Schneidman: Uncertainty surrounds Syracuse heading into ACC tournament after loss to Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2016 at 7:19 pm Commentscenter_img TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Michael Gbinije hobbled across an open court by himself and glanced twice to his left. There, in a corner of the Donald Tucker Civic Center, a mosh pit of Florida State fans and players celebrated 30 minutes after the game ended.Syracuse’s leading scorer finished with a team-high 21 points, but had no say in cementing a furious Syracuse comeback down the stretch, fouling out with 22.8 seconds left. He observed from the bench as Trevor Cooney’s potential game-tying 3 clanked off the front of the rim with 16 seconds remaining.Cooney thought it was going in. Malachi Richardson did too. Even Florida State’s Malik Beasley thought his team-leading 20 points would be nullified by either a make or a renewed Syracuse possession.But neither happened. Instead, Xavier Rathan-Mayes streaked the other way for an uncontested layup to put the final nail in Syracuse’s coffin that the Orange repeatedly staved off. SU’s (19-12, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) quest for double-digit wins in conference was denied despite cutting a 10-point lead to two in the final two minutes. And with a 78-73 loss to Florida State (18-12, 8-10), the uncertainty of Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament hopes looms larger heading into the ACC tournament next week.“I’m not going to talk about it,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ”What good would that do? My opinion is the selection committee will have to determine who the best teams are in the country. We’ve got (31) games already and then they’ll have the tournament also. They’ll have to make that judgement. That’s my opinion, but it’s no answer because I’m not going to answer that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Virginia Tech beat Miami on Saturday evening, it solidified the Orange as the No. 9 seed at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. next week. Syracuse will face eighth-seeded Pittsburgh, who has beat SU twice this season and outrebounded the Orange by a combined 38 boards in two matchups.Against the Seminoles on Saturday, Syracuse was bullied down low to the tune of a 43-26 rebounding margin in favor of the hosts. Three different Florida State players grabbed eight rebounds while nobody on Syracuse corralled more than five.It’s a problem SU shed in the middle of conference play, but the last five games have seen Syracuse get outrebounded by 56 while allowing over 71 points per game.“We got a lot of stuff to work on defensively,” Tyler Lydon said, “so it’s just a matter of going back, getting ready.”After winning eight of nine games in the middle of ACC play, Syracuse has dropped four of its last five. Following Syracuse’s most recent loss to Pittsburgh, Gbinije said he had an idea of where Syracuse stood on the bubble but didn’t want to discuss it. Cooney too left that up to those outside the team. Boeheim echoed the same.On Saturday, it was no different, with Syracuse likely slipping further toward the cut line of the 68-team field with an opponent that has twice blown Syracuse away down the stretch up next.“It’s hard but it’s just something we’ve got to improve on and make sure we get better,” Richardson said of finishing games. “Get ready for the ACC tournament.”When Richardson was asked if he had a gauge on what Syracuse needed to do next week to secure an NCAA Tournament bid, he stared straight at the ground and mumbled “I don’t know” twice.Just minutes later, a Florida State staff member cracked open the door to Syracuse’s locker room and handed Richardson four boxes of soap. Richardson extended both arms in the air holding the bars and screamed “Soap!” with a wide smile across his face in a silent locker room before declaring that was the deal-breaker for him to take a shower.A win in the ACC tournament may result in the same change in emotion, but Saturday’s loss amplifies the uncertainty.One by one, players moved from their lockers. Richardson went to the shower, Tyler Roberson trudged across the open court to the team bus and Gbinije followed. With ice bags latched onto his knees and right hand, Gbinije remained stoic, observing a celebration that leaves Syracuse with questions that weren’t given answers, and ones that may not have them yet.Matt Schneidman is the Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or @matt_schneidman.last_img read more

Catena sanctions board makeover as Kathryn Baker resigns from Chair duties

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Webinar launched exploring sports betting partnerships and market access in US March 8, 2019 Optimizer Invest appoints Grant Williams to lead Megalotto property March 29, 2019 Related Articles Catena restructures board as Optimizer Invest decreases shareholding February 22, 2019 Industry affiliate marketing publisher Catena Media Plc has informed investors that it will make significant changes to its board following a number of resignations. Issuing a market filing, the Stockholm-listed firm confirmed that Kathryn Baker has declined to seek re-election as Chairwoman. Baker is joined by Mats Alders and Cecilia Qvist who have chosen to resign from board duties.  Reacting to recent developments, Catena’s Nominations Committee has put forward to investors that independent director Göran Blomberg should be elected as new Chairman of the Board. Blomberg, the former CFO of Swedish retailer ICA Group, who has served as a Catena governance advisor since February 2019, following the divestment of equity by former Malta venture capital investor Optimizer Invest.Further changes see Catena Nominations Committee propose to investors the appointments of Adam Krejcik and Marcus Lindqvist as new board members.US wagering expert Adam Krejcik is the co-founder and partner of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming LLC – a research and insights consulting firm that follows digital and interactive gaming trends.Marcus Lindqvist is the Chief Executive of Swedish digital retailer Qliro Group, the operating company of leading Swedish fast-fashion brand Nelly.Moving forward, Catena has outlined its intention to reduce its size to six members. Catena investors will be required to vote on the Nominations Committee’s proposals at the firm’s AGM scheduled for 15 May 2020, held in Stockholm Sweden.last_img read more

