East meets West: Top leagues face off in Frozen Four

first_imgNorth DakotaRecord: 29-15-1 overall, 16-12-0 WCHAHow they got here: After coming within one win of the national championship last year, North Dakota faced the challenge of winning games with a roster greener than a Fighting Sioux jersey. With 13 freshmen and just two seniors, the North Dakota started off sluggish, which came as no surprise. However, the team finished the season with a five-game winning streak and carried that momentum into winning the WCHA tournament championship. They overcame Michigan and Holy Cross to get into the Frozen Four, where they will face Boston College.Whom to watch: Junior Drew Stafford (24 goals + 23 assists = 47 points) leads a balanced Sioux scoring assault, with six players above the 30-point plateau and three scoring more than 40 points on the season. Freshmen T.J. Oshie has scored 45 points on 24 goals and 21 assists and currently rides a six-game scoring streak. Fellow rookie Jonathan Toews has averaged 2.25 points per game in UND’s last four contests. Backing up all this offensive power is junior goaltender Jordan Parise, whose 2.08 goals against average and .933 save percentage make him one of the best goalies in the country.How to beat ’em: Keep the puck away from the forwards. North Dakota’s defense, with three freshman blue liners, can be considered its only weakness, if a group that averages 6-foot-2, 201-pounds while giving up only 2.29 goals per game can be considered weak. They do, however, allow 30.5 shots per game, so an aggressive offense and forecheck, especially on special teams, can neutralize their offensive talents and take advantage of their defensive holes.WisconsinRecord: 28-10-3 overall, 17-8-3 WCHAHow they got here: The Badgers’ highs and lows this season can hardly be matched. They rose to the top of the national rankings in the first half only to suffer a slump when goaltender Brian Elliott went down with a knee injury in a January practice, finally hitting rock bottom when they gave up 13 goals in a sweep at Minnesota State in late February. Since then, the Badgers have regained their mojo. Fueled by a win over Minnesota for third place in the WCHA tournament, the Badgers haven’t given up a goal in three straight games, including the double matinee that was their win over Cornell in the Midwest Regional final two weekends ago.Whom to watch: Keep an eye on Elliott. Two words — lights out. This guy hasn’t given up a goal in over 250 minutes (252:49 to be exact) and will find out Friday if he was chosen to be the winner of the Hobey Baker trophy. Also, watch the fourth line of Nick Licari, A.J. Degenhardt, and Andy Brandt. They may not score goals, but they provide the energy that gets both the crowd and the rest of the team into the game.How to beat ’em: Match their style of play. The Badgers rely heavily on defense and goaltending to win games, and when they run into teams that also play exceptional defense, they sometimes have difficulty mustering the offense to pull out a win. Stacking men on the blue line forces the Badgers to dump and chase, a game at which they do not excel. Above all else, equal the Badgers’ physicality. They play rough, and a team that can fight through that also stands a fighting chance to steal a win.MaineRecord: 28-11-2 overall, 17-8-2 Hockey EastHow they got here: The Black Bears started out hot, winning eight of their first nine games before hitting a rough stretch. That midseason stretch saw Maine go 6-8 over its next 14 games, including a pair of losses to Providence — who defeated the Black Bears twice on the season — and Minnesota-Duluth. But since Jan. 21, the Black Bears have lost just two games, both of them coming against NCAA tournament teams (Boston College and New Hampshire). The loss to BC came in the Hockey East Tournament semi-final, but Maine still earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. Despite receiving the third-seed, it really isn’t a huge surprise that the Black Bears upended both Harvard and Michigan State to get to their third Frozen Four in the past five years.Whom to watch: On offense, senior forwards Greg Moore and Michel Leveille have paved the way for the Black Bears. They both average more than a point a game and have been red hot as of late, together tallying a total of 19 points in their last six games. Moore and junior Josh Soares have both reached the 40-point mark, while Leveille is one point away. Between the pipes, Ben Bishop has had a solid season, especially considering he is just a freshman. The big fella, standing 6-foot-5, is 21-7-2 with a 2.22 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.How to beat ’em: Shut down the power play. Maine has scored a power-play goal in all but 10 games this year and score on the man-advantage more than 22 percent of the time, but the Badgers are perfect on their last 25 penalty kills.Boston CollegeRecord: 25-12-3 overall, 17-8-2 Hockey EastHow they got here?: The Eagles lost just four times in their first 21 contests of the year and appeared to have the Hockey East regular season title all but wrapped up in January. Sound familiar? So will the rest of the story. Boston College proceeded to win just four of its next 12 games to close out the season — a stretch that included being swept at Maine and a loss to Boston University in the Beanpot Championship. The Eagles fell again to BU in the Hockey East title game — the fourth loss to their archrival of the season. In the NCAA Regional round, they stomped Miami to set up yet a fifth matchup of the year with BU. BC finally took charge, pounding the Terriers 5-0 to advance to its sixth Frozen Four in the past nine years.Whom to watch: Senior forward Chris Collins has scored 31 goals and nabbed 30 assists in 40 games and is one of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists. He ranks second nationally in points, points per game and short-handed goals. Junior forward Brian Boyle and senior Peter Harrold were first-team all-Hockey East selections. Between the pipes, sophomore Cory Schneider broke the school record with eight shutouts this year and boasts a 2.03 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.How to beat ’em: Well, the obvious way to win is to score goals, something that neither Miami nor Boston U did in the Regional when they were both shut out 5-0. So North Dakota will have to beat Schneider, and putting the puck home early wouldn’t hurt. 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Liverpool’s ‘Journey by Road Fan’ Returns Home

