first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Four Syracuse players, three from the defense and one from the offense, were named to Phil Steele’s preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams.Dyshawn Davis highlighted the group with a first-team selection. The linebacker started all 13 games for the Orange last season, recording 69 tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Davis missed all of spring practice with a shoulder injury, but is not expected to miss any time during the upcoming season.Fellow linebacker Marquis Spruill was named to the third team. He recorded 65 tackles last season with a pair of sacks and nine tackles for a loss. Defensive tackle Jay Bromley rounded out the list for defensive players with a fourth-team honor. He started 10 games last season, racking up 39 tackles and 5.5 for a loss.Jerome Smith was the lone SU player from the offensive side of the ball to be honored. He was named to the second team. The running back carried the ball 264 times for 1,171 yards and three touchdowns last season while splitting carries with Prince-Tyson Gulley.Syracuse’s four all-conference selections are tied with Virginia and North Carolina State for 11th and ahead of only Maryland in the ACC. Florida State led the way with 19 selections, followed by the Orange’s first ACC opponent Clemson, which placed 12 on the teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSteele’s company, Phil Steele Productions, publishes the annual magazine Phil Steele’s College Football Preview. Comments Published on May 30, 2013 at 11:20 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more


first_imgNelson Leafs and West Kootenay Wildcats each lost opening round games as the B.C. Hockey Minor Hockey Championship tournaments kicked off Sunday on various locations around the province.The Nelson Leafs dropped a 4-2 decision to Kelowna at the Peewee Tier III tournament in Quesnel. Nelson returns to action Monday against Creston.On Vancouver Island, the West Kootenay Wildcats ran into a tough North Shore squad as the local squad lost 3-0.The Cats get a chance to bounce back Monday with a game against Prince George.In Midget Tier III Championships in Osoyoos, Kaslo/Nelson opens play Monday against Whitehorse.In Nakusp, the local squad plays host to the Midget Tier IV tournament. Nakusp plays Chetwynd Sunday and Saanich Monday.last_img


first_imgRoberto Di Matteo paid tribute to his players – and Didier Drogba in particular – after Chelsea’s incredible triumph in Munich.And the Italian refused to discuss his future amid calls for him to be installed as manager after leading the Blues to Champions League glory.Di Matteo told Sky: “We have a group of players that have a big heart, passion and desire and that was the only way to achieve this trophy.“It was an immense effort from everyone and we are very happy. Bayern is a good team and when they scored there wasn’t much time left and in a game like this you need players to rise to the occasion.“He’s [Drogba] been incredible for this club. He scored a fantastic goal to keep us in the game and then the penalty to win it.”More reaction to follow later.Who was your Chelsea man of the match? Click here to voteFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgBoston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) turns up court after making a three-pointer during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The Celtics won 92-88. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON, Massachusetts—Hours before the Celtics took the court Thursday night to protect their winning streak against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Jaylen Brown was walking around in a fog.Boston’s second-year forward was not even thinking about basketball after learning about the sudden death of his childhood best friend, Trevin Steede, on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “It was tough to kind of accept it,” Brown said. “Everybody was kind of in shock.”But after talking to his family and having conversations with Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Brown looked to the basketball court to find solace. The 21-year-old ended up playing one of the best games of his young career.Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds, Kyrie Irving had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws that put Boston ahead in the closing seconds, and the Celtics beat the Warriors 92-88 on Thursday night for their 14th straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He inspired me to come out and play and I played in his spirit,” Brown said about Steede.They met after Brown transferred to Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Boston trailed by just 47-42 at the half, closing the quarter with a 13-2 spurt.Celtics guard Gordon Hayward, who has been sidelined since suffering a broken ankle on opening night, was on hand for Thursday’s game. He sat behind the Celtics’ bench and received a loud ovation from the Garden crowd when he was shown on the jumbotron. Playing his second game since suffering a facial fracture, Irving shed his protective mask in the second quarter. Then, with the game tied at 88, he was fouled on his layup attempt and calmly made a pair of free throws. Durant then came up empty on his jumper on the other end.Golden State led by as many as 17, but had to lean heavily on its reserves as its trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Durant struggled offensively.Curry, who returned to action after missing a game with a bruised right thigh, was the most ineffective. He was 3 of 14 from the field — 2 of 9 from the 3-point line — and had nine points.“It was just one of those nights,” Curry said. “We had control of the game despite how bad we all were shooting. We just didn’t sustain ourselves defensively.”Curry sat for a long stretch after picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter.“We kind of fell out of our rotation in the third quarter,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were just tougher and smarter than we were tonightBoston came in limiting opponents to just 94.5 points per game, the stingiest mark in the NBA this season. It did even better against a Warriors team that entered the night averaging an NBA-best 119.6 points.The Warriors went without a point from Durant’s 20-foot pull-up with 4:49 left in the third quarter until Omri Casspi’s floater with 34.5 left tied it at 68 — a 19-2 Celtics’ run.Curry, Durant and Thompson were just 7 of 26 combined from the field in the first half. But the Warriors were able to maintain their lead thanks to 14 fast-break points.Durant was the only one of the three to score during a 12-0 Warriors run late in the second quarter. Harden, Rockets get 90 in first half, beat Suns 142-116 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I remember I didn’t have any friends,” Brown said. “The first few days I sat at the lunch table by myself — I’m super quiet and didn’t know anybody.”Steede noticed Brown sitting alone one day and told him he could sit with him.“Ever since then we’ve been best friends. … He’s been my brother.” Brown said.He said the circumstances of Steede’s death are still being determined and he declined further comment out of respect for his family. After the final buzzer, Irving walked over and embraced Brown.“Ky gave me the game ball and said, ‘This one was for Trevin,’” Brown said.Kevin Durant had 24 points for Golden State. The Warriors had won seven in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgCongratulations to Colm and Marianne Maguire on the birth of their new baby girl, Brodie Jayla born yesterday at 3.12pm. Weighing 7 pounds and 4 ounces, Brodie is a little sister for Coby-Lee. Both mother and daughter are doing well. Colm is the National Game Development Officer and Marianne is the National AusTouch Manager. Everyone at TFA congratulates the Maguires on their new addition and wish them all the best!last_img


first_imgIt was a thrilling end to National Touch League 2019, with a drop-off in the Men’s Open grand final between the Hunter Western Hornets and Central Queensland Bulls. The Hornets started strong but couldn’t get more than a couple up on the Bulls throughout the whole game. The Bulls were on six tries against seven with seconds to go before scoring and sending the game into a tense drop-off that ended with the Hornets taking the chocolates.The Women’s and Mixed Open finals weren’t as tight. The Sharks dominated both games. In the Women’s, the Sharks beat the Sydney Scorpions 7-2. Post-match, Sharks captain Sammy-Jo Curtis said it was the team’s perfect combination of youth and experience that got them through. “We’ve got a really young side, they can just run all day. The girls are so fit,” she said.“They’re young but they’ve got experience – they’ve got Elite 8s under their belt, they’ve got Premiership, they’re Aussie youth players, we’ve got a lot of experience on our side.”In the Mixed Open, the Sharks won 10-6 against the Sydney Mets, but the win didn’t come easily. “It was a grind,” said co-captain Michelle Evans. “[The Mets] put on a tough performance, nothing but respect for them.”Her co-captain Steven Loutitt, agreed: “It was super tough, end-to-end, so great stuff from our guys to hold in there. Really proud of them.”Here’s a list of Grand Final results for all divisions. (Stay tuned for Players of the Finals.)Men’s Open: Hornets 8 def. Bulls 7Women’s Open: Sharks 7 def. Scorpions 2Mixed Open: Sharks 10 def. Mets 6Men’s 30s: Scorpions 8 def. Sharks 6Women’s 30s: Cobras 8 def. Rebels 1Senior Mixed: Scorpions 6 def. Raiders 2Men’s 40s: Sharks 6 def. Scorpions 4Women’s 40s: Scorpions 3 def. Sharks 2Men’s 45s: Scorpions 6 def. Sharks 3Women’s 45s: Broncos 3 def. Scorpions 0Men’s 50s: Scorpions 5 def. Cyclones 4Men’s 55s: Scorpions 5 v Pineapples 4Men’s 60s: Cyclones 3 def. Cobras 2Congratulations to the Sydney Scorpions for taking home the Golden Boot!For more info on NTL 2019, go to the National Touch League website.last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Pictures of mice lounging around an anti-rodent device designed to make them flee were cited by a judge who let a class-action lawsuit proceed Wednesday against a company that sells and markets them.