MLAX : Syracuse intends on altering shot selection, break ‘bad habits’

first_img Comments The frustration and regret sets in immediately.As soon as Bobby Eilers takes a high shot, he knows the opposing goaltender is going to make the save. The goalie barely moves. His stick stays in one spot, and the ball lands right in the head of the stick.One poorly placed shot is a mistake. But several high shots are detrimental to Syracuse’s chances to win games.‘You need to keep changing it,’ Eilers said. ‘Coach will tell you as soon as you come to the sideline, your linemates will tell you. You know right away, as soon as you took that shot, it’s a bad shot. You know you have to change it up.’Throughout the Orange’s last game against Villanova, an 11-10 loss, SU’s shooters rarely changed it up. They took high shots all game long, sending the ball right at the goaltender’s eye level for plenty of easy saves. The No. 14 Orange (4-3, 2-1 Big East) begins arguably the roughest part of its schedule starting with its game against No. 8 Duke (8-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., at 4 p.m. Sunday. Changing the plane on shots will be critical for Syracuse to turn its season around.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the setback against the Wildcats, SU head coach John Desko was at a loss for words. He couldn’t explain why his players repeatedly fired high shots. Desko said they talked about it during the game, but it didn’t result in smarter decisions.Outside of taking the shots himself, there wasn’t much Desko could do.On Tuesday, Desko said the problem is rooted in the ‘bad habits’ of several players, which makes it especially difficult to change the way they shoot. The head coach said when the team spoke about it at halftime against Villanova, the players said they would never take a high shot again.Then they continued to fire high shots in the second half.‘That’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for the players, it’s frustrating for us,’ Desko said. ‘We had some very good opportunities and to lose the game by one and have those kinds of shots, those are some bad habits there.’The Orange’s poor shooting has been magnified with two losses in its last three games. And when Syracuse loses games by one or two goals as it did to Villanova, the importance of changing up the angle of those shots can’t be ignored.The Orange had the chance to tie the game at 11 with 55 seconds left against the Wildcats as JoJo Marasco sprinted toward the crease and quickly stopped to shoot. But he shot high, and Villanova goalie Dan Gutierrez stayed in one spot in the cage to make the save.Midfielder Ryan Barber said it can be tough to really think about a shot before taking it because of how fast the game moves. That means in practice, Desko and the SU coaches have to repeatedly remind the Orange’s shooters to try different shots to constantly keep the goaltender guessing.‘I think that’s why he’s been drilling it into our heads so much just because it’s such a fast-paced game,’ Barber said, ‘and there’s not a lot of time for thought, so there’s a reason he drills it into our heads.’In Syracuse’s last four games, opposing goaltenders are making an average of 12.75 saves per game. It started at St. John’s, where the Orange barely won 9-8 to avoid a huge upset loss. Red Storm goaltender Jeff Lowman was a force between the pipes at times, making several stellar stops, but SU’s shooters also gave him plenty of easy saves.As SU starts the second half of its schedule Sunday, taking better-placed shots is going to be a key focus, as it is a problem that could keep costing Syracuse wins.‘In practice, we’ve been trying to change planes, too,’ Eilers said, ‘but we just need to really, in the game situation, change the plane of that shot and get that goal because we’re making every goalie look like an all-star at this point.’ Published on March 28, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Why can’t the Lakers win without Lonzo Ball, and will they ever?

