Indiana faces tough test vs No. 21 Iowa

first_imgIndiana faces tough test vs No. 21 Iowa February 12, 2020 SUPER SENIORS: Iowa’s Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Ryan Kriener have collectively accounted for 58 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 59 percent of all Hawkeyes points over the last five games.LEAPING FOR LUKA: Garza has connected on 38.2 percent of the 76 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 17 over the last three games. He’s also converted 65.4 percent of his foul shots this season.PERFECT WHEN: The Hoosiers are 13-0 when they record five or more steals and 2-8 when they fall shy of that mark. The Hawkeyes are 15-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.1 percent or worse, and 2-7 when opponents exceed that percentage.THREAT BEHIND THE ARC: Iowa’s Wieskamp has attempted 126 3-pointers and connected on 38.1 percent of them, and is 7 for 22 over the last five games.DID YOU KNOW: Indiana gets to the line more often than any other Big Ten team. The Hoosiers have averaged 23.5 free throws per game this season, but that total has slipped to 13 over their four-game losing streak.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 21 Iowa (17-7, 8-5) vs. Indiana (15-8, 5-7)Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana; Thursday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 21 Iowa presents a tough challenge for Indiana. Indiana has won three of its six games against ranked opponents this season. Iowa easily beat Nebraska by 24 in its last outing.center_img Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

UW foes not too close comfort

first_imgWith only two non-conference games left before winter break, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team feels ready for the Big Ten season to begin.The Badgers are 10-1, but only three of their 11 games have been decided by 10 points or less — including their only loss, which came Nov. 28 at UC-Riverside, 52-50. But the lack of experience in close games doesn’t seem to bother head coach Lisa Stone in the least.”I like the fact that our young team is growing,” Stone said at a press conference Monday. “They’re excited about the fact that we have room to grow. They’re competitors. They want to win. You ask any of the players on our team what they want most out of this season, and the answer is they want to win.”The turnover bug seemed to plague the Badgers Sunday in the Kohl Center against Albany, as they committed 22 in all.”Right now, we’ve got to cut our turnovers down and take better care of the ball,” Stone said.In lieu of the excess of turnovers of late, Stone could not have asked for much more from her team thus far. In spirit of final exams on the horizon, Stone decided to give her team some first-half grades, which went as follows: an A for effort, an AB for defense, and a B+ for offense.Not bad for a team that had so many question marks coming into the season.Freshman phenomsOne positive note in terms of playing in so many blowout games thus far is that the Badger bench has been able to acquire minutes early and often.Freshman forward Mariah Dunham is averaging 7.7 points per game — while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range — and 4.5 rebounds per game off the bench.Fellow freshman guard Teah Gant is averaging 5.4 points per game and is playing phenomenally on the defensive end of the floor.Forward Brittany Heins and point guard Sarah Ingison are two more rookies that have played well in reserve roles for the cardinal and white.Despite having eight newcomers and no seniors, this Badger squad is fired up and determined to collect as many W’s as possible.”The fact that this team wants to win and is finding some success early hopefully builds some confidence,” Stone noted. “The experience that they’re getting now helps us continue to grow.”Anderson Put on National Spotlight AgainBasketball fans throughout the state of Wisconsin know the name Jolene Anderson. She leads the Badgers in points scored (16.7 per game, which is currently second among Big Ten players), minutes per game (32.3), rebounds per game (7.8), total 3-pointers (18), and field goals made (74).The junior guard from Port Wing, Wis., was named Freshman of the Year during the 2004-05 season and played on the USA Basketball team this past winter.Anderson has been recognized nationally once again, as she has been named one of the best 50 collegiate players nationwide, as she joins the list of Women’s Preseason Naismith Trophy Candidates.”The way [Anderson] played [Sunday], I think she’s very deserving of [the award],” Stone said. “Defensively, she’s one of our best. The way she moved [Sunday], she played as one of those top 50. I’m real proud of her.”The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious award presented annually to the men’s and women’s players of the year.In January, the Board of Selectors will narrow the list to 30 and those players will be eligible for the final ballot in March.Ohio State center Jessica Davenport, Purdue guard Katie Gearlds, and Michigan State guard Victoria Lucas-Perry join Anderson in representing the Big Ten Conference among this elite group.last_img read more

Lydon, Diagne sign letters of intent, Class of 2015’s Howard, Richardson to follow

first_imgTyler Lydon signed his national letter of intent to play for Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon. The four-star 6-foot-9 Class of 2015 power forward is the first of four SU commits in the class to sign.Fellow four-star power forward Moustapha Diagne signed later in the day.Six-foot-6 guard Franklin Howard and small forward Malachi Richardson said on Twitter that they would sign on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Comments Published on November 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Jesse Edwards’ role isn’t expanding as ACC play continues

