Tennis News Australian Open 2019: Simona Halep to face Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic guarantees top spot

first_imgNovak Djokovic assured of World No.1 rankVenus Williams eliminated from Australian OpenSerena Williams to face No.1 Simona Halep Melbourne: World number one Simona Halep set up a headline last 16 showdown with Serena Williams by beating her sister Venus as Novak Djokovic’s relentless drive towards more Australian Open glory cranked up another gear. On day six at Melbourne Park, the Romanian finally hit form to pull off her best win of the year and cruise past the veteran American 6-2, 6-3. “I was super-motivated today,” she said after being taken to three sets in both her opening two matches as she bounces back from a herniated disc that ended her 2018 season early. “I have nothing to lose,” she added, looking ahead to Monday’s clash against 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena. “I playing against a great champion. Its’s going to a bigger challenge but I’m ready to face it.” Williams crushed Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-1 before consoling her at the net as the teenager burst into tears.     The ominous 37-year-old, seeded 16, has dropped just nine games in her three matches so far on her first return to the tournament since winning it in 2017 while pregnant.  “I just play each match at a time, play as hard as I can and do the best I can. That really is all you can do,” she said as she zeroes in on an eighth Australian title and a record-equalling 24th Slam crown. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner and top seed Djokovic is gunning for a record seventh Australian title. He dropped a set for the first time this year against fast-rising Canadian Denis Shapovalov, before demolishing him in the fourth stanza to win 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. “I just tried to be in the moment and weather the storm,” said the Serb, who was unsettled when the lights were switched on in Rod Laver Arena for television reasons, despite it still being daylight.              “Completely unnecessary to turn on the lights,” he said in roasting the organisers. Djokovic’s victory means he is guaranteed to stay world number one when the new rankings are released after the tournament.         He next plays another up-and-coming star, Russia’s 15th seed Daniil Medvedev, who eased past David Goffin and has yet to drop a set. Another young gun Alexander Zverev made the last 16 for the first time when he swatted aside Australian Alex Bolt in three sets and will play former world number three Milos Raonic for a place in the quarter-finals.Fourth seed Naomi Osaka looked down and out against Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei before battling back to win 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 and set up meeting with Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.         ‘Die or win’       Osaka’s win equals the 21-year-old’s best performance at the Australian Open, where she reached the last 16 in 2018 but lost to Halep. But she looked headed for the exit when she conceded the first set and was down 4-1 in the second, before winning five straight games to force a decider.  “I just didn’t want to give up,” said the Japanese, who received a code violation after throwing her racquet.       Sixth seed Elina Svitolina struggled with a painful shoulder complaint that required treatment at every changeover, and medical timeouts, before she somehow beat China’s Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 as the temperature rose in the centre court sunshine. “I just told myself ‘you’re going to die or win’,” said Svitolina, who scored her biggest career win by clinching the WTA Finals in Singapore last October.               She will next meet 17th-seeded American Madison Keys. Eighth seed Kei Nishikori made it back-to-back victories for Japan, following Osaka on court by beating Portugal’s 44th-ranked Joao Sousa in three sets. The 29-year-old has won all three of his first week matches on Margaret Court Arena to reach the last 16 for the seventh time in nine appearances.    “I love to play this court,” said the 2014 US Open finalist after delighting a large contingent of Japanese fans. He next plays Spain’s 23rd seed Pablo Carreno Busta. highlightslast_img read more