Thunder Bay Theatre Receives Close to $15,000 in ‘Give Tuesday’ Donations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.- The wait is finally over and ‘Giving Tuesday’ has a final winner. This year’s grant total was over $156,000. The number one grant receiver went to Thunder Bay Theatre who desperately needs lobby repairs.Overjoyed with win, the team said the 73 gifts they received of almost $15,000 would do the job. Moving to Alpena was a difficult decision for the theatre’s director, but in the end Jeffery Mindock said it was worth it, and he can now let his hair down. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena’s leadership students give back with gift baskets for ChristmasNext Salvation Army Grateful for Additional Donations From the Communitylast_img read more

adidas hand Leo Messi a new Turbo/Blast Purple f50 adizero

first_imgIt’s no secret that adidas love handing Lionel Messi a new f50 adizero colorway every now and then. After all, why shouldn’t they? The sportswear giant has already designed a fantastic product around their star man and they are doing a good job of keeping the look fresh by providing exciting, new colorways every so often. Today, adidas have announced a new look for the exceptional technology in their f50 series in which Messi will “light up the pitch.”The new design features diagonals, sharp cuts, smooth gradients, and an overall style that stands apart from the rest of adidas’ boot offerings. Messi’s new f50 will come in a colorway comprised of what adidas are culling Turbo/Blast Purple/White and are symmetrical across both feet. These are the successor to the red & white beauties that Lionel Messi wore (and we were lucky enough to test out) in the latter stages of the 2012/13 season for Barcelona and into the summer for Argentina.The Turbo/Blast Purple/White colorway will make its official debut on June 29th in Colombia as part of the “Messi and Friends Tour” series of charity matches. There will also be similar matches along the tour played in Chicago, Los Angeles, and in Peru. Featured guests include Didier Drogba, Radamel Falcao, Dani Alves, and 30 or so more players that have yet to be officially announced.last_img read more

Cody Bellinger continues record-setting home run pace as Dodgers beat Mets

first_imgThere were eight home runs hit in the game (four by each team). Justin Turner and Chris Taylor also went deep for the Dodgers, who won their fourth consecutive game and 10th in their past 11 games.For Bellinger, the home runs were his 20th and 21st in 51 games since he was promoted from Triple-A on April 25. No other player in the majors has hit more than 17 homers in that time and no other player in major-league history has hit as many in his first 51 big-league games.“Yeah, it’s crazy,” Bellinger said with a smile. “A month and a half ago, if you told me what I was going to do, I probably would have called you crazy. But for me, like I’ve said before, I’m going to come in tomorrow and do my same routine and try to have good at-bats.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bellinger was asked if he knew who led his league in home runs. After guessing Aaron Judge – the overall leader with 23 for the New York Yankees – Bellinger was reminded that Judge plays in the American League.“Oh,” he said. “I don’t know – me?”Bellinger broke into laughter at that point but it is indeed the rookie who leads the National League in home runs. Monday’s multi-homer game was Bellinger’s fifth, tying Mike Piazza (in 1993) for the most by a Dodgers rookie. Piazza had his fifth on Oct. 3 that year, the final day of the regular season.  The Dodgers still have 91 games to go this season.“This pace – if you kind of pro-rate these numbers, I mean, that’s absurd,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Bellinger, who has hit a home run every 9.2 at-bats. “But I think the quality of at-bat can continue.”Bellinger isn’t the only Dodger putting up startling home run numbers this season – so is the team’s ace, Clayton Kershaw.Kershaw gave up four home runs Monday night – two to Jose Reyes and one each to Jay Bruce and Gavin Cecchini. For Cecchini – the Mets’ No. 8 hitter who had a total of 27 home runs in six minor-league seasons – it was his first major-league home run.That set career-highs for home runs allowed in a game and a season for Kershaw, who has allowed 17 in 15 starts this season (one more than he gave up over 33 starts in 2012).Kershaw has allowed more than one home run in four of his starts this season, matching the number of multi-homer games he had in 81 starts over the previous three seasons.Five times in his career, Kershaw has allowed three or more home runs in a start. Three of those games have been this season – April 8 in Colorado, May 28 at home against the Chicago Cubs and Monday against the Mets.“No, I don’t know,” Kershaw said when asked if he could explain those numbers. “You hope mistakes are hit for singles or doubles or whatever. It just so happens mine are being hit out of the ballpark right now. I don’t know what you do to change that other than stop making mistakes, I guess.”Kershaw’s mistakes are leaving the park at a career-high rate even though his hard-hit percentage, strikeout rate and fly-ball rate are all around his career norm. Kershaw said he had “no theory” to explain that and neither did Roberts.“That’s a good question. I don’t have an answer,” Roberts said. “His track record – I think and I’m certain that it will even out. This pace of giving up home runs for Clayton, I definitely don’t see it continuing.”Reyes’ second home run, a two-run shot into the left-field pavilion, ended Kershaw’s night with one out in the seventh inning. The six runs he allowed were the most he has given up in a start since April 11, 2015 in Arizona and the most earned runs he has allowed in a start since he gave up seven to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 17, 2014.And yet, he became the first 10-game winner in the National League this season thanks to an offense that has averaged seven runs per game over their past 10 and had a season-high 17 hits Monday (including four from Turner and three from Bellinger).“We’ve got a lot of guys swinging the bats really well and they picked me up today,” Kershaw said. “There’s two ways to go. You can either try to rethink everything when you have a start like this or you can just say, ‘Screw it’ and come back tomorrow and act like it didn’t happen.“I’m going to go with the latter for now, I think.”center_img LOS ANGELES >> LOS ANGELES – Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger might or might not get an invitation to the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Miami next month. So he’s starting without them.Bellinger hit home runs in his first two at-bats Monday night as the Dodgers scored seven times in the first two innings and hung on for a 10-6 win over the New York Mets.last_img read more

