The Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles defeated The Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters in Varsity Volleyball action 25-18, 26-28, 25-19, 25-12.JCD JV won 25-19, 19-25, 15-14.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Shelli Voss.
RelatedPosts Pray for Nigeria during Ramadan — NBBF Nigeria’s basketball prospect, Deborah Onu, dies from wrong diagnosis D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida Less than a month after the Nigeria Basketball Federation was awarded the Most Improved National Federation owing to the rise of her women’s team at the FIBA Congress held in Beijing; the federation has been given another recognition courtesy of the appointments of Musa Kida and Colonel Sam Ahmedu (retd) into the Finance and Legal Commissions respectively.NBBF President Kida and Ahmedu (both NBBF board members) have continued to steer the affairs of basketball in Nigeria since 2017 and will serve on the commissions for a period of four years (2019-2023).While breaking the news to the board, Kida said the latest appointment is a call to service towards development of basketball on the global stage.“I wish to thank all my board members for their support since we assumed office in 2017. Without their support, all the successes achieved would not have been possible. The latest appointment is a recognition of what we have achieved as a board.“FIBA has continued to evolve and introduced more international competitions which means more money will be needed. I hope I can use my contacts to financially help FIBA which will directly and indirectly benefit Nigeria as one of the affiliated National Federations.”Ahmedu, on the other hand, stated that being in the Legal Commission would afford him the opportunity to contribute to the legal aspect of the game in an era where there is conflict between FIBA laws and that of the national federations.The legal luminary who served in the Nigerian Army said “apart from conflict resolutions, the issue of eligibility of players would be one of his focal points to enable African teams to secure the services of their players born outside the continent. “Ahmedu, who is a Central Board member of FIBA Africa, is also the President of FIBA Africa Zone 3 comprising Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.NBBF Vice President, Babs Ogunade said the appointments are a validation of the good works being put into basketball development in Nigeria and the continued rise of Nigerian basketball on the global stage.“We are really excited about these appointments. For FIBA to have deemed Kida and Col. Ahmedu worthy of their membership of these important commissions, I think it’s a welcome development which must be celebrated by all Nigerians.”Tags: Musa Kida
Fernandinho made a personal financial sacrifice to make his “dream” move to Manchester City happen, Press Association Sport understands. Press Association The 28-year-old’s desire to move to City had been well documented and his wish has now come true with what is thought to be a five-year contract. Fernandinho, capped five times by Brazil, told the club’s website, www.mcfc.co.uk: “This is a change, a challenge and a chance that I have been waiting a long time for. Playing in the Premier League for City is like a dream. “My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters. Professionally this is a spectacular thing. Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy. “I hope I will be able to repay City for what they have done for me. I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too. I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more.” Fernandinho’s arrival is likely to be followed by that of Manuel Pellegrini as new manager in the coming days, possibly early next week. City have been in discussions with the Chilean, long their preferred choice to succeed the sacked Roberto Mancini, since he took charge of Malaga for the final time last weekend. Despite a perceived delay there is not thought to be any complications and his appointment should be a formality. The signing of Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, for a fee understood to be worth around £15.9million, is also imminent. The Brazilian midfielder has moved to the Etihad Stadium from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee the Ukrainian club have reported as £34million. That fee is more than City were initially willing to pay but a compromise has been reached for a player who had a reported £42.5million release clause in his Shakhtar contract. It is understood that Fernandinho, who was City’s top summer target, agreed to take a financial hit of some kind in his eagerness to join the Eastlands outfit.