Colorado AD wants next head coach to share his commitment

first_imgColorado AD wants next head coach to share his commitment Associated Press Chiaverini seemed to make a pitch at the full-time gig when he said, “This campus and the city of Boulder is where I grew up as a young man, and there’s no better place to be than CU. The pride and tradition of the Colorado Buffaloes is something every student-athlete, like myself, in the country should experience.”Chiaverini, who lettered four times as a wide receiver under coach Rick Neuheisel from 1995-98, returned to his alma mater in 2016 after serving two seasons as wide receivers coach at Texas Tech. He served three seasons as co-offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator under former head coach Mike MacIntyre. When Tucker replaced MacIntyre, he kept Chiaverini on staff and promoted him to assistant head coach.Chiaverini’s status as interim head coach should keep the recruiting class and roster largely intact as George and Carl conduct their search for someone who is committed to the Buffs and whom they’re convinced will stay, a search that may very well lead them back to Chiaverini.Other names making the rounds as potential candidates:ERIC BIENIEMY, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator. The Buffs’ career rushing leader has had two stints as an assistant at CU and has spent the last seven years with the Chiefs. He’s expected to follow ex-Chiefs OCs Matt Nagy and Doug Pederson into the NFL head coaching ranks if he stays in KC. ANDY AVALOS, Oregon defensive coordinator. A star linebacker at Boise State, Avalos got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant in Boulder from 2006-08. He spent seven seasons at Boise State. In his first season at Oregon, the Ducks ranked among the 10 stingiest defenses in the country.Other intriguing names with no ties to Colorado include:BUTCH JONES, Alabama offensive analyst. Jones was considered for Colorado’s job in 2012 but chose Tennessee. He’s 84-54 in 11 seasons as a college head coach (Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Tennessee) and was considered for the Rutgers and Colorado State openings this year.JIM MORA, broadcaster. Mora went 46-30 at UCLA from 2012-17, taking the Bruins to four bowl games. He also had a 31-33 record in the NFL with the Falcons (2004-06) and Seahawks (2009).TONY ALFORD, Ohio State assistant head coach. A graduate of Colorado State, Alford is a top-notch recruiter. Alford has spent the last five years at Ohio State after six seasons at Notre Dame, which followed stints at Louisville, Iowa State and Washington. After going 5-7 in his first season in Boulder, Tucker did an about-face this week and accepted the Michigan State job after a long day of reinforcing his commitment to Colorado through a media blitz and meetings with donors and alumni.His resignation leaves George and associate athletic director Lance Carl, who oversees the football program, conducting their second head coaching search in 15 months.George named Darrin Chiaverini , who spearheaded the Buffs’ top-35 recruiting class this year, as interim head coach Wednesday, a move that adds stability and continuity amid the stunning departure of Tucker, who doubled his salary by leaving for Michigan State but now serves as the freshest face of what ails college football.“I have a lot of confidence in Darrin to lead us through this interim period,” George said. “He has been associated with the program beginning with his playing days 25 years ago and cares deeply about the Buffs.”Chiaverini, 42, certainly checks the boxes George has in mind for the next head coach: He just completed his fourth year as wide receivers coach at CU and named him one of the top 25 college football recruiters in the country for the third consecutive year. GRAHAM HARRELL, USC offensive coordinator. The 34-year-old ex-NFL QB learned the Air Raid offense under Mike Leach at Texas Tech. He served two seasons on Leach’s staff at Washington State (2014-15), then three as offensive coordinator at North Texas before joining the Trojans last season. ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: AP college football: and RYAN WALTERS, Missouri defensive coordinator. A standout safety for the Buffaloes from 2004-08, Walters was voted team captain and MVP his senior season. He’s also had stops as an assistant at Colorado, Arizona, Oklahoma, North Texas and Memphis.MARK HELFRICH, former college coach, broadcaster. Helfrich was CU’s offensive coordinator from 2006-08 before going to Oregon, where he went 47-16 after replacing Chip Kelly as head coach. Helfrich served two seasons as the Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator before being fired recently.TIM DeRUYTER, Cal defensive coordinator. The former Air Force player and assistant coach drew strong interest from CU while he was at Fresno State, where he went 31-30 in five years. A collegiate coach for three decades, DeRuyter has engineered a dramatic turnaround of the Golden Bears.DAVE LOGAN, Denver Broncos play-by-play announcer and high school coach. The ex-Buffs multi-sport star has won eight state football titles with four schools. His NFL career included nine years as a wide receiver for the Browns and Broncos and 31 years as voice of the Broncos. TROY CALHOUN, Air Force head football coach. Calhoun is coming off his best season in his 13 years at the Academy, an 11-2 mark and a No. 22 finish. His Falcons handed the Buffs a loss in Boulder, one that ultimately kept Tucker from a .500 record and a bowl berth in his only season at CU. February 13, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBOULDER, Colo. (AP) — After Mel Tucker’s midnight blindside, Colorado athletic director Rick George says the Buffaloes’ next head football coach has to share his passion for the university and the state. Someone who isn’t going to look recruits, parents, players and administrators in the eye and say he’s their guy one minute, then bolt for more money and bigger budgets the next, leaving the program to pick up the pieces.“I’m going to be open-minded to candidates that are out there,” George said. “Certainly I want somebody that shares my passion for this university. If that’s somebody that’s been here before, that’s great; but I want somebody that shares that passion about Colorado that I do and knowing that we can win a championship.”last_img read more

