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Notebook: Geno Thorpe debuts, other notes from Syracuse’s 84-59 exhibition win over Southern Connecticut State

first_img Published on November 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Geno Thorpe’s introduction for his graduate season at Syracuse involved an untucked jersey. As Thorpe entered SU’s second and final exhibition game, an 84-59 win Monday night over Southern Connecticut State, he lightly jogged out to midcourt five-and-a-half minutes into the game. He fidgeted with his white jersey, then tucked it in before scurrying to find his defensive assignment as the Orange trailed by eight to a Division II opponent. The untucked jersey epitomized Thorpe’s play Monday night in his Syracuse debut: He was slightly off, a step or two slower than he would prefer on drives and one-on-one matchups, but he tacked together a few plays to cap off a fairly productive outing. Within his first few minutes at SU, he forced a pair of steals and dropped in a layup, helping the Orange begin to claw back from an early deficit. Thorpe, who turns 23 on Wednesday, is Syracuse’s most experienced player. In his first SU game, he scored six points, dished out four assists and grabbed four steals across 22 minutes on the floor. Yet head coach Jim Boeheim said Thorpe is still healing from an ankle injury that decelerated his progression into the SU backcourt. “He just doesn’t have his push off of his ankle yet,” Boeheim said. “He’s just has a couple of days of practice really, in the last 14, so I think it will take him a while.”A year ago, Thorpe led South Florida in scoring. His 15.1 points per game would have placed second on SU, though he did not play in Syracuse’s first exhibition because of his ankle injury. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst the Owls at the Carrier Dome, four days before Syracuse’s season opener against Cornell, SU needed life early. In the first half, Syracuse swapped out of its half-court 2-3 zone into a full-court press for the second consecutive game. What resulted was a Thorpe steal that produced a layup at the other end. Later, he showed that he is not at his full self. On a left-handed drive from the left wing, the ball slipped out of Thorpe’s hands and drifted out of bounds. He clapped his hands. He then missed three of his four 3-point attempts, as well as a layup. “Physically, I feel pretty ready,” Thorpe said. “Right now my ankle is still working back to 100 percent.”Backcourt mate Frank Howard, who scored 19 points, said Thorpe can create his own shot, get to the basket in one-on-one situations and “help me get off ball a little bit.” Howard acknowledged that Thorpe’s ankle is clearly preventing him from being at full strength, though he said Thorpe played well given his status. Thorpe knocked down one second-half 3-pointer, shot 2-for-6 from the field and earned one trip to the charity stripe. By the time his early jitters faded, he flashed a few smiles. He perked up from the SU bench several times amid SU’s 60-point second half. When freshman forward Bourama Sidibe blocked a shot around the 3-point line, causing the ball to float up and land in the SCSU bench, Thorpe giggled with Howard. “He’s good with the ball,” Boeheim said. “He doesn’t have his explosiveness and he needs that. It will probably take some time.”Paul Schlesinger | Asst. Photo EditorOnly the center rotation is setAll nine scholarship players played at least 12 minutes in the game, with no player eclipsing Tyus Battle’s team-high 29 minutes. Boeheim is still looking for the right group to emerge.“We just have to keep giving everybody an opportunity and see,” Boeheim said. “I think our centers are set. We know what we’re going to do there. Now we’ve got to figure out what else we’ve got. And it’s (going) to take a little bit of time I think.”Boeheim was largely happy with how his centers played in the exhibition. After men’s basketball media day Boeheim said he wanted the two centers, Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe, to split the minutes at center. They did basically just that with Sidibe playing 20 minutes and Chukwu 18.Chukwu got the start but was subbed out after the Owls made two 3-pointers from the same spot in the left corner. Boeheim said that Sidibe is better than Chukwu at closing out in the corners. Despite that, the SU head coach was happy with what he saw from his sisters. “Paschal and Bourama are doing a pretty good job inside,” Boeheim said. “I think they had about 19 rebounds