Fulham manager Felix Magath is certain the Premier League’s bottom club will win their fight to avoid relegation. “He is not match fit,” Magath said. “He played only 60 minutes and has hamstring problems. We have to wait, he comes back today, our doctor has to see him and maybe if he is fit he will play. “We need a player in our situation who is prepared for 90 minutes relegation fight.” Mitroglou’s situation has confused Fulham fans, but Magath insists it is unfair to heap hopes on a player who will take time to adapt to English football. The manager said: “The Premier League is the best league in the world, so it cannot be compared with the Greek League. Every player who comes from the Greek League needs a few weeks to adapt. “You cannot expect such a lot from a player who is new in the Premier League. You have to give him time to adapt. “We know that and we make a contract with Mitroglu not for the game against Liverpool or Manchester United, but for the last games. “If he’s not fit now, he will be fit next week.” As a result Mitroglou was not risked for last week’s loss to Chelsea. Magath added: “Why should I spoil him in a game like Chelsea? Chelsea is the best defending team in the league and so we would get not many chances against Chelsea. “He’s new and he needs confidence, too. To get used is not good for him and not good for us.” Lewis Holtby, on loan from Tottenham, also did not start. The forward, who played under Magath at Schalke, has been told he is not the right sort of player for a relegation fight, but may be given a chance against Cardiff, where he may have more space to play to his strengths. Magath added: “We are not in a normal situation. Now is not the time to play very well, now is the time to fight. “Lewis Holtby is not a fighter. He is very smart, he is a very skilful offensive player who has very good passes. “A game against Chelsea, the best team in the league, we had not much space to create chances and therefore he was out for that game. Saturday is another game. We will see.” Winger Damien Duff, who is out of contract this summer, may have played his last game for Fulham as a knee injury is likely to rule him out for the remainder of the campaign. Magath said: “We have to expect that he will not play this season any more.” Midfielder Scott Parker is out of the Cardiff match with a knee injury. “It’s not so bad, but for Saturday he can’t play,” Magath added. Defender Fernando Amorebieta is still sidelined, while William Kvist is likely to miss out with hamstring problems, despite playing 90 minutes for Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night. “The team is growing together and that is what makes me sure that we can avoid relegation.” Three points at Cardiff would provide a welcome boost, Magath admits, but the west London club are not too worried about their predicament at present. Magath added: “These three points are very important for us, not only to step up from the last place, we need a win for ourselves, for our confidence. “I get the feeling here that everybody knows that and everybody sleeps well with the knowledge there are games ahead of us we can win. “We are in London, we are not in Cardiff or Sunderland where the whole city is interested in playing Premier League. “The atmosphere here is really relaxed for the situation we are in; it’s not typical for a team fighting against relegation. “We have to be aware that we are not only dreaming, but everybody has to put in a shift and push the team and push the players to give their best.” Magath knows that relaxed approach cannot filter through to his players, but he is undecided if Kostas Mitroglou will feature in Wales, despite the £12million striker playing an hour for Greece in midweek. Press Association Fulham are four points adrift of safety with 10 games remaining, six coming against teams in the bottom half of the table, including Saturday’s at 19th-placed Cardiff. “I’m convinced that we will avoid relegation because we’ve developed in the last 14 days,” said Magath, who was appointed last month.
Carroll was moving away from goal and Swansea had chances to clear, but they did not take them and the big striker turned to deliver a stunning shot into the top corner of Lukasz Fabianski’s net. It was Carroll’s fourth goal of the season, three of them having come against Swansea. Swansea almost responded immediately when Routledge burst into the box to be denied by Carl Jenkinson’s brave block but the hosts knew they had to do far better in an attacking sense in the second half. Sigurdsson signalled that intent inside 30 seconds of the re-start when his 25-yarder flew close to Adrian’s goal and Jenkinson stopped Routledge’s dangerous run. But West Ham were getting bodies behind the ball and were quick to turn defence into attack and Carroll almost added to his tally when he slid wide from Jenkinson’s cross. The Hammers were also a real threat at set-pieces and Collins went close to following up his midweek FA Cup goal at Everton when he steered Downing’s corner a yard wide. Gomis blazed over before his equaliser but