first_imgIt’s not that the Lakers are perfect with Ball, but he has at least been in the game for all 15 of their wins.Naturally, the focus on Ball’s absence is his offense. But his 7.1 assists per game tends to be offset by the fact that, on average, he misses seven of the 11 shots he attempts per game.The Lakers’ offense is more or less the same with or without Ball. When he is on the court, the Lakers average 100.9 points per 100 possessions. Without him, they average 101.5 points.It’s on defense, as strange as that might sound, that his absence is really felt, with the Lakers allowing 6.2 more points per game when Ball is off the court. Going by straight points per game, a less reliable stat but one whose results are no less damning, the Lakers allow 107.8 points per game with Ball, and 124.1 without him.With Ball on the floor, Lakers opponents shoot 44.6 percent from the field. Without him, that number swellls to 51.9 percent.Before the loss in Oklahoma City, Walton ticked off the things Ball brings to the court for the Lakers’ defense, starting with his lanky 6-foot-6 frame, his ability to switch on screens and his preternatural ability to anticipate passes.Passing, after all, is the part of the game Ball knows best.Meanwhile, Ball leads the Lakers in defensive rebounds, averaging 5.8 per game.“We finish off possessions a lot of times with either him coming back in and tipping the ball to someone or grabbing the rebound himself,” Walton said.Ball has missed two straight games with a sore left knee, and he is unlikely to be on the floor when the Lakers host Indiana on Friday.“He says it feels better but he’s still limping around,” Walton said following the team’s shootaround on Wednesday. Hours later, prior to tip-off, he added Ball “doesn’t look like he’s ready to start playing.”That leaves Walton to promote the holistic, team approach of everyone summoning the mindset of making the extra pass without Ball there to set the example.“It’s going to take everybody with that type of mindset,” he said, “but still willing to be aggressive at the same time.”After coming up empty for an eighth time on Wednesday, Walton and the Lakers can only hope for better against the Pacers.“We’re capable of winning without him,” Walton vowed.His other players still have to prove it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think it’s much harder to win without Lonzo, but it’s not impossible,” Walton said. “There’s games that we could have won (that) he hadn’t played in. We just didn’t finish them out.”The Lakers’ eight losses without Ball have been by an average of 17 points. With the exception of a double-overtime thriller in Houston on New Year’s Eve, the Lakers have not really been close in any of their games without the No. 2 draft choice.Thursday’s 114-90 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder was just the latest case of the Lakers missing Ball. Tyler Ennis started in place of Ball, tallying nine points points, three rebounds and three assists.While the Lakers have tried to compensate for Ball’s absence by stepping up their collective efforts at facilitating as a team, it’s clear they can’t collectively compensate for his unique skill.“We just got somebody that can facilitate,” Kyle Kuzma said. “That’s what he does, that’s what he wants to do. (We’ve) got a lot of guys that really score it, and to have him on the floor to do that and push the pace is also good.” OKLAHOMA CITY — The Lakers are at their most consistent without Lonzo Ball.Eight games, eight losses.So, can it really be that simple? That despite all of the distractions that come with the 20-year-old point guard’s family, despite his screwy and often ineffectual jump shot, the Lakers need Ball to win?Or is it just a cause of correlation vs. causation?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

BH National Football Team defeated in Cyprus after a shocking Turnaround

first_imgThe national football team of BiH was defeated in Nicosia in the 7th round of qualifiers for the World Cup 2018 against the selection of Cyprus, with the score 2: 3 after a shocking turnaround.Lulic hit the goal stand already in the third minute of the match, and five minutes later, Pjanic performed a free kick, after which Sotiriou cleared the danger in front of the goal of Cyprus.Our selection performed a counterattack in the 20th minute. Visca played a return ball for Ibisevic, who missed the chance.Our team then attacked through Dzeko and Ibisevic, but the defense of Cyprus headed by goalkeeper Panayi responded quickly.Players of Cyprus also had a great chance when Laban shot the ball next to the goal, after which a penalty followed.Sunjic scored after the hat-trick and a well-performed corner.Ten minutes later, our national team doubled their advantage. Kolasinac came from the left side and passed the ball to Visca, who scored for 2: 0. It seemed that the Dragons will routinely end the match.Our team was unrecognizable in the second half, and Cyprus dominated in the field, and they soon crowned this with goals.Particularly dangerous was Christofi, who reduced our advantage to 2: 1 in the 65th minute of the match.Two minutes later followed a total shock. Our team members were punished by Laban’s great shot, which led to the score 2:2.This was not the end for Mehmed Bazdarevic and his team. In the 76th minute, the team of Cyprus scored their third goal, and the scorer was Sotiriou.There was no change in the result until the end of the match, so our selection experienced an incredible defeat, which decreased its chances for the placement on the World Cup.(Source: N. K./ read more