Džeko keen on Bundesliga return

first_imgManchester City forward Edin Džeko has denied claims he has held talks over a move to Borussia Dortmund but confirmed he would love to return to the Bundesliga.Džeko, who won the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2009, has long been linked with a move back to Germany after failing to fully establish himself in the first-team at City.In an interview with kicker magazine, the 26-year-old said: “I love the Bundesliga and I will return to the Bundesliga. The only thing I don’t know is when.”In recent weeks, there have been reports that Dortmund are leading the race for his services as speculation persists that Robert Lewandowski will depart the Westfalenstadion.However, Džeko dismissed claims he had met with Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp and club officials at a hotel outside the German city recently.“That’s not true,” he said. “There is a lot of talk and a lot is written. If you believed every word, I’d be playing at FC Bayern or AC Milan by now.”Even so, Džeko did little to hide his admiration for Dortmund and is tipping Klopp’s men to reach the Champions League final.The German champions, who took four points from City as they finished top of Group D, are well-placed to reach the quarter-finals after securing a 2-2 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their second-round tie.“I knew Borussia from the Bundesliga,” he said. “Essentially, I knew nearly everything about the team but, all the same, they managed to impress me.“Borussia showed how strong they are. They lost Shinji Kagawa [to Manchester United] ahead of the season, but now they have Marco Reus, who might be even better. Dortmund are a top club. Everyone in Europe was able to see that. With Jurgen Klopp, they have a great coach working there. This team can go a long way.“I am convinced Borussia will make it into the final. That’s my wish for the club. Anyone who comes out on top of a group with Real Madrid in such fashion can beat anyone.”The BiH international also said he was flattered to have received praise from Klopp in the past.“When it comes from one of the best coaches in Europe, I’m delighted, of course,” he said.Speaking to Sky on Sunday, Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke also tried to cool the Džeko rumours and claimed there were 100 to 150 Bundesliga players to look at, adding he would not comment any names.last_img read more

Junior: “I understand the whistles; maybe we risk the exit”