first_imgWilson told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I’ll be honest, the whole way down to Madrid, I was skeptical that we’d make it.‘I mean we’d just gotten to Dover for the ferry and a pipe blew off of the engine.’Despite being a lifelong fan, WIlson admitted he baulked at the prices demanded for flights to Madrid in the build-up to the showpiece final.He said: ‘I love Liverpool FC, I’ve been to all the matches, but there was no way I was gonna pay out £800 for a flight that I could get for £40 next week.‘Yeah, it was a little bit of a long car ride back but I think it only cost us around £200 on petrol each way, so we’ve got four people to the final for half the price of one person flying over.’On whether he would do the journey again, Wilson said: ‘One hundred percent, I’d recommend people give it a try.’‘If we make it to Istanbul next year, there’ll be something big coming.’Wilson also revealed he would be keeping the car despite it suffering numerous problems along the way.He added: ‘Oh, I’m keeping the car. It’s gonna be the daily runner I reckon. I’ll get it done up first though!’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool FC may have conquered Europe in grand style but one of its die-hard fan, Simon Wilson, who made the journey by road to Madrid for the epic match returned his Anfield home yesterday after driving 1,290 miles to watch his side beat Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid.The YouTuber opted to make the journey in a £40 Skoda Favorit GLXi with three friends after flights to Spain reached up to £800.Wilson arrived in time to watch Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi score in both halves to seal a sixth European Cup, but admitted there were several difficulties along the way.last_img read more

World Championship leads to “significant spike” for handball betting on LeoVegas

first_img Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Handball has become a major growth sport for LeoVegas, particularly around major international tournaments such as the sport’s ongoing men’s World Championship.The tournament, which runs in Germany and Denmark until 27 January, holds huge appeal for punters in LeoVegas’ core markets, particularly while Germany and the Nordics – including Denmark, Norway and Sweden – remain among the favourites for glory. Bjorn Knaldre, Sports Manager at LeoVegas, said: “Especially when some of our core markets are doing so well, the hype is reflected in our numbers for betting on handball, already reaching all-time-highs (ATHs) we expect to surpass as the Championship carries on.”LeoVegas has reacted to the activity spikes provided by the sport’s biggest tournaments – the Women’s European Championships and DKB Handball-Bundesliga both produced a string of ATHs for the operator – by increasing its coverage through Kambi markets.For example, LeoVegas has seen considerable interest in the ‘next team to score’ market – a live betting offer exclusive to the Kambi platform – and ‘over/under player goals’, a pre-match market only available on “very few” bookmakers.Max Meltzer, Kambi Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Kambi has provided a market-leading handball offering for many years and we continue to iterate and improve the product to ensure we meet the expectations of LeoVegas’ mobile-savvy bettors, which are increasingly trending towards in-play and player-related markets.”Knaldre added: “The activity always sees a significant spike during international tournaments with national teams playing and games broadcasted back in the home countries. Live betting on handball is quickly growing as a betting market, especially through mobile devices, as customers enjoy the fast-paced, action-packed nature of the sport.” To further promote the sport, LeoVegas has also elected three-time Olympic athlete and silver medal winner Stefan Kretzschmar as its ambassador for handball in Germany.last_img read more

