Slaven Bilic impressed by honest approach of West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis

first_img “Tony Pulis gets criticised for his brand of football, but he doesn’t hide it like others,” the Croatian said. “There are a lot of clubs playing exactly the same way in many parts of the game. In England, they all sit back when opponents have a direct attacking style. “He is a great coach and a very honest man.” Bilic is hoping to turn West Ham’s fortunes around after their 4-1 thrashing against London rivals Tottenham last week but acknowledges that Albion, who are 12th in the table, are going to be a tough opponent to beat. “I watched Albion against Everton in September when they lost 3-2 at home. They were winning 2-0 and scored the second goal after 54 minutes. “They played good football which was enjoyable to watch. They weren’t 2-0 up because of set-pieces alone or negative tactics. “Of course, Pulis’ teams are very well organised and every team in the Premier League have quality now. “They have Saido Berahino, Salomon Rondon, Rickie Lambert and Stephane Sessegnon – all players who give them pace, goals and a physical presence. “That is the strength of this league.” Bilic described Pulis as “pragmatic” and knows any side managed by the Welshman is one which will be hard to crack. He said: “”He is very passionate and understands football in many different leagues across Europe. “I respect him also because he never tells lies, even though you can bend the truth in football when the result allows you to. “His West Brom team achieved a big win against Arsenal, but he said they were lucky and needed to defend very well. “He is pragmatic. He uses what he has to to achieve reasonable objectives. “When critics put a label on you, it sticks – even if your teams are not like that week in, week out.” Bilic must make a decision on who will replace the suspended Mark Noble in the Hammers’ midfield, with either Pedro Obiang or Alex Song set to start. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has praised the work done by West Brom boss Tony Pulis ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash on Sunday. Bilic believes Pulis’ approach deserves more credit despite the fact it has previously been criticised by managers and the media. The former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager was criticised for the way he set his team up to face Manchester United but Bilic hailed the “honesty” of Pulis’ football philosophy. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgArizona currently is two points out of a playoff berth and takes on the Jets in Winnipeg on Monday.TENNIS-PARIBAS OPENParibas Open postponed by coronovirusUNDATED (AP) — The BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament has been postponed after a case of coronavirus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley.The Riverside County Public Health Department has declared a public health emergency for the desert cities located 110 miles east of Los Angeles. That area includes Indian Wells, where the combined ATP and WTA tours were to play the two-week tournament starting Wednesday. — Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) stripped the ball from Kemba Walker and scored on a layup with 8.5 seconds to complete the Thunder’s rally in a 105-104 victory at Boston. Schroder added 27 points and six assists for Oklahoma City, which trailed by 18 in the first half before winning its third in a row. Chris Paul furnished 28 points and seven assists as the Thunder handed the Celtics their fourth consecutive home loss.— D.J. Augustin scored 24 points off the bench and Aaron Gordon added 19 as the Magic dealt the Rockets their fourth consecutive loss, 126-106. Nikola Vucevic (NEE’-koh-lah VOOCH’-uh-vihch) added 16 points with 16 rebounds for Orlando, which led by 25 at half. Russell Westbrook hit the 20-point plateau for a career-high 33rd straight game, finishing with 24 but also committing eight turnovers.— Bam Adebayo’s (ad-ah-BY’-ohz) 27 points and 14 rebounds carried the Heat past the Wizards, 100-89. Duncan Robinson furnished 23 points, including a pair of 3-pointers late in a 25-3 run that gave Miami a 100-86 lead. Heat season scoring leader Jimmy Butler left the game with 4½ minutes remaining in the third quarter and did not return.— Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored the game’s final six points to guide the Pacers past the Mavericks, 112-99. Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Pacers, who held Dallas scoreless for the final 3:14. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) scored 36 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20 of his 30 in the second half for the Mavs.— The Nets won their first game under interim coach Jacque Vaughn as Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 24 points in a 110-107 decision over the Bulls. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each added 23 for Brooklyn, which has won two straight as it tries to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 11 boards to the win. March 9, 2020 — Jrue (jroo) Holiday carried the Pelicans to a 120-107 win over the Timberwolves by delivering a season-high 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Zion Williamson scored 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, and Lonzo Ball had 18 points and eight assists to help New Orleans pull within four games of a Western Conference playoff slot. Brandon Ingram pitched in 15 points and 12 rebounds in the opener of the Pelicans’ four-game road trip.— Andre Drummond’s 28 points and 17 rebounds carried the Cavaliers past the Spurs, 132-129 in overtime. Collin Sexton finished with 26 points, while Larry Nance Jr. and Cedi (CHEH’-dee) Osman each contributed 19 points.