Sac State, EWU meet in Big Sky quarters

first_imgSac State, EWU meet in Big Sky quarters March 11, 2020 Associated Press FAB FRESHMEN: Eastern Washington’s Mason Peatling, Ellis Magnuson and Casson Rouse have collectively accounted for 36 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 43 percent of all Eagles points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Peatling has either made or assisted on 44 percent of all Eastern Washington field goals over the last five games. Peatling has accounted for 41 field goals and 24 assists in those games.WINNING WHEN: Eastern Washington is a perfect 16-0 when the team blocks at least three opposing shots. The Eagles are 7-8 this season when they block fewer than three shots.FLOOR SPACING: Eastern Washington’s Kim Aiken Jr. has attempted 229 3-pointers and connected on 33.2 percent of them, and is 7 for 15 over his last three games.DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy Sacramento State defense has held opponents to just 59.7 points per game, the fifth-lowest in Division I. Eastern Washington has given up an average of 72.9 points through 31 games (ranked 242nd, nationally).center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSacramento State (16-14, 9-12) vs. No. 1 seed Eastern Washington (23-8, 16-4)Big Sky Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho; Thursday, 1 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Sacramento State is set to take on Eastern Washington in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tournament. In the regular season, Eastern Washington won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last played each other on Feb. 20, when the Eagles shot 50.8 percent from the field and went 11 for 25 from 3-point territory en route to a one-point victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Williams to return next week

first_img(BBC) – SERENA Williams will return to tennis in Abu Dhabi next week, almost four months after giving birth.The American, 36, will play world number seven, Jelena Ostapenko, in an exhibition match on 30 December during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slams, said she was “delighted to be returning to the court”.She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September.Former world number one, Williams, has not played since winning the Australian Open in January.Coach Patrick Mouratoglou said in November that no decision had been made over whether Williams would play in the season’s first Grand Slam.Australian Open director Craig Tilley has said Williams is “very likely” to defend her title at the 2018 tournament, which starts on 15 January.Ranked 22nd in the world, she would not need a wildcard.Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka have pulled out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which runs from 28-30 December.Latvian Ostapenko, whose match against Williams will be the first between women to be played at a tournament first staged in 2009, said: “It is a huge honour to be part of that history.”last_img read more

Guardiola Says City Players are Free to Express Themselves the…

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he has no problem with England forward Raheem Sterling discussing the possibility of a move to Real Madrid.Sterling was quizzed by Spanish outlet AS about joining Real, given City’s two-year ban from European competition.The 25-year-old re-iterated that he was “really happy at City” but admitted: “I am always open to challenges.” Guardiola said his players were “free to say what they think. We’re not here to tell them what they have to say”.Sterling has developed into one of City’s most influential players since joining from Liverpool in a £49m deal in July 2016.Asked whether he would one day like to play for La Liga leaders Real, he told AS: “How do I answer that one? Is the camera live or is it just taking pictures?“No one knows what the future will hold. I am a player and I am always open to challenges but right now my challenge is at City and I’m really happy. I have a contract with City now and I have to respect this.Real Madrid are a fantastic club. When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for, it’s massive.”Guardiola said of the interview: “It’s normal in the Madrid media to speak about Madrid, that’s normal.“I’m completely sure (of) the commitment of our players, it’s about what they’ve shown for many years, nothing changes.“At the end of the season nobody knows what is going to happen. With calm we decide what we want, but for the next three months the commitment will be incredible.”Guardiola claims “nobody has helped us outside” as the club come to terms with the possibility of a two-year exile from European competition.City were banned and fined 30m euros (£25m) last week for “serious breaches” of Uefa’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations. They have confirmed they will contest the European governing body’s decision.“I repeat, it’s not finished,” Guardiola told BBC Sport. “It’s not over, we appeal and see what happens.”Guardiola confirmed after Wednesday’s Premier League victory against West Ham that he would remain at the club regardless of the outcome of the appeal and that the “truth will prevail”.The 49-year-old Spaniard joined City in 2016 after winning seven trophies in three years at Bayern Munich and to date has captured successive Premier League titles, plus the FA Cup and the League Cup twice, with the chance to complete a hat-trick in next month’s final against Aston Villa.Asked on Friday whether a two-year ban for breaching financial fair play regulations would in some way colour judgement of his time at the club, he said: “I cannot change that. I know how hard we work and I’m so proud of what we’ve done these years together.“I have a different opinion, nobody has helped us outside, we did an incredible job day by day, game by game and nothing will change the opinion.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