Andre Ayew misses out on French Player of the Month Award

first_imgGhana winger Andre Ayew placed second to Eden Hazard in the French League One player of the Month Award for March.The 21-year-old was hoping to sweep the trophy away in his first attempt but only garnered 35 percent of the votes.He finished below Lille’s danger man Eden Hazard who managed a landslide victory with 62 percent of the total votes.France international Rio Mavuba gained only 3 percent of the vote cast.Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img

Barcelona v Real Madrid: The ‘Clasico’ in numbers

first_imgThe numbers behind Sunday’s La Liga “Clasico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.2 – The number of ‘Clasico’ victories Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has presided over in four meetings since taking over from Jose Mourinho at the end of the 2012-13 season.19 – The number of cards the most booked player, former Real and Spain defender Fernando Hierro, collected in official ‘Clasicos’ (18 yellow and one red). Real’s current centre back Sergio Ramos has 14 yellow cards and two red.21 – The number of goals scored by Barca’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi in 29 ‘Clasicos’. The four-times World Player of the Year is the highest scorer among current members of either squad. Cristiano Ronaldo has 14 for Real.32 – The number of ‘Clasico’ appearances made by Barca coach Luis Enrique for Real (1991-96) and Barca (1996-2004). Gerard Pique: El Clasico vital in La Liga race44 – The record number of ‘Clasico’ appearances made by Real’s Paco Gento. Among active players, Barca playmaker Xavi has the most with 41, ahead of Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas on 36, Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta on 30 and Messi on 29. 92 – Real have beaten Barca 92 times in official matches, with 89 wins for Barca and 48 draws.229 – The number of official ‘Clasicos’ played since the pair’s first encounter in the last four of the Spanish Cup in 1902, which Barca won 3-1.388 – The number of goals Real have scored in official ‘Clasicos’, 16 more than Barca.500 million – The estimated number of soccer fans around the world who will watch the ‘Clasico’.720 million – The market value in euros of Real Madrid’s squad, according to website transfermarkt.de. Barca’s is worth just under 600 million euros. –last_img read more

‘Selfish’ or ‘aggressive’? Scorers like Hofstra’s Wright-Foreman, Marquette’s Howard shooting to win