Get into golf and get active in Nottingham

first_img Golf is moving out of its traditional setting and into the parks and leisure centres of Nottingham this summer with free, informal sessions to attract new people to the game. Get into golf opportunities from England Golf are on offer as part of the city’s 2016 ParkLives programme which encourages people to make the most of their local park – and 120 have already taken part Weekly sessions are taking place in Wollaton Hall Gardens and Deer Park, Bulwell Hall Park and Woodthrope Grange Park over the coming months, with Family Fun activities during the school holidays. There are also follow on opportunities for people who want to keep on playing, with further Get into golf activity available in both the city and county. People attending major summer events, such as the Riverside Festival, will also have the chance to try golf in an informal setting. Golf was also offered to people trying new activities on the FREESport programme at Harvey Hadden Sports Village. The eight-week programme, which also included opportunities to try tennis and badminton, proved so popular that golf sessions are continuing there every Thursday from 10 till 12. Meanwhile, the ‘Nifty Fifties’ group at Portland Leisure Centre are also taking golf sessions. In addition, women’s groups are being invited to try golf as part of England Golf’s programme to show that #ThisGirlCan. A Girls Golf Rocks project, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation and supported by young county players, has also been launched to offer a fun and friendly introduction to girls. Both these initiatives are running right across Nottinghamshire. The Get into golf activity is all part of a project to test new ideas run by England Golf, the Nottinghamshire Golf Development Group and Nottingham City Council. It supports the city’s strategy to get more people physically active and it aims to banish out-dated perceptions about golf and remove barriers to playing. The activities promote the health and wellbeing benefits of golf and its social appeal. For example, in a 9-hole round a player will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories. Claire Hodgson, England Golf’s Head of Participation, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and tapping into their local expertise and knowledge to help take golf into the city. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to introduce golf to people who may not normally try it and promote golf in a non-traditional way to help break down some of the perceptions which are out there. We’ve had a great response so far and we’re looking forward to getting more people active through golf during the summer months.” The project presents a great chance for golf clubs in and around Nottingham to promote opportunities to new and returning golfers. Golf club staff and volunteers are welcome to attend sessions and get involved. Two newly appointed Get into golf Engagement Officers, Nyle Challinor and Jason Froggatt, are involved in the project, working closely with Nottinghamshire’s County Development Officers.  Get into golf is England Golf’s campaign to inspire people to take up golf and play more often. To find out more about the activities on offer visit Get Into Golf and Clubs seeking further information should contact the Nottinghamshire CDOs: Matt Bloor  or Alice Lowe 15 Jul 2016 Get into golf and get active in Nottingham last_img read more

Brashear edges Allderdice, USO wins first game

first_imgBIG GAME —Jaylen Coleman of USO rushed for 174 yards and one touchdown in the 25-0 win over Oliver. (Courier Photo/William McBride) by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Allderdice’s trickery on a fake field goal attempt ended their chance of a win with tragic results Sept. 16 at Cupples Stadium.Brashear’s Jamil Smith stepped in front of and caught a lateral on the play that he returned 13 yards for a score with 1:08 left in the game. The 13-10 final margin gave them a 2-0 start in league play. “We knew we were starting off with a tough three games to begin this season,” Brashear Coach Rick Murphy said. “But we still have a lot to do before we can really consider ourselves contenders in the city.”Jesse Irwin opened the scoring for Allderdice (1-1, 1-2), who got off to a fast start, on a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter. They would quickly add to that on a 55-yard interception return by Cornelius Raye. At that point, the Dragons had a 10-0 advantage.Braden Hoffer, Allderdice’s quarterback, was hit at the end of the first quarter and was taken off the field on a stretcher, after suffering a concussion. After that, the Dragons were forced to rely on junior running back Patrick Ferguson to pace the offense. He carried the ball 24 times for 77 yards.It was all Brashear in the second half, who scored on a 15-yard connection from quarterback Adam Lynch to Smith. He finished 8 of 13 passes for 96 yards and two interceptions.“You’ve got to give him credit for being a good athlete,” Murphy said. “(Lynch) is a smart kid who is making good decisions. He’s running around, trying to make things happen with some of the inexperience that we have on our defensive line.”University Prep, Sci-Tech, Obama 25, Oliver 0In the first win in program history, USO shut out a traditionally defensive-minded Oliver team that surrendered 170 yards on 10 carries, including a touchdown run from 65 yards away, by senior Jaylen Coleman during the Sept. 16 afternoon game at Cupples.Coleman dedicated his performance to a friend that he made while he was a student at Gateway over the summer, Darrell Turner.Turner was murdered during the “Team Swag” 7-on-7 tournament summer tour in Raleigh, N.C., during a visit to Duke University. The team was travelling to help the students get looks from Division-I coaches at these visits.“Every time I would get tired or fatigued, I just thought about Darrell,” Coleman said. “He was so heavy on my mind. And I kept thinking to myself throughout the game, ‘do it for Darrell’.”Coleman was also involved in 15 tackles on defense.Miles Catlin opened the scoring for USO with a 44-yard touchdown run. Kevaun Frenzley and Abner Roberts added touchdowns of 13 and 61 yards, respectively.Other games:There were two nonconference games played by City teams on Sept. 17.Langley blew out Homer Center, 45-15. Quarterback Jaquan Green threw 7 touchdowns for the Mustangs. Receiver Marc Wilson was involved in four of them for 94 yards.The defending champions Perry lost big to Fort Hill, Md., 50-13.(Follow our continuing coverage of the city league and add your comments to our website at (Malik Vincent can be reached at read more

