RelatedPosts Man U wants Martinez in exchange for Pogba Lukaku scores two late goals as Inter win at angry Bologna Lukaku, Martinez strike twice as Inter edge in seven-goal thriller Achraf Hakimi scored two second-half goals as Borussia Dortmund overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Inter Milan in a thriller at the Westfalenstadion.The 21-year-old right-back pulled one back off his shin before finding the winner in the 77th minute, after Julian Brandt equalised for the hosts.First-half goals from Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino had given Antonio Conte’s side a 2-0 lead.Dortmund move above Inter into second spot in Champions League Group F. Tags: Lautaro MartinezMatias Vecino
Arsene Wenger is not intending to sign a replacement for injured striker Olivier Giroud – with Besiktas match-winner Alexis Sanchez proving he is more than capable of leading the line for the Gunners. Press Association “We are open for any position as long as we feel the player can strengthen the squad. Buy to buy? I don’t see the purpose of that.” Arsenal will now go into Thursday’s draw as a top seed and Wenger was pleased with how his players dealt with a tricky second leg against a spirited Besiktas side. “Overall we produced a performance we wanted,” he said. “We were on the level requested tonight against a good team but we couldn’t finish the game off. It was nervous and very difficult in the final 10 minutes when we were down to 10 men. “I wanted to qualify and we did it. You must give credit to Besiktas; they are a closed unit, well-organised, physically strong and technically very good. “We kept (Demba) Ba quiet, he had one chacne with a header at the ened that would have killed us.” Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic, who watched from the stands as he served a touchline ban, refused to critise the referee for not awarding his side a penalty after Jack Wilshere appeared to foul Ramon Motta. Instead the former West Ham defender focused on praising his side and aiming at a tilt at Europa League glory. “They showed a little bit of extra quality in the box,” he said. “We are disappointed on one hand but also so proud. My team gave Arsenal 180 very open minutes. “We didn’t give up and in the last 10-15 minutes we were very exciting and they were on the ropes. Not many teams have done that to Arsenal on their home ground. “We are very, very gutted because we were so close to going through – we are going to come out of this very positive and go in the Europa League. “We are not there just to particpate, we want to do business there and go very far. If we continue to play like this or better, with a couple of more players. “We can go far in the Europa League and fight for the Turkish Championship which is always a priority for our club.” Giroud underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday afternoon and could be sidelined until the new year, with Arsenal already linked to a number of targets to come in and take over from the 27-year-old. But it was summer-recruit Sanchez who scored the only goal of a tense Champions League play-off as Wenger sealed a 17th consecutive season in the group stages of the competition despite having Mathieu Debuchy sent off in the second half. The Chile international scored his first Arsenal goal on the stroke of half-time and Wenger was delighted with his overall performance. “I bought him to play as a striker, not to only play on the flanks,” the Frenchman said of Sanchez. “He had a good game, not only on the technical side but on the fighting side. “He was mobile and dangerous and showed he has great fighting spirit – qualities which will be important in the Premier League.” As well as Sanchez, Wenger also has Yaya Sanago, Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski at his disposal, while Theo Walcott is another option in attack although he is also currently injured. Wenger denied any interest in Nikola Zigic or Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck and insisted he would not panic buy following the set-back with Grioud. “You will ask me straight away who we will buy. I give you the answer – at the moment, no-one,” he said. “If you want to make everyone happy you buy all of these players but what is important is the performance on the football pitch. If you look at the players we had on the bench and those out injured, we have players. You cannot buy every time a player is injured.