first_imgA great golfer can tell you every shot struck on every hole during a round: what club was used, how the player was trying to work the ball. Obviously, because the player is responsible for his or her score, that number also can be recalled immediately.Howard, though, said he is unaware of how many points he has rung up when he is playing the game. He obviously recognizes whether the shots are going in, but this is as far as it goes. Even when he scored 53 in an overtime victory against Creighton — and even though he acknowledged that “when you get that feeling, you don’t want to stop” — he was surprised by the “crazy” number in the box score.“I don’t really like shoot for anything in particular. I just do what in the game presents itself and I just find out after the fact what happened,” he said. “I just try to be as aggressive as I can when I’m playing. It’s just a matter of continuing to be aggressive, no matter what, and not really accepting trying to be stopped. That’s kind of just my thing.” In 2019, however, there’s a delicate balance at work in circumstances such as Wright-Foreman’s, or Markus Howard’s at Marquette, or Antoine Davis’ at Detroit Mercy. Each of them averages better than 24 points and 16 shots per game. It can be a challenge to convince every other player — or every other players’ parents, or every other players’ high school coaches, or every other players’ friends — that allowing a star scorer such freedom can help everyone involved.SCONZO: Point-scoring machine Chris Clemons forging unforgettable legacy at CampbellThere are 11 players in Division I who, entering Wednesday’s action, had appeared in at least 20 games and attempted 350 or more shots. That’s out of at least 3,000 rotation players, which means it’s less than 1 percent of those getting consistent game time. That’s how uncommon players like Howard and Davis are, and thus how challenging it can be for a team to function when one emerges.We all learned that last year watching Trae Young at Oklahoma.“I don’t think I’ve ever experienced one of my teammates complaining about me shooting the basketball,” Wright-Foreman told Sporting News. “My teammates just believe in me. They get mad if I have an open shot and pass it up, and I think that’s encouraging, when people are behind you and have so much confidence in you. I worry sometimes that I may take too many shots, but they never say that to me. They encourage me.”Hofstra is riding the nation’s longest winning streak, a 16-game rampage that includes seven road games and a 9-0 start in the Colonial Athletic Association. Wright-Foreman has delivered performances during this surge of 28 points, 30, 29, 34, 37 and a career-best 42 against Northeastern. He is averaging 26 points and shooting .512 from the field.The Pride, now 19-3, needed every one of those points to earn a 73-70 victory over NU’s Huskies. The final three were almost super-heroic. After Northeastern’s Vasa Pusica tried a top-of-the key jumper to break a tie score in the final 10 seconds, the rebound was tipped out to Wright-Foreman. He dribbled forward and recognized his time to fire was limited. He let go of the ball while on a dead sprint and twisted to the left to avoid a defender; he launched from 40 feet with .2 seconds left. The ball flew directly through the goal.“The dynamic of your team is always so important. So when you have a guy like Justin, who is going to take a lot of shots — hey, we’re having success this year because these guys really and truly like each other,” Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich told SN. “They’re always together. They have fun together. They hang out in the locker room. The other 22 hours of the day, these guys are together and happy.“I had a guy who scored a lot once and was talking with one of the managers and I asked if the other guys on the team liked him. And he said: ‘Like or respect?’ And I thought, ‘Wow, what a great response.’ It’s so crucial to player relationships. You can be liked and not respected. You can be respected and not liked. And in Justin’s case — thankfully, and obviously it’s why we’re successful — the guys respect him because he’s unbelievable. I mean, he proves it every day. Now, why do they respect him? It’s not just his talent. It’s not just that he can score on anybody at any time. It’s because he works so hard.—In the 2½ years they have been teammates, Sam Hauser has seen Howard launch 1,157 shots. That is 365 more than Hauser has attempted, if you’re counting, which Hauser insists he is not.“He’s a really good scorer, and he makes a lot of those difficult shots that other people would think are bad shots,” Hauser told SN. “At times when he shoots it, it’s like, ‘Oh, whoa.’ And then it’ll go in and you’ll be like, ‘Alright.’ When he’s hot, and he keeps making it, you’ve just kinda got to let him do his own thing.”Howard operates like a typical point guard, in many ways. He advances the ball after his team gains control, he examines the opposing defense to discover the best scoring options on that particular possession, he attempts to seize upon whatever chance develops. It just happens that far more frequently than with other playmakers, the best option is him.MORE: SN midseason All-AmericansDuring Marquette’s Wednesday visit to Butler, the frigid air outside Hinkle Fieldhouse seemed to infect every shooter in the gym — except the one who seems almost immune to cold spells. The other 17 players Steve Wojciechowski deployed for for the Golden Eagles and LaVall Jordan sent in for the Bulldogs shot a combined 15-of-39. Howard seized the opportunity to fire 17 times in the first 20 minutes, only four of those from long range, and his 19 points helped stake Marquette to a nine-point halftime advantage the opposition never threatened in the second half.A 5-11 junior from Chandler, Ariz., Howard finished with 32 points. It was the sixth time this season he crossed the 30-point mark. He showed off his gift for getting to the foul line only once, when he noticed himself matched against the Bulldogs’ 6-11 Nate Fowler and immediately drove the ball into the big man’s body. He averages seven free throws per game and converts 91 percent; Wright-Foreman is at six per game and 88 percent, and Davis at four per game and 85.Howard’s scoring average rose after the visit to Butler to 25.0 points per game, although it would be more than a full point higher — he would rank No. 3 among Division I players in scoring, up from No. 5 — had he not left his team’s win at Georgetown just three minutes into the game with no points.Howard is not out chasing numbers, though. He has been a major part of No. 10 Marquette’s 19-3 record, including an 8-1 mark in Big East games that places the Golden Eagles a half-game behind league leader Villanova.