tonight between them. Blocked some shots, I think they’re doing what we would like them to do.” SU better equipped for press this yearBoeheim hasn’t had the most straightforward relationship with pressing on defense. Two years ago in the Elite Eight, it fueled Syracuse’s improbable second-half comeback against Virginia. But the Orange didn’t use it much last year, as Boeheim said that he thought good teams would figure out how to crack it. Syracuse used the press to get back in the game after a slow start in the first exhibition matchup against Southern New Hampshire. SU deployed it again early and often throughout this second preseason game. “We couldn’t score,” Boeheim said. “So we might as well try and get a turnover and see if we can get something that way, that would help.” Even though the offense’s struggles were the initial cause for the press to be used, Boeheim said he does think that the Orange will be able to use the press more because it has two capable shot blockers. The only player who averaged more than one block per game last year was 6-foot-9 Tyler Lydon. Sidibe and Chukwu are both taller and better shot blockers. Twice, Sidibe played center field on the press. When the inbound pass would go over the top toward halfcourt, Sidibe stepped up and broke it up. On one play SCSU was throwing in from midcourt. The Orange was caught cheating into the backcourt and Owls player Luke Beesley slipped past the SU defense. He went up for the dunk but Chukwu hustled back, met him at the top of his jump and swatted the ball away.“We’ve been working on it, we’ve spent a lot of time on our press,” Boeheim said. “Just think of all those plays they either stopped or went back. Or we got a block. Or they missed a shot. And we didn’t have that last year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sarri out? City’s title to lose? Talking points from Week 26 in the Premier League

first_imgGameweek 25 XI The Premier League is live on Citi FM courtesy Talksport, and is sponsored by Betway.–By: Edwin Kwakofi |citinewsroom.com | Ghana | edwinkwakofi@gmail.com Blues’ bluesFor Chelsea fans, this is a very worrying period. Three straight away losses with a total score of 12-0 have not only demoralised the entire club, from management to the players and fans but has pushed Chelsea into third in what seemed for large parts of the season like a one-horse race for the fourth Champions League spot. The Blues suffered their worst defeat in the Premier League era at Man City on Sunday, losing ‘only’ 6-0 in a game that could easily have finished 10-0. It was a meeting between the league’s last two champions; with City emphatically demonstrating why they dethroned Chelsea last season. More worrying for Chelsea fans is how far they have fallen behind Manchester City and frankly, Liverpool in two years.From dominating the Premier League with Hazard, Kante, Alonso and Willian, Chelsea have become unrecognisable [contextly_sidebar id=”ajncKS6fbAv1aa8izSzFfOLEJ7EkLHwv”]despite still having Hazard, Kante, Alonso and Willian, largely due to changes in tactics, loss of form and poor management. Fans of the club have had reason to have a go at various figures at the club this season, from the Director for a lack of top quality signings, to the manager for his apparent stubbornness and tactical rigidity and a number of players for poor form.On Sunday, the issues with all of these were apparent. Chelsea’s lack of quality in key areas were exposed by City, the manager’s decision-making in tough situations was non-existent and, for the umpteenth time this season, players like Marcos Alonso and Ross Barkley had a dreadful game. Maurizio Sarri has been forthright about his team’s place behind Man City and Liverpool throughout the season but even he can’t defend Chelsea’s collapse this weekend, and a lot of the blame lies squarely with him. 3-0 down inside 20 minutes would have pushed any other manager to make a change to the system, to tighten things at the at the back and in midfield but not Sarri. A 4-0 deficit at half-time would have prompted a change at the break from any other manager, but not Sarri. The manager has failed to adapt in games Chelsea are not in control of with the Blues players looking clueless on the pitch.Chelsea’s biggest loss over the last five years was not Diego Costa, Lukaku, Jose Mourinho or Michael Emenalo. It was John Terry. Chelsea’s players often look rudderless on the pitch and some decisions by them and the manager off it – in interviews and on social media – have been more than a little questionable. There has been no leadership character of the ilk of Terry since he left, nor will there ever be but no one has even come close to providing the sort of leadership he did. Chelsea’s season is in danger of imploding and in order to stop that from happening, they will need someone to step up and keep the players, and manager in line.Another Dubravka clangerNewcastle’s goalkeepers used to be the envy of the Premier League, top shotstoppers inRob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Martin Dubravka who could keep unlikely cleansheets or keep scores as low as they could possibly be.  