A little fun raising

first_imgSo the Monday Night Football Telethon Extravaganza came and went with great success.There were two great games, both flowing flawlessly despite the fact that there were two unorthodox games on Monday. Unfortunately, the feel-good story Saints could not pull off their second straight victory, but at a time like this, there are obviously bigger things to worry about.The telethon, which featured numerous stars who volunteered their time, brought in more than $5 million to be donated to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.Needless to say, the entire event was an awesome outreach by all who participated and all who donated and a great effort by the NFL. The entire situation was win-win, except for the Cowboys of course, who found a way to squander away their fourth-quarter lead.Obviously the big picture was aiding those who lost so much due to Katrina, and that in itself is what motivated people to make the donations they did. But when else in your life are you going to get the opportunity, not only to help people, but to talk to legends when doing so?Just imagine some of the conversations that could be had with some of these people — I know I did. But please, bear with me as you read these. I am in no way trying to make a mockery of the telethon, just having a little fun with it.Here are some of the following discussions I could only hope happened Monday night with:ESPN personality Jeremy Schaap:”Aw, man … Jeremy Schaap? Well, I’ll tell you what, I was going to give 500 bucks, but just because I got hold of you, I’ll give $1,000 if you will stop trying to be your dad for once. Hell, I’ll give you $2,000 if you never show up on Outside the Lines ever again.”Early-morning show/game-show host Regis Philbin:Me: “Hey Reg, what’s going on?”Philbin: “How much would you like to donate?”Me: “I don’t know, can I use a lifeline?”Philbin: “Good one.”Me: “No, seriously, I’d like to phone a friend, could you put Kathie Lee Gifford on the line?”Philbin: “Kathie’s not here but I’ll put you on the line with Frank (Gifford — also manning the phones Monday night).”Frank: “I hear you need some help making a decision.”Me: “Yeah, but Reg says I only have 30 seconds. Don’t you miss being in the booth tonight?”Frank: “Yeah, but I’ve gotten used to it.”Regis: “Okay time’s up.”Me: “He was no help, I guess I’m gonna need to ask the audience.”Regis: “Aw, hell, call back some other time.”With Danny Kanell, former Florida State quarterback who apparently also played in the NFL:Danny Kanell? The Danny Kanell who threw for 5,000 passing yards … in his career? “Oh, I must have the wrong number.” Click.With former running back and former Monday Night Football sideline reporter Eric Dickerson:”Yo, Eric, remember when you were the MNF sideline reporter and not this fill-in Sam Ryan? …Yeah, I don’t remember that too well either. It was pretty short-lived and every time you came on the screen, I wasted a few more brain cells and a few more minutes of my life. That’s cool, though. Anyway, where’s Melissa Stark, did she drop off the face of the Earth? What do you mean ‘who is Melissa Stark’? She was on the opposite side of the field every Monday! ‘What field’? Are you kidding me? Whatever. Here’s some cash.”You’ve got to understand that a conversation that long with Dickerson these days is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You must also realize that a conversation that long with E.D. would probably last an entire quarter of one of the games.But this next one, by far, would be one of the best conversations of your life, and I’m sorry that I only realized it after the telethon was over because this would have culminated my being.With former Dolphin wide receiver Mark Duper:Me: “Dupe, good to hear from you, man. Loved you in Tecmo Bowl. Say, what do you think made the Dolphins so good in that game? Were you and Marino that good, or did Tecmo just give you a really good playbook?”Duper: “I don’t know, man.”Me: “Of course you don’t. Put on a guy who does know a little something about the game: former Giant Carl Banks.”Banks: “I hear you want to talk some Tecmo.”Me: “Yeah, I was just wondering how it felt to be overshadowed by Lawrence Taylor.”Banks: “They made LT so good that it was like cheating to use the Giants on that game, man. So if you really wanted to prove yourself a good Tecmo player, you should’ve just used me every time. Then again, you’ve got to remember the most underrated player on that game.”Banks/Me (simultaneously): “Mark Bavaro!”Banks: “Damn right. Go Giants!”last_img read more