“Me being my size, I don’t really get that many easy shots,” Howard told SN. “So I practice a lot of shots that are unorthodox, very uncommon to people in the game. That’s stuff that I have, and I practice it a lot, so when I use it in a game it’s not something I haven’t done before.“It definitely took some time to gain Coach’s trust with that, but as time went on and Coach saw the type of player that I was, he started to allow me to do a lot of things knowing how I shoot everything. A lot of what I do on the court is just a credit to Coach giving me supreme confidence and great freedom.”And a fair amount of it is having teammates who are willing to lay down the bass track while Howard is standing atop the speakers, jamming on lead guitar.Hauser, a 6-8 junior forward, is averaging 15.4 points and seven rebounds and shooting .404 from 3-point range. His brother Joey Hauser, a 6-9 freshman, contributes 11 points per game and is at .493 from deep.“With all the attention he draws, it does open up a lot for others,” Sam Hauser said. “I think with his play-making ability, I think I play off it really well. I just try to find my spots here and there where I can get open, where I can have my time to go one-on-one, stuff like that. I think it really helps my brother and I play more efficient, take good looks. We’ve built a pretty good chemistry with each other. If I get involved in ball screens, it opens up things for either him or I. We find that very effective, so we try to get to that as much as possible.”—Trae Young’s story was entirely a happy one through his first 17 games as a college basketball player. He signed at Oklahoma, in the same town where he’d played high school ball. He’d been highly regarded as a prospect, McDonald’s All-American and all that, but there were few expecting him to become an immediate sensation.After he scored 43 points in his fifth game against an Oregon team that finished the previous season in the Final Four, he suddenly was as hot as Kendrick Lamar and drew comparisons to Steph Curry. He didn’t score fewer than 26 points for the next 11 games. His scoring average led the nation, and, to make it even more delicious, he led in assists as well.And Oklahoma’s record was 14-3, though the Sooners had been picked to finish directly in the middle of the Big 12.What could go wrong? Well, 39 shots.“I probably could look at that as a little bit of a turning point,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger told Sporting News. “After that game, we came back and beat Kansas here, and he actually played very well. But really from that Oklahoma State game on, we didn’t ever quite seem to have the same pop, the same level of confidence.”MORE: Young’s draft entry shows absurdity of baseball model for college hoopsKruger had coached great players and great scorers before. He’d had the Sporting News Player of the Year only two seasons earlier (guard Buddy Hield), who averaged 25 points on 16 shots a game. Young was different, though, because he was a point guard who had the ball in his hands at the start of most possessions and because he sometimes was inspired to fire 3-pointers over unsuspecting defenders from well beyond the line.“Early in the year, we were making shots and winning games, and everything was fine. Later in the year, we weren’t making shots and weren’t winning as many games, it felt like we crossed the line,” Kruger said. “We were kind of looking for that balance. When you have a player who can make shots, whether it be Buddy Hield or Trae, you want to take advantage of that but still find some form of balance.”In his second and final opportunity to participate in the Bedlam Series rivalry, Young did not start well and neither did the Sooners. They trailed by a dozen at halftime, but the second half began with a surge that included a layup, a jumper, two 3-pointers and an assist from Young. When he passed to Kameron McGusty for a layup just before the penultimate media timeout, the score was tied. Young scored 18 points in the final 7:50 and staked OU to a 3-point lead with 11 seconds left in regulation. But the Sooners gave up a 3-pointer to force OT.He’d been incredible, and he eventually would finish with 48 points. But the extra five minutes did not go well — 1 of 7 from the field — and the storm of criticism began about the time the final buzzer sounded.He was ripped by television analysts for trying to do too much, for not making pristine decisions: essentially, for not playing like a conventional point guard. Young was not a conventional point guard, though. He never really played like one in the two months that remained of his freshman year, either, but worse is that he rarely played like Trae Young. He attempted fewer than 20 shots in half of the final 14 games. He scored fewer than 20 points six times. OU won only four times after Bedlam.“When you’re winning, making shots, everybody feels pretty good about it,” Kruger said. “When you’re not making shots, you probably get a little bit more tension, if that’s the right word for it.“I didn’t really expect it to be that extreme in October, but then when he got off to such an unbelievable start — those first 13-14 games had never been done before. So I think it kind of grew, and he was having such great success early. And then when it turned, we kind of couldn’t get back in the bottle, if you will.”—No one in Division I has taken more shots this season than Antoine Davis, a 6-1 guard for the Detroit Mercy Titans whose hometown is listed as Birmingham, Ala., but who actually was born in Bloomington, Ind., and who spent his high school years in the Houston area.His movements as a child are identical to the coaching path taken by Detroit coach Mike Davis, who was an assistant at Indiana and became the head coach when Bob Knight was fired, driving the Hoosiers to the 2002 Final Four before resigning under pressure in 2006. He got the job at UAB and was fired after recording four 20-win seasons in six years, then went to Texas Southern and won the regular season or league tournament in each of his six years there. That got him a promotion of sorts to UDM. His first big recruit for the Titans was the homeschooled kid from Houston who’d been rated a three-star prospect because of his success on the summer circuit with the Houston Hoops.So, yeah, the guy shooting more than anyone in the nation not only is a freshman, but also the coach’s son.That is one tricky arrangement, similar to what was in place with Maravich and his father, Press.