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jesse Edwards had a chance to impact the game and earn the coaching staff’s trust. After Bourama Sidibe committed his second foul against Boston College on Jan. 15, Edwards did little to help his case. He committed two fouls and allowed a floating layup in front of him. After six minutes, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim had seen enough. Edwards wouldn’t return until the outcome was already decided.After the game, Boeheim denied answering a question about how Edwards could see more minutes in the future.“I can’t even talk about that,” Boeheim said.Edwards hasn’t played since that Boston College game. In Syracuse’s win over Notre Dame, he still didn’t play after both Marek Dolezaj and Sidibe reached four fouls. Edwards played a season-high 14 minutes in a Nov. 23 game against Bucknell and has played more than 10 minutes three other times this year. He’s only played double-digit minutes in conference play once, against BC, a 26-point Syracuse win. As Atlantic Coast Conference play has picked up, the (12-7, 5-3 ACC) rotation has been trimmed to seven-man rotation that isn’t including Edwards.“Sometimes it’s kind of hard to get in the game…I’m just going to keep going,” Edwards said after the BC game. “As long as we win that’s what it’s all about for me too. Practice is where, for me, it’s going to be happening the most this year because I just got to develop. I got to develop so when I get out there I take full advantage of it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorAs recent Syracuse seasons have gone on, the Orange’s rotation have thinned out. Early this year, the roster appeared to have at least eight or nine rotational players and depth at the point guard and center positions. Injuries to Jalen Carey and Brycen Goodine cut into the perimeter contributors and now its happening down low as well.For much of the year, the Boston College scenario played out. In some way or another, Sidibe wouldn’t execute Boeheim’s orders. Sometimes it’s not putting his hands straight up to avoid blocking fouls. In other instances, he’s not in proper defensive position. Regardless, his replacement, often Edwards, is directed on how to do it better and sent into the game. Never for long.Edwards hasn’t figured out how to execute better. With a 7-foot-1 wingspan, he has the length to play in the middle of the zone. Still, at times, teams have scored around him. During his six-minute spurt against Boston College — after allowing a floater in the lane — Edwards missed a defensive rebound. After losing possession, Edwards fouled the same Eagles player as he went up for a basket. Soon after, Edwards was taken off the court.“You play as much as you should play,” said Edwards in November in regards to what coaches have told him about playing time. “If I play the lights out, I’m not coming off the court.”Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorEdwards grabbed four rebounds in the second half against Boston College, when Syracuse held a hefty lead. None resulted in points. Rather than keeping the ball up high, using his long arms, Edwards often brought the ball down to the floor and exposed it to Eagle defenders.“You can’t do that,” Boeheim said. “You can’t do those things. It’s not about how good you are, you can’t do those things and play. Those are things you can’t do. You got to rebound. You got to be able to keep the rebound and get it to a guard. If you can’t do that, just, you can’t play.”Early in the first half against Virginia Tech on Jan. 18, Edwards’ current status in the team’s rotation may have been solidified. After Sidibe failed to rotate from below the hoop to a corner 3-point attempt, Boeheim called a timeout and wagged his finger at the starting center. He motioned to the bench, but didn’t signal for Edwards.Quincy Guerrier entered the game instead and finished with nine rebounds and three-point play that helped SU down the stretch. Edwards never entered the game.“Brycen has been a little bit (better) in practice,” said Boeheim, referencing the rotation after the Virginia Tech win. “Maybe we’ll get him in there a little but sevens good (in the rotation) maybe we’ll get an eighth guy in there. We’ll see what happens.” Comments Published on January 22, 2020 at 10:31 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44last_img read more

Tipp ease passed Limerick for valuable two points

first_imgThe full time score was Tipperary 1-14 Limerick 1-2. Elsewhere, the Tipperary Ladies Football team got their League campaign under way today in Division 3 after last week’s game against Fermanagh was postponed. John Leahy’s team lost out to Leitrim in Round 2 and the full time score was Tipperary 3-3 Leitrim 3-13. The Divison 3 National Football League match-up saw Tipp dominate Limerick and at half time John Brudair’s side had yet to register a single point as Tipp led 1-8 to Limerick’s no score. Tipp manager Peter Creedon says it was strange kind of a game but he’s happy with the win.He spoke to Tipp FM Sport after the game:

Lee’s world title fight in danger

first_imgPromoter Frank Warren has tweeted that he will make an announcement about the card at some stage today.Reports have suggested that Saunders may need to withdraw due to injury.The fight was originally pencilled in for Thomond Park in September but was moved due to various factors.last_img

Clippers’ Patrick Beverley sets the tone and never stops

first_img“I’ve been around Pat ever since I came in the league,” said Harrell, whom Houston sent to L.A. with Beverley and six others in a trade for Chris Paul before the 2017-18 season.“I’ve seen him get up under the guy’s skin, just make it tough for them, make it a long night being in the pits. That’s what he’s good at. He knows who he is. He doesn’t try to do anything outside his self.”Rivers likes to tell of his first conversation with Beverley, a 2017 NBA All-Defensive first-teamer who once was a prolific scorer, averaging an Illinois-best 37.3 points as a senior at John Marshall Metropolitan High School – where he competed against Rivers’ alma mater.“He was in Houston and I’m standing like I do, never saying anything to the officials or anything,” Rivers recalled. “And all of a sudden he says, ‘We kicked Proviso East’s butt!’ I’m like, ‘What?’ ”“The story I tell all the time,” said second-year guard Tyrone Wallace, “is before my first year, summer training camp, I was getting a workout in with Sam (Cassell) and Pat was in here. We were going off ball screens, so I hop in the drill and I’m going off a ball screen, and Pat, he just finished his rep and he’s coming back around, and he hops right in front of me and slaps the ball out of my hand.“This is my first time, and I’m like, ‘Damn, man, is this guy crazy!? What the (heck)?’ And he’s like, ‘That’s what they gon’ do in the game.’ Typical Pat.“And now I’m careful how I’m coming off with the ball.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory In the Clippers’ first-round Western Conference playoff series with the top-seeded Golden State Warriors, it’s Kevin Durant who’s got the best Patrick Beverley story, whether he appreciates it or not.“Pat Beverley … thinks he could beat Tyson in his prime in a fight,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said earlier this year, “which is stupid, but he believes that. And I think that rubs off on all our guys.”On Monday night in Oakland, the Clippers evened their best-of-seven series with the two-time defending champs at one game apiece thanks to an NBA playoff record 31-point comeback victory.Now they’re headed back to Staples Center for Game 3 on Thursday, where the Clippers’ 6-foot-1 professional pest will continue his ferocious, chest-to-chest defense on the 6-9 Durant.So far, Beverley’s managed not only to slow the 10-time All-Star, but he’s nudged him off-kilter.In Game 2, both players fouled out in the final minutes. With Beverley draped all over him, Durant finished with 21 points, took just eight shots and committed nine turnovers in nearly 35 minutes.In Saturday’s opener, Durant – a career 28.7 points-per-playoff game scorer – had 21 points when he and Beverley received matching sets of technical fouls, for which both were ejected.The assumption afterward was that Beverley was trying to bait Golden State’s superstar.“No, I was not,” he said. “I was just being Pat.”Jordan, the young Jenga champion, would vouch for that. So would anyone who’s stepped on a court with the 30-year-old – whether in Chicago, where Beverley grew up; in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he played college ball for a couple of years; in Dnipro, Ukraine, where he self-exiled himself to prepare for the NBA; and, as he waited his turn, in Athens, Greece and Saint Petersburg, Russia; and finally with the Rockets in Houston and now, here in L.A. LOS ANGELES — The nurse is growing concerned.“You cannot make those noises in a hospital,” she says to no one in particular.She’s in a hallway at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, hearing grunts and howls coming from a room in which a 14-year-old boy is in the process of taking down Patrick Beverley at Jenga.Beverley is not going quietly. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On his second visit in a couple weeks to the Los Angeles hospital, the Clippers’ fiery guard and emotional leader has asked everyone in the party with him – Clippers staffers, hospital personnel and a trio of reporters – to stay outside while he spends extended, undistracted time with (read: competes against) Jordan, a kid from L.A. who’s stuck at the hospital with nothing much to do besides play Jenga.Beverley spends close to 30 intense minutes with Jordan. Through the open doorway, he can be seen circling the wobbly Jenga tower, mulling his moves, and whenever he successfully extracts a piece of the tower, pounding his chest like he would in the fourth (or first) quarter.But Jordan has been training, so he’s prepared for the world-class competitor. He outlasts Beverley, who sighs in defeat, shakes his opponents’ hand and tells him: “My dude, good game,” adding, “I don’t like to lose, bro.”Oh, they know. Everybody knows.Anyone who’s approached Patrick Beverley’s orbit has a story about the Chicagoan’s competitiveness, his maniacal drive and desire, which, when applied on a basketball court, can only be described as a skill, a talent: “You’re absolutely right about that! If it was easy, you’d see a bunch of Montrezl Harrells, but you just really don’t,” Beverley said. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Beverley missed only four games (all losses) this season, after playing only 11 last season, when his Clippers debut was cut short by the arthroscopic surgery needed to repair a lateral meniscus in his right knee.Having to sit wasn’t fun, but the detail-oriented Beverley is better for spending months studying the game as a coach would, he said.“They give me lemons, I make lemonade,” said Beverley, who attends chapel before each game and is a regular source of locker room laughter, and who on Monday never ceased clenching his fists or clapping his palms, willing his team forward even with what should have been a deflating 31-point deficit looming over them.“He’s so important for us,” Rivers said afterward. “People get lost in some of his antics and stuff, but his spirit and his soul is so important for our team.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