West Ham came strong at the death with Fabianski making fine saves from Downing and Jenkinson and Taylor turning Tomkins’ header away off the goal-line. Press Association The Hammers manager had to leave his assistant Neil McDonald in charge at the Liberty Stadium but things were going to plan when Andy Carroll conjured up a goal of the season contender two minutes before the break. West Ham had good chances to win the game but Swansea claimed a share of the points when Bafetimbi Gomis rose at a 74th-minute corner and his header hit the post before striking Hammers captain Mark Noble for what will probably go down as an own goal. Gomis celebrated by running towards the home bench and collecting a French flag which he held aloft, Swansea saying he did so in honour of those who lost their lives in the Paris terrorist attacks this week. Swansea’s conundrum was how to fill the void left by the departure of top goalscorer Wilfried Bony to the African Nations Cup. Bony is on the verge of completing a £30million move to Manchester City so the issue could be a pressing one for the second half of the campaign, and Gomis started up front after his two-goal FA Cup show at Tranmere. The Frenchman almost had an early sight of goal from Nathan Dyer’s cross but he could not reach the ball under pressure from Hammers defender James Collins. Gomis managed the first shot of the game from 20 yards but it was straight at Adrian and it was rather a largely scrappy first period with West Ham taking their time to settle, but Nolan put the ball on the roof of the Swansea net. Swansea regained their early initiative when Wayne Routledge’s ball freed Gomis but the striker took too long to deliver a shot and James Tomkins dispossessed him in the penalty area. Neil Taylor fired over and Swansea’s best move of the half featuring Angel Rangel and Dyer ended with Gylfi Sigurddson’s rather tame effort at Adrian. And there was a nasty sting in the first half tail for Swansea when Stewart Downing’s cross cleared the head of Ashley Williams and Carroll chested the ball down in the box. Sam Allardyce missed West Ham’s trip to Swansea with a chest infection and his spirits would not have been lifted by being denied two Barclays Premier League points in a 1-1 draw.
(REUTERS) – Indian wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a notable omission in the Twenty20 squad announced on Thursday by the country’s cricket board (BCCI) for next month’s three-match series against South Africa.Dhoni sat out India’s ongoing tour of the West Indies as he was set to discharge his responsibilities as an honorary colonel in the army with patrol duties in conflict-torn Jammu and Kashmir.There had been speculation he might retire after struggling in the recently concluded World Cup in England where India were knocked out in the semi-finals.Except for the inclusion of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who replaces fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the squad is unchanged from the team that won the T20 series 3-0 in the Caribbean.India play South Africa in Dharamsala (Sept. 15), Mohali (Sept. 18) and Bengaluru (Sept. 22).India’s squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
Carly Payerl skated into the neutral zone to receive a pass from Morgan Scoyne.After a give-and-go, Payerl quickly skated up the ice and into the attacking zone as she got the puck back, cutting in between the circles.Syracuse’s Stephanie Grossi dropped low to the ice, but Payerl fired a one-timer past her outstretched stick and over goalie Jenn Gilligan’s left shoulder, ending the game and Syracuse’s season.“From our vantage point on the bench, I don’t think Jenn really saw it,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said.The Orange (11-15-10, 9-7-6 College Hockey America) lost 2-1 to Rochester Institute of Technology (15-18-5, 9-12-3) in double overtime at Mercyhurst Ice Center Saturday evening. SU outshot the Tigers 45-30 and scored first in the second period. Both teams had ample opportunities in the first overtime but neither was able to capitalize.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the win, RIT moves on to the NCAA tournament’s eight-team field as SU squandered the chance to make its first national tournament.“We had our chances but the goaltender was the MVP of the tournament, she was outstanding,” Flangan said of RIT goalie Ali Binnington.With just over six minutes to play in the second period, SU beat Binnington.Grossi won a faceoff in the SU zone, eventually working the puck to defender Nicole Renault at the left point. Renault sent a slap shot on goal that forward Emily Costales tipped into the right side of the net.“I wouldn’t say (we) should’ve (won),” Flanagan said about being up early and outshooting the Tigers. “We had our chances, yeah, absolutely.”Right as the third period was getting under way, RIT struck back.Tiger defender Taylor Thurston passed from the left point to forward Caitlin Wallace in front of the net. Gilligan made the initial save, but Lindsay Grigg was there for the rebound and score.