“All my best shooters have always had the green light. He just happens to have my last name,” Mike Davis told SN. “I have two other guys on the team who can shoot basically when they feel like shooting it. I want my shooters shooting. And my best shooters shooting free throws. I always tell ‘Toine, it’s not about you making or missing the shot: It’s about knowing you did it right. That’s the mindset of the shooter.”Mike Davis said he believes any potential envy over Antoine’s role in the Titans’ offense was eradicated by results from the shooting drills the team did in preseason practice.In one, a player must make 10 shots in a row from seven spots on the court. He cannot move to the next station until he has made 10 without a miss. “When we first did that, Antoine did 10 shots in a row from all the spots. Then he did five spots more from 25 feet,” Mike said. “Some guys never got past the first spot.“It’s never easy, because it’s human nature. But it’s easier when your own peers and your own teammates not only hear about you putting the work in but actually see you hitting the shots.”MORE: Recapping Year 10 of Ryan Fagan’s college hoops road tripAntoine left no doubt how he was going to function as a freshman when he walked onto the court against Western Michigan in Kalamazoo and put up 26 shots, a “career-high” that still stands after he has played another 18 times. He was 6-of-14 on 3-pointers in that game and scored 32 points, an impressive number he has matched or exceeded five times since. His biggest haul was a 48-pointer in a Horizon League victory over Wright State. He is averaging 27.3 points, No. 2 in Division I behind Chris Clemons of Campbell, and shooting .422 from the field.What has all this produced for the Titans? Having begun the season with only one of last season’s four double-figure scorers left from a team that finished 8-24 and 4-14 in the Horizon, they stand fourth in the conference at 5-4 and already have matched last season’s win total.Listed at 6-1, 170 pounds — his father confessed he is closer to 150 at this point — Antoine said he worried a bit at the start of the season whether shooting this often would become problematic with his teammates. “But they were like, ‘Just shoot because we trust you. We know you can play,” he said. “They gave me more confidence to shoot those shots.”He has noticed more opponents attempting to double-team him but doesn’t believe it works — “I guess they didn’t know I could pass like that.” He had seven assists in a win against Milwaukee, six in beating Cleveland State and leads the team with 3.5 per game. As a teenager in Houston, Antoine trained with former NBA star and San Antonio Spurs coach John Lucas.“It was the best thing that ever happened when I got fired at UAB, because we moved to Houston and I could put him with John Lucas,” Mike Davis said. “It was six hours a day, two or three times a week for about four years. His mindset and training have been totally different. It would be like a quarterback getting to be around Tom Brady.”Except Lucas averaged seven assists in his NBA career and only 10.7 points. To help Antoine understand the mentality of a shooter, Mike had him work some with former LSU All-American Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who averaged 30.2 points as a freshman at LSU in 1988-89.“I asked him: Tell me what goes through your mind as a shooter when you miss 4-5 in a row,” Mike Davis said. “He said it never bothered him because he knew he could make 10 shots in a row by the way he trained in practice. So many players get up and down emotionally because they miss a shot. It’s a matter of focusing on the next one.”—Every skilled basketball player understands that passing up an open shot that develops out of properly executed offense can be detrimental to the team’s attack. When this occurs too frequently with a capable scorer, it’s not uncommon to hear a television announcer or even a coach say, “He’s got to be more selfish.”Wright-Foreman is having none of this.“I don’t get selfish. I just get more aggressive,” Wright-Foreman said. “I wouldn’t call it selfish. I definitely wouldn’t call it selfish, because that’s not what it is.”This is the scorer’s burden. It helps explain how Trae Young’s season at Oklahoma ended so painfully. It helps explain all the jokes we hear now about James Harden, and used to hear about Kobe Bryant. “It’s called shooting guard, not passing guard” was one they told about Kobe when he played for the Lakers.This is something a running back in football never encounters: No one calls him selfish for trying to gain more yards when he is handed the football.It’s a confusing use of the language. “Selfish” is inherently a pejorative term. When it is presented as something to which one should aspire — but never too intensely — it confuses both the player and those in the audience.When Young was being excoriated for how he ran the Oklahoma offense, he was averaging 9.7 assists. That included an astonishing 22 in a game against Northwestern State and eight in the game against OK State remembered only for those 39 shots. Eight young men play a lot for the hottest team in Division I basketball, but only one can be said to shoot a ton. Justin Wright-Foreman takes almost twice as many shots in an average game as Hofstra’s second-leading scorer. JWF cuts loose from either the field or the foul line roughly once for every 90 seconds he spends on the floor.If this were 1970, it might not seem unusual for a 6-2 senior guard from Queens to rack up huge shooting and scoring numbers on a wildly successful college team. In that era, Pete Maravich averaged 44.5 points in his final season at LSU and shot 38 times a game. A year later at Notre Dame, Austin Carr fired 29 times a game and averaged 38 points and wasn’t even the nation’s top scorer.last_img read more

