Badgers headed back to square 1

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter a 38-16 beatdown courtesy of the Iowa Hawkeyes, many questions floated through Badger football fans’ heads. Two of the more prominent concerns were of the inconsistent quarterback play, despite a change in the starter, and the surprisingly poor fundamental play of the team in all aspects of the game.“All phases of the game need to be better in their details, their physical nature and their finish for us,” Bielema said.On several occasions Saturday, Wisconsin struggled tackling Hawkeye running back Shonn Greene. The UW special teams unit also had its lapses as Iowa was able to block a Brad Nortman punt in the third quarter.This poor fundamental play is becoming a cancer on this Badgers squad, and Bielema has taken a “back to the basics” approach in trying to rectify the problems.“Defensively, we have to line up and be defensively sound,” Bielema said. “In the secondary, we have to be much better tacklers. Offensively, we have to understand the design and concept of the play, and everyone has to execute their assignment.”The other concern after the loss, a much more familiar issue, was the play at the quarterback position. Junior quarterback Dustin Sherer, who took over for senior Allan Evridge, completed 17-of-34 passes on Saturday for 161 yards but also threw two interceptions. He was taken out in the fourth quarter in favor of sophomore Scott Tolzien. Tolzien completed 4-of-7 passes for 90 yards and one interception.“Dustin didn’t play a clean game and didn’t by any means set the world on fire,” Bielema said. “There were, however, some things that I liked about his play. He showed the ability to stay alive, scramble, and make some things happen. Obviously, accuracy was an issue on a couple of throws, but he really brought energy to the table.”Iowa game MVPsDespite the outcome of the game, Bielema did find some positives in the way some of his players performed.Senior offensive lineman Eric Vandenhuevel, who opened up many of the rushing lanes available to the Badger running backs, was named offensive player of the game.“[Eric] probably played one of his best games here at Wisconsin,” Bielema said.Senior defensive lineman Jason Chapman was named defensive player of the week after recording four tackles.“Jason Chapman played really well,” Bielema said. “I thought he had been on a comeback trail since his knee injury last season. He played especially well in the second half of the game.”Senior fullback Bill Rentmeester and freshman kicker Philip Welch, who kicked three field goals, were named co-MVPs on special teams.Injury UpdateThough the loss hurts, the injuries that the Badgers sustained may sting even more. Wisconsin lost leading rusher P.J. Hill to an ankle injury in the second quarter, and he did not return.“It’s a situation where we’ve done everything we can with it,” Bielema explained. “We’ve taken X-rays and padded it up, but if it gets hit in just the right way, there’s nothing we can do. P.J. is going to have to determine what kind of tolerance he has for it. I don’t know where P.J. will be at by game day [Saturday].”The Badgers also sustained a few other injuries, none of which were very serious.“[Sophomore linebacker] Blake Sorensen tried to go a little bit on Saturday, but he wasn’t full strength so we took him out,” Bielema said. “[Senior offensive lineman] Kraig Urbik and [sophomore offensive lineman] Gabe Carimi are continuing to make strides. I thought we might get one of them back this week, but we had some setbacks towards the end of the week. [Freshman running back] John Clay is fine and good to go, and [freshman cornerback] Mario Goins, who was slightly concussed during the game, should be back and ready to go.”last_img read more