Burnley climbed out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone for the first time since September after extending their undefeated run to four matches. With three striped shirts close by, he negotiated room to shoot where a square pass for Boyd might have been the wiser move. It would not have mattered had his effort nestled in the top corner but Elliot beat the ball away one-handed. The Clarets continued to probe, Kieran Trippier catching the back four flat with a clever chipped pass that Ashley Barnes could only turn into a corner. Soon after Barnes flashed over from an even better opening after good hold-up work from Ings. Newcastle were playing largely on the counter but began to string chances together, Sammy Ameobi stretching Tom Heaton with a skiddy shot across goal and Cisse blazing high into the stands following a deft set-up by Gouffran. Heaton made a second decent save after 32 minutes, rushing to smother Mehdi Abeid’s toe punt. But it was Burnley who were playing with greater control and they were rewarded with the opening goal a minute later. Ings turned Trippier’s speculative long ball into something much more dangerous, winning the aerial battle and cushioning a perfect header into Boyd’s path. The Scot took a touch out of his feet and fired past the unsighted Elliot from 20 yards for his second of the season. The lead might have doubled just before the break when another deft touch from Ings invited Jones to shoot, only for the midfielder to miss the target. Pardew did not hesitate to change things, hauling off Williamson and Ayoze Perez at the break and sending on Steven Taylor and Remy Cabella. Within three minutes the scores were level. Cabella nearly made an instant impact, his goalbound shot blocked by Stephen Ward, but the goal arrived seconds later. Janmaat’s cross was flicked on instincively by Gouffran at the near post and Cisse rifled home from close range. Immediately the match took on a new complexion, Newcastle finally playing with fluidity rather than rushed breaks. Burnley were forced back, Cabella revelling in the space behind Cisse and captain Cheick Tiote starting to snap into tackles in the centre. The home side suffered another setback when Ward hobbled off, handing Ben Mee a first appearance since October 18. But the fort was holding for Sean Dyche’s men, who were happy to see Abeid twice launch hopeful long-range efforts over the top. The game began to open up again in the last 20 minutes, Burnley regaining territory and asking questions of their own again. They also asked for a penalty when Michael Keane’s header hit a Newcastle player at point-blank range but it would have been guesswork by Phil Dowd to call handball. Press Association A matter of weeks ago they were the only club in English football’s top four tiers not to have won a game, now with eight points from the last 12 on offer they are out of the drop zone. Hull replace them in 18th place, though they have a chance to change that on Wednesday night. Burnley’s resurgence has been built around the return to form and fitness of Danny Ings and although absent from the scoresheet he was again in excellent form. His cushioned header provided Boyd with the chance he needed to break the deadlock in the 33rd minute and whenever the ball came close to him in the final third, he gave fright to the Magpies defence. But a draw was the right result and Cisse’s fifth of the campaign set Newcastle back on course after a winning run of six matches ended in defeat against West Ham on Saturday. United boss Alan Pardew was relieved that his worst fears were not realised before kick-off, Daryl Janmaat, Massadio Haidara and Mike Williamson all passed fit. But he was still without a handful of injured regulars and stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot, deputising again for the absent Tim Krul, was called into action in the eighth minute. David Jones’ one-touch pass set Burnley off in attack, giving Scott Arfield licence to run before touching the ball through for Ings. The match itself was unremarkable, an occasionally untidy 1-1 scuffle lit up by George Boyd’s 20-yard opener for the hosts and Yoann Gouffran’s clever flick that teed up Papiss Cisse’s equaliser. But the significance of escaping the bottom three is huge to Sean Dyche’s Clarets.
Pacers fire McMillan following 2nd straight 1st-round sweepINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, two weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement less than 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight sweep in the first round of the playoffs.McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season. NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSLightning crush Bruins; Flyers top Isles in OT — Michael Perez hit a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning to give the Rays a 5-4 decision over the Orioles. Brandon Lowe (low) belted a two-run shot to help Tampa Bay win despite just five hits. The AL East leaders have won nine of 11.— The Athletics beat Texas, 3-1 as Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) allowed only an unearned run and three hits over six innings. Fiers is 6-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his last nine starts against the Rangers, with his team winning each of those games. The A’s didn’t have a hit until Stephen Piscotty’s one-out RBI single tied the game in the sixth.— The Indians put together a three-run eighth to knock off the Twins, 6-3. Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) doubled home the tiebreaking run and scored on a single by Cesar Hernandez. Pitcher Mike Clevinger was good in his return to the Cleveland roster, limiting the AL Central leaders to two runs and eight hits while fanning six over six innings.— Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) homered for the seventh time in five games to support Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) in the White Sox’s 10th win in 11 games, 10-3 over Pittsburgh. Keuchel allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven over six innings for his third straight victory. Eloy (ee-LOY’) Jiménez slugged a three-run homer, Danny Mendick lined a two-run drive and Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) added a solo shot for Chicago.— The Blue Jays blew out the Red Sox, 9-1 as Rowdy Tellez (teh-LEHZ’) drove in four runs with two homers and a double. Vladimir Guererro Jr. hit a pair of doubles, including a three-run bouncer down the left field line which keyed a four-run seventh. Five Toronto pitchers combined to allow three hits, strike out seven and walk three. Update on the latest sports — Bears running back David Montgomery limped off the field at practice Wednesday after injuring his groin when making a cut on a running play. Montgomery went down in a non-contact drill. Coach Matt Nagy (NAYG’-ee) said it was uncertain how severe the injury is.— The Giants secondary has taken a big hit with second-round draft pick Xavier McKinney scheduled for surgery after breaking his left foot. The club also said linebacker David Mayo will need knee surgery. The team didn’t say when the injuries happened but the players were at practice Tuesday.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSMickelson gets wire-to-wire win in PGA Tour Champions debutRIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Phil Mickelson closed with a 5-under 66 to reach 22 under, leaving him three shots clear of Tim Petrovic and giving him a wire-to-wire win in his debut on the PGA Tour Champions. NHL strips Coyotes of 2 picks for violating combine policyUNDATED (AP) — The NHL has stripped the Arizona Coyotes of their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the scouting combine policy by conducting physical tests of draft-eligible players.Commissioner Gary Bettman determined the organization broke the rules by physically testing prospects outside of the combine. Bettman decided to use his powers to take away draft picks rather than impose a fine of $250,000 or more “given the specific circumstances of this case.”The league opted not to discipline any individual members of the organization involved in the situation because Bettman believes it was gross negligence rather than intentional wrongdoing.In other NHL news: The Flyers have evened their Stanley Cup second-round series at a game apiece.The Flyers blew an early 3-0 lead before Phil Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the Islanders. Third-period goals by Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) allowed the Isles to force overtime before Myers ended the game.Kevin Hayes provided the game’s first two goals after scoring just once in the Flyers’ first 10 playoff games. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored 15:09 into the first period to make it 3-0 and chase Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv), who had just set an Islanders record for longest playoff shutout streak.Carter Hart made 31 saves for the Flyers. Thomas Greiss (grys) stopped 20 shots and was perfect until Myers scored.NHL-NEWS August 26, 2020 The games were postponed as players around the league chose to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice.The dramatic series of moves began when the Milwaukee Bucks declined to take the court against Orlando in the early game. The state of Wisconsin has been rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Rockets and Thunder were slated to play, as were the Lakers against the Trail Blazers. The NBA said all three games would be rescheduled, yet did not say when.The WNBA followed suit by postponing its Wednesday games. Five of the six scheduled MLS games were postponed, as were three Major League Baseball games.NBA-PACERS-McMILLAN FIRED Cole had won 20 straight regular-season decisions dating to May 2019, one off the American League record set by Roger Clemens. Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. celebrated his return to the lineup by leading off with a 473-foot drive against Cole.Dansby Swanson and Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) also homered off Cole, who had won his first four starts as a Yankee. The Braves completed a sweep of the doubleheader as Freddie Freeman unloaded a two-run homer off Chad Green in the sixth inning of a 2-1 victory. Max Fried (freed) allowed four hits and one run in six strong innings to move to 5-0.Yanks starter Masahiro Tanaka was dominant, allowing only three hits in five scoreless innings as he left the second game with a 1-0 lead.In other major league action: Associated Press Games between the Reds and Brewers in Milwaukee, the Mariners and Padres in San Diego and the Dodgers and Giants in San Francisco were called off hours before they were set to begin.MLB SCHEDULEAnderson outduels Cole in big league debutUNDATED (AP) — Ian Anderson had quite a major league debut on Wednesday, helping the Atlanta Braves put an end to Gerrit Cole’s lengthy winning streak.Anderson allowed just one hit over six innings of the Braves’ 5-1 win over the New York Yankees in Game 1 of a twinbill. Anderson had a no-hitter going until Luke Voit homered with one out in the sixth. The third overall pick in the 2016 draft struck out six and walked two. — The Mets’ bullpen coughed up a 4-1 lead in the eighth before Wilson Ramos slapped an RBI single with two out in the bottom half to give New York a 5-4 victory against the Marlins. Jacob deGrom settled for another no-decision despite strikeout out 14 and holding Miami to a run and two hits over seven innings. Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo (NIH’-moh) homered for the Mets.— Aaron Nola bounced back from the shortest outing of his career and the Phillies took advantage of the Nationals’ sloppy outfield defense to rally for a 3-2 victory. Bryce Harper delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh to help Philadelphia win its third in a row. Nola gave up two runs on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings. — Austin Romine’s RBI double sparked a five-run sixth before the Tigers completed a 7-5 win over the Cubs. Romine drove in a pair of runs while he and Jonathan Schoop (skohp), Miguel Cabrera and Cameron Maybin each collected three of Detroit’s 18 hits. Cubs starter Jon Lester allowed one run over five innings before the bullpen faltered.— Kolten Wong drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a four-run ninth as the Cardinals stunned the Royals, 6-5. Tyler O’Neill tied the game with a two-out, two-run single. St. Louis outfielder Dexter Fowler and pitcher Jack Flaherty opted to sit out the contest in solidarity with players around the league in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake. NFL-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-RACIAL INJUSTICENBA playoff games called off amid player protestLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Three NBA games were expected to be played on Wednesday. The players thought otherwise. — Canadiens coach Claude Julien says he is feeling “100%” after a heart procedure. Julien had a stent installed in a coronary artery Aug. 13 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto after complaining of chest pains. The procedure came a day after Montreal opened its first-round playoff series with Philadelphia.— Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his left shoulder once again and won’t be evaluated for another five months. It will be Tarasenko’s third operation on that shoulder in the past two and a half years. RACIAL INJUSTICE-MLBThree MLB games postponed UNDATED (AP) — A trio of Major League Baseball games were postponed Wednesday as players across the sports landscape reacted in the wake of the weekend shooting by police of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Bengals player arrested while searching for missing fatherFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander was jailed Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor battery. Deputies say he beat up a man shortly after returning to Florida to help search for his missing father. Alexander and another man were arrested by Collier County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night. Bail for the men was set at $2,000 each and they have been released. A lawyer for Alexander says the player’s only concern is the well-being of his father.Alexander had left Bengals training camp earlier Tuesday to assist the search for his 65-year-old father, Jean Alexandre, a Haitian immigrant who uses a French spelling of the family’s surname. The man he allegedly assaulted had been picking berries with his father. In other NFL news: TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning put on an offensive showcase while taking a two-games-to-one lead in their Stanley Cup second-round series.The Lightning power play came to life as they scored three times with the man advantage to blow out the Bruins, 7-1. Tampa Bay’s power play was in an 0-for-16 slump until Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’), Mikhail Sergachev (SUR’-gah-chehv) and Alex Killorn (kih-LOHRN’) all scored with the extra attacker.Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored once and assisted on the three power-play goals. Killorn came away with two goals and an assist, while Sergachev and Brayden Point each had a goal and two assists.Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 23 shots for the Bolts.Brad Marchand had the lone Bruins goal, his third in two games. Mickelson became the 20th player to win on the 50-and-over tour in his first start. He also earned some much-needed confidence after a missed cut at The Northern Trust knocked him from the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Mickelson is trying to fine-tune his game for the U.S. Open.TENNIS-US OPEN-NISHIKORINishikori withdraws from US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) said he tested negative for COVID-19 after having two positive tests but still decided to withdraw from the Grand Slam tournament that begins next week. Nishikori wrote Wednesday on his mobile app that he is ready to “slowly” return to practice but added he isn’t not prepared to compete in best-of-five-set matches.
Facebook Twitter Google+ It didn’t matter how tightly Louisville’s defenders tried to faceguard Michelle Tumolo. The Cardinals couldn’t stop Syracuse’s senior attack.“She just steps on the field and wants to have a great game every time,” said Orange attack Alyssa Murray. “She definitely is the spark of our offense.”Despite facing stiff, up-close defense from the Cardinals (8-5, 0-4 Big East), Tumolo scored three goals while distributing four assists and scooping up a career-high six ground balls as the No. 6 Orange (8-3, 4-0 Big East) blew out UofL, 19-7, at the Carrier Dome on Friday night. The senior racked up five of her seven points in the first half, helping SU put the game away minutes before halftime.Syracuse was slow to find its shots early, head coach Gary Gait said, but once the Orange had its opportunities, it capitalized. Tumolo contributed to SU’s first three goals, spanning the opening 10 minutes of the game.She first struck when UofL goalie Ashley Herbst couldn’t secure her save of Katie Webster’s shot. Tumolo grabbed the ground ball and tossed it into a wide-open net for a 1-0 Orange lead five minutes in.