“It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words,” U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III wrote above three pictures depicting mice near and, in one case, resting on top of the device. “And, in this case, three photographs from a study conducted by plaintiffs’ expert are worth even more.”Then he noted that lawyers had submitted over 42,000 words to try to convince him how to rule.“As the photographs show, mice can apparently relax comfortably under a Repeller and even appear to be so drawn in by its siren song that one would scale a wall just to snooze on it,” Pauley said, citing a photograph of a mouse, it’s tail dangling beneath it, climbing up a wall to the device.The 2015 lawsuit was filed by women in Palm Desert, California, and Woodville, Texas. They sought unspecified damages and wanted the lawsuit to represent others who had purchased over 2.4 million devices.They said they bought Bell + Howell Ultrasonic Pest Repellers based on advertising that claimed the devices were “fast and effective” to repel “mice, rats, roaches, spiders, and ants” and “Drive Pests Out.”They sued in Manhattan federal court after concluding the devices, which plug into an electrical outlet, were ineffective, naming as defendants the New York-based BHH, LLC., which does business as Bell + Howell and Van Hauser LLC.In ruling, Pauley noted that some packaging for the devices includes a disclaimer that says ultrasonic signals will lose intensity as it travels and that it can be absorbed by soft objects such as carpeting and is reflected by hard surfaces such as furniture.“But whether this disclaimer puts consumers on notice is a jury question,” Pauley said. He added that a jury could decide if the devices are completely ineffective and falsely marketed.Attorney Adam H. McCabe, representing the companies, said Pauley’s ruling on the request to dismiss the lawsuit without a trial was disappointing.“Our client stands by its product and the product’s effectiveness,” he said. “Numerous scientists and laboratory testing of ultrasonic pest repellers confirm their effectiveness. It’s unfortunate that the photo, taken by plaintiffs’ paid experts in a staged and unverifiable setting, was included in the Order.”Pauley said the company might have been on notice that ultrasonic repellers were generally ineffective based on warning letters the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Enforcement sent to 60 manufacturers and retailers of ultrasonic pest-control devices, saying claims about the products had to be supported by scientific evidence.He noted that the plaintiffs also had cited “a cavalcade of studies” published before 2011 that they said proved the devices were generally ineffective.last_img read more


DENVER — Kawhi Leonard is indispensable to the San Antonio Spurs — or at least that’s how he’s now perceived. His mysterious injury not only threatens to snap the Spurs’ two-decade-long playoff streak, but there’s a chance it could also derail the club’s future by driving Leonard away.If there’s an irony in how monumentally important Leonard is to the Spurs’ chances now, though, it’s that he was still relatively anonymous to the casual basketball fan just four years ago, despite performing at a fairly high level on one of the league’s best teams at that time. It wasn’t until June 2014, when Leonard earned NBA Finals MVP honors, that he began drawing broader attention en route to becoming a bona fide star, one whose health could shift the tenor of a conference finals series.Now, another player — Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris — quietly appears to be on a similar trajectory. From afar, nothing Harris does seems truly spectacular. But zoom in just a little, watch a handful of Denver’s games, and you’ll see elements of Harris’s consistent, well-rounded skill set start to stand out. Just the way Leonard’s once did.