Fair finishes college career with early exit from NCAA Tournament

first_img Published on March 23, 2014 at 2:45 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass BUFFALO, N.Y. — C.J. Fair remembers not knowing what to expect when he first came to college. Four years later, Fair’s superb college career has come to a close. He has become a household name in Upstate New York, is nationally recognized and will leave Syracuse as one of the winningest players in program history.“I just felt welcomed here since the first day I’ve been here,” Fair said.On Saturday, in No. 3-seed Syracuse’s (28-6, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) 55-53 loss to No. 11-seed Dayton (25-10, 10-6 Atlantic 10), Fair said farewell to those same SU fans. He scored 14 points, grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and swatted three shots. Tyler Ennis’ furious one-man onslaught nearly carried the Orange to a come-from-behind win, but SU never would have gotten to that point without Fair. Though he shot just 4-of-14 from the field and struggled offensively early — just like everyone else who saw the floor — Fair hit key shots down the stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He struggled a little, and he’s had some games where he’s struggled,” Boeheim said. “In the second half, he got it back and got it going to the basket.”Early in the second frame, Fair busted out a lethal crossover, blowing by multiple defenders and meeting 6-foot-10 Matt Kavanaugh in the air. The ball bounced off the front rim and fell, as SU cut the deficit to one.At that point, Dayton’s Jordan Sibert had just nailed a 3. Syracuse needed an answer, and — as he’s done so many times over the years — Fair delivered it.He then hit two free throws and two jumpers to help put the Orange up one, 38-37, with 8:34 remaining. At that point, Ennis was just 2-of-12 and Jerami Grant had only taken one shot.For most of the game, though, Dayton locked Fair down. He said that the Flyers’ scrappy play allowed them to be quick to the ball and rotate defensively.And Dayton’s suffocating defense eventually proved to be too much, effectively ending Fair’s career.It’s a bittersweet ending for a player who’s been engrained in the program for four years. The loss stings now — and Fair was devastated after the game — but he started to smile a little more when asked to look back at his journey at SU.He talked about what coming back for a fourth year meant to him, and how he’s thrilled he made the decision to play one more season instead of going to the NBA. “Coming back this year has been fun,” Fair said. “I don’t regret anything. I wouldn’t trade it to be with any other team. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to meet a lot of people here, and that’s something you cherish for the rest of your life.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

2016 NCAA Tournament: Dayton beat writer breaks down what Syracuse fans should watch for

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 7 seed DaytonSyracuse basketball roundtable: Dayton rematch, what SU needs to do to win and Trevor Cooney’s legacyFormer SU Provost Eric Spina: ‘I have a new love and that’s Dayton’Dougherty: 1 of Syracuse’s defining characteristics will no longer be enough Published on March 16, 2016 at 10:54 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds The D.O.: Is there a player on Dayton capable of getting into the high post and beating the 2-3 zone from there?D.J.: “They would probably look to Dyshawn Pierre for that role to play inside. He can shoot the 3, he’s got some really good post moves. They have a 6-foot-11 redshirt freshman center Steve McElvene but he’s more of a shot-blocking threat and play defense, if he can stay out of foul trouble, which has been a huge issue for him all season. But as far as offense, he’s only good if he’s right under the basket dropping it in or slamming it in, rarely can make a move to set up a hook shot, certainly not going to shoot a jumper. He’s very raw talent. He could be really good by the time he’s a senior and I think he’s been better than a lot of people hoped but the foul troubles are a big threat. … But Pierre can do a lot and to break it down, he could be the guy.”The D.O.: What makes Charles Cooke so effective?D.J.: “He can go inside and out. He’s great at driving to the basket. He can shoot the 3, he’s around 40 percent, although has had trouble recently. For most of the season 3-point shooting was his biggest improvement because he wasn’t a great 3-point shooter in his two years at James Madison. He really had a lot of pressure on his shoulders at the beginning of the year because he was kind of looked to as a replacement for Jordan Sibert, UD’s best player and a senior a year ago. Cooke is another transfer like Sibert and for most of the season, Cooke was even better than Sibert was. Sibert hit a lot of big shots in his career so it’s hard to replace that and then Sibert hit a rainbow 3 against Syracuse in the final minute of that second-round game a couple years ago. I’m sure Syracuse fans remember that.”The D.O.: What else should Syracuse fans know about Dayton?D.J.: “I think the general consensus among UD fans is they’re happy to play close to home. St. Louis was the closest location to the Flyers and the fans really travel well. They had a great crowd in Buffalo a few years ago. Obviously at UD Arena, they played in the First Four last year at home, and then down the street in Columbus the next two games. Really they’ve lucked out the last three years playing close to home. That’s great for a fan base that really travels well so that could be an advantage for UD on Friday. It’s sort of a home game and we’ll see how many fans Syracuse brings.” Comments No. 10 seed Syracuse (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) will face No. 7 seed Dayton (25-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10) in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 12:15 p.m. in St. Louis. The last time these teams played was in the 2014 NCAA Tournament when the Flyers upset the Orange.To learn more about Dayton, The Daily Orange spoke with Dayton Daily News beat writer David Jablonski.The Daily Orange: What’s the quick scouting report on the Flyers for Syracuse fans to know?David Jablonski: “They had a very good performance on their nonconference schedule. Beat Iowa down at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, beat Monmouth the next day and then got creamed by Xavier, their old rival in the championship game of that tournament. That’s always something for all the players, they always want to see how they do in that holiday tournament because it’s such a good opportunity to play good RPI teams. Beat Vanderbilt on the road, which looked like a better win than it turned out to be. … Down the stretch lost three out of four at one point, got it back together a little bit at the end of the season — beat VCU in their home finale to clinch a share of the A-10 regular season title and then lost in the semis to St. Joseph’s. So they’re going in on a little bit of a downer but all in all, this was one of the best regular seasons they’ve had in a long time.”MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOpponent preview: What to know about DaytonFormer SU provost Eric Spina: ‘I have a new love and that’s Dayton’Roundtable: Syracuse-Dayton and Trevor Cooney’s legacy Daily Orange File Photo The D.O.: Who are some of the players to watch out for?D.J.: “Two seniors, one who plays a key role, Dyshawn Pierre, he didn’t play in the first 11 games. He was suspended for last semester because of a sexual assault allegation. There were no charges filed, but the university suspended him anyway. He sued the university. It was a whole messy situation where they wondered whether he was going to come back. He’s the only guy they’re going to lose off this team. They’re going to return everybody else next year. He’s their top senior but their best player is Charles Cooke, a transfer from James Madison, who made all-A-10 first team. Consistent scorer for most of the season, slumped a little bit at the end of the season but he can take it inside, can shoot the 3. He’s their top offensive threat. Then they have three juniors who have won five Tournament games in the last two years: Scoochie Smith, Kendall Pollard and Kyle Davis. Really the heart of the team those three guys on pace to be the winningest class in UD history.”last_img read more

