MBB : Wisconsin struggles with Berggren in foul trouble; Triche provides offensive spark

first_img Published on March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments BOSTON – Jared Berggren turned to the referee, his eyes wide open and both thumbs pointing skyward to indicate a jump ball. Dion Waiters had just sliced down the lane when Berggren, Wisconsin’s starting center, got his hand in to prevent a layup attempt.But instead of a jump ball, Berggren was hit with his second personal foul – a reach in – just 7:57 into the game.‘I reached in on a drive where I probably shouldn’t have, when I already had one foul, and the call went against me,’ Berggren said. ‘ … It was a poor decision on my part, and I guess it ended up hurting the team.’Berggren left the floor with Wisconsin leading by six, having already scored 10 points. Badgers head coach Bo Ryan held him out the remainder of the first half, a span in which Syracuse went on a 24-8 run to take a six-point lead at the break.Without him in the game, multiple SU players said Wisconsin’s offense went stagnant. It all ended with a 64-63 Syracuse win to advance to the Elite Eight, though Berggren scored 17 points in only 25 minutes of play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly on, the talented Badgers big man scored at will against the Orange. He showed his prowess around the basket by finishing off a high-low play with a beautiful reverse layup to avoid Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas. Then he stepped out beyond the arc to hit a pair of 3-pointers.He opened the game 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.‘We saw on the scouting report that he was a shooter, but we didn’t believe he was that great of a shooter,’ Orange center Baye Keita said.But without him, backup Frank Kaminsky was forced into duty and simply couldn’t match the production. In 10 minutes of action, Kaminsky didn’t score or grab a single rebound, and picked up a personal foul.Even Berggren acknowledged the downgrade.‘It changed the pace a little bit when we had to bring Frank (Kaminsky) in there for extended minutes,’ Berggren said. ‘He’s done a great job all year, but I think it puts us in a tough situation when I’m not on the floor for that amount of time.’So as Syracuse went on an 11-0 run to surge in front, Berggren could only fester on the Wisconsin bench as the lead he helped build almost singlehandedly was replaced by a deficit.‘Berggren did a great job stepping out,’ SU forward James Southerland said.’He killed us from the beginning with those two 3s. I think he really kept them in the game.‘I noticed a difference when he went out.’Triche helps pace offense with steady scoringBrandon Triche stood at the free throw line, pointing behind him at Scoop Jardine. The senior pointed back at the junior. Syracuse’s first possession worked to perfection.Jardine passed to Triche, who drove from the top of the key into the paint, laying the ball up over Berggren, who was called for a foul on the play. The free throw did not go, but it was still the start Syracuse and Triche wanted.‘Brandon Triche was spectacular today,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.Triche nailed his first four shots and was the Orange’s co-leader at halftime with nine points in Syracuse’s 64-63 win in the Sweet 16 over Wisconsin at the TD Garden on Thursday. The starting guard only played 19 minutes, but played incredibly efficient, scoring 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. On a night when Syracuse’s guard play penetrated and conquered Wisconsin’s stout defense, Triche provided the Orange’s first wave of offense.He scored seven of Syracuse’s first 13 points, displaying an aggression and will to score that has not been consistent from him down the stretch. This was only Triche’s second double-digit scoring game in his last 13.Still, after the hot start, Triche did not see the floor much. In the second half, he was subbed out with 13:06 remaining and didn’t return until there were 32 seconds left.Boeheim said after the same he probably should have kept Triche in the game longer, but had difficulty taking out Jardine or Dion Waiters, as they were having good games as well.‘We have three really good guards and it’s hard sometimes to take one of them out,’ Boeheim said. ‘But he was really good tonight. He was probably the best of the guards when you look at the stat sheet.’Triche has started every game for Syracuse over the last three seasons. So he relished the fact that the Elite Eight is farther than he and the Orange have advanced in the last two NCAA Tournaments.And the stakes of Saturday’s Elite Eight game with Ohio State make it all the more enticing.‘One more game, you get to go to New Orleans,’ Triche said. ‘That’s enough motivation right there.’mjcohe02@syr.edumcooperj@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Irish squad gather ahead of playoffs

first_imgThe first leg takes place on Friday night in Zeneca before the second leg, this day week in Dublin.Tipperary’s Shane Long, John O’Shea Rob Elliot,  Paul McShane and Alan Judge will all be assessed by their clubs before they are released.last_img

