Girls Basketball

first_imgThis weekend will conclude another girls’ basketball regular season.  Where have the past 2 1/2 months gone?  All the area schools will enter the sectional tournament next week.  Several of our area schools will be considered potential favorites to win one of the four classes contested in Indiana basketball.The area’s top team is East Central.  The Lady Trojans, unfortunately, are paired with some of Indiana’s best 4A schools.  Columbus North and Bloomington South have dominated the sectional since its inception.  Maybe this is the year the Lady Trojans can break this trend and win their first sectional.Other area schools with a good chance to win a sectional crown are Jac-Cen-Del in 1A, South Ripley in 2A, and Batesville in 3A.  Oldenburg Academy is in the same sectional as JCD and, traditionally, give the Lady Eagles a great battle in the sectional.   Greensburg and Rushville will battle Batesville for the 3A title at South Dearborn.Good luck to all of our area teams.last_img read more

Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-17)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball Scores.Friday  (2-17)Batesville  61     Jennings County  53Bulldogs JV won  54-49Oldenburg  68     Trinity Lutheran  28Connersville  36     Franklin County  29Switz. County  44     Jac-Cen-Del  24South Ripley  64     Rising Sun  39SW Hanover  46     Milan  41Lawrenceburg  66     South Dearborn  48North Decatur  72     SW Shelby  58Edinburgh  52     South Decatur  51Greenfield-Central  70     Rushville  59Knightstown  76     Waldron  62RC Academy  52     Shawe Memorial  33Union County  70     Union City  56last_img read more

EPL: Saints leapfrog Crystal Palace

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Southampton continued their revival with a 2-0 victory away to Crystal Palace which saw them leapfrog the hosts and make it six wins from their last eight games in all competitions. Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong were on target for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team, who are now ninth in the Premier League table and eight points ahead of the bottom three. Palace’s five-match unbeaten run in the division came to an end in disappointing fashion with Roy Hodgson’s men unable to cope with the energy or movement of the visitors at Selhurst Park. Michael Obafemi was handed an opportunity in place of Danny Ings, with the Saints top goalscorer rested ahead of the FA Cup clash with Tottenham at the weekend. Palace, who were unchanged from the 2-2 draw at Manchester City, were on the back foot for much of the opening quarter of an hour, but created the first chance of the match. The returning Jannik Vestergaard tried to dribble past Jordan Ayew deep inside his own half, but was tackled and it allowed Cenk Tosun a free run on goal. He only had Alex McCarthy to beat and yet blazed over from 16-yards with 18 minutes played. Hasenhuttl was forced into a change moments later with Cedric Soares taken off after failing to recover from a strong challenge by Jairo Riedewald and replaced by Oriol Romeu, which saw James Ward-Prowse drop to right-back. Soon after Southampton did fashion an opportunity and, unlike Palace, they were clinical to open the scoring after 22 minutes. Jack Stephens passed into the path of Redmond, who impressively turned away from Martin Kelly and let fly from outside the area – giving Vicente Guaita no chance and finding the top corner for his fourth goal of the season. Armstrong went close on two occasions for the away side not long after before Shane Long could only run the ball out of play when he tried to round Palace’s Spanish stopper as it remained 1-0 at the break. Wilfried Zaha was fortunate to escape punishment after the whistle when he appeared to poke Ward-Prowse in the eye and despite a VAR check, they deemed the action not to be violent conduct. The let-off did not affect Southampton’s focus and instead they doubled their advantage in the 48th minute through Armstrong. Redmond found the Scotland international and he curled in from 25-yards to hand Hasenhuttl’s men a decisive two-goal lead. Palace – and Zaha – continued to be frustrated and Hodgson made a double substitution in the 62nd minute with Max Meyer and Joel Ward introduced. Connor Wickham joined them on the pitch seven minutes later, but he was unable to make the most of two late chances as Southampton bounced back from the weekend defeat to Wolves in style.Tags: Crystal PalaceNathan RedmondRalph HasenhuttlSouthamptonStuart Armstronglast_img read more