— The Knicks earned a 96-84 win over the Pistons as Julius Randle had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Elfrid Payton had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Knicks, who allowed just 13 points in the final period to finish 3-2 on their homestand.NBA-BUCKS-ANTETOKOUNMPOAntetokounmpo sidelined by knee injury Tournament director Tommy Haas said organizers are prepared to play the event on different dates and will explore options.NASCAR-PHOENIXLogano cruises to another winAVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Logano is enjoying a strong start to the NASCAR Cup season.Logano won for the second time in three weeks by holding off Kevin Harvick over the final two laps after an overtime restart at Phoenix Raceway. Logano overcame several tough moments, including a pit-road penalty for an uncontrolled tire and a broken jack during another stop. Update on the latest sports Greek Freak shelvedPHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) will miss at least one more game after suffering a minor knee sprain during Friday’s loss to the Lakers.The NBA’s reigning MVP fell hard on his left knee but remained in the game before undergoing an MRI. He missed Sunday’s loss to the Suns.Antetokounmpo ranks third in the NBA in scoring with 29.6 points per game and fourth in rebounding with 13.7. He also averages 5.8 assists.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Anthony Davis pumped in 30 points and LeBron James added 28 in leading the Lakers to a 112-103 win over their co-tenants. Avery Bradley added 24 points to help the Lakers win their fourth in a row and 11th in 12 games.Paul George scored 31 points for the Clippers, who won their first two meetings with the Lakers before falling 6 ½ games behind their city rivals.Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:— The Bucks suffered their second straight loss as Devin Booker scored 20 of his 36 points in the first quarter of the Suns’ 140-131 verdict over Milwaukee. Phoenix took early control by outscoring the Bucks, 47-28 in the opening period. Ricky Rubio had a triple-double for Phoenix with 25 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds. Khris Middleton’s 39 points couldn’t stop the NBA leaders from falling to 53-11.— Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) provided 11 of his 23 points in the final 2½ minutes of the Raptors’ 118-113 downing of the Kings. Lowry scored 13 of his 30 points in the final quarter after picking up his fifth foul early in the period. Norman Powell’s 31 points helped Toronto win its third straight to open a three-game lead over Boston atop the Atlantic Division. — Astros ace Justin Verlander made an early exit from his exhibition start Sunday after feeling soreness in his right triceps. Verlander was pulled after two scoreless innings and will undergo more tests after his velocity dropped from his previous start. He pitched the most innings in baseball and struck out a career-high 300.— The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez on waivers from the Red Sox. The 31-year-old was 11-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 89 games in the last three seasons with Boston, including 19 starts.— Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez says his sore back is improving, but he’s still out of the lineup. Sanchez didn’t take batting practice Saturday or Sunday. He isn’t on the travel roster for Monday’s road game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Blues blank Blackhawks, Avs keep paceUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have maintained their two-point lead over Colorado atop the NHL’s Western Conference by bouncing back from a surprising loss to the Devils.Jake Allen turned back 29 shots and Jaden Schwartz assisted on the only goals in the Blues’ ninth win in 10 games, 2-0 over the Blackhawks. Roberto Bortuzzo broke a scoreless deadlock 6:41 into the second period. Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh) added the insurance tally in the third as St. Louis improved to 41-18-10.The Avalanche kept pace as Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) each collected a goal and two assists in a 4-3 victory at San Jose. Vladimir Namestnikov (nah-MEHS’-nih-kahv) broke a 2-2 tie in the second period to help the Avs end a two-game skid that followed a seven-game winning streak. Pavel Francouz (FRAN’-sohz) stopped 22 shots for the Avs.Elsewhere on NHL ice: Associated Press center_img Rocket Watts scored 19 points for the Spartans, who held Kaleb Wesson to eight points on 1 of 8 shooting.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Ayo Dosunmu scored 17 points and No. 23 Illinois wrapped up the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament by holding off eighth-ranked Iowa, 78-76. Luka Garza scored a game-high 28 points for the Hawkeyes, who came away with the fifth seed in the tournament.