Southland Gives Back: Stephen F. Austin

first_imgAs part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22. NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Thanks to the efforts of Stephen F. Austin’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council, over 100 toys were gathered up at no fewer than five SFA games throughout the fall semester which will be distributed to the greater Nacogdoches community as part of the Toys for Tots program. Later in the month of December, SFA’s group of SAAC members will be assisting the Nacogdoches Toys for Tots chapter by sorting and organizing the toys collected throughout the holiday season while dressed up as elves. As has been the case for multiple years past, SFA’s SAAC chapter – which is made up of 19 individuals from all of the ‘Jacks’ athletic teams – hosted a number of toy drives to assist in the collection of toys for the Toys for Tots program. Those four drives occurred in the Lumberjacks’ home football finale against Nicholls (Nov. 11), and men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders on Nov. 16 and Dec. 2 with all individuals who brought new, unwrapped toys receiving free admission to the game. Through the past three years, over 1,700 toys have been collected as part of the efforts of SFA’s SAAC chapter.last_img read more

This is Cazorla’s leg

first_imgSanti Cazorla has not been able to exercise today with Villarreal as a result of the discomfort he has in his right leg. The Spaniard suffered a strong entry from Ander Capa, who in the assessment of Medié Jiménez and Gil Manzano (VAR) was only punished with a yellow card, which caused Villarreal’s anger.The image of Cazorla’s leg shows the roughness of the Bilbao soccer player’s entry and serves Villarreal to reaffirm his protests over the decisions taken by the referee and the VAR in his match against Athletic. Villarreal understands that Capa’s entrance was not willing to harm, although it was not judged accurately by the members of the party. This action is one of those protested by Villarreal in the letter he has issued to the Technical Committee of Referees.last_img read more

‘Beating the English is sweeter’ – Samuels says ‘disrespect’ provides deeper motivation to win against England

first_imgWest Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has revealed that beating England in the final of the recent ICC World Twenty20 in India means more than defeating hosts Sri Lanka four years ago. “Beating the English is much sweeter,” stated Samuels, shortly after he and other Jamaican members of the West Indies team returned home on Tuesday night. They were greeted and feted at the Norman Manley International Airport’s VIP Lounge by Minister of Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and top team sponsor Digicel. Also present was president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven. “The English like to talk, and, to me, they are just negative towards us,” said Samuels, who was named Player of the Final for his unbeaten 85. “If we play against Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan press will never put us down, never disrespect us and stuff like that. “But playing against England, it’s different,” he said. Samuels utterances comes against the background of a recent apology issued by renowned English cricket journalist and commentator, Mark Nicholas, regarding the West Indies. Writing in a pre-World Twenty20 prediction column for ESPNcricinfo, Nicholas, a former England first-class cricketer, said: “West Indies are short of brains, but have IPL history in their ranks”. However, in a follow-up column on Monday, Nicholas apologised, saying: “Unreserved apology to Darren Sammy (West Indies captain), a man I hold in the highest regard, to his team and to the coaches around them for the throwaway phrase I used.” English Cricket Board chairman, Colin Graves, is also on record as saying that the West Indies is a “mediocre” team. He made the statement ahead of English Test tour of the Caribbean last summer. Meanwhile, the other Jamaican West Indies team members who returned included fast bowler Jerome Taylor, assistant coach Andre Coley and data analyst Dexter Augustus. All-rounder Andre Russell, who was originally slated to return home on Tuesday night as well, along with Chris Gayle – who it is understood stayed back in India ahead of this weekend’s start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – are the other Jamaicans who were part of the victorious contingent. Russell, who, too, is scheduled to take part in the IPL, is to meet with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission for a hearing regarding allegations that over the past year he missed three out-of-competition whereabouts drug tests. If found guilty, based on World Anti-Doping Association rules, Russell could face sanctions ranging from a public warning to a two-year suspension. West Indies Cricket Board president Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron who returned home on the same flight as the Jamaicans Tuesday, did not take part in the welcome reception.last_img read more