“When I got here, there were questions about whether Gary Harris was an NBA player,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told me, a reference to Harris’s rookie season, in which he shot just over 30 percent from the field.1While part of that poor performance was due to his over-reliance on threes, Harris was one of just three rookies since 1960 to have shot that poorly on 200 attempts or more. The thought seems comical now, as Harris is serving as both Denver’s best on-ball defender and its leading scorer.For a while, Harris was far stronger on the defensive side of the ball, where it’s harder for the average fan to notice excellence. A solid scorer, by contrast, handles the ball more and gets his name called while the camera pans to his face every time he finds the bottom of the basket. Forcing a missed shot or denying your man the ball on the other end, however, usually isn’t enough to garner that same attention. So that may partially explain why the 23-year-old Harris flies under the radar.At 6 foot 4, he doesn’t force teams to alter entire offensive schemes the way that the 6-foot-7 Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, can. Yet Harris constantly seems to find ways to disrupt the league’s best wing players.Harris ranks ninth in the NBA in deflections per game — the same ranking Leonard held last season — hounding volume scorers as they come around screens and illustrating nearly perfect timing as he swats down directly on the ball just as a player is lifting up to launch his shot attempt. Harris’s quick hands and defensive persistence are pretty much the only things that prevent the Nuggets, who surrender more layups than anyone except Orlando, from having the worst defense in basketball. With Harris on the court, Denver surrenders 107.4 points per 100 possessions, which would tie for 20th among the league’s 30 teams. With Harris on the bench, the Nuggets allow 110.6 points per 100 possessions, a rate that would tie for dead last.It’s incredibly difficult to draw the types of defensive assignments that Harris typically gets without committing a lot of fouls. But just like Leonard did in his fourth season, Harris has collected more steals than fouls so far this year, a feat that only elite defensive shooting guards and small forwards generally manage.Harris could be named an All-NBA defender in the coming years without changing much about his game. But to achieve true stardom, he will likely need two things: More scoring — he’s still pretty limited in creating looks for himself — and more wins for the Nuggets.“If we make the playoffs, a lot more people are going to see and know who the hell Gary Harris is,” said Malone, whose team is locked in a crowded playoff race. “It’s funny: Last year, Nikola Jokic wasn’t going to be a part of All-Star Weekend. Then he puts up 40 points at Madison Square Garden and gets a phone call from the NBA the very next day. ‘Hey, we want you to be part of All-Star Weekend!’ So, we know Nikola and how special he is. And I think the same is true of Gary.”Harris has shown true scoring progress every year since his dismal rookie campaign. The former Michigan State star has gone from 3, to 12, to 15 and now 18 points per game; he has become one of the league’s best offensive threats in transition; and he’s on track to shoot 40 percent from the 3-point line for a second straight year. He moves incredibly well without the ball and has perhaps the team’s best on-court chemistry with Jokic, the face of the Nuggets and one of the league’s most skilled young big men.2Through Monday night’s games, Harris was logging a ridiculous 64.3 effective field-goal percentage off Jokic’s passes, according Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats — a rate that’s on par with the most efficient scorers in the NBA. Similarly, Jokic posts a 62.1 effective field-goal rate off Harris’s passes, a figure that narrowly outpaces that Stephen Curry’s overall rate.Harris’s development on offense bears similarities to Leonard’s rise. Through their first four seasons, their numbers looked identical — 12.2 points and 2.1 assists on 47 percent shooting and 37 percent from 3 for Harris3Harris’s fourth year is still ongoing; 12.3 points and 1.8 assists on 50 percent shooting overall and 37 percent from 3 for Leonard.Perhaps even more important: The two men play with an unusually quiet, workmanlike approach, and they are among the most consistent players in the NBA on a night-to-night basis. “He just puts his head down and goes about his business. He doesn’t talk about it much — he just goes out and does it, and we’re fine with that,” says Denver guard Will Barton, whose locker is next to Harris’s. (Harris’s noticeably quiet disposition, along with the Nuggets’ struggles to really break through on TV with local fans,4During the ride to the arena in Denver, my Uber driver, a self-described huge NBA fan, admitted he didn’t know who Harris was. undoubtedly contributes to why Harris isn’t better known around the league yet.)In Harris’s case, one could argue that his consistency on both ends has him on the cusp of joining the elite. Using effective field-goal percentage, a stat that accounts for 3-pointers by looking at the number of points generated per field-goal attempt