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Bulldogs Boys Freshman Basketball Results

first_imgThe Batesville Boys 9th grade basketball team finished up a tough stretch of 3 road games in 5 days on Monday night. After beating East Central 38-23 Thursday they were on the road Saturday at Plainfield and again Monday at Jennings County. Turnovers plagued the boys at Plainfield losing the game 46-22. Monday night at Jennings County found the dogs playing from behind as they never could quite get in a groove shooting the ball. The dogs were never quite able to catch up to the Panthers losing 21-19.The team is in action again Saturday as they look to bounce back and defend their turf at home in the Batesville Invitational.Score by quarter vs Plainfield:  BHS: 7 12 16 22, PHS: 10 26 37 46.Scoring:  Lane Oesterling 0; Sam Giesting 4; Gus Cooper 0; Nathan Eckstein 3; Devin Scripture 4; Alex Westerfeld 7; Tyler Myers 2; Kevin Salatin 0; and Charlie Prickel 2.Score by quarter vs Jennings County:  BHS: 3 8 12 19, JCHS: 4 16 16 21.Scoring:  Lane Oesterling 2; Sam Giesting 0; Gus Cooper 0; Nathan Eckstein 2; Devin Scripture 2; Alex Westerfeld 3; Tyler Myers 10; Kevin Salatin 0; and Charlie Prickel 0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Michael Lanning.last_img read more

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Guardiola offers fitness, injury latest on Man City stars

first_img “We follow the rules, the protocol. We have to. That’s the most important thing. We don’t do anything special. “The special ones are the doctors, nurses, scientists, cleaners – they put their own lives at risk to save ours.” Commenting on the unprecedented halt to the football season, Guardiola said he acknowledges that fans want football to return, but urged everyone to continue to follow public health guidelines as he thanked frontline NHS workers. “When it’s a special situation around the world, you have to adapt,” he continued. “Well I think all the fans around the world are waiting to watch football. We want to come back but now the priority is other things. It’s still stay safe, be careful and when everything is possible we will come back. First, I think without them, but hopefully we come back to a routine. Pep Guardiola says all his players have returned to training in perfect condition after a two-month absence. Manchester City players were back at the City Football Academy at the weekend having been tested for coronavirus and they were put through their paces while adhering to social distancing guidelines laid out by the Premier League. Pep Guardiola put his players through their paces this weekend. Guardiola watched on in protective gear, wearing a mask and blue surgical gloves and a full tracksuit. His players were limited to training in groups of five and contact training is forbidden for now. Among the training group were the likes of Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, who have been struggling with long-term injury issues all season. The likes of Benjamin Mendy, John Stones and Kevin de Bruyne have also had a series of small injuries over the season, but were all running freely in training this weekend. And Guardiola says his players are all in ‘really good’ condition, providing him with a fully-fit squad for when the Premier League returns. Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreGreatest Movies In History Since 19827 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Ways Drones Are Going To Change Our Lives7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All TimeWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices? “Yeah, really good,” he said when asked about the condition of his players by City’s website. “I think they were looking forward to coming back and to train again and do what they like. They came back perfectly.center_img Read Also: Ighalo to pen massive deal at Shenhua after Man Utd exit “But now the most important thing is to follow the instructions. If they say use a mask, stay at home, social distance…we have to do it. Because there are many, many people in the NHS who put their own lives at risk to save ours. “It’s incredible what they have done, and we have to follow them. Now, we cannot do anything wrong.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Long confident over contract talks

first_img Press Association The Republic of Ireland international’s deal at The Hawthorns runs out at the end of the season, with a further year in the club’s favour. Long came close to joining Hull in the summer, and the likes of Stoke and Newcastle, along with the Tigers, have been linked with a move for him in January. West Brom striker Shane Long is confident his contract situation will sort itself out but admitted there has not yet been any progress.center_img Long’s position has been strengthened by his two goals in Monday’s derby against Aston Villa, and manager Steve Clarke expressed his confidence that the club ”will sit down sometime in the future and sort his contract out”. Long said in the Birmingham Mail: “The manager has always been good to me. “He reassured me I was always a big part of his plans and I get on really well with the lads here as well. “I am settled in Birmingham so I’m enjoying my time at West Brom and hopefully the rest will take care of itself. “There are no developments yet but there is plenty of time left on my contract and I’m sure the club will think about what’s best for them and me and we’ll see what happens.” last_img read more