Tipp eagerly await clash with the Cats today

first_imgTipperary travel to Kilkenny on this afternoon to face the Cats in Nowlan Park – in a fixture many of the players are looking forward to.However, manager Michael Ryan has said that while the a scoreline will be important today – it won’t shape the season.Ryan says he’s happy with the quality of hurling his players are producing so far this year. Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the Tipp Kilkenny game today, in association with Sullivan Family Butchers Brooklands, Nenagh. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img

PL: Tottenham sack Mauricio Pochettino after 5 years in charge

first_imgTottenham have sacked head coach Mauricio Pochettino after five years in charge of the Premier League club.The former Southampton boss, 47, was appointed in May 2014 and led the club to the Champions League final last season, where they lost to Liverpool.But Spurs have made a disappointing start to the current campaign and are 14th in the Premier League.“We were extremely reluctant to make this change,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.“It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.“It falls on the board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the club’s best interests.”Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez, and coaches Miguel d’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also left the club.Tottenham said in a statement that they would provide an update on new coaching staff “in due course”.Pochettino guided Tottenham to the League Cup final in his first full season while two third-placed finishes sandwiched a runners-up spot in the Premier League in 2017.As well as guiding Spurs to a runners-up finish in last season’s Champions League he also secured a fourth-place finish in the league.His impressive results led to links with Real Madrid and Manchester United.However, Spurs have failed to build on last season’s exploits this term. As well as their disappointing league form, they were knocked out the League Cup by League Two side Colchester and hammered 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history,” added Levy.“I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us. I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.” Source: BBClast_img read more

Warriors overcame meningitis scare before winning NBA title, report says

first_imgThe report noted the incident fueled David West’s comments hinting at behind-the-scenes drama that occurred earlier in the season.”We’re so tight, people don’t even know what we went through,” West said after Game 4 of the series. “They trying to find out. …Y’all got no clue. No clue. That tells you about this team that nothing came out.”Per The Athletic:According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Warriors dealt with a team-wide meningitis scare in mid-March that was the root of West’s infamous comments. An outside vendor who handled the team’s food on a daily basis contracted a contagious form of the disease, then survived a life-threatening challenge before eventually returning to work with the team. Golden State’s second consecutive championship almost didn’t happen.According to The Athletic, which cited sources with knowledge of the situation, the Warriors dealt with a team-wide meningitis scare in March before going on to defeat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in June. Well, it was bad enough that the majority of Warriors players and some members of the basketball operations staff took vaccination shots in response to the medical threat. Worrisome enough that one team practice was relocated to nearby Oracle Arena while the team’s practice facility in downtown Oakland was, in essence, sanitized. Significant enough that the dining room at the practice facility that is only open to players, coaches, and basketball operations personnel was shut down for a short time for cleaning, with players eating elsewhere temporarily.Meningitis, an infection that causes swelling in the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, can be fatal.Expect players and coaches to be questioned about their struggles with the illness and how they coped with it after they visit the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday.last_img read more

Rob Manfred denies MLB has doctored baseballs to boost home runs

first_img Justin Verlander ‘100%’ believes MLB is juicing balls for more home runs “It’s a f—ing joke,” said Verlander, the Astros ace who will start for the AL in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. “Major League Baseball’s turning this game into a joke. They own Rawlings, and you’ve got Manfred up here saying it might be the way they center the pill. They own the f—ing company. If any other $40 billion company bought out a $400 million company and the product changed dramatically, it’s not a guess as to what happened. “We all know what happened. Manfred the first time he came in, what’d he say? He said, we want more offense. All of a sudden he comes in, the balls are juiced? It’s not coincidence. We’re not idiots.” Home runs are flying out of MLB parks at a record pace this year, leading many to speculate that the baseballs are “doctored,” so to speak.Not so, says MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. A day after All-Star Justin Verlander called the home run explosion “a f—ing joke,” claiming MLB has “juiced” the baseballs, Manfred reacted.  Baseball is on a pace to see 6,668 home runs this season, which would shatter the record of 6,105 set in 2017.Manfred says MLB has been transparent about the state of baseballs.“If we were going to do it, we would do it in a way that was transparent to the media and fans before making that change,” Manfred said (via MLB.com). “Baseball has done nothing, given no direction, for an alteration of the baseball,” Manfred said (via ESPN).Yet most everyone agrees the baseballs are not the same. Even Manfred concedes the balls — made by Rawlings, which is owned by MLB — are different. Verlander ripped that MLB/Rawlings connection in his scathing comments Monday. Related Newslast_img read more