‘Marked man’ Farah romps home at Prefontaine

first_img“It’s hard trying to maintain it year after year. But I know what I have to do — eat sleep and train properly. But that’s what it takes if you want to win medals.”Farah said he plans to race in Usain Bolt’s farewell meeting in Kingston next month before heading to Europe to run in Ostrava. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Mo Farah (R) shakes hands with Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei at the Rio Olympics last year. Mo Farah won in Eugene in 13:00.70 with Cheptegei 4th in a season best 13:02.84Eugene, United States | AFP |  Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah fired a warning shot to his rivals with the fastest time of the year after powering to victory in the 5,000m at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.The British long distance king, racing in a track meeting on US soil for the last time, produced another flawless tactical display to come home in 13min 00.70sec at Eugene’s Hayward Field in Oregon.The 34-year-old star, who completed an unprecedented ‘double-double’ of 5,000m and 10,000m gold at last year’s Olympics in Rio, crossed ahead of Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in second and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworwor in third.Afterwards Farah, who plans to retire from the track after August’s World Championships in London, said he had been determined to send a message to his main rivals in Oregon.“For me it wasn’t about time. It was just a matter of telling the boys ‘Look, I’m ready’,” Farah told reporters.“A lot of the boys talk a lot. A lot of guys saying ‘I’m going to do this or that.’ But I don’t like to do that. I just want my running to do the talking and get on with it.”Farah, who is also the reigning world champion over 5,000m and 10,000m, said he had got used to being regarded as the man to beat.“I’ve got a target on my back,” Farah said. “I’ve been on the top of my game for the last five years and everyone wants to beat me. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

This Week’s Favorite Features – Non-Profits Making Lives Better

first_imgIt is truly inspiring and delightful to share stories about local non-profits.  This week, we published two fantastic articles about the good work happening in our town.  It is a pleasure talk about the dedication and commitment from local leaders that are choosing to give back to the community.  While these three articles, and the non-profit organizations associated with the groups, are quite different, the outcome is the same – making Thurston County a better place.Enjoy your Sunday with three reads about organizations of amazing individuals making a difference.The Olympia Free Clinic Treats AllDr. Samantha Ritchie and Paula Rauen, Medical Director and Executive Director respectively of The Olympia Free Clinic, lead a team of dedicated volunteers.  Each Wednesday evening, The Olympia Free Clinic opens its doors to anyone who needs medical care but does not have insurance.  The small, band-aided together space bustles to life and medical personnel treat a variety of ailments that may otherwise go undetected.Tumwater Falls Park Celebrates 50 YearsA history article in a post about local non-profits?!  The Olympia Tumwater Foundation has gifted our community with the Tumwater Falls Park.  For the past 50 years, the local foundation, started by family members owning the Olympia Brewing Company, has maintained the park with funding solely from private donations.  (More photos of Tumwater Falls Park can be found here.)For the next few weeks, you can visit Tumwater Falls to watch the salmon migrate – a mighty feat traveling through downtown Olympia. Girlfriends Making A Difference, One Backpack At A TimeWhile this article is from the archives, the work of the Homeless Backpack program peaks during the school year.  Almost 300 backpacks are packed and distributed to Thurston County homeless youth.  The nondescript backpacks are filled with shelf-stable products to get a high schooler through the weekend.  Kelly Wilson, one of the Homeless Backpack founders, simply states “It’s the ideal model – a community taking care of itself,” when reflecting on the team of volunteers that join together to make a difference.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at submit@thurstontalk.com.  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook20Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