PM candidate nomination process to begin on Monday ꟷ Jagdeo

first_imgWith Nomination Day just under two weeks away, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is beginning the process to choose a Prime Ministerial (PM) candidate and running mate for Presidential Candidate Dr Irfaan Ali, by Monday.PPP General Secretary Bharrat JagdeoAt his weekly press conference on Friday, PPP General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was asked for an update on the party’s selection of its PM candidate. At the time, Jagdeo had said that the process has not yet started.“We’ve not engaged anyone. I’ve outlined the process. We plan to trigger the process in a matter of hours. And the process involves nominations from the different groups of MPs or members of the central committee.”“Once the nominations are in, there will be an intense period of discussions with the MP’s and then at the party level, we will select a candidate. We have not received any nominations as yet, because we have not triggered the process yet. But that will be done shortly,” Jagdeo had also said.When contacted on Saturday, Jagdeo noted that the process is likely to start by next week Monday.According to the former President, nominations have not yet started. The PM candidate is, by tradition, drawn from the civic component of the party.Meanwhile, this publication understands from well-placed sources that while there has not been a formal nomination as yet, there have been a number of professionals and civic members emerging as possible candidates. Among the names are retired Brigadier Mark Phillips, Juan Edghill, Priya Manikchand and Carolyn Rodrigues. The one on whom most assumption has rested is former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), retired Brigadier Mark Phillips.However, sources have also identified former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Juan Edghill, as a possible candidate. In addition, the names of former Social Services and Education Minister Priya Manickchand and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues, have also been touted.Phillips served as Chief of Staff of the GDF from 2013 to 2016. He previously attended the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and was Guyana’s nonresident Military attaché to Venezuela. Phillips is also the holder of a Master’s Degree in Public Sector Management.Meanwhile, Edghill served in his former ministerial post from 2011 to 2015. Before that, he served as Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) and Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC). The prelate is currently a PPP MP, focused on public procurement issues.Manickchand, an attorney-at-law, was first elected to Parliament in 2006 as Human Services Minister. She became the Education Minister in 2011 and served in that position until 2015. She is presently a PPP frontbencher in Parliament, with a focus on education and social issues.Carolyn Rodrigues was first appointed in the then Bharrat Jagdeo Administration as Amerindian Affairs Minister in 2001, serving in that position until 2008, when she was appointed as Foreign Affairs Minister. After 2015, she moved abroad and subsequently worked with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) arm of the United Nations (UN).Nominations DayThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) had previously announced in notices published in the media that Nominations Day for the upcoming General and Regional Elections is January 10, 2020.In the notice, GECOM had called for all political parties contesting the 2020 General and Regional Elections to submit their symbol for approval. In the notice, GECOM had said that the approval of the symbols has to be done before Nominations Day. As such, the deadline for the submission is December 13, 2019.After weeks of criticisms and questions as to why he was not dissolving Parliament in accordance with the timeframe set out in the Constitution, President David Granger issued the proclamation for the December 30 dissolution of Parliament, on Friday last.The announcement came after Guyana Elections Commission Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh and Commissioners informed him that the elections body is on track for the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections. A proclamation was also issued for the dissolution of the 10 Regional Democratic Councils (RDC) on December 30, 2019.last_img read more

Exclusive – ‘Breath of fresh air’ Barkley can be the best, insists Everton hero

first_imgRoss Barkley has the skills at his disposal to become one of the best players in the Premier League, according to Everton hero Alan Stubbs.The Toffees starlet, 21, helped Roberto Martinez’s men to a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park, netting the opening goal of the game in a brilliant midfield display.And Stubbs hopes Barkley, who is finding his form again after a long injury lay-off earlier in the year, is able to show his outstanding ability uninterrupted from now on.“He’s got everything to get to the top,” the former defender told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I think that’s the most important thing.“He is a breath of fresh air. He’s a fantastic talent and one that I hope stays injury free so we see a real talent emerge on the stage.“His goal last night was just incredible. His balance, his awareness and then his power to drive into space.“The shot was with his weaker foot. I know it took a deflection but you can’t really talk about that when there were so many quality things he did to score the goal.”last_img read more