Dodgers look to land knockout blow to Giants

first_imgPHOENIX >> The San Francisco Giants stagger into Dodger Stadium Monday. The Dodgers would like to land the knockout blow.With a five-game lead in the National League West and just two weeks left in the regular season, a series win (or sweep) by the Dodgers could be that blow.“Yeah, I do. I think everyone in there (the Dodgers’ clubhouse) sees that,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday. “I think those guys see that their backs are against the wall. It’s a huge series for them. It’s a huge series for us. And we have an opportunity to be on the offensive and essentially put them away. And that’s our goal.”If the Dodgers sense blood in the water, it was evident Saturday night. Rookie Brock Stewart was talking to reporters at his locker following his win over the Arizona Diamondbacks when a loud cheer erupted from the other side of the clubhouse.The St. Louis Cardinals had just tied their game with the Giants and a large group of Dodgers players were gathered around one of the TVs in the visitors clubhouse at Chase Field, watching with obvious interest.“Was the Giants game on in the clubhouse?” Roberts said, feigning ignorance before cracking a smile. “I heard a little uproar. That was great.”The Giants’ disastrous second-half tumble continued Sunday when the Cardinals shut them out, 3-0. Holders of the best record in baseball at the All-Star break, the Giants have the worst record in baseball since the break (22-37). The back-to-back losses this weekend ended a 2-5 homestand.That has taken some of the shine off this week’s Dodgers-Giants series at Dodger Stadium. The two teams will play each other six times in the final two weeks of the regular season. But the sense of urgency might be very one-sided. The Giants now have to worry far more about losing their hold on a wild-card playoff spot and less about halting the Dodgers’ march to a fourth consecutive division title. The Giants hold just a one-game lead over the Cardinals for the NL’s second wild-card spot. “I think for us obviously we’re in a better situation than we were yesterday,” Roberts said Sunday. “But I think for us we’ve still in that ‘gotta win today’ (mindset) and it’s still a big series. As long as there’s still games on the calendar, they’re still in it.”The importance the Dodgers thought this series would have is evident in the way they handled Clayton Kershaw’s return from the DL. Roberts acknowledged Sunday that consideration was given to having Kershaw out of “rehab mode” and lined up to start the series opener.He will match up with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner Monday — the one left-hander the Dodgers have been able to hit this season. Like his team, Bumgarner has been reeling through the second half. He is 4-3 with a 4.44 ERA in his past nine starts.“They were the best team in baseball in the first half. I think everyone is surprised,” Kershaw said of the Giants’ second-half tumble.Kershaw was on the DL and only an interested observer in late August when the Dodgers took two of three from the Giants at Dodger Stadium, the first of nine games between the rivals over the final 38 games of the season.But Kershaw said he was no more anxious to get back into this playoff-race atmosphere than he was just to get back, period.“I didn’t miss it any more than any other game,” he said. “Pitching against the Marlins or pitching against the Giants – it’s pitching and I missed pitching. When you’re on the DL, you just want to get back out there.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