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Should Jimmy Adams be the next West Indies Director of Cricket?

first_imgBy Rudi V. WebsterSOMEONE recently told me that Jimmy Adams, a former West Indies captain, might be returning to West Indies cricket as coach of the West Indies team.If that’s true and Jimmy is in fact contemplating that move, I would beg him to immediately scrub the idea from his mind. Soon after assuming his duties as coach he would find himself at odds with the Director of Cricket and the leadership of the WICB and, like Ottis Gibson and Phil Simmons, would be fired within a period of two or three years, if that long.Jimmy can be a great asset to West Indies cricket, not as the coach of the West Indies team, but as the Director of West Indies cricket.Performance is not only influenced by our history, past experiences and track record but also by our needs, goals and vision of the future.In the appointment of foreign coaches and cricket experts we place too much emphasis on the experts’ promises, goals and strategies and too little on their history, experiences and track record – we do not do a thorough due-diligence. Consequently, we are bamboozled by the experts’ clever interviews and power point presentations.These things are important but strategic plans by themselves can only take the team or organisation so far.Plans and goal charts do not accomplish performance. It is people who breathe life into the team or organisation’s vision, plans and mission. It is competent, well-trained, highly disciplined and highly motivated people who are the key to the organisation’s success. How important then are the people-skills of our cricket leaders? A U.S. army general once said that the greatest leader in the world could never win a campaign unless he understood and motivated the men he had to lead. This is so true.To get an inkling of how the foreign cricket expert might relate to West Indies players and coaches we should take a close look at his history, past experiences and track record, as well as his motivational profile – the things that make him tick.What do we know of our cricket director’s past? Did the WICB check out his international coaching record? Did the board find out why he only stayed with Bangladesh and Middlesex County Club for just a few months? Did the board check out his relationships with the Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan team members? Did the board find out if he understood and adapted to the culture of the players from Bangladesh and Pakistan? Did the board do a psychological evaluation? If so, what was his motivational profile? Was it dominated by his need for power and control? This is important because if this is the case his interpersonal and people skills will be poor and his leadership style will take on a strong flavour of autocracy.The cricket director had some success in South Africa in domestic cricket. But what do we know about his relationship with white players and players of colour? How did he interact with players of colour and how did they interact with him. The answers to some of these questions could be enlightening.Vince Lombardi, an American football coach, once said: “Coaches and sports directors who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen.The ones who win get inside their players and motivate.” Where on WICB’s list of most important priorities is the motivation of the players? The leadership of the WICB appears to be trapped in a mindset that stifles and kills the spirit of its players. Its latest attempt to motivate its best batsman, Darren Bravo, whose best days lie ahead of him, by giving him a C instead of a B contract, is a good example of this. Sometimes when people fail or make mistakes it is better to reward than punish, especially if they have talent and ability.The board’s naïve attempt to motivate Darren reminds me of the following story. There was an old man who lived in a rundown part of town and every afternoon some children would beat their drums and make a tremendous amount of noise in front of his house.This annoyed the old man who devised a clever plan to deal with them. He told them that he would pay them twenty dollars each time they performed for him. The children returned the next afternoon and performed with gusto.The old man paid them. Next day the old man told them that he only had 15 dollars but would add on the five dollars to their next payment. The children were disappointed but returned the next afternoon. The old man then told them that he only had five dollars and promised to make up the deficit on next day. The children became very angry and left. The old man outsmarted them and they never returned. How well did the old man’s plan kill their spirit? Is the WICB doing the same thing to Darren Bravo?The WICB must do two things to revive West Indies cricket. First, it must change its structure and leadership.Second, it must replace the current director of cricket with someone like Jimmy Adams. Will these changes happen? Probably not since the president and vice-president are likely to be re-elected because of the strong support and blind obedience of their fellow directors, and because of the unwillingness of CARICOM prime ministers to speak with one voice and the institution’s weakness and its failure to act as a cohesive body to save West Indies cricket.In the meantime, the chaos and madness in West Indies cricket will continue and the autocracy of the board will flourish.last_img read more

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CWI target early 2023 prep with staging of Regional Super50