— Fabian White Jr. had 18 points and 14 rebounds as No. 21 Houston downed Memphis, 64-57. Quentin Grimes contributed 15 of his 17 points in the second half and fueled a 17-2 run for the Cougars.NHL-HURRICANES-PENGUINS NHL-COYOTES-GARLAND INJUREDCoyotes’ Garland week to week with lower-body injuryGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Coyotes leading scorer Conor Garland has returned to Arizona after suffering a lower-body injury in Friday’s 3-2 loss at Calgary.Garland is listed as week to week and is expected to miss the remainder of the Coyotes’ road trip.The 23-year-old right wing leads the Coyotes with 22 goals and is third with 39 points in 68 games. Terps, Spartans take share of Big Ten regular-season crownUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten men’s basketball regular season has ended in a three-way tie for first place, with ninth-ranked Maryland and No. 16 Michigan State joining Wisconsin.Anthony Cowan Jr. had 20 points and eight assists in his final home game at Maryland, an 83-70 downing of No. 25 Michigan. Cowan went 7-for-11 from the field and hit six free throws in the final minute to help the Terrapins secure the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.Jalen Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Terps, while Eric Ayala added 19 points.Michigan State came away with the second seed in the conference tourney by knocking off No. 19 Ohio State, 80-69. Cassius Winston scored 27 and the Spartans took control with a 16-4 run late in the game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULELakers snap Clippers’ winning streakUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have padded their lead in the NBA’s Western Conference by ending the Clippers’ six-game winning streak. Kyle Busch was third, followed by Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer.The race was the first under NASCAR’s new rules package for short tracks, which included a significantly smaller rear spoiler.PGA-PALMER INVITATIONALHatton gets first PGA winORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrell Hatton overcame high winds and jittery nerves to capture his first PGA title and fifth worldwide. Hatton kept it together down the stretch Sunday by playing bogey-free over the last seven holes for a 2-over 74 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He had a three-shot lead when he drove into the water on the par-4 11th into the wind. Hatton went well over the green with his third shot, chipped short of the putting surface and had to make a 6-footer for a double bogey.But his challengers also faltered. Marc Leishman (LEESH’-man) avoided major disaster and still closed with a 73 to end up one shot behind Hatton. Rory McIlroy began the day one shot back before carding a 76, his highest closing round in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since a 76 in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion. McIlroy still tied for fifth, his eighth consecutive finish in the top 5 worldwide dating to September.Third-place finisher Sungjae Im was in serious contention until he came up shockingly short and into the water on the 13th for a double bogey.Hatton’s 4-under total made him one of only four players who beat par for the week, the fewest at Bay Hill since 1980.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS Els gets first Tour Champions winNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Ernie Els has won the Hoag Classic for his first PGA Tour Champions title in three career starts, birdieing par-5 15th and 18th holes for a two-stroke victory at Newport Beach Country Club.Els closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 16-under 197.Fellow Hall of Famer Fred Couples finished with a 66 to tie for second with Glen Day and Robert Karlsson.MLB-NEWS — Morgan Geekie had two goals and an assist in his NHL debut as the Hurricanes ripped the Penguins, 6-2 in Pittsburgh. Justin Williams contributed a pair of third-period goals for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight since a four-game skid. The Penguins have dropped eight of their last 10 and were outscored, 11-4 in losing weekend games to the Capitals and Carolina.— Shea Theodore’s goal with 70 seconds left broke a 3-3 tie in the Golden Knights’ 5-3 victory at Calgary. Nick Holden had a goal and an assist for Vegas, which wasted a 3-0 lead before moving two points ahead of the Oilers for the Pacific Division lead. Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) stopped 19 shots to improve to 3-0 since joining the Knights at the trade deadline.— Second-period goals by Eric Bemstrom and Eric Robinson pushed the Blue Jackets past the Canucks, 2-1. Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) returned to the Columbus nets and turned back 26 shots, blanking Vancouver until Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Petterson beat him with 11:41 to play. The win pushes the Jackets two points ahead of the Hurricanes and Islanders for the first Eastern Conference wild card, although Carolina and New York have three games in hand.— Kevin Fiala’s (fee-AH’-lahz) second goal of the night sent the Wild to their eighth win in 11 games, 5-4 against the Ducks in overtime. Alex Galchenyuk (gal-CHEHN’-yuhk), Victor Rask and Mats Zuccarello (zoo-kah-REH’-loh) also scored as Minnesota reclaimed the first wild card in the West. Devan Dubnyk (DOOB’-nihk) made 22 saves in his first start Feb. 23.— The Red Wings squandered a 4-2 lead in the third period before Dylan Larkin and Robby Fabbri (FA’-bree) supplied shootout goals to complete Detroit’s 5-4 stunner against the Lightning. Larkin and Fabbri also tallied in regulation before Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi scored in the first 4 21/2 minutes of the third period to give the Wings a two-goal cushion. Mantha and Bertuzzi also had three assists in the Red Wings’ first win over the Lightning in 16 meetings since February 2016. Rangers’ Calhoun hit in mouth by fastball, taken to hospitalUNDATED (AP) — Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun was hospitalized with a broken jaw Sunday after taking a fastball in the mouth.The left-handed hitting Calhoun crumbled after being struck in the jaw by Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias in the first inning. He fell on his back, put his hands over his face and was eventually carried off on a cart.The 25-year-old set career bests with 21 homers, a .269 average and an .848 OPS in 83 games.In other MLB news:last_img read more

