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first_imgMichael Raffl had a goal and an assist while the Flyers scored three times in the second period of a 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in Toronto. Raffl opened the scoring 5:33 into the period and set up Nate Thompson about four minutes later. Phillipe Myers restored Philadelphia’s two-goal lead late in the period, eight seconds after Chris Wagner got the Bruins within 2-1.Scott Laughton also scored and Carter Hart turned back 34 shots in the Flyers’ 10th win in their last 11 games overall.In other NHL postseason action:— Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals in a 4-3 verdict over Nashville in Game 1 of the qualifying series. Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner also scored to support Darcy Kuemper’s (KEHM’-purz) 40-save performance. The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second of which got Nashville within 4-3 midway through the third period.NHL DISCIPLINE Update on the latest sports — Mike Trout is expected to return to the Angels on Tuesday after taking the weekend to be with his wife and newborn son. Manager Joe Maddon said the three-time AL MVP is likely to play in Seattle at the start of a six-game road trip. Trout missed his fourth straight game Sunday after the birth of his first child, Beckham Aaron Trout, on Thursday. NBA-SCHEDULECeltics blow big lead before downing BlazersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics are 1-1 since the NBA restart as they try to nail down the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown added 30 as the Celtics got past the Trail Blazers, 128-124. Tatum rebounded from a terrible performance in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday when he scored just five points on 2-of-18 shooting. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEKershaw sharp in season debutUNDATED (AP) — It was vintage Clayton Kershaw on the mound as he made his injury-delayed season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out six while allowing just three hits over 5 2/3 innings of the Dodgers’ 3-0 shutout of the Diamondbacks. He threw 81 pitches and retired his first 10 batters.Kershaw was supposed to make his ninth opening day start on July 23, but was scratched hours before the game because of a back injury suffered in the weight room. NL MVP Cody Bellinger hit his first home run of the season to help Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks for the third time in four days.Mookie Betts homered and doubled before leaving early because of an injury. Elsewhere in the majors: SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix despite a puncture on the last lap. It’s his 87th career victory, four-behind Formula One all-time leader Michael Schumacher.The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.GOLF-TOURNAMENTSThomas wins FedEx St. Jude, becomes No. 1UNDATED (AP) — Justin Thomas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in men’s golf by capturing the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. — Caris LeVert scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half of the Nets’ 118-110 downing of the Wizards. Joe Harris scored a season-high 27 points and Jarrett Allen added 22 with 15 rebounds, helping Brooklyn move seven games ahead of ninth-place Washington for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.NBA-HEAT-BUTLERButler misses Heat practice, teammate hints he’s isolatingLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team.The Heat said only that Butler had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae Crowder indicated that it wasn’t just a day off for Butler, saying “We want to talk to him as soon as he gets out of quarantine or whatever he’s in.” Crowder’s reference to “quarantine” suggests that there is a concern about the coronavirus. LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his third victory of the NASCAR season and 33rd of his career.Keselowski swapped stage wins with Denny Hamlin and took the checkered flag 1.647 seconds ahead of Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr. was third after working his way back from the rear of the field because of a penalty for a runaway tire in the pits. Joey Logano was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth. F1-BRITISH GPHamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s record Blackhawks’ Caggiula suspended for Game 2 vs. OilersUNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Drake Caggiula for Game 2 of their qualifying round series against the Oilers.Caggiula received a one-game suspension from the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton’s Tyler Ennis during the second period of Saturday’s win against Edmonton. NFL-NEWSBrowns place Landry on PUP list AP Source: Marlins get 2nd straight day of no positive testsUNDATED (AP) — For the second day in a row, the Miami Marlins had no positive tests among their players and staff still in Philadelphia, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Philadelphia Phillies have received results of Saturday’s COVID-19 testing, and there were no new positives. The team was set to work out at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday in preparation for the resumption of games Monday.The Marlins haven’t played since July 26 in Philadelphia because of an outbreak within their traveling party. In other MLB news: — The Jets released right guard Brian Winters and will save $7.28 in salary cap room. The 29-year-old Winters was the Jets’ longest-tenured player and had been mostly a solid starter for New York, which drafted him in the third round out of Kent State in 2013.— The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and four teammates, including two of his roommates, on the COVID-19 list. Running back Ryquell Armstead, tight end Charles Jones, receiver Michael Walker and safety Andrew Wingard also were placed on the list Sunday. Jones was activated from the COVID-19 list earlier in the day. The Jags are expected to hold their first training camp practice on Aug. 12.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PAC-12 OPT-OUTPac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concernsUNDATED (AP) — A group of Pac-12 football players say they will not practice or play until their concerns about participating during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed. UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list following offseason hip surgery.The team stressed that Landry remains on schedule to return this season, and he has said he expects to be back on the field sometime this month. The four-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t missed a game during six NFL seasons with Miami and Cleveland. The 27-year-old had surgery in February. Landry played through a painful condition last season, when he finished with 83 receptions for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns.In other NFL news:— Receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Matt LaCosse joined a list of six other Patriots players who have already declared their intentions to sit out this season. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, tackles Marcus Cannon and Najee Toran, running back Brandon Bolden and fullback Danny Vitale previously opted out. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (spohl’-struh) said he didn’t know whether Butler would be available to play Monday when Miami faces the Toronto Raptors. Also Sunday, the NBA sent a memo to team executives, coaches and health officers reiterating the importance of wearing face masks and coverings on the Disney campus, as well as adhering to social-distancing guidelines. The memo also stressed that eating or drinking while walking on campus is now prohibited. