s just the player he is,” Cooney said. “He has the ball in his hands so much that a turnover is going to happen, but it doesn’t happen often.“Stuff like that doesn’t bother him and it didn’t tonight.”The guard stopped trying to make the spectacular play in front of a raucous crowd and settled into his usual groove. He got to the basket off high ball screens and finished at the rim with his usual consistency.His backcourt mate Cooney, however, struggled to find any sort of rhythm.The crowd started chanting his name late in the first half and he responded with a mid-range jump shot. Then he hit a 3 early in the second half. Maybe that would get him going.“He’s one of the best shooters in the country and we expect him to score,” Ennis said.But then he missed a layup. And another jumper. He went just 1-for-4 from the arc the rest of the day. The bright spots were rare and he was never able to get himself going offensively.“I hit that shot, and then I missed an easy layup. That’s just how it was today,” Cooney said. “The only good thing about shooting like I did today is that I get to bounce back and play Monday.”On Saturday, it didn’t matter. The rest of the team was able to pick up the struggling shooter.UNC has struggled this season, but still has a roster loaded with former McDonald’s All-Americans and future NBA players. Syracuse’s backcourt has become a strength this season. Against North Carolina, SU was able to win without Ennis and Cooney providing a major contribution.“Luckily we’re a well-balanced team and when he does get going, it’s going to just be that much better for us,” said C.J. Fair.Syracuse used big first halves from Fair and Grant to counteract Cooney’s struggles during the first half, but Grant didn’t score in the second. Ennis was there to pick up the slack then.With less than seven minutes remaining, the guard gave the Orange its largest lead of the day. The freshman drove the baseline and fired a pass through the lane to Fair, who dropped in a layup that stretched the lead to 19. Cooney and Ennis both struggled, but only one needed to remedy his issues to put away the Tar Heels with ease.“You don’t really got to worry about Tyler. I don’t think Coach worries either,” Fair said. “If he does make a mistake, he knows why it was a mistake and he’ll learn from it.” Comments Published on January 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Syracuse men’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about No. 17 North Carolina

first_imgThe North Carolina report: The defending national champions and preseason No. 1 Tar Heels burst out to a 3-0 start, twice scoring 15 or more goals. In late February, Johns Hopkins stormed into Chapel Hill and broke out for a 13-5 victory, the start of a stretch during which it has won only three of its last eight. North Carolina lost back-to-back games to Hofstra and Richmond, smoked Dartmouth by 11, then dropped two straight to Maryland, 15-7, and Duke, 12-8.“It’s been kind of a rollercoaster season for us,” Breschi said.UNC lost top offensive initiator Steve Pontrello, who scored three goals and had two assists in UNC’s 10-7 ACC tournament loss a year ago. Much of the offense ran through the senior. The Tar Heels reloaded with talent in the wings and the No. 3 recruiting class, featuring Will Perry, the No. 8 recruit with 10 goals and three assists. North Carolina’s top threats are Chris Cloutier (20 goals, nine assists) and Luke Goldstock (21, seven). Both are physically strong and experienced.Daily Orange File PhotoAt the faceoff X, Stephen Kelly has had good support from the wings to post a 59.3 percent success rate. Kelly also can push the ball ahead to himself and score in transition — he has three goals. After a season-best 76 percent winning percentage against Cornell, SU’s Ben Williams bumped his rate to 56.1. Kelly, like Williams, has played through a nagging injury or two, Breschi said.In four games, Williams owns a 62.4 percent advantage over Kelly. In last year’s ACC title game, Wiliams won 12-of-21 faceoffs. The fifth Williams-Kelly matchup will unfold on Saturday.The Tar Heels and Orange share three common opponents in Johns Hopkins, Duke and UVA. SU beat all three teams, while the Tar Heels beat only the Cavaliers. On the defensive end, much of what UNC does revolves around senior Austin Pifani, who ranks among the nation’s best.“As Pifani goes, the defense goes,” Breschi said. “He’s the ring leader of the defense. If he’s flying around and communicating, good things are happening for the D.”How Syracuse beats UNC: In what will be SU’s first game on real grass, there are many ways the Orange could pull away with its eight consecutive victory. A balanced scoring offense, transition game or continued man-up success could seal a win. More solid play from Evan Molloy in the cage and the defensive line — Scott Firman will cover Goldstock or Cloutier — could hold UNC’s fledgling offense, which ranks 30th (10.7 goals per game).Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorAn almost surefire way for SU to win would be for senior faceoff specialist Williams to have another dominant outing, as he did Tuesday night against Cornell. The injury that sidelined him for SU’s only loss (Army, Feb. 25) and dragged down his winning percentage to a career low may be wearing away.