PNG Open recognised with Queensland award

first_imgThis comes under the Queensland Golf Industry Awards.The award was today presented to SP Brewery for the year’s SP Export Radler PNG Open.Speaking at the event, president of the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club, Mark Stallard said the PNG Open is a tournament that is played at a very high standard and this continues to lift every year.He said the PNG Open has now moved up to Tier 2.Managing director of SP Brewery Stan Joyce said the award was a result of hundreds of thousands of kina invested into the sport of golf plus team work over nine years.“This just goes to show that in terms of sports, we can do it just as good as anyone else and get the right results,” said Joyce.This year’s SP Export Radler PNG Open will take place this month from the 21st-24th.last_img

Living 957 minutes to the limit

first_imgFrom the already far away Espanyol-Mallorca On Matchday 23, on February 9, the tension accumulated over one of the most determining positions, the axis of the rear. That day, the day of the first and only parakeet victory in Cornellà-El Prat, Leandro Cabrera saw his fourth yellow card of the season (the other three he had received as a Getafe player), which left three of the central four on the verge of suspension.Oddly enough, it has remained that way until today, and at least until LaLiga resumes in the best of cases. And that in the last days Espanyol suffered expulsions such as that of Víctor Sánchez in Seville and that of David López in Valladolid. Up to 481 minutes Bernardo Espinosa endured with four yellow cards to his credit, since he saw her in the final stretch of Espanyol-Athletic on January 25. Those of Leandro Cabrera were 380, having been a starter and playing it all since his arrival on the winter market. And the third central in discord, Fernando Calero, had played 96 league minutes on the verge of sanction since he was booked, even with Pablo Machín on the bench, in the fateful Leganés-Espanyol. Between the three complete the 957-minute club living on the edge, what has a considerable merit It is a team that has been fighting at all times for permanence, with nerves on the surface. The only central defender who is not noticed is Naldo Gomes, who has not played since his gross mistake at Granada-Espanyol. Lluís López left in January on loan to Tenerife and David López has returned with Abelardo Fernández to his habitat in the midfield.last_img read more

Ebola Stigma Deprives Liberian Student in Canada

first_imgThere are clear signs that the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD) is being won in Liberia. The fight, however, does not end there.  Despite all the gains here on the ground, Liberians in other parts of the world are being stigmatized, hampering even their educational pursuits.Indeed, the other battle after the initial success of the containment of the deadly virus has to do with discrimination and stigmatization against citizens of the three worst affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The world, therefore, needs to gear up to begin this other battle.Citizens from these three countries, especially those who were resident before the outbreak of the scourge, have been ostracized and discriminated against with travel bans, rejections at universities and intimidation in public places. Several have also been detained at foreign airports and left unfed for days.The latest victim is a Liberian journalist and radio talk show host, Gboko Stewart, who has been denied a visa by the Canadian authorities to attend a Canadian University because he is from Liberia, a Canada Global News has reported.Gboko Stewart was recently admitted to Quest University in Canada, but is unable to attend classes because of visa restrictions placed on Liberian citizens due to the recent Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the newspaper quoted credible sources as saying.“A journalist and radio talk show host from Liberia says he can’t attend a university in British Columbia, because of his nationality,” the Canadian media outlet said.Canada recently became the second, following in the footsteps of Australia, to issue a freeze on visas from the three Ebola hardest hit West African nations. This new policy was announced on October 31 last year.However, several global health organizations have condemned the policy indicating that it violates international health regulations, though officials continue to defend the government’s visa decision, saying the move to close borders to people from Ebola-affected countries is justifiable.“We are a sovereign nation with a duty to protect our citizens,” one official is quoted by the news outlet as saying.The Canadian government’s decision to deny young Stewart the opportunity to attend Quest has compelled him to start an online petition campaign, entitled: “Prime Minister Harper: Don’t let my nationality prevent me from attending a Canadian University.” The campaign has reportedly gathered 591 signatures.The young Liberian student said he wanted to ensure that this opportunity is not missed and discrimination brought against people, because of something they are not responsible for, is brought to an end. “I am a Liberian, not a virus,” he says.Gboko’s Appeal“The Canadian government’s ban has dealt me a powerful blow.” He is therefore calling on the federal government to change its policy.Meanwhile, the Canadian authoritative institution, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, has refused to comment on this specific case, but denies that there is a travel ban in place.“Canada has temporarily paused visa processing in the affected areas. However, should essential travel be required, including travel for economic reasons, discretion remains to approve it; our government will not apologize for taking the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of Canadians,” wrote Kevin Menard, Press Secretary of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in a statement.Stewart says he’s never had Ebola, and can’t see how receiving his post-secondary education in Canada poses a risk to Canadians.“In closing the border it still doesn’t help it,” he says. “As a matter of fact, according to research, only 1.5 per cent of people from this country actually go to Canada in any given year, so the fear is unjustifiable.”Quest University has left a spot open for him, and school officials say they’re eagerly awaiting Gboko to join them.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked Canada to justify its decision to limit travel to that country from the West African countries combating Ebola.WHO says Canada’s move contravenes the International Health Regulations (IHR) which stipulate that in infectious disease outbreaks, countries should not impose trade or travel sanctions against affected countries beyond what the WHO has recommended.Under that treaty, countries which take measures that are stronger than those approved by the WHO must present the global health agency with the scientific and public health rationale for their actions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Welcoming President Weah’s Special Economic Zone Initiative, But…!

