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Siena looks to extend streak vs Quinnipiac

first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Siena’s Jalen Pickett, Manny Camper and Elijah Burns have combined to account for 60 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 71 percent of all Saints points over the last five games.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Pickett has either made or assisted on 57 percent of all Siena field goals over the last five games. Pickett has 32 field goals and 35 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 75: Quinnipiac is 0-8 this year when it allows 75 points or more and 12-6 when holding opponents to fewer than 75.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Saints have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Bobcats. Quinnipiac has 31 assists on 71 field goals (43.7 percent) across its past three outings while Siena has assists on 34 of 68 field goals (50 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Quinnipiac as a team has made 10.1 3-pointers per game this season, which is eighth-best among Division I teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 25, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSiena (15-10, 11-5) vs. Quinnipiac (12-14, 7-9)People’s United Center, Hamden, Connecticut; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Siena looks for its sixth straight conference win against Quinnipiac. Siena’s last MAAC loss came against the St. Peter’s Peacocks 85-80 on Feb. 2. Quinnipiac lost 89-78 to Monmouth in its most recent game.center_img Siena looks to extend streak vs Quinnipiac Associated Press last_img read more

Super Eagles on the March Again

first_imgThe Super Eagles began training in Abuja on Monday and by Tuesday virtually all the invited players had reported to camp,  making Rohr to be optimistic of victory in Zambia on Sunday. “We go to Zambia to win. It will be difficult because Zambia have a good team and like the three other teams in our group, any one of us could qualify for the World Cup. We watched them against Kenya (in an AFCON qualifier last month) and the pitch in Ndola is not good, but it will be the same for both teams,” Rohr said.Rohr said picking all three points in Ndola remains his side target. “I’m happy with the preparation because most of the players arrived on time and I’m happy we have good training condition. I’m happy to work with a new and young team because we have a lot of younger players here with some local players here too. We are going to Zambia to win the game, though it would be very difficult. All the four teams in the group can hope to be the best. Of course we have a look on the Zambia team because they have good players; we focus on our team and have good preparation and hope everybody work well,” Rohr told media.Indeed, former Nigerian international, Henry Nwosu, is optimistic that Nigeria is in good shape to take on the Zambians, saying the team is ready for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, just as he advised the coaching crew to work on the team’s attackline.He said that the players must work on their finishing and ensure that they come out tops in the group.According to Nwosu, not even Algeria and Cameroon can stop Nigeria if the players show “hunger” during the game.Former Eagles coach and captain, Christian Chukwu has warned the team to put behind the head-to-head advantage Nigeria enjoyed over Zambia. “We are expecting them to start well, and ensure they do not underrate Zambia, even though we have always beaten them in our previous games, but that’s not enough for us to underrate them, If we give our technical adviser all the support, and encourage the players, we should be able to win our first game against Zambia. These are the boys who want to showcase themselves, I believe they will do what Moses and Success would have done, and I’m happy they were given this opportunity for fight for their shirts in the national team.” Chukwu told Goal.However, finance could mar the team’s preparation and indeed the trip to Ndola if the claims of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, President, Amaju Pinnick is anything to go by.After initially refuting claims of financial challenges, Pinnick had told the Senate Committee on sports that the body needs government’s intervention to prosecute the game.“The draw was done for 20 teams that we qualify for the final phase of the World Cup and Nigeria was drawn against Zambia, Cameroon that has won the Nations Cup and attended the World Cup seven times,” Pinnick said.“Algeria is the highest- ranked team in Africa. Is a group that goes beyond the group of death. The good news is that we have sound technical crew and a lot of players doing well. But the missing link is our financial incapacitation which activates all we do on and off the field. “Before now we have made a request to government for intervention because funds were not coming from our sponsors because it is been very difficult for them so they claimed and so we did not have any choice than to resort to writing to the government. “So we are awaiting a response from them and the game is just in five days. We’ve put all arrangement on ground already. “We have discussed with Arik to go on a chartered flight and we are also about sending somebody to Ndola because there is a new hotel we have secured in Ndola but we could not pay for it. We have been about to secure about 60 rooms but we could not buy their ticket because we owe our traveling agent about 300 million naira. So there is no way we could get it and we have to request the players to come with economy tickets in reflection of what is happening to our economy and 80 per cent of them obliged our request,” he added.Meanwhile, Zambian team have been boosted by the return of midfielder Chisamba Lungu.Chisamba has declined recent Zambia call-ups, including the September 4 home game against Kenya, in the two sides’ final 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifier that finished 1-1 in Ndola.The midfielder from Russian Club, FC Ural, joined camp on Tuesday in Ndola and is the eighth of nine foreign-based call-ups in the Zambia team ahead of Sunday’s 2018 World Cup Group B qualifying clash there against Nigeria.“Chisamba has been a very good player and it came as a surprise to me and to many Zambians when he said that he won’t be coming. So I just had to call him back and told him this is your country. ‘We are all here for national duty so you just have to honour your call, so he said ‘OK, I will come’,” Wedson Nyirenda said.Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba believes his team can secure qualification to Russia despite being drawn with heavyweights.“We have a chance to qualify, we still believe in ourselves. Even if we failed to qualify to the Africa Cup of Nations, we don’t have to get distracted; we have to work hard on the field and stay focused and united until we reach our destination in Russia,” he told The Post Zambia.Speaking in the same vein, Zambia Sports Minister, Moses Mawere, has expressed confidence that the Chipolopolo will beat the Super Eagles in Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ndola, charging the players and coaching crew not to disappoint as expectations from football fans are high, especially after Chipolopolo failed to qualify for next year’s AFCON in Gabon.“The country’s expectation is high; the only hope is the World Cup after failing to qualify to the Africa Cup of Nations. I challenge the players and coaches to step up and perform better. We need to beat Nigeria, we can do it,” Mawere told Zambia Post.A win for the Super Eagles would be a morale booster in their attempt to participate in the next World Cup.Meanwhile, former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West, has warned Rohr and his wards to be wary of tricky Chipolopolo forwards, saying that Zambia’s strength is the ability of its dangerous strike force to rip apart any unsuspecting defence.“Zambia’s strength is its forward. The boys are fast and dangerous. They may not be as good as the generation that won the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in 2012, yet, Eagles defence should not go to sleep at any time when we play them this weekend in Ndola,” observed Taribo He is however unfazed with the pedigree of the Cooper Bullets’ firepower upfront. He believes that Eagles have the capacity to contain them.“I am happy with the quality of the boys in the current Eagles. They are young and strong even though they are mostly inexperienced. All they need is the same spirit with which they played Tanzania last month in Uyo,” stressed the ex-international.He said that it will be disastrous for Nigeria to begin the Russia 2018 qualifiers on a shaking note against Zambia.“It will be disastrous for Nigeria to begin the qualifiers with a defeat this weekend. After missing the AFCON back-to-back, starting the World Cup on a shaking note will not be good at all. I hope our boys will play Zambia with the same zeal they played the last AFCON 2017 at Uyo,”Meanwhile, the Zambia Football Federation (ZFF) has elected to lower the gate fees of the match in a bid to ensure full house in the satdium. The FA reportedly announced gate charges as low as 25 Kwacha, less than Nigeria’s Naira, for a section of the popular side and the highest charge of 500 Kwacha for the VIP section. The decision, according to reports is in a bid to fill up the 49,800 capacity Estadio de la Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, venue of the game and create enough buzz to hopefully intimidate the Super Eagles.Tickets came on sales on Tuesday afternoon at a couple of centres in Lusaka and Kabwe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram New Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr will face his first real test on Sunday as Nigeria begins its quest for a sixth World Cup appearance with an encounter against the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola for a place in Russia 2018.Having hoisted its flag in five previous editions of the Mundial-USA ’94, France ’98, Korea/Japan ’02, South Africa ’10 and Brazil ’14, Super Eagles will be campaigning in a group described as ‘Group of Death’, comprising archrivals-Algeria, Cameroun and Zambia, with only one country expected to qualify from the group.last_img read more