“You kind of knew when regulation ended that this would be a great game to win and an awful game to lose,” Flanagan said.The first overtime period was fast-paced and full of chances for both teams. Both goalies fended off odd-man rushes at the start of the period, but neither team was able to break through.The game slowed down in the second overtime before Payerl scored the winning goal on a seemingly innocent shot.“Our defenseman was backing in a little bit, trying to respect the kid’s speed, and she snapped it off,” Flanagan said. “It was a good, quick release.”Payerl was the only RIT player in the attacking zone when she scored.After hitting a low point against RIT on Jan. 23, Flanagan said he never would’ve expected to have this opportunity.SU went 4-2-2 to end the regular season after that game and Flanagan said the Orange was playing its best hockey of the season heading into the CHA tournament.Said Flanagan: “We worked extremely hard, it was a great game, a great game from start to finish and I give them a ton of credit. … To not come through was disappointing but we got out of here with our heads up.” Comments Published on March 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on March 7, 2017 at 11:33 pm Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ As Dajuan Coleman walked out of the Carrier Dome tunnel on Saturday, fans leaned his way to ask for photos and autographs. They soaked in the moment, perhaps watching Coleman for the final time step onto the court. One hour and 20 minutes before Coleman’s final regular season game in the Dome, cheers from the community that raised him wouldn’t let Coleman’s name fade as easily as his knees.Doctors told Coleman after his second major left knee surgery in fall 2014 that he’d never play basketball again. Still, he recovered well enough to play in all 37 games last season. This year, as his body wore down, he’s played in only 17 games. But the former five-star recruit chose Syracuse over Kentucky out of Jamesville-DeWitt (New York) High School because he wanted to play at home. He wanted to have moments like he experienced on Saturday.“This is my hometown. This is my favorite team growing up,” Coleman said. “… That was the main thing that motivated me (after injuries). Just getting back to playing, the fans, just being in the Dome.”Coleman never lived up to the reputation he entered college with. He became a McDonalds’ All-American, earned Mr. Basketball in New York and checked in as ESPN’s 14th-best player nationwide in the 2012 recruiting class. But Coleman’s game-changing potential remained just that.His career averages: 15.4 minutes, 5.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe player is often mistaken for Syracuse legend Derrick Coleman’s relative entered college as the local kid with high expectations. But the 6-foot-9, nearly 300-pound frame that allowed him to dominate high schoolers became his hamartia. His body broke down, slowly at first and then all at once. Coleman missed 22 months rehabbing after surgeries to repair a torn meniscus and cartilage damage in the same knee. His fight to return to the court despite his significantly lessened abilities transformed him into one of, if not the most, well-respected players in the Orange’s locker room.The hometown hero became a tragic one.“I think he could have been a really good player, but not with those knees,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “When it happened, they told me he would not be able to come back and play. That was it. Period. No questions about it. … He somehow played through this just on sheer will and determination because when you see him now, he can’t move in practice. He literally can’t get up and down.“It’s sad to see.”Daily Orange File PhotoBut Coleman doesn’t see his career as a disappointment. He’s one of two players in SU history to have played on two Final Four teams. When he goes to the grocery store or Destiny USA, fans recognize Coleman like they have since the ninth grade.He doesn’t visit home often because his parents live in a one-bedroom apartment. Coleman stays in close contact with the people who have helped him since the beginning. Growing up, Coleman played at the Boys and Girls Club on Hamilton Street on Syracuse’s West Side, about a 10-minute drive from the Dome. His love for basketball grew by watching Gerry McNamara and Eric Devendorf play at Madison Square Garden in Big East tournaments. After meeting coaches and players during a camp in middle school, Syracuse became a top option and it stayed that way.“I think people forget loyalty,” said Dieudonne Tierre, a close friend of Coleman’s since both attended Frazier Middle School. “It will make you or break you. If you’re loyal to the right person in life, you should be good. I learned that from Dajuan.”During his 22-month layoff, Coleman confided in Tierre that he didn’t think recovery was working. Using crutches to get around, Teirre said, became rehab’s toughest challenge for Coleman. The monotony of doing the same thing every day for nearly two years wore him down. Coleman felt frustrated and wanted to change the routines. But a Syracuse trainer convinced the center to stay patient, asking for just one more day, day after day.Coleman finally worked back as a redshirt junior in 2015-16, and he started every game to chip in for the Orange’s Final Four run. This season, Coleman has appeared in only four conference games, totaling 39 minutes without really being able to run and jump.