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers stifle BruinsUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have taken Game 1 of their NHL round-robin series that will determine seeding in the Stanley Cup playoffs. August 2, 2020 Boston led by as many has 24 in the second quarter, but the Trail Blazers chipped away and used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to take a 101-98 advantage.Damian Lillard had 30 points and 16 assists for Portland. Jusuf Nurkic (YOO’-suhf NUR’-kihch) added 30 points in his second official game back after breaking his leg in March 2019. The Trail Blazers are 2 1/2 games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.Also on the NBA schedule:— The Spurs pulled out a 108-106 win over the Grizzlies on DeMar DeRozan’s two free throws with a second to play. Dejounte Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio. The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website and social media with the hashtag #WeAreUnited and sent out a press release. The release listed the names of 12 Pac-12 players from nine schools, including Oregon star safety Jevon Holland, and provided a statement from each one.It says hundreds of players throughout the Pac-12 are concerned about the risks of COVID-19 and that the conference and NCAA lack transparency, uniformity and adequate enforcement infrastructure.The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule that pushes the start of the season back three weeks to Sept. 26 and includes only 10 conference games. NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIREKeselowski wins at Loudon Associated Press — The Mets say slugger Yoenis Céspedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) has opted out of the remainder of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus. His whereabouts became a concern early Sunday after he didn’t report to the ballpark and didn’t reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Céspedes went 0 for 4 during a 7-1 loss on Saturday, leaving him 5 for 31 with 15 strikeouts this season. — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Sunday, a day after reporting a stomach ailment. The Cubs says Bryant tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday and Saturday and is scheduled to be tested again on Monday. Manager David Ross said the team is taking the right precautions to keep everyone safe.— Reds first baseman Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) has been placed on the injured list. The team gave no reason for the move but specified the six-time All-Star is not on the 10-day injured list. The move made room to activate right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani from the 10-day injured list.— The Rockies may be without reliever Scott Oberg for the rest of the season after he developed blood clots in his right arm for a third time in his career. Manager Bud Black said Oberg felt some discomfort in his throwing hand during a throwing session yesterday. He was evaluated by vascular doctors, who discovered the clots. — Cleveland manager Terry Francona left the team before the game at Minnesota on Sunday, due to what the Indians said was a minor gastrointestinal condition not related to COVID-19. First base coach Sandy Alomar took over managing duty for the four-game series finale against the Twins. — Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMcMahon and Matt Kemp homered while the Rockies built a 9-1 lead in a 9-6 win against the Padres. Antonio Senzatela looked good in holding San Diego to a run and four hits over six innings.— Javier Báez singled through a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning to score David Bote (BOH’-tee) and give the Cubs a 2-1 triumph over the Pirates. Kyle Schwarber tied the game with a fifth-inning double before Chicago beat Pittsburgh for the 10th straight time at Wrigley Field.— The Athletics beat the Mariners, 3-2 as Ramon Laureano broke out of a slump with a three-run homer to help Chris Bassitt become the first Oakland starter to earn a victory this season. Bassitt struck out seven and allowed three hits with no walks in 5 2/3 innings.— Joey Gallo was 3-for-4 with a big three-run homer in the seventh inning that secured the Rangers’ win over the Giants, 9-5. Shin-Soo Choo slammed a two-run homer and Scott Hieneman hit a two-run double for Texas.MLB-NEWS — The Reds swept the first-ever seven-inning doubleheader in big league history. Shogo Akiyama hit an RBI single in the seventh that sent the Reds over the Tigers, 4-3. Cincinnati took the nightcap, 4-0 as Trevor Bauer struck out seven while allowing two hits over seven innings.— Kyle Wright and the Atlanta bullpen combined on a 10-hit shutout as the Braves downed the Mets, 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep. The Braves have won five in a row, while the Mets have dropped five straight.— Mitch Garver hit his first home run of the season and the Twins used their bullpen to string together a two-hitter in a 3-1 victory over the Indians. Max Kepler doubled in each of his first two at-bats and came around to score on RBI singles by Jorge Polando and Nelson Cruz.— White Sox prospect Nick Madrigal had the first four hits of his promising big league career, including two during a seven-run seventh that propelled Chicago to a 9-2 rout of the Royals. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) added three RBIs and Nicky Delmonico two as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep.— The Orioles completed their first three-game sweep in almost two years as Hanser Alberto doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning of their 5-1 decision over the Rays. Renato Núñez and Pat Valaika homered to help Baltimore send Tampa Bay to its fifth consecutive loss. Thomas closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 13-under 267 and take the $10.5 million winner’s check for his 13th PGA Tour title. He took the lead for good on the par-5 16th with his second straight birdie, while Koepka bogeyed the hole.Thomas is No. 1 for the first time since June 2018.Koepka finished in a second-place tie with Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Tom Lewis at minus-10.In other golf action:— Danielle Kang fired a final-round 2-under 70 at Inverness Club to clinch the LPGA Drive On Championship, the tour’s first event in more than five months. Kang claimed the victory when Celine Boutier made a tentative stroke on a tricky putt at 18. The ball caught the left edge of the cup and spun away, allowing Kand to win with a 7-under total.last_img read more

Jim Boeheim’s 18-minute opening statement from press conference regarding Syracuse’s NCAA violations

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm Editor’s note: The following is a complete transcription of the 18-minute opening statement delivered by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim on Thursday morning regarding Syracuse’s NCAA violations, outlined in a report released on March 6.“As the head coach of the Syracuse University basketball team, I take great pride in what our program has accomplished on and off the court for the past 39 years. Ultimately, as head coach, I must also accept responsibility for the conduct of individuals within the program, including those that have found to have committed violations of NCAA rules as outlined in the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions recently-released report. I do regret that these violations happened, and I apologize for any harm it has brought to my players, the university, or embarrassment it has caused to our alumni, students and fans. Although this report does not find that I had personal involvement in any violations of NCAA rules, the committee on infractions has asserted that for the past 10 years, I did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within the men’s basketball program and I did not monitor the activities regarding compliance of those within the program. This could not be further from the truth.You have heard this story from the NCAA’s point of view. Today, I’d like to share my perspectives. There are four key areas I want to address: head coach responsibility, allegations of academic fraud, impermissible benefits, and the athletic department’s voluntary drug-testing policy.First, I believe in the NCAA’s head coach responsiblity bylaw and what it stands for. ‘The head coach should be presumed responsible for violations of NCAA rules that occur within their program.’ I agree fully with that responsibility. That is why as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Baseball Coaches I voted for the implementation of the head coach responsibility bylaw in 2005. However, I also believe that a head coach should have the opportunity to rebut the presumption of responsibility stated in the head coach responsibility bylaw by demonstrating that he promoted at atmosphere of compliance within the program, and that he monitored the activities regarding compliance of those within the program. The head coach responsibility bylaw does not and was never intended to be a rule of strict liability. In our case however, the committee imposed penalties on me personally without giving credence to my efforts to promote compliance within the men’s basketball program, which is contrary to the head coach responsibility bylaw. In fact, in 2011, when the NCAA enforcement staff issued the first notice of allegations to Syracuse University, I was not charged with a violation of the head coach responsibility bylaw. Because of my non-involvement in the underlying violation and because of my devotion to promoting compliance within the men’s basketball program.It was not until the second notice of allegations was issued to the university that I was charged with a violation of the head coach responsibility bylaw. In the intervening years the charges against the university did not change. There were still no direct violations of NCAA bylaws alleged against me. Never the less at that time, I even offered to make myself available to the NCAA enforcement staff for an additional interview to discuss the atmosphere of compliance within the men’s basketball program. Something that the enforcement staff had not specifically asked me about in my prior interviews. But the enforcement staff declined to listen to the additional information that I had. I want to stress again, that I take responsiblity for violation of NCAA rules that occurred within the basketball program. However I believe that my effort to promote an atmosphere of compliance with the men’s basketball program was disregarded by the enforcement staff and the committee on infractions. And that ultimately resulted in my suspension for the first nine ACC games of the 2015-16 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat basis do I have for this assertion? Since 1992 I, along with the other members of the men’s basketball staff have participated in monthly meetings with the office of athletic compliance. My staff and I are in constant communication regarding compliance matters and I have ensured open lines of communication exist within the program with respect to compliance matters.Both directly to me and to the office of athletic compliance. I meet with my staff on almost a daily basis to discuss compliance matters. My assistant coaches and staff memebrs know the NCAA rules and know that we must follow them.Second, regarding academic fraud, I’m frustrated with the Committee on Infractions finding that I could not promote an atmosphere of compliance within the men’s basketball program. I am most disappointed the committee’s’ suggestion that academic improprieties were accepted and encouraged within the men’s basketball program. Though I take full responsibility for what has happened, I could not disagree more with this assessment, and I believe the facts support my view.Even though many players come to Syracuse with the goal of playing in the NBA, we demand that our team members, our student-athletes are doing the required work in the classroom as well as on the court. This is why I have been a longtime proponent of the academic progress rate. With the exception of the 2008-09 academic year when we had three student-athletes withdraw from the university during the spring semester to prepare for the NBA draft, the men’s basketball program has consistently earned an APR well in excess of the minimum required by the NCAA to maintain eligibility to compete in NCAA championships.Even before the implementation of the APR however, I worked closely with student-athlete support services to ensure that our student-athletes are appropriately focused on their academic responsibility and that they have the resources necessary to excel off the court. To this day I meet daily with our academic coordinator to discuss the academic progress and success of our student-athletes. Between 2008 and 2014, 11 of our 13 seniors graduated. We have an APR score of 1000 – a perfect score – in the last two years. I believe this shows we are paying attention to the academic welfare of our student-athlete.In the case of academic violations involving a former student athlete it is clear that from the Infractions Report that these violations occurred because our former director of basketball operations took it upon himself  to provide impermissible academic assistance. The committee on infractions suggested I somehow did not do enough to promote compliance or monitor the activity regarding compliance of the former director of basketball operations.This is not true. I engaged in daily meetings with this individual, regarding academic progress of all of our student athletes, and in particular, the student-athlete identified in the infractions report. When I learned that this student-athlete was permitted to seek a grade change – open to all students in his college, all students, not student-athletes – he could seek a grade change to restore his eligibility. I made it abundantly clear that the grade change should be done in accordance with university policy that apply to all Syracuse students. I was concerned with the welfare of this student-athlete but I never expected, and I certainly never encouraged, these individuals to cheat. This is not my way.Never the less the committee on infractions assumes that because the violations occurred, it must of occurred because of my failure to promote compliance. This is an interpretation of strict liability in contrary to NCAA legislation and to my decades-long commitment to compliance and academic success. The committee on infractions suggested in this report that there was a 10-year period where I failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance, and during which student-athletes in the men’s basketball program ‘freely committed academic fraud.’ In fact, during that 10-year period, after an extensive investigation, there was one case of academic fraud in the men’s basketball program. This involved the former director of baseball operations and a receptionist in the baseball facility improperly inserting citation into a student-athletes paper.Three other student-athletes were charged by the enforcement staff with receiving impermissible extra benefits. These student-athletes had their cases reviewed by the University’s academic integrity office and the university ultimately determined that no academic integrity violations had been established. This is far from a program where student-athletes freely committed fraud.I note that in the same time period the Committee found that three student-athletes in the football program did commit academic fraud. These infractions did not go unnoticed, but the penalties on the football program were far less than what was imposed on the basketball program.Does the central issue of head coach responsibility apply only to the basketball program? This illustrates the arbitrary manner in which the NCAA issues its penalties not just from school-to-school, but even within a single institution.Third, with respect to the issues with the former employee of the Oneida YMCA, I knew this individual to be a part-time employee of the YMCA who showed an interested in working with troubled youth, and both student-athletes and non-student-athletes. There was no reason to believe that this man would provide impermissible benefits to student-athletes. In fact, before our student-athletes were permitted to spent time volunteering at the Y, this man was vetted by the office of athletic compliance. He was given strict instruction on what he was and