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Trinidad and St Kitts will host this year’s Regional Super50 starting next month, with Cricket West Indies hoping the tournament provides an early launch pad for preparation for the 2023 World Cup in India.Title-holders Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners will headline Group A in St Kitts where Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaica Scorpions, Barbados Pride and Canada will also do battle.Last year’s losing finalists, Guyana Jaguars, will contest Group B in Trinidad alongside Windward Islands Volcanoes, United States, West Indies Emerging Players and hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.CWI director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, said the tournament would be an important one as selectors begun to assess players ahead of the next 50-overs World Cup.“With the new World Cup cycle beginning now, this tournament, among other things, presents a starting point towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023,” Adams said.“It will allow us to start identifying players who will go on to play a role in our qualification. Though some of our international players will be touring India with the West Indies during the competition, it allows more opportunities and exposure for our young players.”Once again this year, CWI have included a developmental squad in the November 6 to December 1 tournament, with the hope of exposing younger players who missed out onLabelled the West Indies Emerging Players, Adams said competing in the Super50 would also build on the work done in the High Performance Programme.“A young player may miss out on selection at their franchise if they are up against two or three internationals with similar skill-sets,” said the former Test captain.“The Emerging Players squad aims to provide the platform for these players to perform and reward the hard work they have been putting in following their stints at the HPC.”International venue Warner Park and Conaree Sports Complex will host matches in St Kitts while historic Queen’s Park Oval and the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, will be the stage for the Trinidad leg.A total of 40 group stage matches will be played, with the two groups running concurrently.Marooners will raise the curtain on the tournament when they clash with Hurricanes on November 6 at Warner Park while Group B will get underway when Jaguars take on Emerging Players at the Brian Lara Stadium the following day.last_img read more

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Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary from Thursday, Feb. 1. Crimes against propertyat 7:13 p.m., a suspect entered an unsecured library in Bridge Hall and removed a cell phone from an unattended purse.Miscellaneous incidentsat 6:31 p.m., a student reported that she observed a suspect following her while she was walking near 28th and Figueroa streets and the subject waited for her when she entered a fast-food restaurant. When the suspect continued to follow her, the student fled into a nearby bar and advised a bartender. The bartender transported the student to her residence in his vehicle. The student did not report the incident at the time it occurred, so DPS officers were unable to conduct a search for the suspect.at 3:06 P.M., DPS officers responded to a student in Taper Hall complaining of severe abdominal pain. An LAFD RA unit was requested and Unit #14 responded. The RA Unit examined the student and transported her to California Medical Center Hospital for medical treatment.at 10:16 a.m., a student reported that another student yelled profanities at her and poured coffee on her vehicle when she inadvertently cut him off while moving into the left lane to turn onto campus near Parking Structure A.at 8:19 A.m., DPS officers responded to a staff member who injured his leg when he slipped and fell inside Seeley G. Mudd Building. An LAFD RA unit was requested and Unit #15 responded. The RA Unit examined the staff member and transported him to Good Samaritan Hospital for medical treatment.last_img read more

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Concerto Chamber Orchestra transitions to virtual performances