first_imgThe left back has jumped to the pitch in the 22nd minute after the injury of Jordi Alba, who has an injury to the right adductor which would jeopardize his presence in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against the Naples and in the League classic at the Santiago Bernabéu on March 1. That would open wide the doors of ownership to Firpo, who has admitted that he will probably have to “play more during the next matches” and is prepared for it. Junior Firpo has been sympathetic to the whistles of the Blaugrana fans during the last leg of the game when Quique Setién’s team has tried to get the ball played from behind. “I understand because maybe we have risked too much at that time of the meeting,” he said. When asked what the arrival at Barça de Angel would look like, the author of Getafe’s goal today at the Camp Nou, has considered that “the best players always have to be in Barça and Angel is one of the best strikers of the League, has ten goals without playing in one of the great teams. “ The left-handed side Junior Firpo, who replaced Jordi Alba in the 22nd minute on the left side of Barça when he was injured, explained after the victory against Getafe that he understood the nervousness of the Blaugrana fans in the last leg of the match because maybe they have risked too much at the exit of the ball. The Dominican has been the Barça player who has gone out to speak with the media after the Blaugrana victory by 2-11 against Getafe with goals from Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto, this one pass from Firpo himself. “I am happy with the performance I have given and with the goal pass,” he said.center_img Cucurella: “We hope Angel stays”Marc Cucurella, the former Blaugrana who has played the entire match with Getafe at the Camp Nou, has also expressed himself on this issue. “The subject of Angel has come out a lot in the press in recent days, but we hope he stays because he gives us a lot. He is a player who finds the spaces very well and is very fast,” he said. Finally, Cucurella has referred to the non-greeting between Quique Setién and his coach, José Bordalás. “It is an issue that is not incumbent upon the players, an anecdotal issue. The important thing is what happens on the pitch.”last_img read more

PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

first_imgPH chess player Menandro Redor. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonHoping to pick up where they left off, the Philippines chess para athletes are loooling to surpass their six-gold medal haul in 2015 and aiming for seven this time in Kuala Lumpur.But Menandro Redor, one of the country’s leading para athlete in chess, thinks that with the chess team’s stringent preparation it could even exceed its target in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games this month.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “We may get more than just seven golds because we had intense training for this. We joined different local and international tournaments just to prepare,” said Redor in Filipino. “Our coaches have been taking care of us and we’re so prepared that we’re sure of what we can accomplish.”Redor, who will also serve as the Philippines’ flagbearer for the opening ceremonies, ha four-gold haul for the visually impaired 2 division, which is for partially blind participants, in the last staging of the biennial games in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe PH chess team will also lean on wheelchair-bound FIDE Master Sander Severino and Henry Lopez as they gun to sweep the individual and team events of standard and rapid.“We’ve already swept our category, so our goal now is to do that in the other categories. It also helps that we’ve got a women’s team now so it’s really possible that we can get the top spot this time,” Redor said. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img LATEST STORIES The 32-year-old woodpusher isn’t discounting the capacity of the opposition with Indonesia posing the biggest threat to the Philippines’ quest for gold.But Redor is confident with what the chess team can deliver for the delegation, saying, “In chess, we’re sure that we’ll bring home golds.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View commentslast_img read more

BREAKING: Constitutional procedure not followed to challenge Persaud’s MP status – Chief Justice

first_imgThe acting Chief Justice Roxanne George, SC, ruled that Government did not follow the procedure outlined by the Constitution of Guyana to challenge the status of the election former AFC MP Charrandass Persaud as a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly. The method according to the Constitution is that an elections petition had to be filed no later than 28 days after Persaud’s election in the National Assembly. Chief Justice now dealing with issue of dual citizenship. Stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more

Justin Kluivert right to choose Roma over Man United, says dad Patrick

first_img“I think United would have been too big a jump,” former Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona striker Kluivert, 42, told Gazzetta dello Sport.“Roma are an important club but the pressures are less.“Roma don’t have to win at any cost and it is a club that is used to good football. It is the ideal place for Justin right now.”Kluivert has signed until 2023 with the side from the Italian capital who finished third in Serie A last season.The teenager made an immediate impact with his cross setting up Edin Dzeko for the match winner in the opening Serie A game against Torino last weekend.“I’m very satisfied with what he’s doing,” added Kluivert Snr, who earned 79 caps for the Netherlands before retiring in 2004, and is now the assistant Cameroon coach.“He doesn’t talk much, but he’s someone who knows how to listen and is motivated. I wanted him to stay at Ajax for another year, but he made his choice.“Then, who doesn’t dream of Barcelona? But Italian football is catching up and Justin can take advantage of it.”Kluivert Jr made 30 league appearances for Ajax last season, scoring 10 goals, and earned his first call up to the Dutch national team in March.“He must travel miles to get to where I did, but he’s shown talent, plus he has the character and time to have a great career,” his father added.“I want to see him win with Roma and I want to see him happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Justin Kluivert right to choose Roma over Man United, says his father Patrick © AFP/File / Cooper NEILLMILAN, Italy, Aug 22 – Dutch football great Patrick Kluivert said Wednesday he believes his son Justin made the right call in snubbing Manchester United to join AS Roma.Kluivert, 19, had looked set to head for the Premeir League this summer but instead the winger opted to move to Italy after two years in Ajax.last_img read more