Scouting Louisville and its high-powered offense with Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the past two games, Syracuse defenders have watched opposing teams run the ball down their throats without reprieve. First it was South Florida, with mobile quarterback B.J. Daniels running the zone option to perfection. Next came Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen, tormenting the SU defense once again en route to a 35-24 win.This week Syracuse takes on Louisville, a team ranked No. 11 in the country and in the Top 10 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The Cardinals’ quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, is arguably the best player in the Big East as just a sophomore. He is mobile, but has emerged as more of a pocket passer in 2012.The media caught up with Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn, a native of South Florida where Bridgewater went to high school, to talk about defending the league’s top player during this week’s interview session.Q: Talk about what you’ve seen from Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on film and what it is that makes him so successful. What do you have to do as a defense to combat that?Lyn: That offense, they do a lot of shifts and adjustments, and get our eyes bad and get us lined up wrong. But we’ve just got to come prepared and be sound. You’ve got to communicate out there as a defense. It’s a great team, they’re undefeated and their quarterback is playing great. You’ve just got to be sound. You can’t make no mistakes against teams like these.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textQ: They have some good skill players and wide receivers that are tall and fast. What do you have to do to nullify their advantage there?KL: Just don’t overthink it, because we’ve seen great receivers all year. Just go out there and play your game. Be patient and win at the line of scrimmage. Just win before the snap. Know your assignment and just take one play at a time and you should be fine out there.Q: Louisville runs a little bit of the zone read but not as much as your previous two opponents, who both ran for over 200 yards. Are you guys glad to see that go away a little bit, or would you like another crack at it?KL: You’re kind of glad that they don’t do it that much. Two weeks straight we’ve struggled with it, so I wouldn’t just throw it out at the easy for Louisville. They might come out and try to run a zone read and see what they can do with it at first before they go back to their regular things. You just have to be prepared for anything. They’ve got a great quarterback, great receivers, great running back. They play sound football.Q: When you were playing high school football at Miramar High School in South Florida, did you play against Teddy Bridgewater?KL: Teddy is from around the same area, and I knew Teddy. But we didn’t play against each other. I didn’t play my 11th-grade year, and we played (his school) Miami Northwestern. But I didn’t play football that year. … I know Teddy very well. We’re close off the field and on the field.Q: Is there anything from what you knew about Bridgewater back then that you can tell some of the other guys in the SU secondary, or is he totally different now under Louisville head coach Charlie Strong?KL: He don’t make the same mistake twice. He’s a great player. He can create plays with his feet, too, and in the pocket. He’s becoming a great player, and he knows the game inside and out having a year under his belt with his offense. He’s probably going to be one of the best players — even though he is now, he’s one of the best players now — he’s probably going to be the best player in the Big East next year. Comments Published on November 9, 2012 at 12:13 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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Sarkisian brings back National Championship hopes for USC