was not permitted to do under NCAA rules. It was not until after the NCAA investigation began, that I learned that this man had provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes. I did not as the committee on infractions says, that any violations had incurred. Had I known that, I would have taken action.Fourth, I’d like to address the university’s drug-testing policy. The university implemented this policy for the benefit of its student-athletes. Despite the fact that the university was not required to do so under NCAA legislation, we were among only  a handful of Division I schools with such a policy. Although I supported the policy, I did not write it and I had no input into its development. Likewise, I did not administer the policy nor did I have any decision making authority with respect to the administration of the policy.I was told my the administration of the drug policy when a player could or could not practice or play in a game. Again, I fully accept as the head coach of the men’s basketball program that I am responsible for the conduct of everyone in our program, and I deeply regret that any violations occurred in our program, because one violation is one too many.However, given the circumstance I believe the penalty imposed on the university as a whole, and me individually, are unduly harsh. I feel the NCAA is punished future and current student-athletes for the conduct of a few individuals who are no longer associated in any way with Syracuse University.For these reasons I have chosen to appeal the committee on infractions’ decision. I believe in what we are doing at Syracuse University, and I will continue to build on the great program that we have established.In conclusion, regarding my future. I am 70 years old. It’s obvious that there is a timeframe for me as the head basketball coach. As the chancellor indicated in his statement yesterday, I feel three years is right for me to be able to continue to do my job as well as I possibly could. The approaching completion of the investigation actually prompted me to clarify in my own mind my plans for the future and my decision to establish that timeline with Chancellor Syverud. Three years is probably longer than I was planning prior to this investigation. However, given all of these developments, it is the right time for the program.In Mike Hopkins, we have a great coach who will be working with me every day to help inform recruits regarding the time period I will be here. They will know exactly when I will be here and when I will leave. So all of our recruits will understand what is going to happen when in most cases, coaches leave and everybody is stuck. Everybody that’s coming in knows that I will be here for three years. They committed to coming in before they knew that and they committed to staying here before they knew that. I told every recruit when I recruit them, ‘I’m coaching next year.’ After that, I can’t guarantee anything and no coach can, either. But I think we’re unique in being able to tell recruits, ‘You only have to listen to me for three years. Or two. Or one.’ And I’ve talked to several recruits obviously about this and if anybody’s concerned about our recruiting or whether we can recruit, I don’t think that’s an issue. We’re giving notice and we’ll explain that to all of our recruits. I believe the program will be in a great position when I do retire. Thank you. I’ll be glad to take your questions — as always.”Compiled by Connor Grossman, asst. copy editor, cgrossma@syr.edu and Phil D’Abbraccio, sports editor, pmdabbra@syr.edu  Commentslast_img read more

George Lucas donates $10 million for SCA diversity

first_imgFilmmaker George Lucas has donated another $10 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the University announced Monday. The gift will fund The George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity, which was established in 2015 to provide financial assistance to African American and Hispanic students.The present donation follows an initial $10 million donation by the George Lucas Family Foundation in 2015.Vice Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Renov said Lucas’ donation will benefit the film school years to come. “We are grateful that Mellody Hobson and George Lucas continue to provide visionary leadership on issues of diversity in our field,” Renov told USC News. “This endowed fund allows us to recruit storytellers whose voices are underrepresented in cinematic media and whose inclusion benefits all of us.”In 2015, President C. L. Max Nikias acknowledged Lucas’ gift, citing Lucas as a friend to the USC community.“This gift will nurture the next generation of artists, supporting scholarships that enhance access in the cinematic arts, while bringing new and diverse voices and stories into our lives,” Nikias told USC News.Jonathan Curtiss, a graduate student majoring in writing for screen and television at the School of Cinematic Arts, was among the first George Lucas scholars who benefited from the fund. “The George Lucas Scholarship really opened the door for me because I wouldn’t have been able to attend USC,” Curtiss told USC News. “Without it, my acceptance letter would have just been decoration in my room. Filmmaking is what I was created to do and this scholarship means I have fellowship, opportunity and the ability to inspire younger filmmakers in my community to dream without limits.”The School of Cinematic Arts has also recently been supported by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Endowed International Student Support Fund that supports students with financial need studying at the School of Cinematic Arts on student visas.last_img read more

Stave, Doe stand out for Wisconsin offense

first_imgView Gallery (3 Photos)On a rare sunny day this April, the Wisconsin football team capped off its spring season with its annual Spring Game at Camp Randall Saturday.Following a different format than in years past, the offense, team “White,” lost to the defense, team “Cardinal,” 61-47 after a second-half collapse saw the offense score just five points in the final 20 minutes.With many of the key players sitting out for the offense – including seniors James White, Jared Abbrederis and Ryan Groy – in order to prevent injury, the attention turned to the one position that had all five of its candidates participating: quarterback.Starting for the offense on the first drive, sixth-year senior Curt Phillips led the team on a 10-play, 50-yard drive that resulted in a Kyle French field goal.However, redshirt sophomore Joel Stave quickly stole the show when he took over at quarterback on the offense’s third drive.Trailing the defense 12-7, Stave orchestrated a 71-yard drive, throwing for four first downs along the way before sophomore running back Melvin Gordon finished the drive off with an 11-yard touchdown run.For Stave, a strong final practice seemed the perfect way to end his first spring season under new head coach Gary Andersen.“I think I’ve made a pretty good impression,” Stave said. “Just trying to compete and trying to make sure I’m learning everything that they are giving me because they threw a lot of stuff at us this week offensively.”By the end the game, Stave had accumulated 161 passing yards on 15-of-20 passing and had the offense’s only throwing score of the game.While Andersen was reluctant to say that Stave had taken the lead in the quarterback contest, he did say that the young signal caller had his best practice of the spring Saturday.“Joel was poised today,” Andersen said. “I thought he wasn’t perfect, but he doesn’t have to be perfect. … We did throw the ball and catch the ball better than we have all spring and that was very encouraging.”None of the other quarterbacks received much of a shot at the job Saturday, with just a combined nine passing attempts between Danny O’Brien, Bart Houston and Chase Knox. Just two of those passes were completed for a grand total of seven yards.Lessening the burden on Wisconsin’s passing game, Gordon took 17 carries and averaged 4.4 yards per attempt but also provided a reliable receiving option, catching four passes for 39 yards.Despite suffering from ankle problems throughout the early part of the spring season, Gordon would manage to rush for 74 yards and a touchdown – a far cry from his first spring game last year where the young running back accumulated 159 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries.“The tweak of the ankle through spring slowed him down, but it didn’t slow him down mentally,” Andersen said. “It really was impressive to me because the day he came back, he was in the offense, he knew the offense … which is a credit to him.”Doe catches attention at wide receiverIn the absence of star wide receiver Abbrederis, the Wisconsin quarterbacks had to search for a new go-to option in the passing game Saturday. Junior wide receiver Kenzel Doe quickly stepped up to the task – something his teammates say they have witnessed all spring.“He was very impressive today,” Phillips said. “He is one guy that I think we have seen throughout the spring make strides.“I think having the confidence now that he has been out there and [making] some plays will allow him the opportunity to improve himself.”Doe made play after play for the offense – catching seven first-down passes in four quarters – on his way to eight catches for 93 yards on the day.Entering the game, the quest for a No. 2 wide receiver was one of the big question marks for Wisconsin, but after the spring game Andersen admitted the wide receiver question may now have solved itself.“Kenzel’s want-to is very impressive,” Anderson said. “He is crafty and … has really showed solid hands throughout practice. Whether it’s route versus error, or a competitive situation, he’s done a very nice job.”Although Doe was electric catching the short passes and even running an end-around that featured some shifty moves, the Badgers sorely lacked any deep-ball potency in their passing game. Without Abbrederis’ presence on the field, the Badgers didn’t take many shots down the field.Stave was the only quarterback to heave up the long ball out of all five players Saturday, overthrowing one attempt and leading his receiver a bit too far to the middle of the field on the other.last_img read more

Wisconsin finds balance, routs Maryland by 45

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team has had a tough time finding a balance this year, but that wasn’t the case Saturday afternoon.Following a bye week, the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) turned in one of their best performances of the season in a 52-7 rout of Big Ten-newcomer Maryland (5-3, 2-2).Not only did that rout include multiple touchdowns in both rushing and passing for the first time this season, but the defense held the Terrapins scoreless until the final minute when the second team defense was on the field.“We talk about a team victory and that’s what this was,” UW head coach Gary Andersen said. “We played well on offense. We played well on defense. We played well on special teams. There was numerous, numerous players that contributed in a big way. That’s when you’ve got yourself moving in the right direction.”The Badgers’ defense took to the field for the game’s opening drive, and responded in an important situation to help set the tone for the game. After a big home win against Iowa a week ago, the Terrapins picked up where they left off during their first possession. A 27-yard pass from Maryland quarterback CJ Brown to Derrick Hayward highlighted the drive and moved the ball all the way to the Wisconsin 33-yard line. But following a two-yard rush by Brown, the Badgers defense forced an incomplete pass followed up by a sack of Brown to bring up a 4th-and-12. Maryland wound up going for it on fourth down, but couldn’t complete a long pass, and that was as close as it got to scoring until the final quarter.“We got a good stop on fourth down,” linebacker Vince Biegel said. “I think we just carried that momentum. With the addition of the offense scoring, and carried that the rest of the way to the fourth quarter.” That early momentum from the defensive stop translated into success for the Badgers’ offense, which put them up for good in just four plays. Running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 16 yards total between the first two plays to create some room for the passing attack.On first down from the Maryland 49-yard line, Wisconsin went to play action and quarterback Joel Stave completed what was at the time the longest pass of the season, a 44-yard strike to Alex Erickson down the right sideline. A play later, Gordon found the end zone to give Wisconsin a 7-0 lead, one that it never relinquished.The Badgers’ passing game, which didn’t account for any scores two weeks ago against Illinois, managed to take advantage of a Terrapins’ defense expecting the run.“It was nice to take a shot and land a shot early,” Erickson said. “Just to show that we’re going to keep going deep. [Maryland can] keep loading the box. We’ll keep taking shots.”Wisconsin tacked on a field goal near the end of the first quarter at the 3:46 mark, but one of the more pivotal plays of the early going again came from the defense. On the heels of moving the chains, Brown had a bad exchange on a handoff that led to a fumble. Biegel pounced on the ball for the Badgers at the Maryland 29-yard line, and the offense did the rest of the work.After five straight rushes from Corey Clement, Gordon punched it in again on the first play of the second quarter to put Wisconsin up 17-0.Gordon, who finished with 122 yards on the ground, would run for his third score of the half with 6:40 remaining, but the passing game actually had more success in the first 30 minutes. Stave and Tanner McEvoy combined for 113 total yards with completions on nine of 14 passes, while the rushing attack had only 91 net yards through two quarters.Stave, who had 93 of the team’s 130 passing yards, continued his success in the second half. On Wisconsin’s second possession of the third quarter, Stave took the Badgers the length of the field in just one play. Again Wisconsin used the play action — this time with a fake jet sweep — and Stave connected with Erickson on a 47-yard bomb down the middle, as Erickson beat double coverage to make it a comfortable 31-0 edge.Before Saturday, Wisconsin had completed just two pass plays for more than 30 yards. But in his second start of the season, Stave showed signs of his form from a year ago and had the two longest completions of the year in the same game.[Stave] was happy,” Gordon said. “The deep balls is what he do, so to see him go out there and do that — it can really open up the offense.”While the offense continued to rack up the points, the defense continued its stifling outing. With the returns of linebacker Marcus Trotter and defensive end Warren Herring, the Badgers turned in what Biegel stated was their best performance of the season. Wisconsin allowed just 10 first downs, four of which came on the Terrapins final drive in the waning minutes, and it gave up just 129 yards through the air to a passing offense ranked 2nd in the Big Ten.Although the overall numbers from the offense weren’t anything gaudy, the final margin of victory and how the Badgers achieved it show a big improvement from the team that lost at Northwestern just three weeks ago.“Ups and downs, backs and forths — that’s football. I’m proud of where these kids are,” Andersen said. “But it’s great to start the second half of the season with a convincing victory.”last_img read more

Men’s basketball breakdown: Wisconsin vs. Oregon