Contenders, pretenders, best players and more: What to look for in the West Regional

first_imgContendersWisconsinThe Badgers come into the tournament as Big Ten regular season and tournament champions. They also boast the country’s most efficient offense, according to Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive efficiency rankings, and, without a doubt, have the talent and experience to make a run at this year’s national championship.Big Ten Player of the Year and potential National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky is at the head of UW’s talent, averaging 18.2 points and 8.0 rebounds on the year. He is one of the few players in the country who can single-handedly take over a game, and just as he did last year, Kaminsky will be looking to carry Wisconsin to their second consecutive Final Four.ArizonaThe Wildcats appear to be the only team in the country that can stop Wisconsin from reaching the Final Four. Arizona plays some of the best defense in the country and will be a tough matchup for Wisconsin’s efficiency on offense. According to Pomeroy, Arizona has the third most efficient defense in the country behind Virginia and Kentucky.They also have plenty of talent offensively, led by freshman phenom Stanley Johnson, who is scoring a team-high 14.1 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the field. But Arizona’s most important player is senior guard T.J. McConnell, the heart and soul of the team who provides the leadership a contender needs if they want to make a run at the national championship.PretenderArkansasWhile the Razorbacks come into the tournament boasting a generous five-seed, they are the most likely candidate to lose in the first round.This is not because their opponent, Wofford, is anything special, but because Arkansas hasn’t been tested much this year, and when they have, they have been fairly unsuccessful. The Razorbacks have played three ranked teams this year — Iowa State once and Kentucky twice — and have lost all three games by a combined 50 points.Although Arkansas has SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis on their team, who is averaging 17.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season, as a team, Arkansas is too prone to mistakes. They are averaging 11.7 turnovers per game, which is good enough to be tied for 87th in the country. Those mistakes, along with Arkansas’ lack of consistency in scoring the basketball, could ultimately doom them to an early exit in this year’s tournament.CinderellaWoffordThe Terriers finished in first place in the Southern conference and also won the conference tournament. They are a Cinderella candidate, not so much for their talent as a team, but because of their road to the Sweet 16.Wofford’s Karl Cochran won Southern Conference Player of the Year, averaging 14.6 points per game with 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Cochran is deadly from beyond the arc as well, as he broke the program record for threes in a season (96) this season and set the record for most threes in a career (310).Wofford will play Arkansas in the first round and then likely play North Carolina in the second. Both teams are two of the worst in the tournament field at taking care of the ball, with Arkansas ranking 87th nationally and North Carolina 189th. If the Razorbacks and Tar Heels both struggle to take care of the ball, they may struggle to get to Los Angeles and allow Wofford to make their way to the Sweet 16.Players to Watch (Not named Frank Kaminsky)Marcus Paige – Junior Guard, North CarolinaPaige is one of the nation’s best point guards and best clutch players. He has hit his fair share of big shots and is definitely the Tar Heels’ best player. He is, however, a very streaky shooter. When his shot is on, it’s really on, but when it’s off, it’s really off. It will be interesting to see what Paige shows up for North Carolina in the first weekend of the tournament because if it’s the Paige that is going to shoot 25 percent from the field, the Tar Heels may be in trouble. But if the Tar Heel’s best player plays like the best player, Paige could lead North Carolina on a deep run in the tournament.D’Angelo Russell – Freshman Guard, Ohio StateRussell has played in the shadow of Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor all season, but has still been one of the best players in the country. Averaging 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game this season, Russell has done everything he can to keep an underachieving Ohio State team relevant. Russell and the Buckeyes will go up against VCU and their “havoc” approach to defense in their first game. The pressure of VCU will definitely be a tough test for Russell, and it is a very intriguing matchup for the All-American, who may struggle to get open looks and show off his flashy passing in the outing.Joseph Young – Senior Guard, OregonYoung is the Pac-12 Player of the Year, averaging 20.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists on the year. He is one of the most exciting players in the tournament field for his ability to hit big shots and single-handedly win games for his team. If Young and the Ducks can get out of the first round, they will likely play Wisconsin. It will be very interesting to see how Young will fair against the Badgers this year after torching them for 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting in last year’s third round matchup in Milwaukee.Brandon Ashley – Junior Forward, ArizonaAshley will be on a mission in this year’s tournament after missing the final two months of last season with a broken foot. His absence was a big reason why Arizona fell to Wisconsin, as Ashley is long enough and quick enough to guard Kaminsky out to the perimeter. Ashley’s impact on the Wildcats will be something to watch all tournament, but if Wisconsin and Arizona meet up in the Elite 8 like they’re supposed to, Ashley vs. Kaminsky will definitely be among the most intriguing player matchups in the tournament.Best Potential Matchups Per RoundSecond RoundNo. 7 VCU vs. No. 10 Ohio StateThis will be a fun game to watch for the reason we mentioned above — it will be D’Angelo Russell against one of the scariest full-court presses in the country. Seeing how arguably the nation’s best point guard fares against a team known for forcing teams into turnovers will definitely be interesting.Third RoundNo. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 5 ArkansasTwo teams that love to push the tempo and struggle to take care of the ball will make for a fast-paced game with plenty of fast breaks. Not to mention these are also two of the most athletic teams in the country, so while the quality and efficiency may be missing at times, the excitement will definitely be there.Sweet 16No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 3 BaylorThe Baylor Bears have gone a bit under the radar this season, but have pulled out seven wins against ranked teams in the Big 12. They also have plenty of length and run a zone defense that can give teams trouble on offense if they aren’t great at shooting from the outside. Arizona is that team, as they shoot just 36 percent from three, and if Baylor’s zone can force the Wildcats to take outside shots, this game will be a lot closer than most think. Conversely, Arizona has a vaunted defense of their own, which Baylor may struggle against as well.Elite 8No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 ArizonaThis may be the most intriguing potential matchups in the entire tournament. This game would pit the country’s best offense against one of the best defenses, Frank Kaminsky against a pair of tough Arizona forwards and the athleticism of Sam Dekker against Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. It has the makings of being an even better game than last year’s overtime thriller, as only one of these Final Four favorites will be able to advance.last_img read more