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTumolo fed Kayla Treanor from behind the cage to double the lead and she assisted Murray’s first of five goals for a 3-0 advantage.“She’s just doing what she always does when it comes to goals or assists,” Murray said.But Tumolo’s highlight-reel goals were even more impressive.Late in the first half, Syracuse’s Kailah Kempney’s shot went wide, but right to Tumolo behind the net. Dodging to her left from behind the cage, Tumolo shook a defender to create space, and buried a shot over Herbst’s right shoulder for a 9-3 SU lead.“She adjusted to being shut off and didn’t get taken out of her game,” Gait said. “And that was something that we talked a lot about. When you get shut off, you can’t get frustrated. She was able to get the ball still and turn the corner and score some goals.”Tumolo said the Orange’s offense is improving in its reaction to defenses who faceguard her, because SU can now expect opposing units to guard her that way. Tumolo said she was able to free herself from the clinging UofL defenders by holding her stick upright and keeping the Cardinals a stick’s length away from her.It wasn’t always easy, but Syracuse was able to put the ball in the stick of its biggest playmaker.“The offense worked really hard to get me the ball sometimes,” Tumolo said.Aside from Tumolo’s goal scoring and facilitating, Murray commended her teammate for her hustle on ground balls, which created extra possessions for Syracuse’s offense. All six of Tumolo’s ground balls came in the first half.Ground balls aren’t appreciated as much as goals or assists, Murray said, but they’re “that much more of a spark.”“That’s one thing she always brings, is 100-percent effort. And that paid off,” Gait said.But what showcased Tumolo’s abilities the most was her goal in the final minute of the first period.After forcing a turnover from the Cardinals, the Orange pushed the ball across midfield. Devon Collins held the ball about 10 yards out from the cage, and seemed as if she’d pull it out and pass on the transition opportunity.But Tumolo streaked across the center of the field, the goal on her right-hand side, and expected Collins’ pass to be high up on her stick side.It wasn’t.Collins’ pass was just inches off the ground and on Tumolo’s right side. But Tumolo reacted in an instant. In one smooth motion, she corralled the low pass, wound up and fired the ball past Herbst’s left, as Tumolo fell to the Carrier Dome turf.“The goalie shifted so I saw the opening – and got decked at the end, but,” Tumolo said, then paused.“Gotta do what you gotta do.” Comments Published on April 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb
Published on April 30, 2013 at 12:59 am Contact Jesse: email@example.com | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ It was in his sophomore year of high school that Michael Carter-Williams started to blossom.That was when Mike Hart and Leo Papile, his two coaches at the time, saw his transformation from a skinny kid from Hamilton, Mass., to a fierce competitor whose sheepishness vanished when he stepped onto the court.“He was shy, but you could tell that he was going to hit a growth spurt and break out,” Hart said. “It was a matter of refining his skills and using his length and, once he started to, a very good basketball player was born.”They instantly knew that Carter-Williams could play not just at the collegiate level, but also beyond.Carter-Williams is foregoing his final two years of college eligibility and entering June’s NBA Draft. After leading SU to the Final Four at the end of his sophomore season, he will use his recent success to achieve his lifelong dream of playing professional basketball. But some see him as incomplete. Still, his former coaches have seen him face scrutiny before and grow stronger as a result. To them, his ascension to an NBA prospect couldn’t have come at a better time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Michael just loves basketball,” Papile said. “I think if his career would have ended at Syracuse he would have been fine with that, but thankfully that’s not the case. The kid is going to do whatever he needs to do to get better.”At times, growth has been a daunting task for Carter-Williams. Now, as he nears a milestone that will validate a lifetime of work, growth defines him as a basketball player.When Carter-Williams moved from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School in Hamilton, Mass., to St. Andrew’s in Rhode Island before his sophomore year, he stood 5 feet 9 inches tall.He was far from his eventual size, and his guard skills were undeveloped, but right away Carter-Williams reminded Hart of a player he had coached at Adidas’ ABCD Camp.“First thing I thought was Shaun Livingston,” Hart said referring to the veteran NBA guard currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Right when we started working Michael out he played like him and he looked like him, and when I saw the comparisons I knew we had something special on our hands.”Hart, Carter-Williams’ high school coach at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I., has worked with NBA players LeBron James and Dwight Howard, among others, through his affiliation with Adidas.Papile, the head coach and founder of Carter-Williams’ former AAU organization the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, has evaluated talent at all levels. Most notably, he served as the Boston Celtics’ senior director of basketball operations for 14 years.St. Andrew’s struggled in Carter-Williams’ sophomore season, but that didn’t stop him from growing in size, talent and mind. After hitting his growth spurt he not only made high school and AAU basketball his playground, but also a place to improve.He started to dominate in the pick-and-roll offense, understand team defense, develop a mental toughness beyond his years and use his newly acquired size to set himself apart.