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Badgers, Leuer dominated in border battle

first_imgWisconsin guard Trevon Hughes and the Badgers shot just 30.5 percent for the night in a loss to UM.[/media-credit]MINNEAPOLIS — Physically dominated.Those are not words often associated with head coach Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin basketball team.But the statistics, final score and even bruised egos will bear out that this is exactly what happened to the Badger basketball squad Thursday night in a 68-52 drubbing against Minnesota in Williams Arena.The “U” pounded UW 41-28 on the boards, attempted 21 more free throws than their Badger counterparts and drew 24 fouls against Wisconsin’s 11.Any follower of Badger basketball knows Wisconsin’s goal is to make more free throws than its opponents attempt — a target the team missed by 23 Thursday night.“You have to get a lot more free throws,” senior guard Jason Bohannon stated bluntly.“We certainly haven’t been doing that the last couple games, and it tells us we need to get the ball in the paint, pump fake, get the guys in the air and do a better job of that.”Bohannon had 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 4-for-7 from 3-point land.Possessing a height advantage nearly across the board, Minnesota consistently attacked the lane with deep post touches and the Gophers dropped in 22 points in the paint while holding the Badgers to a mere 11.Playing as they have every game since forward Jon Leuer was sidelined with an injury, Wisconsin was content to swing the ball around the perimeter against both zone and man defense and fire up 3-pointers. The Badgers attempted 30 from beyond the arc — opposed to 29 two-point shots — and connected on 11. The much more aggressive Gopher offense took merely nine shots from deep, burying five.Ryan, however, is not buying that UW settled for any outside shots.“I would love to have those shots. I would love to have them,” Ryan said.“We didn’t finish on some shots inside.”Having trimmed the Minnesota lead to 45-42 on a Bohannon 3-pointer with 9:40 left in the game, UW seemed poised to come back as they have against Northwestern, Penn State and Michigan this season.Instead, what followed was a nearly eight minute scoreless stretch where the Gophers extended the lead to 16, sealing their third straight victory over the Badgers. During the stretch, UW hucked up three-pointer after three-pointer, coming up empty most of the time.Sucking both the momentum and energy from the Badgers was a series of missed 3-pointers and offensive rebounds just 30 seconds after Bohannon’s deep bomb. In comically sad fashion, The Barn exploded as Leuer missed from deep, was rebounded by Mike Bruesewitz, followed with misses from Bohannon, Tim Jarmusz and Trevon Hughes as well as rebounds from Nankivil and Hughes.Hughes was 7-for-17 from the field, finishing with 19 points. He also added four steals.The empty possession deflated UW and primed Minnesota for a game-clinching run.“We had an open look, and we got another open look and that third one was an open look too,” Bohannon said. “Anytime you get those open shots and keep getting those offensive rebounds you have to make them pay somehow. We got to get some points out of that possession.”Unwilling to criticize his team in almost any facet, Ryan gave away perhaps a hint of frustration in his praise of freshman rebounding fiend, Mike Bruesewitz.On the floor for only 20 minutes, the St. Paul, Minnesota native pulled down four boards — three offensive — and kept numerous other possessions alive with his activity under the glass. Though inconsistent with the ball in his hands (zero points to five fouls), Bruesewitz was the only Badger to match the intensity of the Gopher team digging in for rebounds.In the post game press conference, Ryan made sure his freshman’s hard work did not go unnoticed.“Mike Bruesewtiz was again all over the place,” Ryan said. “If he wasn’t getting the rebound he was getting his hand on it. He is so active. We need more of that.”“He is just hungry,” Ryan continued when asked if others needed to follow Bruesewitz’ lead. “You have to be hungry to be a good rebounder.”last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers’ Wellhausen takes to her personal blog to connect with fans