The last couple of weeks however have been particularly testing for the latter.Two pieces of woeful goalkeeping have cost Newcastle a draw with Tottenham and a win at Wolves last night. Against Wolves, the argument could be made that Dubravka was being fouled by Boly but the keeper could have punched the ball clear instead of trying to catch it, and probably should have given the result.John Terry once said goalkeepers could win you up to 15 points a season, Dubravka’s lost the Magpies three points in two weeks.  Rafa Benitez was furious at the officials after the game but with time running out for Newcastle to put a gap between them and the drop zone, it might be time to look at the last line of his defence.Storming to wins, and the title?Man City swept Chelsea aside on Sunday. Even more impressive than the scoreline was the ease with which they went about their business against a team that was supposed to be a strong contender for the title heading into the season. City have definitely got their winning groove back after a few stumbles and it looks ominous for Liverpool and Spurs fans.The Reds picked up a valuable win against Bournemouth on Saturday to temporarily go back to the top of the pile. Their fans will be pleased that their team is back to winning ways after two straight draws but they will be more pleased that their side has got a bit of their early season swagger back. Bournemouth were no match for them this weekend and couldn’t contain the fantastic Reds frontline. Liverpool however will be wary of Manchester City, particularly ahead of the huge tie with Man Utd. But if they keep playing as they did on Saturday, this promises to be one of the keenest title races in Premier League history.From 6th to 5th…to 4thMan Utd’s journey this season has been one to behold. Ruled out of the title race early on,  and thought to be out of the running for a top four spot in December, they have turned things around and now sit fourth above both Chelsea and Arsenal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in and turned things around immediately, brought confidence to top quality players who were being stifled and had lost their way.The results are one thing but the air of invincibility that Man Utd fans had thought they might never feel again has returned. This new side faces its biggest test this week with games against PSG and Liverpool. Win both games and we might be talking more confidently about a United title charge next season. Drop points in either, or both and they might swiftly find themselves out of a cup competition and back in 6th.last_img read more

Cam Newton offers man $1,500 to change airplane seats, man says no

first_img“ĪM Ä ßĪG DÄ₩G, Ī €ÄŃ ßÜ$T Ä €HĪ€K ØÜT ĪŃ FRÄŃ€£ ŃØ₩” -fūtūrê #šhïñêTHRÜthêŠHÄDË -1ØV£🤟🏾A post shared by Cam Newton (@cameron1newton) on Jun 21, 2019 at 2:37am PDTNewton, who is in the middle of a five-year, $103.8 million contract, appeared to be returning home from Men’s Fashion Week in Paris. Surprisingly, the man refused the offer: View this post on Instagram Cam Newton offered a man $1500 to switch seats with him on a 10-hour flight from Paris on Friday.The man had a seat with extra leg room and the Carolina Panthers quarterback tried to give him cash for the exchange. So this happened… @CameronNewton offered a man $1500 cash for extra leg room on a 10hr flight and the man said “No??” #GiveFranceTheNFL pic.twitter.com/xQohV9Ngef— Eli Edwards (@ElisaraEdwards) June 22, 2019MORE: Drew Brees awarded more than $6M in diamond-fraud lawsuit View this post on Instagram “(ßÄŁŁ $Ø HÄRD) ĪM $HØ€K£D TØØ ïm šūppöšêd tö bê łö¢kêd ūp töö ĪF ¥ØÜ £$€Ä₽£D ₩HÄT Ī £$€Ä₽£D ÿöū’d bê ïñ pàrïš gêttïñ mêššêd ūp töö” -jàÿŽ #šhïñêTHRÜthêŠHÄDÊ -1ØV£🤟🏾A post shared by Cam Newton (@cameron1newton) on Jun 18, 2019 at 7:12am PDTWhy he was sitting in coach, we aren’t sure — but we have a feeling it won’t be happening again.last_img read more