Ledley plays down Cardiff rumours

first_img Reports suggest the Bluebirds could be set to make a £3million bid to bring the Wales international back to the club he quit for the Hoops in 2010. Ledley admits the prospect of playing in the Barclays Premier League is a big attraction for some players but insists his focus is on the Scottish champions. Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley has played down speculation linking him with a return to Cardiff. He said: “It’s just rumours at the moment. There has been nothing official. A lot of players want to play in the Premier League and that’s why they have done pretty well with their signings so far. “It does attract people, but at the moment I’m with Celtic and I’m just concentrating on a big week ahead of me.” Ledley is in the final year of his Celtic deal and hopes to begin contract talks in the coming weeks. He said: “We still haven’t actually spoken to the club at the moment. My agent has been away and the club has been pretty busy as well with sorting out new players. “Hopefully I will be next and sort something out. In the next couple of weeks, if we could sort something out, it would be brilliant. At the moment I’m just concentrating on qualifying for Europe and doing brilliantly for the club and playing well.” Ledley has been hampered by injury during pre-season but made his return to action in Saturday’s friendly defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach. And he now hopes to have some part to play in Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Elfsborg at Celtic Park. Ledley said: “My fitness is getting there. I played 30 minutes on Saturday, which was a big bonus for me. I’m obviously still not match fit because I’ve only played 30 minutes so far but hopefully I will be in the squad for Wednesday. “It would be brilliant if I could get involved. I’m going to be a little bit rusty as I haven’t played much, but if I am starting I’ll give it my all.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Highland reels in Gordon rivals

first_img “The energy he lost having top hold his position could have cost him at the end, but he was brave. “He ran in the French Derby and Joseph thought he would stay, then he disappointed in the Irish Derby so we were a little bit worried, we didn’t really know what to expect. “I thought looking at him there that maybe he was running a little bit on empty at the end, but Joseph felt that he wasn’t stopping, so obviously what you are looking at and what he felt may be two different things. “I suppose we’ll have to leave it (Leger) open, the lads will talk and decide what they want to do, but he looks like he’s definitely getting a mile and a half so you’d have to be very happy with him. “If he was going he’ll go straight there, but the lads will decide that, have a good chat and see if it’s worth doing it or not. “It’s a little up in the air, but if he’s going he’ll go straight there.” Andrew Balding said of the runner-up: “We were very pleased with that run, obviously. “As he’s a gelding, he won’t be going for the Leger, but he could go for the Great Voltigeur at York if he’s OK. “He’s a lovely horse for the future.” Medrano was slightly disappointing for David Brown. He said: “He stayed on OK and he’ll be better over the Leger trip.” Highland Reel eventually ran out a determined winner of the Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. Aidan O’Brien’s Irish challenger was the 7-4 favourite after finishing fifth in the Irish Derby and tracked the pacesetters into the home straight. Early leader Space Age began to falter inside the last half-mile, but Scottish moved powerfully towards the lead and Highland Reel was briefly short of room after being held in by Disegno. However, once the gap game, Highland Reel knuckled down to his task under Joseph O’Brien and wore down Scottish to score by a length and a half. Disegno was five lengths back in third. The winning jockey said: “I was out early enough and I had plenty of horse. When you have the horse, the gaps come. “He tried his heart out and had a nice position. “I was a bit worried early doors as we went slow, but in fairness to him he tries and he handles this track well.” Asked whether Highland Reel could be a St Leger candidate, O’Brien said: “He definitely could be. I never thought he’d need a mile and six (furlongs). He did well to win off a slow pace today.” O’Brien snr was guarded on a trip to Doncaster, but was not ruling it out. He said: “We always thought a mile and a half was going to be plenty far enough for him. “It was a tough enough race. He relaxed early and then he had to hold his position. Press Associationlast_img read more