first_imgThe Daily Observer welcomes President Weah’s appointment of  a Steering Committee to ensure the establishment, with immediate effect, of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The Daily Observer however notes that this is not the first time that an SEZ has been established in Liberia.History recalls that the Liberia Industrial Free Zone Authority was first established by an Act of Legislature in 1975 with the objectives of attracting foreign investment promoting exports, increasing employment, and improving industrial technology through the establishment and operation of an Industrial Free Zone.The Act establishing the Free Zone Authority provided for the Zone to be customs free, and specifically stated that customs control will be withdrawn to the fenced-around boundaries of the entire area of the Industrial Free Zone and it was established with a substantial degree of autonomy.For example, the Act empowered the Free Zone Authority “to identify, investigate and promote export-oriented industries; to build, and rent sites or buildings for manufacturing or assembling semi-finished or finished products basically for export; to provide the utilities required; to organize common services; to manage the Zone, both in terms of finance and in administration, to achieve these ends”.The Zone was established on 113 acres of land, in close proximity to the Free Port. Some 40 acres were allocated to industrial use, with another 15 acres for administrative, security and safety service, and approximately 20 acres for roads and parking.The targets established for the Zone, at its inception were; investment of $12 million export sales of $24 million; construction and use of 40 factory buildings, each on 1 acre plots; the creation of 6,000 jobs. These targets, according to reports, were never met primarily because of the lack of consistent government support for the maintenance of a satisfactory investment climate in the country, although the national government had continued to support the Zone Authority itself by meeting annual deficits.The Daily Observer recalls that the onset of the civil war in 1990 led to the closure of the Free Zone and, since then, it has not been resuscitated although there were attempts during the 1990s to revive the institution.It is perhaps in recognition of the critical role that a Special Economic Free Zone could play in the country’s economic development that President Weah has commissioned the establishment of a Special Economic Free Zone(SEZ). According to SPARK which, since 2013, has been engaged with the Liberian government, civil society organizations, and entrepreneurs to support the creation of an SEZ in Monrovia, the objective is to create a world class business environment that is predictable, productive and profitable.Further, according to SPARK, SEZ policies allow countries “to designate industries and or physical areas in which business and trade laws differ from the rest of the country in order to stimulate increased trade, increased investment, job creation and effective administration. The overall objective is to create a world class business environment that is predictable, productive, and profitable”.Thanks to their persistent efforts, the Liberian Government under President Weah’s leadership has agreed to the establishment of a SEZ. The Daily Observer however notes that rather than Monrovia, the SEZ is proposed to be established in Buchanan instead. The question is whether Buchanan has the requisite infrastructure to accommodate or support such an undertaking.Moreover, this newspaper notes that, like now, a shortcoming of the past was the failure of government to maintain a satisfactory investment climate in the country. For example, despite repeated calls from the business community for government to reconsider the application of the compulsory tariff associated with the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) introduced by the National Port Authority (NPA), the Government has remained unmoved.And the government has remained unmoved, never mind the fact that it has been warned that prices of commodities may rise sharply and shortages may ensue as a result of the imposition of the CTN. Needless to say, such a development tends to undermine the effective creation of a favorable investment climate in Liberia.The Daily Observer notes further that if the intent of creating an SEZ is informed by the desire to promote, encourage and promote social change in a financially sustainable way, then we must, as always, warn President Weah that the attainment of objectives highlighted under his Pro-Poor Agenda may, more likely than not, be undermined by the continuous imposition of the CTN.Already the pinch is beginning to be felt everywhere with the continuous fall of the Liberian dollar, the emergence of creeping shortages accompanied by price hikes and stirrings of the public. Little wonder, therefore, that there are latent but visible signs of support for anti-establishment public protests against the rising but unbearable costs of living. President Weah must therefore listen to the cries of the Liberian people and the business community and cancel the imposition of the CTN without further delay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more