first_imgAdam Karelin, who directs music for the organization, said the idea for the digital festival followed his realization in the spring semester that the group of more than 80 musicians would be unable to handle remote collaborations due to the difficulty for them all to participate on Zoom simultaneously. The music festival that involved around 30 recruited musicians worked as a trial run for future activities on a virtual platform.  Instead of simply sitting in a traditional chamber orchestra formation, CCO musicians looked to provide a fresh visual component to enhance the listening experience. Collaborating with the USC Chamber Ballet Company and ballet dancers from Kaufmann, about half of the musical movements were accompanied by footage of dancers performing original ballet choreography. For the seventh movement, “Aquarium” the group collaborated with Aquarium of the Pacific, a public aquarium in Long Beach, by adding special footage of the aquatic life to contribute to the playful musical component.  With his trumpet case swaying back and forth beside him as he walked past the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, Aaron Ghrist, a senior majoring in chemistry and applied and computational mathematics, would normally be heading to Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall for the Concerto Chamber Orchestra’s weekly practices after class. However, practices came to a halt in mid-March for the group and many other performance groups as California and Los Angeles County placed restrictions on in-person gatherings during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Vice President of CCO Linda Diaz said the virtual concert kept expanding with ideas as the group met and put together the project.  For Karelin, one of the greatest benefits of putting together a digital performance was the ability for musicians to send in their best performance since issues that would normally be unpreventable in a live performance could be avoided by submitting a better take.  “[We] saw it as a great opportunity for people to connect — not just musicians to connect with one another on a larger project, but also our orchestra with the USC community,” Ghrist said.  The theme of the digital festival, Carnival of the Animals, looked to whimsicality and playfulness in its musical interpretation of the personas of different animals. According to Ghrist, the playful piece was initially not taken seriously when it was first performed in 1886, as Saint-Saëns originally wrote it to bring humor to a private audience. However, CCO musicians thought the piece was “a great way to bring some levity amongst the current social dynamics.” As a performance group, the in-person component is integral to traditional orchestra practice, but the students were able to modify the format of their activities to focus on sharing music with the community in addition to practicing as a group. Starting preparations about a month and a half earlier, students were able to collaborate on Zoom by using shared screens, checking the mix of music along with everyone on the team and discussing the musicians’ ideas and goals for the festival. The student-run organization is composed of mostly non-music majors at USC and welcomes all undergraduates interested in concert performance.  Concerto Chamber Orchestra utilized visual elements, as well as collaborations with the Chamber Ballet Company and the Aquarium of the Pacific, to enhance their virtual concert experience. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) The festival culminated with a watch party livestream shared on Facebook and received great support from faculty and students. In a congratulatory email to the group, USC Thornton School of Music professor Veronika Krausas was greatly supportive of CCO’s choice to perform the Carnival of the Animals because of its nostalgic value to her as a musician. center_img “In-person music making is exciting in its own way, but the interesting thing about remote recording projects is that it’s more akin to a studio recording,” Karelin said. “If on the day of the concert, [a performer was] having an upset stomach, and they played a little out of tune, then we can’t factor those things in when preparing for live performances.” Instead of postponing practices for a future date, the orchestra group gathered on Zoom to practice and put together its first virtual concert over the summer. In an effort to share its members’ musical talents with the USC community, CCO held a 14-day digital festival from July 18 to Aug. 1, featuring movements from Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals” each day, including “Tortues” and “Personnages à longues oreilles.”   Ghrist said the performance group is planning a number of chamber ensembles that will be released throughout the year in the form of shorter videos. A concert featuring collaborations with the Thornton School of Music’s jazz department is also being planned for the start of November. In the fall, CCO also looks to incorporate the current climate of ongoing worldwide protests and action against anti-Blackness to spread awareness about racial inequality in the field of classical music.   “Our favorite quote was, ‘Oh, this shouldn’t take too long,’” Diaz said. “I feel like I felt myself saying that a lot, but then it would take longer. And usually, this was because we’d have one idea, and then more would bloom from that, and that blooming became the final product.”  Heading into the fall semester, the group is inviting USC students, alumni, staff and faculty who are interested in music to consider playing with the Concerto Chamber Orchestra and contribute to future performances. “[Carnival of the Animals is] one of those pieces that’s so dear to me and completely reminds me of my childhood,” Krausas wrote in the email. “My dad has the record … and the combination of music and the narration has probably influenced me more as a composer than I realize! I’ve been [Zooming] with my family and we’ve been watching every day or two the different [CCO] videos and yesterday we watched the whole thing.” The group is looking to include more digital content across their platforms, even after county and state restrictions on in-person events have been lifted. While about 100 to 200 people could normally fill Schoenfield Hall, Karelin said some of the digital performances have reached over 5,000 people.   “There is so much white supremacy pervasive in classical music, from the repertoire that we’re taught from a very young age to the admissions and auditions process,” Karelin said. “The programming that we’re pursuing this season, virtually all of it centers around restorative justice in one form or another. Just because we weren’t taught the music of these Black composers doesn’t mean we should continue ignoring it in our practice.” “Virtual performances have been done by so many orchestras already — with all the musicians in rectangles on the screen — which is great to see everyone, but we saw this as an opportunity to share our music in a more engaging way,” Diaz said. “Even with this situation having everyone separate, we were able to incorporate choreography from members … through this platform when we wouldn’t have been able to fit them in Schoenfeld Hall.” last_img read more