Baseball hosts three-game series against Pac-12’s best

first_imgThe baseball team hopes to carry the momentum from Tuesday night’s 6-5 walk-off victory against Pepperdine into a critical three-game series against Utah.Despite having a 10-15 overall record, the Utes are 7-2 in Pac-12, playing good enough to sit atop the conference standings along with Cal.The Trojans improved to a 13-14 overall record in the tenth inning Tuesday after a walk-off single from senior centerfielder Timmy Robinson scoring redshirt sophomore Frankie Rios. The midweek game was a change of pace after the Trojans dropped two of three to Stanford the weekend prior.Robinson, who was named a Pac-12 Player of the Week last week, credits both his and his teammates’ improved offensive production to the team playing more like a collective unit, and the batters’ primary focus is simply on making contact and getting on base. Robinson thinks this USC team has the talent to go on the winning run that head coach Dan Hubbs has been looking for, but expressed that the team will have to play far more consistently to do so.“We are not here to compete with each others’ numbers; it is more what can we do to help the team win,” Robinson said. “If mine is RBIs, then that is my job, and everybody has their job. If we just stick to being a team and not worrying about individual stuff, I think that we will be fine.”Hubbs believes that his team demonstrated its ability to overcome adversity in its extra inning win Tuesday, adding that the players may be feeling more comfortable in these high pressure situations because of the disproportionate number of games the Trojans have played that have been decided by 1 run this season already. Hubbs is hoping that adding a fully healthy senior pitcher Kyle Davis, sophomore pitcher Mitch Hart and freshman pitcher Marrick Crouse to the starting rotation later in the year will be the spark of talent and pitching they need to make it to the college playoffs.“We want to be like that Virginia team was last year that got hot at the right time, got in and then wins the whole thing,” Hubbs said. “I think that talent wise we are capable of it. I think that on the mound we are starting to get healthy.”The Trojans are preparing for a Utah team that Hubbs says maintains a lot of action on field by anticipating a large number of trick plays including the hit and run, the run and hit and the bump and run, which the Utes actively utilizes to stir the defense and create more offensive opportunities.Utah travels to Los Angeles having lost its previous game Tuesday at Utah Valley University 4-10 but after sweeping Arizona in a three game home weekend series last weekend.“I think that it will be a big weekend for us,” Hubbs said. “If we come out with a series win, I think that it will get us back on track as we go into Oregon.”The first pitch of USC’s series with Utah is at 6 p.m. Friday at Dedeaux Field. The following two games will begin at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.last_img read more

Tiana Mangakahia’s 44 points lead No. 17 Syracuse to 94-88 win over No. 22 Florida State