Hannah Van Middelem stars in goalie relief in SU’s 12-11 2OT loss to Princeton

first_imgNEWTON, Mass. — The 12th time Hannah Van Middelem jogged onto the field to defend the Syracuse net this season, there was 9:48 left in the first half of her first NCAA Tournament game and Princeton led the Orange by five goals. It came on a bigger stage than Van Middelem had ever played in, but she came up as big as she had all season.“(I) put Hannah in and said, ‘Go show us what you got,’” SU head coach Gary Gait recalled postgame.What the freshman goalie had was six saves while allowing only five goals, but the fifth was the walk-off winner in double overtime for Princeton (13-5, 6-1 Ivy League) as the Tigers beat the Orange (9-10, 1-6 Atlantic Coast), 12-11, in the first round of the NCAA tournament to end Syracuse’s season. Van Middelem’s six saves were the most she made all season in a game where she saved more than half her chances. Syracuse’s double-overtime appearance could be credited to her dominant netminding in the second half.Syracuse hadn’t won a game it trailed at halftime all season. Down four at the half to the Tigers on Friday, it didn’t look like that trend would change. Van Middelem made one save prior to the half to keep it that close. And then in the second, it seemed Van Middelem wouldn’t let Princeton score.On Princeton’s second possession of the second half, Camille Sullivan easily beat her defender. SU’s defense was undone by a reverse pivot spin from the Princeton senior. But when she shot high, Van Middelem’s stick’s pocket was there to save the shot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat was the formula, said Princeton attack Colby Chanenchuk and head coach Chris Sailer. Asa Goldstock had allowed the high goals to go in, and the Tigers didn’t change their method of attack.“I think she went in and we kept shooting the high shots, and she was better at the high shots,” Sailer said. “I think that we didn’t necessarily change up our shooting as much as we could have and I thought she just did a really good job.”Then began the Syracuse comeback. Van Middelem didn’t have much to do as the Orange stormed back from four down to take an 11-10 lead. And then Princeton knotted it up with 6:25 left — a scoreline that would remain the same for more than 13 minutes in part due to Van Middelem.Immediately following the Tigers’ 11th goal, Tess D’Orsi found space in the right slot and decided, for a change, to shoot low. But Van Middelem stuck her left foot out and kept the ball out of her cage. She got help from her left post with about two minutes left in regulation, but was tasked to make one more big play.D’Orsi was awarded a free-position shot about two minutes into the first overtime. She lined up just right of center. Inexplicably, she shot high. Based on what was said postgame, it would have come as no surprise to the Princeton sideline that the high attempt was smothered by Van Middelem.But such is the nature of playing goalie that, in a sudden death overtime setup, there was a chance of Van Middelem’s work being undone. So when Chanenchuk cut down the middle of the offensive zone and Princeton’s Allie Rogers picked her out, Van Middelem had the shot to make what, on a standout day, would have been her best save. But Chanenchuk converted from just outside the crease. Princeton raced to embrace its hero.The future is bright for Van Middelem, Gait said postgame. She was the number one goalie recruit nationally in her freshman class.“She did a great job helping us battle back and getting into that game,” Gait said.But that didn’t change the immediacy of the season’s ending in double overtime.When Van Middelem knew the ball was in the back of her net, all she felt was disappointment, she said. The Syracuse seniors — whose collegiate careers are now over — had been on her mind all game. She saved six shots to try and preserve those careers for one more game. But she couldn’t save the seventh. Comments Published on May 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu helps Dodgers seize momentum, regain NL West lead with rout of Rockies