“It was definitely a grind,” Coleman said. “I did what I could do. I gave it my all.”Coleman misses his injury-free days, unhindered by issues out of his control anyway. He’d hoped for more playing time. But to help his teammates, whom he considers family, Coleman accepted whatever role helped the most.Inked on his right bicep is one of his favorite tattoos. It reads “F.O.E.” for Family Over Everything. On his left bicep, another: “Loyal.” Then there’s one of a lion head. That one speaks for itself.“You put Dajuan anywhere, he’s going to survive,” Tierre said. “You put him in the jungle, he’s going to come out with a fur coat.”Daily Orange File PhotoColeman also wants to build up his clothing line, “Night Grind.” He took the name inspired by his career arc. Coleman hasn’t thought much about the next step, though, because he likes to finish one project before starting another and he said giving up on basketball never entered his mind.No matter how hard he worked, no matter how positive he felt, Coleman has never become the player so many, including himself, hoped for. And that’s never stopped him from trying.“It’s a special type of person to be able to do that,” fifth-year graduate transfer John Gillon said. “He’s been here, and it’s just tough. It makes me emotional just talking about it. I have the most respect for him out of anybody on our team.”In high school, opposing fan bases taunted Coleman to try and throw him off his game. Jamesville-DeWitt’s best player had a national reputation. The jeers showed respect. After games, fans of both teams formed a line for photos and autographs, one like Coleman saw five years later at his last regular-season home game with the program he always dreamed of playing for.With about six minutes remaining in Syracuse’s blowout win against Georgia Tech, SU’s student section chanted: “We want Coleman!” Nearly the entire crowd joined in.Five years later, everything was different but nothing had changed.Coleman’s career has reached heights and endured downfalls, but he never turned his back on a community he trusted to never turn its back on him. On Saturday, he walked onto the floor with three minutes left in front of Syracuse, and it didn’t matter that he didn’t record a stat.“You can’t really put a price tag on that,” Coleman said. Comments
Dino Babers promised to recruit New York state when he got hired. Nearly 2 years in, he’s received mixed reviews.
At the New York State High School Football Coaches Association clinic in February, coaches gathered to hear Dino Babers, Syracuse’s head coach and the keynote speaker. They wanted to learn about the implementation of his trademark up-tempo offense. The talk was sold to high school coaches, one of them said, as an offensive lecture.“He’s an offensive guy that put up all these big numbers at Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois,” said Bob Burns, head coach at defending AA state champion Troy High School, “and I was interested in listening to, schematically, how he attacks defenses. … He really didn’t go over any of that.”The Daily Orange interviewed 14 high school football coaches from New York state about Babers and how he recruits players from New York, choosing coaches Babers seemed likeliest to interact with regularly. Included are those from major metropolitan areas like Rochester and Albany, those who have sent a player to Syracuse in the past seven years or who have produced a Division I football player in the last decade.Generally, high school coaches view Babers as a good coach and person who has improved Syracuse’s on-the-field product while fielding a team of “high-quality young men,” as Pittsford High School head coach Keith Molinich put it.Yet, for the most part, coaches were left desiring more contact and focus from Syracuse. They feel there isn’t a “priority” on New York players, said Shaker High School head coach Greg Sheeler. Talent, Molinich said, has gone “overlooked.” Several noted he seemed disconnected from New York high school football. They also feel he under-recruits the state by not prioritizing in-state DI talent, Sheeler added.