first_imgIt wasn’t pretty, but the Wisconsin men’s basketball team gritted its way to a 72-65 victory over Oregon to advance to its fourth Sweet 16 in five seasons.No other team has gotten there as often in that time span as the Badgers.Wisconsin never trailed in the game, and it seemed as if they could cruise against the Ducks, getting out to an 11-point lead (20-9) 10 minutes into the game. That lead quickly dissipated before halftime, as the Badgers carried a slim 31-28 margin into the locker room.The teams battled back and forth in the opening minutes of the second half, and then UW redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter rattled off five points in a row to give his team an eight-point cushion (45-37) with 10:46 remaining.Then, it was Oregon’s turn to deliver a punch. The Ducks went on a 10-3 run to cut the Badgers’ lead to one. With 5:54 left, Oregon Dwayne Benjamin nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 52.Five straight points from junior forward Sam Dekker put the Badgers back on top for good, as the Badgers clutch free throw shooting in the final minute sealed the win. In the final 1:03, Wisconsin made 10-of-12 from the charity stripe to silence any chance for an Oregon rally.Turning PointWith the game tied at 52 and fewer than 62 minutes left, Oregon had the Badgers backed into a tight corner. But there to deliver the pivotal punch was Sam Dekker.With 5:02 left, Kaminsky — from the high post — found Dekker cutting along the baseline. Dekker avoided the oncoming, potential shot blockers with a sweet up-and-under and a kiss off the glass.On the next possession, which followed a Wisconsin timeout that negated a Dekker alley-oop, Dekker drained a three with four minutes to go, making it 58-52 Wisconsin.When You Knew It Was OverAs Wisconsin found out the hard way, there was simply no way of putting Oregon away for good Sunday night.But Badgers fans were finally able to exhale after Kaminsky swallowed an offensive board off a Nigel Hayes missed free throw and laid it right back in. The bucket gave Wisconsin a 66-56 lead with 47 seconds remaining.It was Wisconsin’s first double-digit lead since 9:54 in the first half.Wisconsin Player of the Game: Sam DekkerWhen Wisconsin needed a boost, Dekker was there to provide it. He scored a team-high 17 points, 14 of those coming in the second half.Dekker shot 3-of-8 from three-point range, but his shots from behind the arc came at pivotal points in the game. Dekker finished the game 6-of-12 from the field, demonstrating his ability to score inside and outside.Dekker also pulled in five rebounds and added a block in 33 minutes.Oregon Player of the Game: Joseph YoungIt was a one-man show for the Ducks. Young poured in 30 of the Ducks’ 65 points on 12-25 shooting.Young was instrumental in bringing the Ducks within striking range at halftime, scoring nine of the final 14 Oregon points before the half.Had another Duck emerged as a scoring threat Sunday night, there’s a real possibility the Ducks would have knocked off the Badgers. The only other Oregon player in double-digits was Jalil Abdul-Bassit (12).But Young couldn’t do it alone, and his team’s season ended at the hands of Wisconsin.Next Up: North CarolinaThe Tar Heels advanced to their first Sweet 16 in two seasons, having been bounced in the Round of 32 for two consecutive seasons.The four-seed in the West Region, UNC got there after pulling out a nail-biter against thirteen-seed Harvard, 68-66, in the Round of 64 and an 87-78 win against Arkansas in the next round Saturday night.Led by junior guard Marcus Paige (14.9 points per game), North Carolina (26-11) finished fifth in the ACC regular season standings and was the runner-up in the conference tournament, falling to Notre Dame in the championship game 90-82.What would have happened if … ?With the 11-minute mark looming, Kaminsky fired a pass from the left wing to Showalter at the top of the key. Wide open, Showalter pulled the trigger and drilled a three-pointer to make it 43-37. During the next offensive possession, Showalter hit a layup to increase the Badgers lead to eight.Until that point, the Badgers and the Ducks had traded points coming out of halftime. The push from Showalter gave Wisconsin enough cushion to stave off the final Oregon push for the win.The three was Showalter’s second made attempt from downtown and his first make from beyond the arc since Jan. 20 against Iowa.last_img read more

‘If I’m going to do this, I want to be great’: Tammi Reiss uses player-driven style to thrive as Syracuse assistant

first_img Comments Published on March 23, 2019 at 9:10 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary UPDATED: April 10, 2019 at 10:08 p.m.It’s been over 20 years, but Tammi Reiss will never forget the first time a player made her cry. Early March, right before she loaded a bus with her Syracuse team for a trip to the ACC Tournament, she sat in the Carmelo K. Anthony center and chuckled.In 1995, in her first stop as an assistant coach, Reiss had recruited high schooler Hillary Howard for three years. Then-Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan heeded warnings — Howard’s parents went to Duke, and she had a sibling there at the time. Reiss saw it too, but she thought she could change Howard’s mind.Howard was “the perfect kid,” Reiss said. 4.0 student at Scarsdale (New York) High School. Incredible work ethic. Great family. Howard put Virginia in her final three.But one day, Reiss’ phone rang.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Coach,” Howard said. “I’m so sorry. I love you.”“’Hills, it’s alright,” Reiss remembered saying. “Don’t worry, I support you… Getting to know you for the past three years, it’s been awesome.”Reiss hung up the phone, and then the tears came. Three years. And then it was over. She marched into Ryan’s office.“Debbie, I’m going home,” she said. “I need a day.”Reiss knew ultimately it was a mistake to get as connected as she was to Howard. She vowed she’d never grow that close to a recruit again. But she has and she will. It’s what makes it all worth it when a player buys in. It’s what makes her player-driven style so effective, former players and coaches said. And it’s what has helped her develop a key role as a guards’ coach for the Orange (24-7, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) with the dream of one day having her own program. Reiss knows she’d susceptible to heartbreak, but “if you don’t put yourself out there, you have no shot in hell.” Each year, she sits back, surveys the floor and asks herself: “Did I give my best to each kid?”“You guys see the finished product,” Reiss said. “You see these kids running up and down the court and how we play and you don’t see all the things that go in from day one. The hours on the phone, the text messages, those kind of things. The film work, the sessions, the fights, the love, the crying the… (it) all culminates to that.”***When Jenny Boucek arrived for her freshman year with Virginia, everybody compared her to the recent graduate Reiss, who led the Cavaliers to three-straight Final Fours as a player. Both defensive stoppers who thrived on competition, their games were built on toughness.Reiss stayed close to the program a year after graduation, and worked out with Boucek frequently. The two were “kindred basketball souls,” though Boucek said she was surprised Reiss gave her so much attention. They competed over the “stupidest things”: who drank a Coke faster, who won the team’s track workouts, who was in the best shape.“She made me feel like a little sister,” Boucek said. “I wanted to make ‘big sister’ proud.”Max Freund | Staff PhotographerAt the end of the season, Reiss joined the program as an assistant. Boucek had no doubt that her mentor would be a good coach, but it surprised her because Reiss always had other interests. Ryan said Reiss never fully bought into coaching as a career path with the Cavaliers.Reiss left UVA and pursued acting, landing a co-starring role in 2003 movie “Juwanna Mann.” Basketball pulled back. Reiss was drafted fifth by the Utah Starzz in the inaugural WNBA draft, then joined their coaching staff. Twenty years after her playing career ended, she called San Diego State head coach Beth Burns, who had an open spot on her staff.“I want to get back into coaching,” Burns remembered Reiss saying. “And I want to come work for you.”“Tammi,” Burns said. “No, you don’t.”“This is a grinder job,” Burns said. “I don’t know if you want to do this.”