“I think the faceoff X is going to be big for both teams,” said UNC’s Breschi, in his ninth year. “Williams and Kelly will go at it. It’s going to be a huge challenge. We’ll have to play our best game all year to win.”Numbers to know:0.286 — North Carolina’s winning percentage at home. The Tar Heels are only 2-5 at Fetzer Field (4-0 away from home).58.7 — UNC’s faceoff success rate, ninth in the country4 — Number of goals Evans scored in two games against UNC last yearPlayer to watch: Luke Goldstock, attack, No. 1The cousin of Syracuse women’s lacrosse freshman Asa Goldstock, UNC’s 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior attackman presents the greatest challenge for Firman and the defense. As as sophomore in 2015 he scored 50 goals, including four on SU. He hung two more on SU last year in the Carrier Dome, but was held scoreless in the ACC semifinal. This season, Goldstock dodges more, leads the offense and facilitates in both transition and the six-on-six. Chalk him up as UNC’s top threat. Comments Published on April 14, 2017 at 10:29 am Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Top-ranked Syracuse will trek down to Chapel Hill for a Saturday matinee with No. 17 North Carolina (6-5, 1-1). In SU’s final regular-season conference battle, the Orange could be the first No. 1 in over a month to keep the top spot in back-to-back weeks.The Tar Heels have lost four of six, though a win Sunday over Virginia clinched them a spot in the ACC tournament and marked head coach Joe Breschi’s 100th career victory. SU has won seven straight and is 5-0 against teams ranked in the Top 20.Here’s what you need to know ahead of the game, which will air Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 15-7Last time they played: The Orange downed UNC twice in 2016. In the first meeting, Nick Mariano and Sergio Salcido scored three goals, and Jordan Evans chipped in two. Two weeks later, Evans and Nate Solomon scored two apiece to help SU advance to the ACC title game with a 10-7 win. The Tar Heels converted on each of their four extra-man opportunities, two of which came in the fourth quarter. But SU’s defense buckled down late to preserve the win. Two days later, Syracuse grabbed its second straight ACC title.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Missed opportunities doom Syracuse in 1-0 overtime loss to Cornell

first_img Published on September 19, 2017 at 9:29 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez With under two minutes left in the first overtime, Cornell’s Ryan Hill received a through ball from Tyler Bagley and found himself with the Big Red’s first one-on-one opportunity of the game with Syracuse goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert. As Hill neared the edge of the penalty box, he ripped a shot through the legs of Hilpert, the final moment in a night filled with missed offensive opportunities.“You’re just stunned,” junior forward Adnan Bakalovic said. “We didn’t play as well as we would’ve hoped. We thought we did enough to win the game.”After the game-winning goal, the Cornell benched mobbed Hill. Near SU’s net, sophomore John-Austin Ricks hunched over on the ground, taking in a loss at home to a team Syracuse hadn’t lost to in more than 15 years. The late score gave No. 11 SU (4-2-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast) its second home loss in as many games, a 1-0 upset at the hands of Cornell (2-4-1). The defeat put the Orange on the wrong side of history, again, losing back-t0-back home games for the first time since October 2011.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We came off an emotional loss on Friday,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We were looking for a reaction today and I don’t think we got one.”Before Hill’s goal, Syracuse’s offense, which entered the game fourth in the ACC in goals, failed to score on Cornell goalkeeper Mitchell Meyer despite ample corner kicks and multiple clean looks. The Orange barraged the Big Red with four corner kicks in the first 11 minutes but Meyer, a senior who made his first start of the season in just his second appearance in net, ended the game with a clean sheet.Early in the game, it looked like Syracuse would take an early lead. A failed clearance and a goalie deflection gave junior Jonathan Hagman, SU’s leading goal scorer, a chance to put the Orange out in front. The midfielder ripped a shot from two yards away with his right foot and watched as the ball ricocheted off the post. Hagman stood still, his mouth open and hands at his sides.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Contributing Photographer“You have to shake it off,” Hagman said. “You have to move on.”The Orange constantly pressured a Big Red line that consisted of two freshman starters. Mo Adams triggered give-and-go passes in the midfield, which created space down the sidelines for freshman Tajon Buchanan. But, Cornell often kicked the ball away, conceding a corner kick instead of a cross in transition. Syracuse finished with 11 corner kicks, the second-highest total this season.Freshman Lukas Rubio subbed in and immediately triggered a breakaway that ended in a missed shot by Simon Triantafillou. Coming out of halftime, Triantafillou almost broke the seal with his own one-on-one against Meyer. The shot went right into the chest of the goalkeeper who dove right.In the 63rd minute, Hagman connected with a back-heel pass which left Johannes Pieles a clear opportunity at the top of the box. The sophomore forward pushed the shot wide left. Twenty-five minutes later, Hugo Delhommelle had a chance to score the game winner for SU off a free kick from the same spot as Pieles’ miss. The junior transfer’s set piece curved too much and spun left. After the shot, Delhommelle put one hand on his hip and threw the other in the air in frustration.After the game, Ricks made his way over to the wall next to the SU bench. He held his shirt to his mouth and stared at the ground. Teammates walked over and offered him words of advice but his eyes never wavered. A few feet away, his teammates and head coach tried to explain the upset loss.“We had a couple of games we won in overtime,” Hagman said. “This time it was our turn to lose one. We weren’t at our best tonight.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more