“Michael always had length, but once he hit his growth spurt his physical package made him unique,” Papile said. “A 6-6 point guard is like having a 6-8 quarterback in football. Guys like that don’t come around too often.”As Carter-Williams neared the end of high school, many were still skeptical of his ability to compete at the next level. In Carter-Williams’ senior season, St. Andrew’s played DeMatha Catholic (Md.), at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W.V.DeMatha’s starting lineup consisted of current Georgetown forward Mikael Hopkins, Pittsburgh point guard James Robinson and Syracuse forward Jerami Grant.Despite the Stags’ abundance of talent, St. Andrew’s had a leader in Carter-Williams that couldn’t be contained. After missing a dunk early in the game it seemed that Carter-Williams was shrinking in the spotlight. He then led St. Andrew’s to a 22-point fourth quarter and a 49-46 upset win.Carter-Williams finished the game with 26 of his team’s 49 points and posted six rebounds, six steals and three assists. He won the tournament’s MVP award over Hopkins, Robinson, Grant and Northland High School’s Trey Burke.“It was his senior season and people were really doubting Mike,” Hart said. “But that DeMatha game turned all the heads that weren’t turned yet. That was the kind of game where I just let him loose and watched in awe.”It has been two years and four months since Carter-Williams almost single-handedly took down DeMatha, and the doubting still persists. Even after leading Syracuse to the Big East championship game and the Final Four, there are glaring holes in his game that will affect his draft stock.Carter-Williams finished tied for third in the nation and first in the Big East with 7.3 assists per game last season, while averaging a respectable 11.9 points. But he also averaged close to 3.5 turnovers and shot 39.3 percent from the field, 29.2 percent from 3 and 69.4 percent from the line. Additionally, he has played in Jim Boeheim’s zone defense, but has not shown the ability to defend man-to-man.Jonathan Givony of Draftexpress.com is especially hesitant to call Carter-Williams “NBA ready.” Givony recognizes Carter-Williams’ point guard skills and rare size, but doesn’t see what he will bring to an NBA franchise in the near future.“He’s not a consistent shooter at all — that is his main limitation,” Givony said. “He also can make bad decisions and is turnover prone, and will need to work on that.“A team can’t expect him to be a prolific scorer or do too much without the help of others, and that will make a lot of franchises consider passing up on him.”Draftexpress.com currently has Carter-Williams being selected at the back end of the 14-team lottery. Since the draft order will not be set until the conclusion of the NBA season, he is currently ranked based on talent alone.Carter-Williams is no stranger to being told he is behind, and Papile is confident that he’ll use these obstructions as fuel to keep moving forward.“He has to start knocking down 1,000 jump shots a day and knowing him very well, that is something he will do,” Papile said. “He has to live and die by getting better each and every day from here on out.”As the draft nears, teams are aware of Carter-Williams’ flaws, but his work ethic and competitive edge wowed scouts. He has impressed with his maturity, and also his ability to improve and adapt.“At Syracuse he played in so many big games and so many big moments,” Givony said. “That kind of exposure will help any prospect, showing that they can be part of a winning situation. His experience so far is invaluable.”Once, Carter-Williams was too small to be a Division-I basketball player; then he grew. When his guard skills were put into question, he studied the game, worked on his fundamentals and grew.When it was said that he couldn’t be the leader of an elite college basketball team, he grew with each pass and each game-clinching bucket, lifting Syracuse to its best finish since winning the National Championship in 2003.And when commissioner David Stern calls his name at the NBA Draft in June, Carter-Williams will silence all of those who said he couldn’t, and grow once again.“I have never known Michael to be content with his play,” Hart said. “The kid is special, he comes from a special family and will do special things. With his work ethic, the sky is the limit.” Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+ Since the beginning of last season, only forward Emil Ekblom and goalie Alex Bono have started more games than Oyvind Alseth.But Alseth — who played every game at right back last year and has started eight of Syracuse’s nine games at right wing this year — still has the same number of career goals as the SU keeper. Zero.Despite coming close several times this season and finding other ways to contribute, Alseth still has yet to find the back of the net during his time at SU. He’s been a big part of the Orange’s success as an attacking midfielder, and the position has also granted him more chances than he got last year. But he’ll continue to look for his first goal when No. 9 Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) takes on Virginia Tech (7-3, 2-1 ACC) at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Virginia. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I can tell you that I have planned a celebration,” Alseth said. “I don’t want to get too hyped about it because I’ve said a lot of times, ‘Hopefully my first goal will be tonight.’ But hey, you never know.”In the 70th minute against the Fighting Irish on Sept. 13, Alseth received a cross-field pass in the air from Juuso Pasanen. His initial touch with the outside of his right foot got away, but after winning the ball from UND’s Evan Panken, Alseth took a touch ahead and unleashed from 30 yards out.His right-footed shot curled away from Notre Dame goalie Patrick Wall. It evaded Wall’s reach, but careened off the right post and away to safety for Notre Dame.Against Binghamton on Sept. 24, Alseth stood behind a free kick from 30 yards out in the first half. He whipped a low, slicing ball toward goal, but Bearcats keeper Robert Moewes dealt with it comfortably.The chances haven’t been coming in bulk, but Alseth has seen several other shots go begging. And in the 1-0 games Syracuse has often found itself in, an unexpected goal would help.“I’ll take a goal from him right now,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said with a smirk.Even though there have been several games in which Alseth hasn’t played the full 90 minutes, he’s been instrumental in an Orange midfield that has dominated opponents. Attacking midfielders such as Alseth and Stefanos Stamoulacatos are constantly covering 18-yard box to 18-yard box, providing a much-needed boost when in the game.“We’re ready to come in whenever coach needs us,” Stamoulacatos said. “… to make that spark and change the game when the opportunity comes.”Though Alseth hasn’t changed the game on the scoreboard yet in his Syracuse career, he has done so in other ways. He consistently puts top-notch services into the box, as shown by his five assists, but it’s not the assists he’s being pressured to tally.Alseth is hearing it from all sides, but with his team ranked in the Top 10 and the defense keeping opponents scoreless in eight games, not breaking the scoring seal seems relatively trivial.“(McIntyre has) been telling me I better start scoring,” Alseth said. “I’ve been hearing it a lot from my teammates as well, but as long as we keep winning I don’t really care if I score goals or not. That’s the most important thing.” Comments Published on October 2, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman
Syracuse released its Week 2 depth chart Monday morning, four days before the Orange (1-0) hosts No. 19 Louisville (1-0) at 8 p.m. on Friday night.Here are some of the most significant notes.— Freshman wide receiver/running back Devin Butler took over Jamal Custis’ spot behind Steve Ishmael at outside receiver. Custis was out with an injury against Colgate. Dino Babers said on Aug. 31 that he wasn’t sure if Butler would play this season because of SU’s depth at running back and receiver.— Redshirt sophomores Juwan Dowels and Cordell Hudson swapped spots. Dowels is now the starter. Dowels had three tackles in the game and Hudson had four.— Redshirt freshman Samuel Clausman took over redshirt freshman Colin Byrne’s position at backup left guard.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text— Colin Byrne moved into the backup center spot.— Sterling Hofrichter is now the team’s holder. He was listed as the backup holder to Zack Mahoney prior to the Colgate game, but Hofrichter held all the kicks.— Jordan Fredericks slid into one of the kick returner spots. He was at the position on Friday. Junior Ervin Philips was listed as a kick returner prior to the Colgate game, but never went back to return. Estime returned both kickoffs for a total of 32 yards. Related Stories Syracuse football visual breakdown: How SU recovered from Colgate’s 1st touchdown with one of its ownStock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s season-opening win over ColgateHow Eric Dungey stacks up against other QBs in Dino Babers’ head-coaching debutsEric Dungey has career game after meeting his brother, who returned from the Army, for 1st time in 2 yearsSyracuse football depth chart: Week 1 vs. Colgate Published on September 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm Contact Jon: email@example.com | @jmettus Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
After Tanner McEvoy couldn’t find his way into the starting quarterback position last season following his transfer to the University of Wisconsin from junior college, he switched sides of the ball and played in 11 games at safety, with his future at being quarterback uncertain.Fast-forward a few months to Saturday’s Wisconsin football spring game, and McEvoy is commanding the No. 1 offense single-handedly, throwing his name square in the running to be the Badgers’ starting quarterback when they take the field in Houston against LSU.Last year’s starter, Joel Stave, sat out the last week of spring practices and Saturday’s game to rehab a shoulder injury he sustained in January’s bowl game, giving McEvoy center stage Saturday in front of the 8,204 people.“I think the offense played pretty well all around,” McEvoy said. “It was fun to get out there in front of the fans and just give them a little show and finish up spring ball the right way.“I think I played alright. I ran the ball a little more than I wanted to. I could have stepped up and thrown the ball a couple times. But other than that, I think the offense had a pretty well-rounded day.”McEvoy’s numbers during the second half of the Badgers’ Spring Game — a true scrimmage between the Cardinal and White teams — weren’t spectacular, going just 4-for-10 with 55 yards passing, while rushing three times for nine yards. He performed much better in the controlled scrimmage portion earlier in the day that was not scored. After a perfect throw and catch to senior Kenzel Doe for a 27-yard touchdown, McEvoy showed off his legs with runs of 37 yards and seven yards, with the second of those going for a touchdown. McEvoy looked every bit the part of a quarterback — and one that’s competing for a starting job nonetheless.