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Wood started a team-leading 27 games, going 8-7 with a 3.65 ERA, before losing his place in the rotation last week.“It’s a transition,” Roberts said. “He hasn’t done anything in quite some time. Today is something that we wanted to get Alex in there, get him some live action. Going forward, he’ll be fine.”Roberts acknowledged prior to the game that the team’s middle-relief roles remain malleable. Wood’s return to the bullpen was one to forget. John Axford, who missed 30 games with a fractured fibula, replaced Wood and allowed an RBI single to the only batter he faced. Yimi Garcia got the first two outs in the ninth inning. Tony Cingrani, out since June with shoulder problems, recorded the final out.Pederson hit a double in addition to his two home runs, scored three runs and drove in three more. Justin Turner went 2 for 3 with a walk and is batting .524 (11 for 21) over his last six games. Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 after garnering NL Player of the Week honors earlier in the day.Pederson also made a snow-cone catch to track down a Drew Butera fly ball in the fifth inning, then pounded fists with a fan sitting an arm’s length away in the front row. It was that kind of night for the Dodgers.Trevor Story exited the game with elbow soreness in the middle of an at-bat after swinging and missing at a Ryu changeup in the fourth inning. It was that kind of night for the Rockies. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start For a day, the gap between first and second place looked much wider than a half-game. The Dodgers began their onslaught when Joc Pederson led off the first inning with a home run and did not let up. Pederson homered again in the fourth inning, this time with a runner on base.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Max Muncy also hit a home run, his 33rd of the season, with two runners on in the third inning. Rockies starter Jon Gray (11-8) was removed one batter later. By the fifth inning, Ryu (5-3) was pitching with an eight-run lead – his largest margin for error all year.With that, the Dodgers struck the first blow with the division lead at stake. For the next two days, each win or loss can twist the playoff probabilities like a trophy fish caught on a hook.At 83-68, the Dodgers lead Colorado by half a game with 11 games to play. The Rockies (82-68) have 12 games remaining in the regular season and trail the St. Louis Cardinals by a half-game for the NL’s second wild-card spot.By winning five of their last six games, including four against the Cardinals and Rockies, the Dodgers have erased their deficit against the two teams trying to deny them a playoff berth. “It’s a competitive division and it’s not going to let up at all,” Muncy said. “There’s not one series we play where it’s going to be easy. It makes for fun baseball.”Ryu had not won a game since Aug. 26 and had not tossed seven shutout innings since April 21. He lowered his earned-run average in eight home games to 1.27, a stark contrast to his 4.15 ERA on the road. He did not walk a batter and struck out five.As Roberts considers his pitching options for a possible postseason run, Ryu’s dominance at Dodger Stadium has merit. In seven starts since returning from his groin injury, Ryu has cemented his place in the rotation with a 2.21 ERA.“He’s always been a big-game pitcher,” Roberts said of Ryu. “I’ve seen it from the other side. For him to be healthy and set the tone for the series – in complete command, his stuff was really good – we fed off him and it was good to see.”Ryu scattered four hits over seven shutout innings. One hit, scored a double, was a fly ball that Pederson misjudged in left field. Ryu did not walk a batter and struck out five.Roberts and the announced crowd of 45,970 might have seen a preview of Ryu’s poise in a possible postseason game at Dodger Stadium.“If I started on Sunday, it would have been on four days’ rest,” Ryu said. “Doc did a good job of letting me know that I was going to pitch this game early, rather than the other game. That definitely helped me in terms of preparing for this game.”Why would pitching a playoff game this year be different than 2013 or 2014?“The first two years I was given a chance to pitch in a postseason game, I almost took it for granted,” Ryu said. “The last year, I had to sit on the sideline. Although I did want my team to win, it was a different feeling. As a player, you want to compete and help the team win. I try to do my best as a teammate. At the same time, this year it seems like I might have a chance to pitch in an actual (playoff) game.”Alex Wood gave Roberts something to consider too. In his first relief appearance since last year’s World Series, the left-hander faced five batters in the eighth inning and recorded two outs. The others reached on a walk, a single, and a hit batter. Two came around to score.Related Articles PreviousThe DodgersÕ Yasiel Puig #66 smiles after the Dodgers beat the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning – the first of his two home runs – in Monday’s 8-2 rout of the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson finished 3 for 4 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts with Rockies manager Bud Black before their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to the plate during Monday’s game against against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings in an 8-2 victory. 