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis disenchantment stems from a pledge Babers made at his introductory press conference in 2015 that coaches feel Babers hasn’t entirely lived up to. Just like Scott Shafer before him, Babers assured everyone in attendance that recruiting at SU begins at home in New York.Any time you start recruiting around any great academic institution, you need to start in your backyard.Dino Babers at his introductory press conference on Dec. 7, 2015Since then, Babers has brought in three New Yorkers — Eric Coley from Fayetteville- Manlius High School, Cameron Jordan from Half Hills Hollow West High School and Luke Erickson from Greene High School — in his 28-player 2017 recruiting class. In Babers’ 2018 recruiting class, which has 16 commits, there are currently three New York commits: Trill Williams from Archbishop Stepinac High School, Qadir White from Cardinal Hayes High School and Gabe Horan from Charles W. Baker High School.Despite Babers’ modest gains in New York recruiting, coaches acknowledged that Power 5 coaches can’t be expected to pursue every prospect in their home state. Babers will ultimately recruit the players he wants, and they understand that. In Babers’ view, he said Syracuse has “done a good job” recruiting New York in the nearly two years he’s been head coach.“We’re doing the best we can,” Babers said on the ACC coaches teleconference on Oct. 18. “… We’re trying to recruit the best players out of the state of New York possible.”However, some coaches, like Burns and Sheeler, wish Babers maintained relationships with New York coaches. If Babers isn’t actively pursuing a player, Burns said, he can become distant. Coaches are accustomed to occasionally hearing from Syracuse’s head coach, multiple coaches said.I don’t know what his priorities are. Maybe he’s not trying to recruit New York kids. Maybe some high school coaches in New York aren’t a priority for him.Greg SheelerWhile some coaches feel like they’re at the bottom of the list of Babers’ priorities, Joe Martillotti, the head coach of Lawrence High School on Long Island, doesn’t feel like he’s on the list at all.Martillotti coached former SU running back Jordan Fredericks, who as a freshman under then-head coach Shafer in 2015, led Syracuse in rushing yards (607). Yet the next season, after the coaching change from Shafer to Babers, Fredericks found himself behind not just Dontae Strickland on the depth chart, but then-freshman Moe Neal as well. During that season, frustrated at a lack of playing time, Fredericks asked Martillotti to help him figure out what to do. So, Martillotti said, he called the football office.After repeated calls and no answer from Babers, Martillotti said, he finally got in touch with Mike Hart, the then-running backs coach. Hart told him to speak with Babers, because Hart said he didn’t decide the starters. Syracuse’s head coaches before Babers, namely Doug Marrone and Shafer, had always returned Martillotti’s calls, he said. Yet, Babers did not and the situation became “standoffish,” Martillotti added.“To not get a phone call back,” Martillotti said, “it’s just completely disrespectful. As far as I’m concerned, I will never send another kid to Syracuse. … I think the guy is, to put it bluntly, a complete piece of sh*t.”Babers declined to respond to Martillotti’s comments.However, on the ACC coaches teleconference, Babers insisted that the notion he was unavailable was untrue.Anyone who wants to come see me in my office can. Anyone that wants to call me can speak to me. But I’m not going to talk about a rumor. No comment.Dino Babers on the ACC coaches teleconferenceIt’s on coaches to maintain contact with Babers, Monilich said, even if their teams field plenty of DI talent. Babers “doesn’t think it’s fair” to recruit a player who likely wouldn’t play just because they’re from New York.Still, there are DI-caliber recruits from New York potentially getting overlooked or missed, multiple coaches said. Troy had two players attend a Syracuse camp and officially visit, and one even ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the camp, Burns said. Yet that player still hasn’t heard anything from SU.“It’s his thing to offer whoever he wants,” Burns said. “If you think the guys can’t play there, that’s fine.”Babers and his staff tends to recruit areas where they have historically found success, said Jason Collins, head coach at Rush-Henrietta High School, in an email. In 2015, Babers’ final recruiting class at Bowling Green, he committed eight players from talent-rich Florida. So far in Babers’ 2018 class, he has five players from Florida schools.Detroit also became a primary target for Babers while he coached at Bowling Green, and that trend has seemingly continued. During the bye week, at least five players from the area tweeted that they received Syracuse scholarship offers.Despite the perception, a majority of coaches expressed most players and assistant coaches enjoy working with Babers, and that they take no exception with Babers personally or how he handles his program. Players particularly “really like him and respect him,” said Robert Treacy, head coach at Columbia High School. Babers helped his own cause by upsetting defending national champion and then-No. 2 Clemson, which coaches said will greatly help future recruiting efforts.Nationwide in the class of 2018, there are 27 players from New York verbally committed to a DI school, according to roadtosyracuse.com, a New York State Sportswriters Association website dedicated to in-state football recruiting. Rutgers leads all schools with seven commits.One of Syracuse’s three commitments is White, a