“[McEvoy] carries himself like a quarterback,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “You can always have the athleticism, ability to throw the football, but you’ve got to fit within the system, and what I’m most proud about Tanner is he has fit himself in the system.“He walks up to the huddle, he looks more comfortable, and I think the football team is more comfortable around him, similar to how they were with Joel walking in and saying, hey, this guy can get it done for us.”The second half of the scrimmage, which was broken up into two 15-minute quarters with scoring, was fairly uneventful, with the Cardinal walking away with a 6-0 victory over the White team, thanks to two Jack Russell field goals from 41 and 30 yards away.McEvoy led both scoring drives for the Cardinal, while early-enrollee D.J. Gillins, Bart Houston and Thad Armstrong led the White team but produced few yards and no points in four series. In the controlled scrimmage, McEvoy was 1-for-4, Gillins was 4-for-6 and Houston was 0-for-3.In the second half of the Spring Game, when stats were officially kept, Gillins was 0-for-1, Houston was 3-for-4, Armstrong was 2-for-2 and Connor Senger was 1-for-2. Jazz Peavy led the Cardinal team with one catch for 30 yards, while Reggie Love led the White team with four catches for 24 yards.Heisman finalist Melvin Gordon and sophomore running back Corey Clement, participated in only the non-scoring, controlled scrimmage and weren’t tackled. Gordon ran for approximately 60 yards on eight carries, looking just as quick and agile as always. Clement carried a heavier load that included a “touchdown” run from inside the five-yard line. Austin Ramesh filled in nicely for Gordon and Clement in the scoring portion, rushing 12 times for 71 yards.Offense was hard to come by with Stave, Gordon, Clement and a plethora of receivers missing the scoring portion of the day. Potential starting receivers Rob Wheelwright, Alex Erickson and Jordan Fredrick were held out of the game as they were dealing with injuries. The Badgers’ receiving core could be the most competitive position when fall practices begin in August with five recruits coming in at receiver who could see playing time right away as freshman.As the offense fought through injuries and key players sitting out, the defense appeared to be much further ahead of their offensive counterparts. Replacing the entire front-seven this season, the defensive line appeared to be a position of strength and depth on Saturday.Senior Warren Herring, who practiced all of spring at nose tackle, played Saturday at defensive end, and will likely be one of the main cogs on the line this season, especially with his versatility. He will continue to get work in at defensive end in fall, with the emergence of Arthur Goldberg and Bryce Gilbert at nose tackle.“Especially coming off of last season, one of my goals this season is to be more consistent,” Herring said. “So I feel I can help the defense from my stand point by getting low, getting more pressure, making more tackles in the backfield and helping the defense get off the field.“I’m open to wherever coach wants to put me. I’m going to do my best to produce wherever they put me.”The linebackers are dealing with the departure of seniors as well, most notably All-American Chris Borland. Derek Landisch and Marcus Trotter manned the inside linebacker position for most of spring and Saturday, with both of them tallying tackles for losses in the first few plays of the day. Junior Joe Schobert excelled at outside linebacker Saturday, especially in the controlled scrimmage. In the first six plays, Schobert assisted on a sack, broke up a pass and had a tackle for a loss.The most experience returns at defensive back with Sojourn Shelton, Darius Hillary and Michael Caputo all returning. Peniel Jean played with the first team at safety with Leo Musso sitting out due to an injury. Both will compete for the final starting safety job in fall practices.Shelton was happy with the intensity and energy of the defense Saturday and only giving up six points. It’s something that they plan to build on and bring with them when fall practice begins in four months.“I think we showed really good out there today. Everyone’s flying around,” Shelton said. “I think that’s the best part. If we do break something off, you know there’s going to be guys down there chasing them, trying to make sure they don’t score, get any extra yardage, so that’s a good thing to see. Everybody’s just flying around, making plays and I’m pretty excited moving toward summer.”The 15 spring practices and spring game are over and the team will return to the field in August to prepare for LSU. With a lot of question marks on the team, said he Andersen feels that the spring season was a successful one.“So, overall, mission accomplished,” Andersen said. “[I’m] proud of the way the kids handled spring, all 15 practices. I don’t think we had a bunch of ups and downs. Some days were better than others, but they always are. But it was a good group. Now the challenge will be to continually move forward and get the right pieces of the puzzle in the right spots and make sure the kids stay fresh and excited about the game of football and prepared for summer conditioning and then obviously fall camp.”
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