Congress Passes $500 Billion Measure to Help Employers

first_imgIt also contains $100 billion that Democrats requested for hospitals and a nationwide testing program, in addition to $60 billion for small banks. Another $60 billion are set aside for small-business loans and grants that are delivered through the Small Business Administration’s existing disaster aid program.President Donald Trump commented at his daily White House briefing on Thursday. “At a time when many Americans are enduring significant economic challenges, this bill will help small businesses to keep millions of workers on the payroll.”Thursday’s measure brings the total federal rescue funding to $2.4 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.In related matter, the House also voted along party lines (212-182) Thursday to establish a special committee that would oversee how the Trump administration spends the funds Congress is providing to fight the coronavirus.The bill now heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature. Congress delivered on Thursday nearly $500 billion in coronavirus spending relief to employers and hospitals.The measure passed with a 388-5 vote.“Millions of people out of work,” said Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “This is really a very, very, very sad day. We come to the floor with nearly 50,000 deaths, a huge number of people impacted, and the uncertainty of it all. We hope to soon get to a recovery phase. But right now we’re still in mitigation.”The core of the bill includes the Trump administration’s $250 billion funding request to help small- and medium-size businesses with payroll, rent and other expenses. The payroll program provides forgivable loans in order to allow businesses to continue paying their workers while they remain closed for social distancing and stay-at-home orders.Moments ago, the House passed urgently-needed assistance to fight this coronavirus & save lives. With my signature, the interim coronavirus relief package goes to the President’s desk. #FamiliesFirst https://t.co/PPCaTcnwOc— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 23, 2020last_img read more

Mom and 2-year-old removed from flight over face mask

first_imgA mother and her two-year-old son say they were forced off of a Southwest Airlines flight after she briefly removed her son’s mask to allow him to eat his gummy bears.The incident occurred Saturday on flight 2420.Jodi Degyansky told reporters that she and her son where headed home to Chicago after visiting family in Florida when she allowed her son to place his face mask under his chin to eat his gummies while the plane pushed back from the gate. Degyansky says she was then approached by an employee who told her that she and her son would have to leave the flight because he was not wearing a face mask.” I’m super humiliated,” Degyansky said. “There was no heated discussion,” she continued.Degyansky says the plane then turned to the gate where she and her son were ushered off of the flight and told they would have to rebook and fly at a later date.Degyansky says instead of rebooking with the airline, she just purchased a $600 ticket from another airline so that she could get home in time for her son to start his first day of daycare.Southwest Airlines has since released a statement to CNN stating that they will not discuss the specifics of the situation with the media, however, they will contact the mother to find out what exactly occurred.Due to the mask mandate, several people and families have been booted from flights for a range of reasons involving mask.“I’m absolutely not an anti-masker,” Degyansky said.“I do think there needs to be some level of additional questioning so there is more consistency… more compassion from the corporation. “last_img read more

ICC World Cup England vs West Indies 19th ODI Match highlights: England beat West Indies by 8 wickets