first_imgWhen the news broke that the USC had found their new head football coach in Steve Sarkisian, the reaction across campus and from the Trojan faithful was underwhelming to say the least.USC fans hope that head coach Steve Sarkisian does not follow the same trajectory as Lane Kiffin. — Nick Entin | Daily Trojan“They fired Kiffin only to replace him with Kiffin 2.0?” asked puzzled football fans. Safe to say, the hiring of “Seven win Steve” was not an immediate hit with the Trojan faithful. On the surface, it looked like the school’s storied football program had tried to reach back into the Pete Carroll era time capsule and settled for a familiar face instead of going in a bold new direction with a splashy hire.Yes, it’s true that Sarkisian only had a 34-29 record at Washington in five years. However, it’s important to consider the state of the UW program at the time of his arrival. Washington, in 2009, had run the table in reverse, losing every single game (a pretty difficult task in itself) prior to Sark’s arrival.The school had lousy facilities and no recruiting inroads into California, the only consistently fertile recruiting state on the West Coast. Fast forward five years and the Huskies were one controversial call against Stanford from winning 10 games and opened up a newly renovated stadium.More importantly, due to Sarkisian’s efforts, Washington now has significant recruiting inroads across the West Coast. One example is Shaq Thompson, a 5-star linebacker recruit, who had offers from nearly every powerhouse school in the country including USC.Sarkisian was able to convince him to leave sunny California to go play up in the rain at Washington. Sarkisian’s recruiting prowess was further showcased this most recent spring when he locked up three 5-star recruits in Adoree’ Jackson, Damien Mama and Juju Smith on national signing day and when he flipped highly touted quarterback Ricky Town’s commitment from Alabama to USC.For those who link Sarkisian to his predecessor, Lane Kiffin, there are a couple reasons why the comparison is unfair and invalid.First, Sarkisian has a completely different personality. Kiffin was often seen as a cold, standoffish personality who eventually closed the media from practice. Sarkisian is a much more personable figure who is more at home with the scrutinizing Los Angeles media.Schematically, Kiffin and Sarkisian are also different. Kiffin remained committed to the traditional, under center pro-style offense, while Sarkisian ran a hurry up pro-style offense that primarily operates out of the shotgun. The two schemes can be compared by looking at last season’s offensive rankings in which Sarkisian’s Washington team averaged 38 points a game with less talented players than did Kiffin’s USC team.The team’s embarrassing performance against Boston College caused many Trojan football fans to question Sarkisian’s play-calling ability. Sarkisian remained too committed to running the ball even with favorable man-to-man match-ups on the outside with our talented receivers.Post game, Sarkisian acknowledged that sometimes he can be stubborn about running the ball, and that he may have to use the pass to set up the run instead of the other way around.Following the bye week, Sarkisian’s ability to learn from earlier mistakes was showcased as USC dominated Oregon State with a solid mix of the run and pass.Given Sarkisian’s track record at Washington, where he consistently won seven to eight games a year at a limited college football program, don’t you think Sark can win a few more games a year at USC? With Sarkisian’s ability to relate to and recruit young players, as well as his willingness to learn from previous mistakes, he can bring USC back to its status as national championship Contenders within the next few years.last_img read more

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Trojan stars take to the field for Pro Day

first_imgWith only a couple of weeks until the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, scouts flocked to Cromwell Field to get a closer look at the Trojans’ 2017 Draft class. As teams begin to narrow their focus, players got another opportunity to show why they’re worthy of a spot in the NFL.Stars Shine Bright Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson were the two marquee players on display at USC’s Pro Day. Satisfied with their 40-yard dash times at the NFL Combine, the two former USC stars sat out the 40 at Pro Day. At the combine, Smith-Schuster ran his 40 in 4.54 seconds and Jackson ran his in 4.42 seconds. Both players found other ways to impress the scouts in attendance. Both showed quickness in the shuttle run and cone drill exercises and made dazzling plays in positional drills. Smith-Schuster didn’t drop a single pass in the workout and made a couple of highlight reel grabs, followed by the trademark dancing fans had grown accustomed to.“There was no pressure,” Smith-Schuster said. “The huge difference between the combine and here is that you’re out here with your boys. At the end of the day, ball is ball.” The relaxed atmosphere certainly seemed to help both Jackson and Smith-Schuster, who impressed scouts with their athleticism. Jackson, who is using his versatility to his advantage in the draft process, worked with coaches on his return game. At one point Jackson fielded a punt while holding three other balls. While it remains to be seen where they will get drafted, both players seemingly improved their draft stock today with impressive performances and poise while handling tough questions. Impressive PerformancesOutside of the Trojans’ big name stars, there were other impressive performances at Pro Day as scouts tried to look for value pickups via the draft or undrafted free agency. The surprise of the day was wide receiver Isaac Whitney, who posted a blistering 4.41 40-yard dash time. Running back Justin Davis wasn’t too far behind Whitney with a time of 4.49 seconds. Davis, who is trying to prove his value as an all-purpose back, spent a lot of time catching passes and demonstrated solid route running and catching skills. In the weight room, defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu posted an impressive 33 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Wide receiver De’Quan Hampton had an all-around solid day after posting the highest vertical of 41.5 inches, running a 4.66-second 40 and recording 21 reps on the bench. Hampton appeared to pull up on his right hamstring in his second run of the 40, but played through pain the in the position drills. Wide receiver Darreus Rogers and tight end Taylor McNamara, two of the Trojans’ most reliable pass catchers in 2016, made some nice grabs in the passing section. Offensive linemen Damien Mama, Chad Wheeler, Zach Banner and Jordan Simmons were put through a tough workout on the side, testing their lateral movement, footwork and hand speed. For players that weren’t extended invites to the combine, Pro Day was a great opportunity to show scouts what they have to offer an NFL club. Familiar faces returnIn a large contingent of NFL scouts and coaches, former USC head coach and current Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll got most of the attention. Since his departure for the NFL, Carroll has seemingly held onto his USC roots. He spent a considerable amount of time talking to Athletic Director Lynn Swann and head coach Clay Helton. Norm Chow, a former USC offensive coordinator under Carroll, was in attendance as well. Also taking in Pro Day were general managers Reggie McKenzie of the Oakland Raiders and Doug Whaley of the Buffalo Bills.last_img read more