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(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Joc Pederson #31 hits a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his solo home run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The DodgersÕ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Joc Pederson #31 points to the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Justin Turner #10 after Pederson hit a solo home run during the first inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks to celebrate with teammate Manny Machado #8 after Pederson hit a solo home run during the first inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The DodgersÕ Justin Turner #10 throws out the RockiesÕ Carlos Gonzalez #5 at first base in the second inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers second baseman Kike Hernandez #14 throws out the RockiesÕ DJ LeMahieu #9 in the third inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the first inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The DodgersÕ Max Muncy #13 hits a three run homer in the third inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his three-run homerun as he jogs to first base during the third inning MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The DodgersÕ Max Muncy #13 points to the sky after hitting a three run homer in the third inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Max Muncy #13 is congratulated by teammate Manny Machado #8 after Muncy hit a three run homer in the third inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Manny Machado #8 at homeplate after Muncy hit a three-run homerun during the third inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The DodgersÕ Max Muncy #13 is congratulated by teammate Cody Bellinger #35 after Muncy hit a three run homer in the third inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies gives up the ball to manager Bud Black #10 and leaves the game during the third inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Dodgers manger Dave Roberts during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies can’t make the catch on a fly ball to shallow center during the third inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Rockies pitcher Harrison Musgrave #59 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger #35 fields a fly ball during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 and catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson #31 makes the catch on a Rockies Pat Valaika #4 fly ball in the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger #35 makes a running catch on a Rockies Ian Desmond #20 line drive in the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Yasmani Grandal #9 breaks his bat in frustration after striking out in the seventh inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Manager Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies walks with Trevor Story #27 back to the dugout after Story left his at-bat injured and replaced by Pat Valaika #4 (not in photo) during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a two-run home run – his second homer of the game – during the fourth inning of Monday’s 8-2 victory over the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia #63 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to first base to convert the double play as Pat Valaika #4 of the Colorado Rockies slides into second base in the seventh inning of the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Tony Cingrani catches a line drive hit by Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez to end the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Dodgers won 8-2. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 and Tony Cingrani #54 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slap hands to celebrate their victory against the Colorado Rockies in their MLB game at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Dodger outfielders Cody Bellinger #35 and Alex Verdugo #61 celebrate their victory after beating the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger, left, leaps with right fielder Alex Verdugo to celebrate the Dodgers defeating the Colorado Rockies 8-2, after a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 has some fun after the Dodgers beat the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Yasiel Puig #66 smiles after the Dodgers beat the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning – the first of his two home runs – in Monday’s 8-2 rout of the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson finished 3 for 4 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 49The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning – the first of his two home runs – in Monday’s 8-2 rout of the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson finished 3 for 4 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts lined up his starting rotation so that Hyun-Jin Ryu could pitch the first game of the Dodgers’ most important series of the year Monday. The manager liked Ryu’s ability to match up against the Colorado Rockies, but more than that he liked Ryu’s poise under pressure.Ryu did not take Roberts’ gesture for granted. In six seasons since leaving South Korea, he has started 97 games for the Dodgers, including three in the postseason. At 31, he’s missed nearly two years recovering from major shoulder surgery and more recently lost three months to a torn groin muscle.With the same preternatural calm that he arrived with at age 25, Ryu pitched seven shutout innings in a crucial 8-2 win. The Dodgers regained sole possession of first place in the National League West for the second time in three days.“My job will be to put the team in a position to where we could win,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “Compared to my first two years, when I actually got a chance to pitch in the postseason, I feel like it’s going to be a totally different feeling.”center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