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: England has chosen to bowl against West Indies in Southampton. Eoin Morgan’s side are unchanged while the West Indies has welcomed back Andre Russell and Shannon Gabriel. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is already been dominated by one factor: Rain. Looking at the number of games that have been washed out, the rain is currently leading the points table with the rest of the teams playing catch-up. Heading into the match in Southampton, England will not only be praying that the rain stays away but they will also be hoping to get rid of the Gayle-storm. In the previous series between the two sides, Gayle blasted 39 sixes against England and his big scores posed plenty of problems to an England side in the series which ended 2-2. (LIVE SCORECARD)Highlights:21:43 hrs IST: RESULT: England beat West Indies by 8 wickets (Joe Root 100, Mark Wood 3/18)21:38 hrs IST: Joe Root slams 16th ODI hundred. He is in prime form. In the tournament so far, he has smashed a hundred and fifty already. He is showing why cricketing fraternity around the globe keep him in ‘FAB FOUR’. After 33 overs, it’s 204/2.21:35 hrs IST: 200-up for England in 32 overs! 21:30 hrs IST: WICKET! Chris Woakes departs for 40! A good innings comes to an end. 21:26 hrs IST: 31 overs are done and England are nearing to the target. It’s 193/1. 21:17 hrs IST: Just 4 from it. After 30 overs, it’s 190/1. 21:14 hrs IST: A four and four singles. England scores 8 from 29th over. It’s 186/1. 21:11 hrs IST: Just 35 needed now. This has been one of the best performances you will see from England side. They have been able to dominate the game from the first ball itself. After 28 overs, it’s 178/1. 21:07 hrs IST: Gayle continues to bowl in right areas. 5 came from his third over. After 27 overs, it’s 171/1. 21:04 hrs IST: 6 runs from it. After 26 overs, it’s 166/1. 21:00 hrs IST: Ones and twos, and England are nearing West Indies total. Just 53 more need in 25 overs. It’s 160/1.20:56 hrs IST: Less than 60 needed now. After 24 overs, it’s 155/1. 20:52 hrs IST: 150-up for England in 23 overs! 20:47 hrs IST: West Indies seems to have no answers for England. They seem to be all over the place as the host near the set total. After 22 overs, it’s 146/1. 20:44 hrs IST: Chris Henry Gayle into the attack and on song straight away. After 21 overs, it’s 139/1. 20:41 hrs IST: Some delighful shots from duo’s bat. If one need to sum England’s batting in two words, can say, ‘Pure Class’. After 20 overs, it’s 138/1.20:34 hrs IST: Add another 10 runs to England’s total. The Englishmen are showing their class against West Indies. After 19 overs, it’s 125/1. 20:26 hrs IST: Joe Root slams 32nd half-century! What a day he is having. Two wickets and now registers 50. After 18 overs, it’s 115/1. 20:24 hrs IST: Another good over for England. 9 came from it with both batsman hitting a boundary each. After 17 overs, it’s 112/1. 20:19 hrs IST: Just three came from it. After 16 overs, it’s 103/1. 20:14 hrs IST: Interesting call by England management. They have sent Chris Woakes ahead of regular batsmen. After 15 overs, it’s 100 for loss of one wicket. 20:09 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally some respite in West Indies camp. Shannon bowls a short of a length delivery and Jonny Bairstow couldn’t keep it down. Departs for 45. 20:07 hrs IST: More runs from opening duo’s willow. After 14 overs, it’s 88/0. 20:00 hrs IST: West Indies need to pick a wicket or two if they are fancying their chances in the game. For now, it’s all England. After 13 overs, 83 for no loss. 19:56 hrs IST: Good over for England. 11 came from it. After 12 overs, it’s 80/0. 19:48 hrs IST: England has been on song in chase. After 11 overs, it’s 69/0. 19:42 hrs IST: Just one run from it. After 10 overs, it’s 62/0. 19:37 hrs IST: England is steady in the chase with Joe root being the aggressor, and Bairstow playing anchor’s role. After 9 overs, it’s 61/0. 19:33 hrs IST: 7 came from Russell’s first over. After 8 overs, it’s 53/0. 19:30 hrs IST: 50-run stand between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in 7.1 overs. 19:25 hrs IST: Shannon Gabriel into the attack for the first time today, and has been welcomed with a delighful shot through cover region. After 7 overs, it’s 46/0. 19:21 hrs IST: The required run rate has now come down to below 4 runs an over. Bairstow and Root are stamping their authority in chase. The partnership is now notched up to 40 runs in 6 overs.19:18 hrs IST: The fifth over started off with a boundary and two runs, but followed with four dot balls. After 5 overs, it’s 30/0. 19:14 hrs IST: Joe Root emulates Jonny Bairstow and opens his arms. 7 came from it. It’s 24/0 after 4 overs. 19:10 hrs IST: Big over for England. 8 came from it. After 3 overs, it’s 17 for no loss. 19:04 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow hits the first boundary in chase. After 2 overs, it’s 9/0. 19:02 hrs IST: Cautious start by England. Just three from the first over. 19:00 hrs IST: And the chase begins. Jonny Bairstow has been joined with a new opening partner as Jason Roy got injured in the first innings. For England, 212 should turn out to be a walk in the park. 18:23 hrs IST: BOWLED! Mark Wood picks the last wicket of West Indies innings, ENGLAND needs 213 runs to win 18:20 hrs IST: Shannon Gabriel comes out in the middle and a WICKET MAIDEN by Jofra Archer18:15 hrs IST: Jofra Archer picks his third wicket in Carlos Brathwaite, WI 211/9 after 43.4 overs18:10 hrs IST: After 42 overs, West Indies are 204/8 with Brathwaite and Oshane at crease18:00 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant review from England. Short ball angled in and Pooran looks to drop his wrists, the ball kisses the glove and there is a spike mark. Pooran falls for 63. Next ball, Archer traps Sheldon Cottrell LBW for 0. West Indies are 202/8 in 39.5 overs.17:55 hrs IST: Uh oh, more trouble for England. Morgan is suffering from a injury and with Jason Roy already pulling a hamstring, England’s injury woes mount. Remember, Roy cannot bat before seven.17:49 hrs IST: Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are bowling brilliantly and West Indies are 192/6 after 38 overs. All hopes on Pooran and Brathwaite.17:42 hrs IST: WICKET! That is the big one and England don’t make any