four-star offensive lineman and No. 3 prospect in the state. The two players ranked higher than White, five-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert from Lindenhurst and four-star offensive lineman Matthew Jones from Brooklyn, are both verbally committed to Ohio State. Babers letting any top-level players from New York slip away, Burns said, is a little surprising.I would like to think that if you’re coaching at Syracuse, (you’d want) the best kids in New York state to stay.Bob BurnsNot every high school coach in New York produces DI talent every season, and the ones that do understand that coaches will pursue the players they want, regardless of geography. High school coaches grapple with this every time one of their players get recruited. Columbia High School only has one DI player every few years, Treacy said, but he will always host Babers if he wants to at least take a look.“Our door is always open to whoever wants to visit,” Treacy said.The same is true at other schools, coaches said, but they’re still waiting for Babers to walk in. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 30, 2017 at 11:19 pm Contact Andrew: email@example.com | @A_E_Graham
In a game where seniors guard Jonah Mathews and forward Nick Rakocevic recorded their 1,000th career points in Trojan uniforms, the USC men’s basketball team pulled away late for a 84-66 win to continue its perfect start to the season. Senior guard Jonah Mathews (second from left) scored his 1,000th career point and knocked down three 3-pointers for USC in its 84-66 win Tuesday. (Feitong Du | Daily Trojan) The second half was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams. But after a 3-pointer from Jackrabbits senior guard Brandon Key made it a 1-point game with 15:31 left, the Trojans went on to score 12 consecutive points and never looked back. Rakocevic continued his hot first half, scoring 12 points and pulling down six rebounds in the second. He finished with a team high 27 points and 16 rebounds while adding five steals. It was a battle of unbeaten teams at Galen Center Tuesday night as the 2-0 Trojans went up against 3-0 South Dakota State. USC was coming off early-season wins against Florida A&M and Portland thanks to a number of talented freshmen, while the Jackrabbits tallied victories over UT Rio Grande Valley, Peru State and CSU Bakersfield. The second half included two of the more memorable plays in recent USC history, as Mathews and Rakocevic scored their 1,000th career points. Mathews, who has played 105 career games as a Trojan, came into the Tuesday’s night game with 995 points. Rakocevic entered his 108th career game 20 points away from the milestone. The 3-0 start is a promising sign for a team that missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year last season. “To have two guys like Jonah and Nick, who came in together, who scored their 1,000th point on the same evening is pretty cool,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “So we’re excited for them, they have a chance to do something special this year together, to be leaders of the team.” It didn’t take long for USC to build a lead in the first half, as it jumped out to a quick 13-point advantage. However, it didn’t last long, as the Jackrabbits went on a 14-8 run to enter halftime down by only 7 points. The difference in the game came down to turnovers. The Trojans took advantage of the Jackrabbits’ 18 turnovers, turning them into 13 points. In addition, SDSU also committed 26 personal fouls compared to USC’s 15. Rakocevic said although he had a hot hand, his teammates allowed him to utilize his size against a smaller South Dakota State team. “I’ve been through a lot of tight games during my four years here, so it wasn’t really stressful,” said Mathews said of the Jackrabbits’ comeback effort. “We just had to come together, get stops, make good plays. And we happened to do that down the stretch. Slowing it down, executing plays, [getting] steals, just shutting the game out.” Rakocevic had a dominant first half, matching his season scoring total coming in with 15 points and recording 10 rebounds. Junior forward Douglas Wilson and freshman guard/forward David Wingett both scored 8 points in the first half for SDSU. “My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball and just getting me in good positions to score the ball, and I was just taking advantage of the size I had over them,” Rakocevic said. “My teammates played a big factor in that and just getting me in that position to score easy points.” USC had a much better second half, shooting 46% and grabbing 18 rebounds. Although it was once a close game, USC finished the contest without ever giving up the lead. Both teams got off to a slow start in the first half. USC finished the first half shooting 35% from the field, going 14-for-40 and 4-for-17 from the arc. The Jackrabbits, meanwhile, shot 40% from the field, and 3-of-12 from behind the 3-point line. The Trojans will now travel to Nevada for their first away game of the season. They take on the Wolf Pack in an 8 p.m. tilt Saturday.