first_imgTiana Mangakahia walked toward the Syracuse bench with her head down, picking it up only when she saw Miranda Drummond approaching her. She offered a high five, but Drummond rejected it. Instead, the redshirt senior went in for a hug with Mangakahia, while Digna Strautmane joined Drummond on their point guard’s other side. Mangakahia cracked a brief smile before it disappeared for postgame handshakes with Florida State. When they were over, and she was done shaking hands with the Seminoles and her teammates, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman rejected her high-five too. He wrapped his arm around her and pandered to the crowd, talking to nobody in particular about how well his point guard played. Mangakahia had just tied her career-high with 44 points, including 33 in the second half, to lead short-handed No. 17 Syracuse (21-7, 10-5 Atlantic Coast) to a much-needed 94-88 win over No. 22 Florida State (21-7, 9-6). Without Emily Engstler, who didn’t travel with the team to due to an academic issue, and with centers Amaya Finklea-Guity and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi in foul trouble, the Orange heavily relied on Mangakahia to carry them. And she did. “Man, it’s funny, I didn’t realize she had that many points, I swear I didn’t,” Hillsman said. “Watching the game, I knew that she was having a good game, but 44, man, that’s a bunch in a game.”Mangakahia didn’t get going until after the first media timeout of the game, when she scored seven of Syracuse’s last 10 points of the first quarter. That tied FSU’s Nausia Woolfolk for the game-high after the first, which SU finished leading 22-18. The Seminoles opened the second quarter with a 10-4 run, stopped by a deep 2-pointer by Kadiatou Sissoko that tied the game at 28. While the Orange shot the ball well early on, the play of its centers faltered.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU tallied nine turnovers in the first half alone, with Finklea-Guity and Djaldi-Tabdi responsible for two each. They also struggled defensively. The two players each racked up three fouls in seven minutes, forcing Hillsman to play a combination of Raven Fox, Sissoko, and Digna Strautmane at center. “They were fantastic,” Hillsman said, “they did a really good job in the paint, they were very quick on their feet, moving the ball, they move really well in our zone.”But without two of their best rebounders for most of the half, the Orange were dominated on the defensive glass. They gave up nine offensive rebounds, allowing Florida State to attempt 10 more shots than Syracuse did in the first half. Despite the shot disparity, SU kept pace with the Seminoles — it went into halftime up one, thanks in part to its 65.2 percent shooting from the field. With her frontcourt in foul trouble, Mangakahia took over the game offensively. Just over three minutes into the second half, the junior scored six straight points for the Orange, boosting their lead to 53-49 by the midway point in the third. Defensively, even though Djaldi-Tabdi earned her fourth foul, Finklea-Guity stayed aggressive and blocked two shots in the period. While SU’s defense stabilized, Mangakahia continued to go to work on the Seminoles. During his halftime interview, Hillsman said that his team needed to be more aggressive in the second half. Mangakahia made his words a reality, scoring 16 points in the third quarter alone. Her explosion culminated in a pair of 3-pointers 31 seconds apart, with the second giving the Orange a 67-58 lead and prompting a Florida State timeout. As she ran to the bench, Hillsman made a point of meeting her with his arms outstretched for a low-five. “She kept attacking the rim,” Hillsman said. “She kept playing downhill, playing aggressive, I thought that was the key of the game for her.”Sissoko, who played a career-high 23minutes, continued her career day with a leaning jumper to begin the fourth quarter and give SU a nine-point lead. Mangakahia followed by scoring six of Syracuse’s next eight points, but then the Orange offense went stagnant. Sissoko missed four shots in a row and Mangakahia turned the ball over twice, allowing the Seminoles to go on a 13-2 run and tie the game at 79.Hillsman called a timeout, which was followed by a steal and another layup by Mangakahia, giving her a season-high 35 points. Florida State responded by tying the game again, but just over two minutes later, Mangakahia put Syracuse ahead for good. Off a defensive rebound by Strautmane, Mangakahia leaked out and converted a clutch fast-break layup plus the foul to put SU up 3. FSU cut the Orange’s lead to 1, but six free throws by Mangakahia in the last 41 seconds ensured that Syracuse never trailed again. Without Engstler and with its centers in foul trouble, SU was short-handed on Thursday night. And following a 30-point loss to Notre Dame on Monday, the Orange came into Tallahassee desperate for a win. To make sure that happened, Mangakahia turned in her best performance of the season, and possibly her Syracuse career.“Anytime you get a player that can score at that rate, you understand that that’s a luxury,” Hillsman said. “Not too many people have players in their program that can score that many points.” Comments Published on February 28, 2019 at 11:11 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rockwell claim West title

first_imgIn the South the final takes place this evening between a star studded Clonmel Commercials who are managed by Tipp minor football manager Charlie McGeever and their neighbours Kilsheelan KilcashIt throws in at 6.30pm in Munroe Rockwell Rovers won the title rinning out winners on a  final score of Rockwell Rovers 1-15 Cashel King Cormacs 1-2Theres three football finals down for decision in Tipp today, the under 21 B county football final takes place in Golden when Ardfinnan meet Upperchurch-Drombane at 3pm in Golden. Upperchurch manager Pat Phelan says they are confident going into the gameThe West final takes place in Dundrum at 6.30pm between Eire Og Annacarthy, who are going for a hurling and football double in the West, and Arravale Rovers.last_img

Premier League season kicks off tonight

first_imgThe Premier League season kicks off tonight when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the season.Kick off is at 7.45 Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says he’s been waiting impatiently for the opening day to finally arrive.last_img