mistake. Wood bangs the short ball in and Andre Russell miscues it to midwicket and the catch is taken. West Indies are 188/6 in 36.3 overs.17:32 hrs IST: CATCH DROPPED! This could be massive for England as Woakes drops Andre Russell off Rashid. He miscued the lofted shot to midwicket and Woakes put him down. He ends the over with two sixes in three balls and West Indies are 175/5 after 35 overs.17:29 hrs IST: MAIDEN FIFTY! Nicholas Pooran hits a good fifty and he holds the key for West Indies along with Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite.17:28 hrs IST: Andre Russell nearly chops on as West Indies are 158/5 after 33 overs.17:22 hrs IST: WICKET! Another caught and bowled! Root on a roll. Quick ball bowled with an upright seam on leg stump, Jason Holder looks to nudge it to the leg side and the leading edge settles in his hands. After 32 overs, West Indies are 156/5.17:17 hrs IST: Another tight over from Adil Rashid and after 31 overs, West Indies are 147/4.17:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant catch from Joe Root and the partnership is broken. Flighted ball on off stump, Hetmyer hits it to the left of Root who stretches and takes the catch. Hetmyer gone for 39 and West Indies are 145/4 after 30 overs.17:08 hrs IST: Joe Root is into the attack now but West Indies make good progress. After 28 overs, West Indies are 139/3.17:03 hrs IST: The partnership is nearing 100 and West Indies are 137/3 after 27 overs. England need a wicket quickly.17:00 hrs IST: Hetmyer clobbers two fours off Ben Stokes and both batsmen are making a move on. After 26 overs, West Indies are 128/3.16:56 hrs IST: Pooran blasts a six off Rashid as the legspinner continues to leak runs. After 25 overs, West Indies are 118/3.16:50 hrs IST: Hetmyer and Pooran are building a solid partnership as West Indies make steady progress. After 23 overs, they are 103/3.16:45 hrs IST: Adil Rashid starts well by conceding four runs but Ben Stokes’ over is spoiled when Pooran hits a short ball to the fine leg fence. After 22 overs, West Indies are 94/3.16:37 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is into the attack and he starts well. After 20 overs, West Indies are 82/3.16:33 hrs IST: Plunkett recovers from that poor over and concedes just four runs. West Indies are 79/3 after 19 overs.16:28 hrs IST: Another tight over from Mark Wood and after 18 overs, West Indies are 75/316:24 hrs IST: Pooran and Hetmyer blast boundaries off Plunkett as West Indies aim to rebuild. After 17 overs, West Indies are 73/3.16:18 hrs IST: Edged but safe! Pooran edges Wood to the slip region where it lands just in front. After 16 overs, West Indies are 61/3.16:13 hrs IST: Liam Plunkett delivers a tight over as West Indies look to rebuild. After 15 overs, West Indies are 60/3.16:08 hrs IST: Two runs and a wicket in 14th over. It’s 56 for 3 after 14 overs. 16:03 hrs IST: Trapped right in front. Shai Hope tried to play it between square leg and mid-wicket fielder, but missed it completely. West Indies lose thier third wicket in no time. Departs for 11. 16:01 hrs IST: Shai Hope finally opens his arms and hits his first boundary. 50 up for West Indies. However, Gayle, who was looking good for his 36 is dismissed. Liam bowled a short of a length delivery and he couldn’t keep it down. After 13 overs, it’s 54/2. 15:54 hrs IST: Mark wood gave away just one run. After 12 overs, it’s 47/1.15:51 hrs IST: Five came from Liam’s first over. West Indies seems to be building slowly. It’s 46 for the loss of one wicket after 11 overs. 15:48 hrs IST: The first 10 overs were slightly tilted in favour of the host, with the team managing to pick the first blood in form of Evin Lewis. Gayle has scored 90 per cent of runs. After 10 overs, it’s 41/1. 15:44 hrs IST: The only good thing which surrounds West Indies righ now is Chris Gayle. He has been able to time the ball beautifully. 12 came from Woakes’ fifth over. After 9 overs, it’s 38/1. 15:38 hrs IST: Five from Archer’s fourth over. England are keeping it tight and Hope seems to be struggling. After 8 overs, it’s 26/1. 15:33 hrs IST: Oh dear! Liam drops Universe Boss aka Chris Gayle on 15. Just two from the seventh over. West Indies are 21/1 after 7 overs. 15:27 hrs IST: Superb stuff from Gayle. He blasts two boundaries and West Indies are 19/1 after six overs. The Universe Boss holds the key now.15:25 hrs IST: Another superb over from Woakes. He has figures of 3-2-2-1. West Indies are making slow progress and are facing trial by fire.15:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Lucky boundary for Gayle. Full ball and close to the off stump, Gayle is late on the stroke and the inside edge goes down to the third man fence.15:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant stuff from Woakes. Full length ball and it swings back in, Evin Lewis is late in getting the bat down and is cleaned up comprehensively. After three overs, West Indies are 4/1.15:10 hrs IST: Jofra Archer vs Chris Gayle Round 1: Plenty of bounce and movement. Gayle survives and after two overs, West Indies are 2/0.15:04 hrs IST: Brilliant over from Chris Woakes. Movement and extra bounce from the deck and Chris Gayle is squared up. Begins with a MAIDEN! After the first over, West Indies are 0/0.14:40 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sidesWest Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Oshane ThomasEngland (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood14:35 hrs IST: England have chosen to bowl against West Indies. Eoin Morgan’s side are unchanged. Andre Russell and Shannon Gabriel are back for the Windies.14:30 hrs IST: It is cloudy but the pitch has been under covers for the last couple of days. The pitch is hard and the grass has been cut well. The hardness in the wicket will give some extra bounce.14: 18 hrs IST: England may have a superior head-to-head record but in major moments, West Indies have dominated England. The 1979 World Cup, 2004 Champions Trophy and 2016 World T20 finals are all proof that on the big stage, England have always finished second-best to the West Indies.14:09 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the match between England and West Indies from Southampton. First things first: The weather is fine. Precipitation chances are one percent. Yayyyy. We will have a full match today. last_img read more