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

NBA trade deadline: Suns acquire Heat guard Tyler Johnson

first_img NBA trade rumors: Pelicans, Celtics ‘discussed extensively’ Jayson Tatum-for-Anthony Davis deal Johnson has spent all five of his NBA seasons with the Heat. He’s a career 36.7 percent shooter from behind the arc. The Suns have added a guard.Phoenix acquired Tyler Johnson from the Heat in exchange for forward Ryan Anderson, the team announced Wednesday. NBA trade deadline: Lakers acquire Reggie Bullock from Pistonscenter_img Wing player Wayne Ellington will also be heading to Phoenix in the trade. But, he will likely be waived by the Suns, ESPN reports.Here’s a strong rotation trade candidate who is part of Miami/Phoenix trade: Heat guard Wayne Ellington is being sent to the Suns, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2019Johnson is averaging 10.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game for Miami in 2018-19. He’s shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from 3-point range. The 26-year-old holds a $20 million player option for next season. Related News Anderson was sent from the Rockets to the Suns in late August. He has appeared in just 15 games for Phoenix this season.The Heat will enter play Wednesday in eighth place of the Eastern Conference with a 25-27 record. Meanwhile, the Suns stand at 11-44 and are out of the playoff race.last_img read more

Women of Wellington award winners announced

first_imgThose who were nominated before the banquet were:Professional Business Woman of the Year NomineesRobyn KoehnDianne MillerLauren EdwardsJudi FinkAnn ShinliverDarla McGovernKaren MurrayFemale Volunteer of the Year NomineesLinda MetzenHelen WhiteLeola FrostTheresa SniderDarlene FergusonSharon A. JohnsonSherry WileySunni BalesDebbie MurphyUp and Coming Female of the Year NomineesKatie UrbanJaedyn LedesmaRachel McGuireMost Inspirational Woman of the Year NomineesGladys GrimmCarla RainsSharon A. JohnsonLauren EdwardsDelores Carr Sumner Newscow report — The Woman of Wellington Awards was held at the First Christian Church in celebration of National Women’s History Month.The award winners were:This year our Winners were:Professional Business Woman of the Year: Darla McGovernFemale Volunteer of the Year: Linda MetzenUp and Coming Female of the Year: Katie UrbanMost Inspirational Woman of the Year: Delores Carr.The Wellington Professional Business Women award winners for 2014. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more