first_imgThe rise of social media has allowed fans to connect with athletes on all levels, and the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has taken full advantage.For the past few seasons, the team has created a blog on UWBadgers.com written by its own players, allowing fans to get a personalized recap of games and team happenings from a select member of the team.This year, sophomore Baylee Wellhausen ran the team’s blog. Wellhausen was recommended for the job by her teammates, who knew she liked writing and believed she would excel at maintaining this channel of communication with Badger fans.Wellhausen admitted she was nervous at first when it came to being in charge of communicating with Wisconsin fans.“[In the beginning] I [thought], ‘I have no idea where to start this,’” Wellhausen said. “There was a lot of thinking going into it, but then I got into a rhythm.”Wellhausen said she’s received positive reception from fans. Some fans complimented her during the Badger Skate program, saying they loved the blog and wanted her to keep up the good work.Wellhausen knows that as a Division I athlete there needs to be an extra level of care that goes into what she posts on any form of social media.“Being a [Division I] athlete, we always get taught to make sure that we’re putting out the right things on social media,” Wellhausen said. “I think that we’re always very conscientious of what we’re putting out there and making sure that it’s not offending anyone.”Thanks @BadgerFootball for letting us borrow your axe!! #gotthatsweep pic.twitter.com/F2B28jTvNN— Baylee Wellhausen (@bdangless21) December 6, 2015Senior Molly Doner has also gotten her fair share of exposure when it comes to social media contact with Badger fans. She has guest-blogged in the past and knows having a public account means anyone can easily view anything she posts.Done is aware plenty of younger fans look up to her and other Badgers and follow them on social media. She feels she has a responsibility on social media to make sure she is sending all the right messages to her younger fans.Rings are in! #WCHAchamps pic.twitter.com/pxSI37tdrG— Molly Doner (@molly_doner9) October 6, 2015“One of the main guidelines that I follow with social media is [paying] attention to who your youngest viewers are,” Doner said. “There are a lot of younger girls that follow us and look up to us, so it’s always making sure that whatever we’re promoting or advocating is appropriate for the youngest viewers to see.”last_img read more

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Syracuse improves rebounding in 68-54 loss to Iowa