ESPN reporter Dari Nowkhah apologizes for breaking tragic news to Joe Burrow on live TV

first_imgESPN reporter Dari Nowkhah has issued an apology after breaking tragic news to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow after Saturday’s Peach Bowl win over Oklahoma.Carley McCord, the daughter-in-law of LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, was one of five people who died in a plane crash in Lafayette, La., on Saturday. View this post on Instagram Nowkhah asked Burrow about McCord’s death — but Burrow had not known about it — and appeared stunned by the news.Damn. Burrow found out live on air about the plane crash. They didn’t tell the team. pic.twitter.com/EhtEgT3XIV— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) December 29, 2019Nowkhah shared an apology on Twitter.I obviously feel horrible to have been the one to have broken the news of Carley McCord’s passing to Joe, and have shared my apologies and sincere condolences with LSU. (2/4)— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) December 29, 2019We never intended to hurt Joe & we will learn from this mistake. My heart goes out to the McCord & Ensminger families, and the entire LSU family, during this incredibly tragic time. I hope they, including LSU fans, will accept this apology. (4/4)— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) December 29, 2019MORE: Carley McCord, daughter-in-law of LSU’s Steve Ensminger, dies in plane crashHours before Saturday’s game Ensminger was informed of McCord’s passing but did not tell the team.The 30-year-old TV journalist and wife of Steve Ensminger Jr. was traveling to Atlanta for the Tigers’ game against the Sooners.center_img The REAL tigers are EIGHT and EAUX 🐯🐯 #LSU #WEWANTBAMAA post shared by Carley McCord (@carleymccord) on Oct 26, 2019 at 4:56pm PDTThe cause of the crash remains unknown.BREAKING: 5 people confirmed dead after small plane crash in Lafayette, Louisiana. New conference starting shortly. pic.twitter.com/bFx2JlIfyv— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) December 28, 2019From The Associated Press:”The lack of a distress call and flight data recorder coupled with mangled and charred wreckage will make finding the cause of a fiery airplane crash in Louisiana extremely challenging, federal officials said Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said at a press conference that it could take 12 to 18 months to figure out why the two-engine Piper Cheyenne fell from the sky about a minute after taking off from the Lafayette Regional Airport on Saturday.”last_img read more

Ryan Newman ‘awake’ following major car crash at Daytona 500

first_imgNASCAR driver Ryan Newman is “awake” at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Tuesday, following a finish-line crash at the Daytona 500, Roush Fenway Racing said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. The statement confirmed that Newman was able to speak with doctors and his family.Before the horrific crash, Newman approached the finish line of the Daytona 500 on Monday, and was expected to win his first Daytona 500 in 12 years. The update from Roush Fenway Racing is the first update since last night saying that Newman was hospitalized, and in serious condition.Ryan Newman hospitalized after terrifying crash at Daytona 500last_img