The Players Championship: Tommy Fleetwood, Keegan Bradley hold lead at 7 under

Moore’s feat at the par-3 17th is the ninth in tournament history, and the first since Garcia’s in 2017.🚨 ALBATROSS! 🚨@Harris_English holes it from 236 yards! 🦅🦅The rarest of birds on No. 11 @THEPLAYERSChamp.#LiveUnderPar— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 14, 2019🚨 HOLE-IN-ONE 🚨SLAM DUNK FOR @RYANMOOREPGA!Magic on the 17th hole @THEPLAYERSChamp.#LiveUnderPar— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 14, 2019Round 2 will resume at 7:40 a.m. ET on Friday. There are two golfers atop the leaderboard after the first round of The Players Championship on Thursday.Keegan Bradley, who has never won at TPC, and Tommy Fleetwood — who has never won on the PGA Tour — shot 7-under 65s to take control of the star-studded field. Bradley had a blemish-free front nine (he started on No. 10) as he carded two birdies to make the turn at 2-under par. He had four more birdies on the back nine as well as one bogey and an eagle on the par-5 16th.He caught up to clubhouse leader Fleetwood, who enjoyed an early tee time and a very clean round.  Related News Fleetwood finished with seven birdies, including three consecutive ones on the 7th, 8th and 9th holes.“I just started picking a few shots up and then you get on a run like 7, 8, 9 and it feels great after that,” he said after his round.The two leaders, however, will have quite the competition as they get ready for a weekend at TPC Sawgrass. Byeong Hun An and Brian Harman are one stroke back in third place (6 under). Rory McIlroy, Vaughn Taylor and Ryan Moore are all tied for fifth place (5 under) while Kyle Stanley and Kevin Kisner are part of a tie for eighth (4 under).Spanish professionals Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia are both tied for 13th (3 under). Tiger Woods and Webb Simpson — the 2018 TPC champion — are in a sizable tie for 35th (2 under).There were also plenty of highlights including an albatross from Harris English, who is also tied for 35th, and a hole-in-one by Moore.   The Players Championship: Tiger Woods shoots 2-under 70, sits in tie for 35th after Round 1 read more

Lakers, after crushing loss to Clippers and more injuries, attempt to regroup

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn losing 13 of their last 18 games, the Lakers (30-34) have in effect fallen so far behind and lost enough tiebreakers that they can’t catch up, save an effort close to winning all of their next 18. And with Kuzma to miss Wednesday’s game and up to one week with a right ankle sprain, Lonzo Ball still out, and Ingram, Chandler and Stephenson all questionable, the Lakers are as injury-stricken as they’ve been all season – which is saying something.But if the Lakers are shifting their focus ahead, they’re not yet tipping their whole hand. The team still has an open roster spot, which in past years they’ve used to call up players to see if they can contribute to next year’s squad. Walton said the organization hasn’t reached that point yet.“We need healthy bodies possibly, depending on how much longer some of these injuries are gonna go,” he said. “So whether it’s to get stuff done in practice, or whether we need a body for a game, it’s more that type of thing for now.”The Lakers reached a frustration point Monday night with Kuzma’s fourth-quarter ankle sprain, which left him to limp off the court. James and Rondo said they’ve never been on teams with this many injuries. A precautionary MRI on Tuesday confirmed Kuzma’s sprain.Lately, the most looming absence has been Ball, who has been out since a Grade 3 sprained ankle he suffered Jan. 19. Ball was on the court after practice in street clothes, shooting but not jumping – not a particularly promising sign for a player due for a medical reevaluation Thursday. Walton said that’s the most on-court work he’s seen from Ball since he got hurt. Related Articles None of these developments are liable to ease the heat on the Lakers, which has been stoked for the last few months – essentially since James was injured on Christmas. From trade rumors to playoff speculation, to viral memes of James’ defense (or lack thereof), the Lakers have been constantly in the headlines. Lately, the focus has been on Walton’s job security, which he said Monday he hasn’t paid attention to.A night after Josh Hart said he thought the Lakers were the most criticized team in the league, Walton said it doesn’t matter to him.“I’m not worried,” he said. “The Lakers are always in the media: good bad, whatever you want to look at. I don’t try to compare it against other teams as far as how the media perceives us.” EL SEGUNDO — The first day of the rest of the Lakers’ season was quiet at the team’s practice facility, as the team attempted to heal its aching bodies.LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Josh Hart went to a film session but did not practice on the court. Kyle Kuzma, who rolled his ankle during Monday night’s loss to the Clippers, received treatment. Brandon Ingram, Tyson Chandler and Lance Stephenson – all of whom missed the matchup with the Clippers – didn’t practice either.Coach Luke Walton had just eight healthy bodies to work with as the Lakers, who are realistically out of the playoff chase, tried to resume business as usual.“You have to be resilient with who you are and who we are as a group,” Walton said. “And it’s tough times right now. We can’t let that get us down. We got to continue to develop our habits and continue to work as a group and define how we handle ourselves.”center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more