first_img Published on December 3, 2019 at 11:16 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Elijah Hughes sat in the middle of the Syracuse locker room with his right wrist taped. Bourama Sidibe, in his own locker a few feet away, had bags of ice attached to his right knee and left ankle. Perpendicular to both of them was Marek Dolezaj, shoulders off-kilter, slouching to his left with his right shoulder wrapped.As they scattered, with a similar dejected look on their faces after a third-straight defeat, they wore the scars of a rebounding battle, that, for once, didn’t cost Syracuse the contest.“I think we did quite a decent job today,” Dolezaj said, “but we need to run faster.”Facing a third-straight frontcourt that’s bigger and more polished than SU’s, Syracuse improved on the glass. In the midst of a historically bad start, SU’s first three losses could be attributed to poor interior play. They averaged 18 fewer rebounds than their opponents, often losing the possession battle too. But, against Iowa (6-2) in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on ESPN, Syracuse (4-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) provided an outlier. Coaches provided a pregame directive to limit the rebounding margin. While the Hawkeyes won the battle on the glass 37-36, they had to turn to shooting or tough defense to best the Orange.Syracuse may have wasted its last chance at a resume-boosting, nonconference win with its showing against Iowa, but the corrected rebounding provided a sliver of positivity. Without worrying about about the interior, SU was able to identify other issues that the reeling squad must fix next.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIowa’s 6-foot-11, do-everything player, Luka Garza provided one of the worst matchups of the season for Syracuse. A week ago, Oklahoma State crushed the Orange with a plus-19 rebounding margin. Two days later, Penn State’s Mike Watkins tallied 16 boards, 11 of which were offensive. PSU’s 57-to-28 rebounding lead triggered Boeheim to admit that his team “wasn’t ready,” as two tournament-caliber teams exposed SU. Before facing Garza, Sidibe and Hughes said Orange coaches emphasized rebounding at all costs.Elizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo EditorThere wasn’t a schematic change. Instead, players were urged to get to the boards more often.As Garza looked for early offense inside, Dolezaj bumped him off the block each trip down the floor before settling into the 2-3. SU’s 2-3 zone isn’t predicated on matchup box outs, Sidibe said, so it wasn’t Sidibe or Dolezaj’s single responsibility to stop Garza. The Iowa junior finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and two assists, yet the Orange limited second chances (15-to-eight in Iowa’s favor). Syracuse even scored more points in the paint (26-to-24).“Sometimes it’s a long rebound,” Sidibe said. “We just need to find a way to get it. It’s a zone.”Hughes, who posted a season-high seven boards, skied through the lane repeatedly, often while teammates cleared out Hawkeyes. In one sequence, Hughes hauled in a board and quickly fed Quincy Guerrier for a two-handed slam. This success wasn’t consistent.“There’s a lot of bad out there,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “I didn’t see much good.”Sidibe operated at “half-speed” with his cold in Brooklyn, Boeheim said, and was limited today, too. Hughes rebounded more, but he wasn’t as effective as a facilitator, finishing with four turnovers. Guerrier followed his first collegiate double-double with four points and seven boards, but Boeheim identified situations where the strongest player on SU’s roster wasn’t strong enough.With a middling offense hunting for a secondary option behind Hughes, fast break chances can piece together points and runs. The Hughes-Guerrier connection showed what the offense could be but ultimately hasn’t been. And it starts with rebounding.“It’s a learning experience for those guys,” Boeheim said. “They’ve got a long way to go.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Jusuf Nurkic injury update: Trail Blazers C has no nerve, muscle damage in leg, report says

first_imgPortland’s Jusuf Nurkic underwent season-ending surgery today on compound fractures, and some positive news: No nerve or muscle damage in his leg, league sources said. He is out indefinitely.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 26, 2019Nurkic recorded 32 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in the contest, which Portland won 148-144.He averaged 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 72 games this season. Jusuf Nurkic is done for the season after suffering a gruesome leg injury against the Nets on Monday.The Trail Blazers center went up for a rebound in the second overtime of his team’s matchup with Brooklyn before coming down awkwardly and collapsing to the floor. Nurkic left the court on a stretcher and did not return. Portland fans gave the 24-year-old a standing ovation as he was taken back to the locker room.The Trail Blazers announced Tuesday morning Nurkic had sustained a compound fracture of his left tibia and fibula and “there is no timetable for his return to basketball activity.”We love you, @bosnianbeast27 ❤ pic.twitter.com/x7JRRtsR7I— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 26, 2019Later in the day, The Athletic reported Nurkic had undergone surgery and there was no nerve or muscle damage in the center’s leg.last_img read more

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Futsal national team of BiH-European and Balkan Champions despite Diabetes

first_imgThe national team of BiH in futsal for persons with diabetes was formed early last year. They are currently European champions and this year they will start performing in the first futsal leagues of BiH as a club.This year was excellent for the national team and good results came one after another. They won the Balkan Champioships and the European Championship in the competition of 16 European countries.As of this year, the national team of BiH will perform as a team in the first Futsal League of FBiH under the name DijaBiH, where their main competition will be teams of men who do not suffer from similar issues.“We want to show that we can be equal to athletes who do not have diabetes and that we can win,” the national team stated.Miran Gvozdić was diagnosed with diabetes type one at a systematic examination when he was 14. However, since he was an athlete before the diagnosis, he decided to continue. Today he is a member of the national team of BiH in futsal for persons with diabetes and he says that sport helps him a lot in his fight with the disease.“We, as the national team of BiH and people with diabetes who are dealing with sport actively and professionally, are trying to prove everyone, especially children, that one can live normally and do sports even with diabetes,” Miran says.This team is trying to break the prejudice that people who suffer from diabetes of any type cannot do sports recreationally or professionally.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Countryside will be reconstructing the main showroom this week, everything is open!