“Yes,” Reiss said. “I do.”So, Burns relented. In what Burns called the “single biggest one-year turnaround” she’s seen, Reiss developed star guards Courtney Clements and Chelsea Hopkins. Clements wanted to be a pro, and Hopkins wanted to find consistency after two meniscus tears limited her game predicated on athleticism and speed.Burns told Reiss to “figure it out” in handling Clements and Hopkins. Reiss worked with each of them every day, and similar to Boucek, competed alongside them. She cursed, yelled and dropped “F-bombs,” Hopkins said, but they always knew her intentions were good. Reiss realized players’ lives outside of basketball, and brushed up on pop culture to communicate with them.When players had a disagreement with Burns, Reiss wasn’t afraid to tell them when they were wrong. Hopkins and Clements both went onto WNBA careers. And when Hopkins’ grandmother, who died of cancer shortly after Hopkins graduated, was sick, Hopkins said Reiss was one of the only people she felt comfortable opening up to.“I understand,” Reiss said. “Some kids are communicators. Some kids: ‘I need time.’ Some kids: ‘I’ll come to you.’ Others, you’ll have to go to them.”“That’s all part of the dance.”***Earlier this month, Reiss gathered Syracuse’s guards and handed around eight slips of paper. She told them all to write down one thing that she could help them improve. For Kiara Lewis, she wanted Reiss to watch film with her. Isis Young wrote that Reiss helped her better understand the “purpose” behind every drill. And, though Emily Engstler wasn’t with the team at the time of the exercise, she said the biggest thing she would ask her to teach was “focus.”Engstler had been out for five games for not “doing what she has to do to be a student athlete,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said, a characterization many around Engstler suggested was related to academics.Max Freund | Staff PhotographerEngstler had known Reiss for five years, from the start of her recruiting process to now, and she didn’t get any sympathy from Reiss. Reiss didn’t change the way she handled Engstler. Player development is a process. She has dedicated herself to it.“Coach Tammi’s a really good person,” Engstler said. “To be able to call her, text her and meet with her and just discuss, to understand that everything’s going to be OK. And there’s this goal at the end of the tunnel whenever something happens. I appreciate her more than anyone right now.”Sitting in a chair in the back of the Carmelo K. Anthony Center, Reiss reflected on her biggest failures, her biggest goals. In that moment, she found serenity. She wants to be a head coach of her own one day. She craves the ability to do just what she was doing: sitting in her chair, looking back at from which her group came, and trying to imagine what’s ahead. After some time, she rose from her chair, eager to start the process again.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the team Howard put in her final three was misstated. The Daily Orange regrets this error. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers deflected Shields, but will that matter? Play It Forward April 6-12

first_imgANGELS at SEATTLEDetails/TV: Monday at 1 p.m., Fox Sports WestHow much was James Shields on the Dodgers’ radar this last offseason? The former Hart High of Santa Clarita star, who has already pitched in two World Series for two different teams in his nine big-league seasons, was one of the best arms available this past free-agent window. But the Dodgers weren’t biting.Things became a bit more curious as December rolled into January, and then early February — still nothing. Finally, the bold-move San Diego Padres decided to snatch up the 33-year-old in a four-year, $75 million deal. And look where Shields will make his 2015 debut?“That was the only stadium, growing up, that I went to,” said Shields of Dodger Stadium. “It’s definitely going to be pretty surreal. But I’m sure once the game starts, I’ll lock in.” • BASEBALL PREVIEW: NL West team-by-team previewBut can he tune out all the family members he will have there? The former ace of the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals makes his seventh Opening Day start, although he’s just 1-2 with a 5.05 ERA in those appearances. San Diego, for all it did in adding Shields, plus a new outfield of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, only tacked on an addition $10 million to their 2014 $90 million payroll.Compare that to the Dodgers and their record-breaking $272 million roster, where reigning NL Cy Young and MVP winner Clayton Kershaw makes his fifth straight Opening Day start. He’s got a 3-0 record in Game 1 appearances, including a win in Melbourne, Australia last season.In the AL West, the Seattle Mariners have gained a lot of attention as a playoff contender, led by former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez. He’s making his seventh straight Opening Day start and eighth overall, posing a 5-0 mark and 1.52 ERA in those games.With Jered Weaver starting for the Angels, this is a rematch of the 2014 Opening Day, when the Mariners won, 10-3, in Seattle as Hernandez struck out 11 in six innings. Weaver struck out six in his six innings but gave up four runs (three earned) and three walks. Weaver, the former Simi Valley High and Long Beach State star, begins his 10th big-league season, making his sixth straight Opening Day start, and seventh in his career, the most in franchise history. He’s 3-2 on Opening Day.The Dodgers-Padres series continues Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet L.A. The Dodgers then go to Arizona for three games (Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.)• RELATED: Ways to get around Dodgers TV stalemateThe Angels-Mariners series continues Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West. The Angels’ home opener is Friday at 7 p.m. (FWS) against defending AL champion Kansas City, with games Saturday (6 p.m., FS1) and Sunday (12:30 p.m., FSW).Also: Live MLB coverage of Monday’s Opening Day has Toronto at New York Yankees (10 a.m., ESPN), New York Mets at Washington (1 p.m., ESPN), Cleveland at Houston (4 p.m., ESPN) and San Francisco at Arizona (7 p.m., ESPN2).NO. 2: COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPWISCONSIN vs. DUKEDetails/TV: At Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Monday at 6 p.m., Ch. 2Say “Cheese,” you badgering Badgers, because not many of you pictured this when the tournament started. Wisconsin’s first title appearance since the 1940s comes against a Duke program making it’s ninth finals appearance under Coach K. Then-No. 2-ranked Wisconsin didn’t defend the 3-point line very well the last time it faced then-No. 4 Duke in Madison, Wis., during a 80-70 loss on Dec. 3. The Blue Devils shot 65 percent in that one, even though Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky outscored Duke freshman Jahil Okafor, 17-13, in a battle of big men.Also: The Women’s NCAA Tournament championship at Tampa, Fla.: UConn vs. Notre Dame, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., ESPN.• RELATED: Stage is set for NCAA National Championship gameNO. 3: GOLF: THE 79th MASTERSDetails/TV: At Augusta, Ga., Thursday-Sunday, Ch. 2, ESPN, DirecTV, Golf ChannelSorry if Bubba, Phil, Rory, Charl or Sergio get overshadowed by the news that four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods, who just dropped in the world rankings below the No. 100 mark for the first time in decades, has decided to show here. Is he physically healthy? Is he mentally fit? Could he succeed with either of those issues not being 100 percent? Or does he really have a bad case of the yips? “You know,” said Brandel Chamblee, the Golf Channel analyst, “I’ve read where people said it wasn’t the yips. Well, you can call it whatever you want, but it’s catastrophically bad, what we saw. So to get past that on the most difficult place in the world to hit 100‑yard pitch shots, to hit 40‑yard, 30‑yard, any pitch shots … imagine the pin left on 3 and he’s off the back and he’s trying to cut it into that slope or run it up that slope. It’s the most difficult place in the world to hit pitch shots.”ESPN has the Par 3 Challenge on Wednesday at noon as well as first- and second-round coverage from noon-4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; Ch. 2 has third-round coverage Saturday from 12:30-4 p.m. and final-round coverage from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. DirecTV coverage has two featured groups on channels 701 and 702, Amen Corner on 703, holes 15-16 on 704, the CBS coverage on 705 and “Masters in Depth” on 706. Golf Channel has some live coverage from 5 a.m.