English amateur trio qualify for The Open

first_img1 Jul 2015 English amateur trio qualify for The Open England internationals Paul Kinnear and Ben Taylor and Somerset’s Alister Balcombe are among five amateurs who claimed places in The Open at St Andrews in yesterday’s final qualifying.They are joined by two other amateurs, Irishman Paul Dunne, who won the event at Woburn, and American Jordan Niebrugge.Taylor (pictured top, image © Leaderboard Photography) and Balcombe shared top spot at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent with professional Gary Boyd after they all scored five-under par over 36 holes.Meanwhile, Kinnear came through at Gailes Links and was emotional after joining professionals Mark Young and New Zealander Ryan Fox.The 20-year old from Formby said afterwards: “I was shaking over my three-foot birdie putt (at the last). It was awful waiting around to see if I was going to get into a play-off and I think that’s why all the emotions have come flooding out.” Kinnear was the leading Englishman at last week’s Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, where he tied third.Taylor, 23 and a plus-five handicapper from Walton Heath, has just finished his studies at Louisiana State University and also had a top ten finish at the Brabazon. He birdied three of his last seven holes for a 67.“I putted out really well from six feet and that’s so important down the stretch when you are trying to qualify for The Open. I knew that putt at the last was to go five-under and made myself hole it.“I’ve just finished college and I might go to qualifying in America at the end of the year but this summer is about trying to make the Walker Cup at Lytham and making The Open at St Andrews as an amateur is a dream.”Balcombe, a 19-year-old from Clevedon with a plus-three handicap, said: “I was in the clubhouse at Clevedon just before the Regional Qualifier (last week) and saw a picture of the 18th at St Andrews.“I thought how great it would be to be a part of that. I’ve never played the Old Course, so I’m looking forward to the experience.”For scoring and more information visit TheOpen.comlast_img read more

LCP, FDA Take “Don’t Eat Bush Meat “Campaign To Gardnersville, Empowers Women, Youth Organizations…

first_imgThe Liberian Crusaders for Peace (LCP), in partnership with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), has empowered two communities in Gardnersville to help educate and spread the massages of the danger of eating bush meat as it relates to the Ebola virus.The two communities which  benefited from the training and  financial empowerment are the Day Break Mouth Open, and the Town Hall communities.The LCP intervention in the communities was based on recommendations from a group calling itself ‘Gardnersville Youth against Ebola’.The executive director of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), Ambassador Juli Endee,  donated a check of LD$ 50,000 to the Gardnersville Youth against Ebola, while LD25,000,  along with some lappas produced by the L.C.P were  also presented to women organizations of the two communities who benefited from the daylong training.During the turning over of the materials to the women and youth organization, Ambassador Endee said,  when the organization got an invitation from the Gardnersville Youth against Ebola, they saw it prudent to carryout sensitization in that part of Liberia.She said, “The 75 thousand, thirty-five buckets, chloral, soap and other items we are giving you today came from our partners. We are working with other organizations who want to see this Ebola out of Liberia.”She told the gathering that the funding and thirty –five pieces of buckets, soap were provided by the Morweh group of company own by Christopher Neyor and other partners.“The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) as one of our partners also provided funding for us to visit communities and give massages that will speak to the mind of Liberians to stop eating bush meat and other activities which will put them into  harms ways” the culture icon said. According to her the nation is faced with a different kind of war and at such every Liberian regardless of sex, religion should join the fight against the killer virus which is calming lives of citizens.“We had our members going into the communities telling residents not to eat bush meat, bats and encouraging them to follow those massages from the Health Ministry, Forestry Development Association and the Liberian government if we are to win the fight against the Ebola virus. We also had people in the hall educating the people to take into consideration good health practices.Speaking additionally, the Liberia culture icon said if Liberia is to win the fight against the virus, they should amalgamate their forces and put aside their personal difference inform health authorities about ill people moving in and out of communities as some of the surest ways to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.The Liberia culture ambassador indicated that it was not time for politicking but for every Liberian to follow those massages to save lives.She said “My people, Ebola is real and it kills. Let’s prevent ourselves and family against this disease, let save our family members by obeying those regulations put forth by the ministry of health and its partners”.At the same time resident of the communities have appreciate the Liberia Crusaders for Peace for reaching out to them especially in this critical time the country is face with to identified with them and provide safety massages for themThe Gardnerville Commissioner Vambah Kenneh praised the organization for providing the people of the area with important information that will keep them save from the Ebola virus.“It is now with us to follow those massages provided by the LCP and keep our save from this Ebola sickness” Mr. Kenneh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more