Syracuse may have found the combination for ‘clean’ penalty corners

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2019 at 11:14 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Sophomore midfielder SJ Quigley leapt through the air and yelled. She had just initiated Syracuse’s second penalty corner goal of the game by inserting a clean pass that became a Charlotte de Vries score.De Vries’ score against Colgate capped off arguably the peak of Syracuse’s penalty corner success this season. Throughout the season, SU has experimented with different inserters, stoppers and shooters to mixed success.Last Sunday, the Orange scored on two of their six penalty corner chances, matching a season-high in goals off corners. But stretches of inconsistency — like a 2-for-25 stretch after its first game of the year — have plagued Syracuse’s success.After weeks of tinkering with personnel and stylistic options on penalty corners, head coach Ange Bradley and Syracuse (6-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) may have found a solution for its penalty corners entering its biggest test of the season so far against No. 2 Duke on Friday. The Orange have had the most success when Quigley inserts the ball, and either Laura Graziosi or Tess Queen stops it to make a play for themselves or a teammate, like de Vries. With a more refined penalty corner strategy, SU has a better shot at turning the games it has “statistically dominated,” as Bradley likes to say, into victories.“Little things make big things for or against you,” Bradley said of SU’s previous penalty corner struggles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTeams earn penalty corners — often the best scoring chances — by drawing a foul inside the shooting circle, and after a whistle, the clock stops as the defending team puts on goggles for protection and lines up on their goal line. The offensive players simultaneously line up along the edge of the shooting circle and await an entry pass from the end line.For the Orange, an inability to convert on corners has plagued them at times in 2019. In total, SU has scored 12 goals on 53 penalty corner chances (22.6%).In the past, Syracuse leaned on three-time All-American back Roos Weers to finish penalty corner plays. Her powerful drag flick gave SU a consistent, effective option. But now that Weers has graduated, the Orange have had to “find different ways to put the ball in the net,” Graziosi said.In addition to settling the ball to a shooter, Syracuse has mixed in plays where the stopper pops out of her crouch and shoots directly. In overtime against then-No. 14 Saint Joseph’s on Sept. 13, Graziosi did just that. After stopping the insert, Graziosi read that the defense converged on de Vries and other shooting options, so she launched a shot on net, catching the defense off guard and winning Syracuse the game.Before Syracuse’s win on Sunday, Bradley said the team adjusted on their previously “sloppy” penalty corners by watching film. The team typically does most of their film review on their own time, but Syracuse had a team-wide video session to workshop penalty corners last Saturday to “clean some of those things up,” Bradley said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorEarly in the season, Quigley, de Vries and junior Carolin Hoffmann each acted as inserters. But now, Quigley has become Syracuse’s go-to. When Quigley inserts the ball into play on a corner, she keeps a low center of gravity and slides her stick across the turf, sweeping the ball smoothly so it stays calm. A bouncing pass makes the stopper’s job much more difficult. During a 0-for-11 corner stretch against Cornell, Quigley was the primary initiator, but Graziosi struggled as the stopper, often misplaying Quigley’s entry passes. After the loss, Bradley said that SU needed to “get consistency” on corners. Since then, Queen has rotated with Graziosi — both midfielders — as the stopper.As Quigley, Queen and Graziosi have developed a rhythm, SU has been able to introduce some creativity and set up plays for their strongest shooters: Hoffmann and de Vries. In the third quarter against Colgate, Quigley inserted it to Queen, who settled it to Graziosi. With the ball, Graziosi faked a shot and let the ball roll to midfielder Stephanie Harris for an open shot on net. Though her shot went wide, the play was indicative of Syracuse’s increasing variation on corners.“Penalty corners have to be really technical and you need to have good timing,” midfielder Claire Cooke said. “It has to be so precise.”Asst. copy editor Andrew Crane contributed reporting Commentslast_img read more