-noon and 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 6:30 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.NO. 4: NHL: KINGS at VANCOUVERDetails/TV: Monday at 7 p.m., Prime TicketKINGS at CALGARYDetails/TV: Thursday at 6 p.m., FSWSo if the playoffs started today, the Kings … let’s just wait this thing out one more week. Too many things can go sideways. The Kings have already defeated the Canucks twice in Vancouver this season, but they lost in their only previous trip to Calgary, 2-1, on Dec. 29. Not to say the Kings’ other two games this week aren’t of importance as well — at Edmonton (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Prime Ticket) and the regular-season finale Saturday at home against San Jose (noon, Ch. 4).NO. 5: NBA: LAKERS at CLIPPERSDetails/TV: Staples Center, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., TNTIt’s the last time they’ll have to exchange unpleasantries until next season. The Lakers schedule the rest of the week has them at Denver (Wednesday, 6 p.m.) and home against Minnesota (Friday, 7:30 p.m.) and Dallas (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.)NO. 6: NBA: CLIPPERS vs. MEMPHISDetails/TV: Staples Center, Saturday at 7 p.m., Prime TicketThe Clippers and Grizzles split a home-and-home series at the end of February, but both were grind-it-out decisions. There’s still a chance this could preview the opening-round of the Western Conference playoffs. After facing the Lakers on Monday, the Clippers have only this one to finish the week before closing out the regular season with two more next week.NO. 7: COLLEGE BASEBALLUCLA at USCDetails/TV: At Dedeaux Field, Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Pac-12 NetworksThe Trojans outlasted the Bruins 8-4 at the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic before nearly 15,000 back in early March, a nonconference matchup. “I think we made the statement that we’re pretty good,” said USC coach Dan Hubbs. “We have a lot left to do.” Since then, USC has climbed from No. 25 to No. 10 in the rankings, while UCLA went from No. 6 to No. 4. These Pac-12 Conference games are the only meetings between the rivals before the NCAA regionals in late May.NO. 8: MLS: GALAXY vs. SEATTLEDetails/TV: At StubHub Center, Saturday at 4 p.m., Fox Sports 1Fans who make an appearance receive a replica championship ring, a title that came only after the Galaxy snuck past Clint Dempsey and the Supporters Shied-winning Sounders in that strange home-and-home Western Conference championship series. Remember when the Galaxy actually lost the second leg in Seattle, 2-1, but advanced … because they had better looking players?NO. 9: COLLEGE FOOTBALLUSC SPRING GAMEDetails/TV: At the Coliseum, Saturday at 3 p.m., Pac-12 NetworksSomeone just showed us that Bovada.lv has the Trojans as the fourth favorite to win the 2016 national championship at 12-to-1 odds, behind Ohio State (4-1), Alabama (7-1) and TCU (9-1). Just give us the odds of how the Trojans come out of this game without any major injuries.NO. 10: WRESTLINGFREESTYLE WRESTLING WORLD CUPDetails/TV: At the Forum, Saturday and SundayWhen they did the first one in mid-March, 2014, the team from Iran won the gold over the Russians and Americans. This year, the field goes from 10 countries to eight, but it includes Cuba in Group A with the U.S. and Russia, while Iran is the favorite in Group B. The American team again features 2012 Olympic gold medalists Jordan Burroughs and Jake Varner. Pool competition runs at 3 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Saturday. More pool competition is Sunday at 11 a.m. with the first- and third-place dual meets starting at 4:15 p.m.ALSOCOLLEGE BASKETBALL: JOHN WOODEN AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTDetails/TV: At the Club Nokia at L.A. Live, Friday at 5 p.m., ESPN2A new hour-long “College Basketball Awards” show will try to do for the sport what the Heisman presentation has done for college football. The L.A. Athletic Club, which continues to manage the Wooden Award for the men’s and women’s player of the year honor, has agreed to partner with ESPN and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to give this a shot. Of the 15 names on the Wooden 2014-15 ballot, the two freshman — Jahlil Okafor of Duke and D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State — could be the top two choices. The 15-player women’s ballot includes three UConn players: Moriah Jefferson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart. Ranking top 10 sports events April 6-12 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: MLB OPENING DAY:DODGERS vs. SAN DIEGODetails/TV: Dodger Stadium, Monday at 1 p.m., SportsNet L.A.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Gomes’ horrific injury overshadows Tosun sneaking late Toffees’ leveller

first_imgANDRE GOMES’ broken and fractured ankle – for which tearful Son Heung-min was sent off – overshadowed Cenk Tosun bagging Everton a point in the 97th minute to rescue a draw.Dele Alli had neatly drilled Spurs ahead while referee Martin Atkinson was controversially backed by VAR in declining two Everton penalties and one for Tottenham, before Tosun powered in a late header.9 Andre Gomes shows the pain as he is taken off with a horrific-looking leg injuryCredit: Reuters9 Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min looks in despair as he realises the extent of the injury for Everton’s Andre GomesCredit: ReutersBut all that was eclipsed by the Toffees’ Portuguese midfielder Gomes being carried off with the horror injury following a lengthy delay at 1-0 down.Gomes tumbled at pace after a late challenge from Son and seemed to twist his foot horribly as he collided with Spurs right-back Serge Aurier.Son and may other players held their heads in their hands after looking at Gomes’ pain and his contorted leg.Atkinson had his yellow card by his side but after the severity of Gomes’ plight became clear he changed it to a straight red.9 Turksih striker Cenk Tosun celebrates his leveller during a dramatic second halfCredit: Getty Images – Getty9 Cenk Tosun arrives to thud home an Everton equaliser with his head during 12 minutes of stoppage timeCredit: Getty – ContributorIt was Everton who settled the quicker after the hold-up, Tosun finally bulleting the ball home from Lucas Digne’s lofted cross.But even after that VAR intervened in what had been a poor contest, passing-wise and for lack of chances.Davinson Sanchez was caught dozing as Richarlison went through and Everton claimed the big striker was impeded when goal-bound.Atkinson, though, ruled no foul – and again replays backed him up.In truth, the football and result became secondary to Gomes – who was rushed straight to hospital.Spurs looked on the brink of picking up their first league win on the road since January thanks to Dele’s 63rd-minute strike.But it was not to be thanks to Tosun striking deep into 12 minutes of stoppage time.9 Dele Alli peels away to salute his neatly-taken goal for TottenhamCredit: Reuters9 Delli Alli bursts through to drill the opener for Spurs on 63 minutesCredit: Reuters9 Midfielder Dele Alli celebrates his breakthrough goal with a sleeping poseCredit: Sky SportsMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThe result leaves Spurs in 11th – when a rare away win would have lifted them to eights.They are in the middle of a pack of 13 teams separated by just a single point.Everton, who have spent big in recent windows, move three points clear of the relegation zone.9 VAR examined Dele Alli touching the ball or Yerry Mina pushing him bfor ruled no penalty for EvertonCredit: Sky Sports9 Tottenham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga pulls off a full-stretch save at Goodison Park.Credit: Reuterslast_img read more