A little R & R before the Leafs resume play in the KIJHL with a road swing to the south Okanagan

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs are taking advantage of some well-deserved rest after playing its league tying 12th game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season Sunday in Spokane.Nelson is one of two KIJHL teams — the other being defending league champion Osoyoos Coyotes — to play a dozen games this early in the campaign — with the Leafs sporting an impressive 5-2-0-1 at home.“We’re happy to finally get some rest and get back on the ice to practice,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida of the early-season grind that has seen Nelson play three, three-game, weekends.“We’ll be focusing on time and space, taking time and space away from teams and being a little more aggressive on the puck,” Maida added.After assuming control of the helm on the Good Ship Leaf in August, Maida didn’t know what to expect this season.But he definitely likes what he sees as Nelson continues to hold down top spot in the always competitive Murdoch Division.“I’d say I’m very happy with our play,” Maida confessed. “If you had told me in August that after 12 games we’d have our record (to date) I would have been very happy.”“But we still have some fine tuning to do to get some consistency in our game,” he added. The addition of Jonathan Petrash has solidified the Leaf defensive core.So now that Nelson native Blake Arcuri is cleared to play, the defence should only get better in front of goalies Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe.“(Blake) has been out for eight to ten months and has only been cleared for contact a week ago so we don’t want to rush him back,” Maida said.Arcuri saw his first action last week against Grand Forks, but was held out of the Kimberley game before returning Sunday in Spokane.“Blake looked good and his timing and conditioning will only get better with more game situations,” Maida said.Maida said winger Max Mois most likely would be back in the lineup when Nelson travels to the South Okanagan for games Friday in Summerland and Saturday in Penticton against the Lakers.Mois has been resting an upper body injury and missed the past few games.However, the news is not as good for 6’1”, 195-pound Dustin Reimer.The Vanderhoof product has been limited to one game after suffering an upper body injury during the season opener in Castlegar.OVERTIME: Summerland, 4-6, is fourth in the Okanagan Division while Penticton, 6-2, is second. The Steam are led offensively by hometown 20-year-old Colin Minardi, with 12 points in 10 games. . . . Penticton possesses a balanced scoring attack with seven players within the lead in team scoring nine points of Sean Alldridge. . . .In contrast Nelson scoring leader Matti Jmaeff has 20 points — 3G, 17A — in 12 games with Patrick Martens and Brett Norman two points behind. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida said both Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe will see action between the pipes this weekend.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Not looking to score, Thirdy Ravena still ends up with best scoring output yet

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MANILA, Philippines—It was a series to remember for Thirdy Ravena as Ateneo swept University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Those numbers were virtual afterthoughts once the finals rolled around when Ravena more than doubled his scoring and passing with averages of 29.5 points, eight rebounds, and 7.5 assists.Ravena already had 20 points after the first three quarters with Ateneo holding a 70-56 lead and but the fourth year Eagle was just getting started.The fourth quarter saw Ravena go mental as he made play sets out of the Fighting Maroons’ defensive schemes with 18 points just in that final period.“There was a stretch in the game that I felt I was in the zone and I just felt lucky that my three-pointers were going in,” said Ravena. “I’m open so I just shot the ball like what everyone does. I’m just doing my role.”Ravena’s second Finals MVP trophy also puts him at first in that category with Jeron Teng, Nico Salva, and Arwind Santos.ADVERTISEMENT View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Ateneo wins back-to-back UAAP titles Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The versatile forward produced a career performance of 38 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the Blue Eagles’ 99-81 title-clinching win in Game 2 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.That scoring output is the highest of Ravena collegiate career but he said he wasn’t even looking to score that night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“My mission was to give everything that I can and I didn’t really expect to score,” said Ravena after he won his second straight Finals MVP plum. “If it wasn’t for my teammates it won’t be possible for me to score that many points.”Ravena was relatively quiet in Blue Eagles’ campaign in the elimination round, where they finished with a league-best 12-2 record, putting up an average of 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 13 games. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more