rather than just shots made per attempt, the chart below illustrates how often the league’s starting shooting guards and small forwards have good shooting nights compared to bad ones. Unsurprisingly, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are at the very top of that list. Leonard rates fifth. And right behind him is Harris at No. 6. Of course, none of this is to say that Harris will continue ascending the way Leonard has during his fifth and sixth seasons, when he went from scoring 16.5 points a contest to 25.5 points while managing to become more efficient despite a heavier offensive load. Without Harris becoming more of a one-on-one threat, which Kawhi has become stellar at in relatively short order, it’s more sensible to compare his offense to Golden State’s Klay Thompson or Washington’s Otto Porter, who play better off the ball than with it.Should Harris develop a more aggressive brand of offense, though, there’s reason to think he could find success with it. While he’s not built like Leonard — one of the NBA’s strongest players, and just one of four NBA wing players last season to record more and-1s than he had shots blocked — Harris is far stronger than he looks and doesn’t shy away from contact. The former All-American high school football player is one of three guards, after James and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, who shoots 70 percent at the rim — elite company for strength around the basket.Malone said Harris has been diligent every summer about taking direction from coaches and staff each offseason to continue improving. But Harris told me it was simpler than that for him. “Really, I just want go out there to play and have fun,” he said. “It’s not about me going out and saying, ‘I’ve got to go out and be better than I was last year.’ If you put in the work, it’s going to show itself.”And if Harris continues to improve and show his work to this extent, it may be only a matter of time until just about every basketball fan knows who he is.Senior writer Neil Paine contributed to research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more


first_imgFormer Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien insists Ruben Loftus-Cheek should remain and fight for his future at the clubThe 22-year-old’s impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace last season earned him a call-up to the England World Cup squad.Loftus-Cheek then embarked on a superb campaign at Russia, where he featured prominently as the England squad reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.Back at Stamford Bridge, however, Loftus-Cheek has fallen further down the pecking order under new coach Maurizio Sarri.New signings Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic along with the in-form Ross Barkley have all been favoured over Loftus-Cheek this season at Chelsea, who has made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.But Essien believes that now is not the time for Loftus-Cheek to give up on his Chelsea career.“He has to stay,” Essien told the Evening Standard. “When you play for a club like Chelsea, you know the competition will always be there and you have to work hard to win your position.“They have many midfielders but it’s all down to him. He’s such a good boy and he works hard.“Maybe he might want to play more first-team football and games, but he has to stay and work hard. And you never know – football changes very quickly and he might get his chance.”Although former England boss Sam Allardyce believes Loftus-Cheek must seek a permanent move away from Chelsea in January.last_img read more


first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Moussa Sissoko is now a hero of the fans after previously facing jeers from the Spurs faithful.The Frenchman joined Tottenham from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016 after a string impressive performances at the UEFA European Championship in France, where he helped the host to a runner-up finish.However, having shown constant improvement over the last 12 months at Spurs. Sissoko, who was previously considered a disappointing £30million signing in his first 18 months there is now playing regularly and impressing.“Things are now the opposite and he is a hero of the fans,” said Pochettino, according to BelfastTelegraph. Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In football you must always show respect because sometimes different players need a different amount of time to produce performances in the way that you want.”“I am so happy for Moussa because he deserves the love he is getting from fans and his team-mates. He is a massive guy but he is so big-hearted and so nice.”Spurs and Sissoko will be both come up against high-flying Chelsea when the Premier League resumes after the international break on November 24 at the Wembley Stadium.last_img read more