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USC begins home slate after Stanford tournament

first_imgSuccess at McDonald’s Swim Stadium is hardly a foreign concept for the No. 2 USC women’s water polo team. In seven of the past eight seasons, the Women of Troy have posted undefeated marks in their home waters, and they are looking to continue that trend in 2011, as well.The USC women’s water polo team has an undefeated history in its home waters that seems very promising for the rest of the 2011 season.Following a second place finish in last weekend’s Stanford Invitational, USC (3-1) hosts Cal Baptist (4-2) in a nonconference home contest Saturday at 3 p.m.The opening weekend tournament in Palo Alto, Calif. provided the Women of Troy with their first test of the 2011 season, facing some of the top teams in the country before eventually falling to No. 1 Stanford 10-9 in overtime of the finals.“We’re learning from our mistakes we made last weekend. It was our first couple games as a team and we’re going to progress through the season,” said senior two-meter Kristen Dronberger. “Basically, we’re working on everything because it’s early in the season.”But with their success, the Women of Troy hope to avoid a potential letdown against a Cal Baptist program they would have easily disposed of in previous seasons.In 2002, the last time the two teams squared off, USC recorded a 21-0 victory over the Lancers at a tournament in Long Beach. Presently, the Women of Troy hold a 5-0 all-time mark against Cal Baptist.As a result, the team’s defeat at the hands of Stanford has not dampened its high spirits going into Saturday’s game.“Team mentality is actually pretty good considering we didn’t play that great of a game and still almost beat Stanford” said senior driver Joelle Bekhazi. “We still have much room to improve, and that’s given us a lot of confidence.”One player to keep an eye on is freshman goalie Flora Bolonyai, who during the Stanford tournament proved her capabilities in the pool, recording 31 saves in four games en route to earning MPSF Newcomer of the Week honors.“She’s doing an incredible job” Bekhazi said. “The one thing we weren’t sure of was how our goalie was going to do, and now we know that we have a really strong girl in the cage. She basically saved us in the final game last week against Stanford.”All the players have been working together to make sure their newcomers, including Bolonyai, feel confident enough to play their best.“It’s given me a huge amount of confidence because last weekend’s games were my first real games,” Bolonyai said. “The team has really helped me because I can always ask when there’s something new going on in defense, and they also help me greatly with blocks and communication.One thing is for certain: The Women of Troy know they still have to work hard to regain their No. 1 ranking from last season.“This isn’t our peak. We’re not even close to our peak, so we’re working just as hard as we were before.”last_img read more

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Roundtable: Previewing No. 9 Virginia, NCAA Tournament talk and team efforts