first_imgThe East Showroom at Countryside Motors is open during construction.Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Now that the weather is getting better, construction at Countryside Motors is resuming. But most importantly, all departments are open for business. The customer entrance and driveway for the Service and Parts Department are in the same place. Just follow the blue signs.The service and parts departments will remain open during construction. Just follow the blue signs.On Monday, Feb. 17, Countryside Motors will begin the reconstruction of the main showroom. But the showroom on the east building will be open for Chevrolet, Buick, Polaris and Hustler.Mower season is about to begin. The weather is getting perfect for Polaris riding.Countryside Motors has the best selection of new and pre-owned cars and trucks ever.Don’t let the construction scare you. The rebates, discounts and prices are great.Stop in and check out the great values during construction.last_img read more

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NFL playoff odds report: Full betting guide & trends for AFC, NFC championship games

first_imgThe San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are expected to meet in Super Bowl 54 in two weeks’ time. San Francisco and Kansas City are both favored by 7.5 points on the NFL betting line this Sunday, but large favorites haven’t fared well during conference championship week over the last two decades.Since 1999, there have been 16 conference championship games with a spread of six points or more and the favorite is 11-5 straight up and 5-11 ATS in those games. That bodes well for underdogs Green Bay and Tennessee, who are looking to pull off the upset and play for a Super Bowl title in Miami. MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSan Francisco 49ers (-7.5) vs. Green Bay Packers, O/U 45There hasn’t been a ton of line movement in the NFC championship game. San Francisco opened as a touchdown favorite over Green Bay on Sunday evening, and there was some initial action on the Packers. The line dipped down to 6.5 points for a brief moment before moving back to a flat seven, but then we saw San Francisco money push the number off seven early in the week. It’s likely that this number closes at seven though since the hook will be very alluring closer to kickoff.The total has not moved since it opened. Oddsmakers nailed this number on the nose as it hasn’t fluctuated off 45 throughout the week, and it isn’t expected to change, barring some late changes in terms of injuries or weather. Betting TrendsGreen Bay is 7-1 ATS against teams with winning records this season, but that one loss came in Santa Clara. The Packers were dismantled by Robert Saleh’s defense as the 49ers cruised to a 37-8 victory in late November. Aaron Rodgers had one of the worst games of his career, throwing for just 104 yards in the loss, and Green Bay failed to top 200 total yards on the evening. The Packers have relished the underdog role in the postseason though, and they are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as an underdog in the playoffs. San Francisco has not fared well as a favorite in recent history posting a 7-19-1 ATS mark in their last 27 games in which they were favored, but the Niners have covered five of their last seven games against Green Bay.Over has been the bet to make in the NFC championship game, as the over has cashed in 18 of the last 28 clashes. Four of the last five games have gone over the total, and the over is 10-4 since 2005.MORE: Is Chiefs coach Andy Reid cursed against the Tennessee Titans?Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) vs. Tennessee Titans, O/U 53Tennessee defeated Kansas City earlier in the season, so the Titans are confident they can pull off the upset to reach the Super Bowl for just the second time in their history. Derrick Henry has been a force of nature over his last eight games, running for over 1,200 yards to put the Titans within a game of the Super Bowl, but Tennessee is a sizable underdog per the NFL betting odds in this game. There has been no movement in terms of the total as the spread has remained constant at Kansas City -7.5 since Sunday night. However, we have seen some sizable action on the over as this number has moved from 51 to 53 points. Both defenses will be hard-pressed to get off the field, so this has the makings of a shootout. Betting TrendsThe Titans are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games, and they are a sterling 5-0 ATS in their last five road games. They have already gone into Kansas City, New England, and Baltimore and walked out with wins over the second half of the season, so they are likely to be a popular moneyline pick later in the week. Kansas City has been even hotter though, posting a 6-0-1 ATS mark in its last seven games. However, the Andy Reid curse remains intact, and despite last week’s cover against Houston, the Chiefs are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 postseason games. Tennessee has covered four straight games against Kansas City, and the Titans are confident they can control the clock with Henry carrying the load.last_img read more

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