NBA wrap: Bucks top Raptors in Toronto; Lakers’ LeBron James returns vs. Clippers

first_img Knicks executives explain decision to trade Kristaps Porzingis Steph from distance… PLUS THE FOUL! ☔️#DubNation 23#HereTheyCome 12Midway through the 1st on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/P9VRFv26dq— NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2019Pascal Siakam with the big dunk on the fast break.Pascal Siakam finishes off the @Raptors break with authority!9-2 @Raptors run to close Q3 on @NBAonTNT #WeTheNorth 76#FearTheDeer 87 pic.twitter.com/ae7EkdlwE2— NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2019What’s nextRockets (29-21) at Nuggets (35-15) 10 p.m. ET — Two of the Western Conference’s best squads will face off in Denver on Friday. The Rockets have won three of their last four while the Nuggets enter the matchup on a four-game winning streak. Seven Bucks players scored in double-figures. Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied a team-high 19 points while Khris Middleton chipped in 18. Both players were named All-Stars earlier in the day. NBA All-Star Game 2019: Biggest snubs, surprises to make rosters Related News Pascal Siakam scored 28 points for the Raptors in the losing effort. Toronto star Kawhi Leonard shot 7 of 20 from the field and finished with 16 points.  The win pushed the Bucks 1 1/2 games in front of the Raptors for first place in the Eastern Conference. Toronto dropped to 37-16 with the loss.Meanwhile, LeBron James returned for the Lakers and scored 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting in their 123-120 overtime win over the Clippers. He also added 14 rebounds and nine assists.James missed 17 games after straining his groin against the Warriors on Christmas Day. Los Angeles went 6-11 in his absence.Studs of the nightAndre Drummond registered 24 points and 20 rebounds in the Pistons’ 93-89 win over the Mavericks.Magic wing Terrence Ross came off the bench and scored 30 points in his team’s 107-100 win over the Pacers.Duds of the nightsSerge Ibaka was 4 of 15 from the field and was a minus-9 in Toronto’s loss to Milwaukee.Nets guard Treveon Graham scored three points and registered a minus-6 in his team’s 117-114 loss to the Spurs.HighlightsStephen Curry finished with 41 points and knocked down 10 of his 18 3-pointers in the Warriors’ 113-104 loss to the 76ers, which snapped their 11-game winning streak. Here he connects on the four-point play.  The Bucks came away with a 105-92 road win over the Raptors on Thursday in a matchup of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams.Toronto led 25-22 at the end of the first 12 minutes but Milwaukee (37-13) followed with a big second quarter and held on from there.last_img read more