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm Syracuse (14-9, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) faces No. 9 Virginia (17-4, 7-2) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange has its chance to extend its winning streak to four straight.Beat writers Connor Grossman, Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson answer three questions surrounding the Orange.1. What is working for Syracuse now that simply didn’t earlier in the season, and will it continue to work against Virginia?Connor Grossman: Paul and Matt are about to touch on John Gillon’s improvement, so I’m going to focus on an issue that plagued the Orange early on. In Syracuse’s last three games (three wins), Tyler Lydon and Andrew White have played remarkably well together. The duo has combined for nearly 39 points per game in that span. What’s more, White seems to have found his placement in the zone, and Lydon’s individual defense is probably the best on the team. I think it’s fair to believe that Syracuse will go as far as Lydon and White takes it, and expect them to turn in similar performances against the Cavaliers.Matt Schiedman: Syracuse is getting something out of the point guard spot, and it’s pretty obvious who it’s coming from. John Gillon has scored 64 points in the last two games, and it’s not like he’s chucking up shots whenever he gets the chance. His 43 points came on only 13 shots, and he’s been the driving force in Syracuse’s offense, especially late in games. In the final 2:59 against Florida State, Gillon scored SU’s final 13 points. In the last 6:29 of regulation at N.C. State, Gillon scored all of Syracuse’s 20 points. If this kind of play from the Orange’s fifth-year senior continues, don’t count out the NCAA Tournament just yet. Virginia has one of the best defenses in the country, but Gillon has already shown a knack to defy expectations.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Schwedelson: Syracuse has gotten legitimate point guard play. Plain and simple. In the last two games, John Gillon has scored 64 points and dished out 20 assists. After Syracuse lost to North Carolina, Jim Boeheim said, “What’s the difference?” when asked to explain his decisions regarding juggling Gillon and Frank Howard. Since turning to Gillon as the primary point guard against Miami on Jan. 4, the Orange is 6-3 with two of those losses coming on the road against Top 25 teams. SU still has glaring holes on the defensive end and it can’t count on 43 from Gillon every game, but his recent emergence is why the Orange has gotten hot.2. Will Syracuse be able to win going forward without superb play from just one or two players on any given night? C.G.: No team is going to win with one or two players performing. Here’s the breakdown for Syracuse: It really needs everyone to play good defense. When Boeheim talks about being unable to win with only three players, I’ll wager he’s talking about defense more than he is offense. White and Lydon are pretty safe bets to put up solid point totals, with freshmen Tyus Battle and Taurean Thompson both flashing impressive scoring ability. But defensively, SU has crumbled far too often this season. It played great defense in the first half against Florida State, and that snowballed into a huge upset. The Orange might be able to beat some teams with three players scoring, but it won’t go anywhere against good teams with only three reliable defenders.M.S.: Unless someone is scoring in the 30s every game, I don’t think Syracuse pulls off wins against Virginia, Duke and Louisville to vault itself back into Tournament contention. If Gillon contributes half of what he did against the Wolfpack, Andrew White does what he’s been doing all season and Tyler Lydon plays like he did against UNC and Notre Dame, then we’re talking. This SU team has shown that it can’t survive being one-dimensional, but the spotty occurrences of balanced scoring need to show up more often, and there isn’t much time left for that to happen.P.S.: As Jim Boeheim said after his team lost to Notre Dame, Syracuse can’t win with solid play from just three players on any given night. Somehow, SU seemingly has in its last three games but the performances it’s received have included career-highs from Andrew White and John Gillon. But in order to beat the cream of the ACC’s crop — Virginia, Duke and twice against Louisville — the Orange will need more well-rounded contributions.3. With the way Syracuse has played recently, what are the odds SU will be playing in the NCAA tournament?C.G.: Playing the numbers game with the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee won’t get you far. I’ll speculate and bet that Syracuse needs to finish out its last eight games 6-2, including a 2-2 record in four games against Virginia, Duke and Louisville. Given SU’s road struggles, the game at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center might be SU’s most important contest remaining. There isn’t a better opportunity for the Orange to fortify its Tournament resume than by beating a bona-fide national championship contender in their own arena. The odds are against Syracuse, but it’s playing with nothing to lose at this point (except a spot in the NIT).M.S.: If Syracuse goes 6-2 the rest of the way and gets at least two wins in four games against Louisville (twice), Duke and Virginia, then I think the Orange only needs to win once in the ACC tournament to get into the Big Dance. The Orange would be 21-12 with a 12-6 record in league play. I think 12 wins in the nation’s best conference is enough to mitigate the sting of losses to St. John’s, UConn and Georgetown. It’s still no sure bet, but one thing is for sure. With the way Syracuse has played lately, its hopes of NCAA Tournament inclusion certainly haven’t vanished just yet.P.S.: I still think they’re pretty slim. The Orange has won just one Top 25 game and has to make up for losses to Connecticut, St. John’s and Boston College. With four games remaining against top teams, SU probably has to win at least two of them. But there haven’t been any sure bets for the Orange since November so who knows. Would anyone really be surprised if SU struggled the rest of the year and then won the ACC tournament? I don’t know. Commentslast_img read more

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Steelers RB Stevan Ridley rips Patriots ahead of Week 15 meeting

first_imgRidley said the Patriots never contacted him after his rookie deal expired following his injury-shortened 2014-15 season, a decision that he still carries with him and intends to use as motivation in the Week 15 showdown.“And now they’re still looking for a running back to try to come in and play — how many running backs have been through there to try to give them some consistency as a quote-unquote first or second down back?” Ridley said. “They’re still looking for it right now. Yeah, it’s very personal. It is.”The Steelers (7-5-1) will face an uphill battle as they try to snap their three-game skid when they host the Patriots (9-4) at 4:25 p.m. ET. “I’m very open and I have to be real: I want this game more than any other game, man,” Ridley told The Boston Herald. “That’s just the bottom line to it. And it’ll be that way from this year until I go in the grave. I’m just that kind of person.”Ridley was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2011 draft. He had a breakout season in 2012, rushing for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns, but wasn’t resigned in 2015 after suffering a torn ACL and MCL. Despite stints with other teams, he never fully recovered from his injuries. Related News When asked why he wants to beat New England so badly, Ridley didn’t shy away from the subject.“I was trashed after an injury,” Ridley said. “I’m just going to put it that way. I’m not going to say specifically, but to be a starter for (the Patriots) for four years, to tear my ACL and never get a call back, that’s a tough pill to swallow.” Steelers looking into options to replace kicker Chris Boswellcenter_img James Conner injury update: Steelers RB (ankle) sits out Wednesday practice Stevan Ridley is still bitter about his departure from New England.The veteran running back, now with the Steelers, is determined to beat his former team when the Patriots visit Pittsburgh for Sunday’s crucial AFC clash.last_img read more

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