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March Madness 2019: Ja Morant’s rare triple-double wasn’t a one-man show

first_imgThe NCAA Tournament game Thursday between No. 5 seed Marquette of the Big East Conference and No. 12 Murray State, the Ohio Valley Conference champion, was billed as a showdown between All-American point guards Markus Howard and Ja Morant.Howard’s Marquette teammates seemed to take that label literally. They let Howard go it alone.The other Murray State players gave Morant a truckload of help. A player can do some of the work in a triple-double on his own, but one who scores 17 points has been the beneficiary of screens and scoring passes; one who grabs 11 rebounds needs teammates to force missed shots, and one who accumulates 16 assists — 16! — must have the other guys make baskets.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket  |  Live scoreboard  |  Full TV schedule”I knew some of the main focus was on me, so I knew it would have been a great opportunity for my teammates to score,” Morant told TBS. “I just tried to attack and just make the defense sink, and I had some kick-outs and my teammates delivered.”This was only the ninth triple-double in the history of the tournament. The others who achieved that distinction: Draymond Green, Michigan State (2012 and 2011); Cole Aldrich, Kansas (2009); Dwyane Wade, Marquette (2003); Andre Miller, Utah (1998); David Cain, St. John’s (1993); Shaquille O’Neal, LSU (1992) and Gary Grant, Michigan (1987).That’s some pretty stout company.This was a pretty stout performance.”Ja Morant is as good as any guard I’ve coached against or played against. You are talking about an elite, elite decision-maker. That kid is a big-time player. Triple-double in an NCAA Tournament game? That’s crazy,” Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said.Can we skip, please, the “how on Earth does a player like this slip through the cracks” nonsense? Does anyone have any idea how rare a Ja Morant is these days? In the past three seasons, 43 of the 45 players on the Sporting News All-America teams came from top-six conferences and Gonzaga. Only Morant and Saint Mary’s center Jock Landale (2018) played for non-power programs. Of last year’s first-round picks who competed in college, 89 percent competed in top-six conferences. The big-timers are having no trouble finding and signing the vast majority of the best players.WATCH: Morant dunks all over MarquetteThese criticisms also are an insult to the Murray State program, which has produced pro-level point guards twice before this decade: Isaiah Canaan (2012) and Cameron Payne (2015). There’s every reason to believe the experience of playing in this program rather than being unrecognized in a more prestigious setting helped Morant to become the player he is. If it were just about raw talent being overlooked, he’d have done more as a freshman than the fine season he produced: 12.7 points and 6.3 assists per game. He’d have torn apart college hoops then, too.As a sophomore, he has made the spectacular routine. Morant took only nine shots against Marquette, earning five points on perfect shooting from the foul line. He also hit twice from 3-point range.SN’s BRACKET GUIDES: SOUTH  | EAST  | WEST  | MIDWESTAs great as he was, the difference in Murray State’s 83-64 victory in the South Region first round was the abundance of contributions from such players Tevin Brown, Shaq Buchanan, KJ Williams and Darnell Cowart.Buchanan: The Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year took on the defensive responsibility for Howard. It was unlikely Howard would be shut down, but he was forced to work for his 26 points. He shot only 9 of 27 from the field and was isolated from his teammates because Buchanan needed little help. Howard wound up with only two assists.Brown: A 6-5 freshman, Brown made 84 3-pointers on the season and hit 37 percent. He hit 5 of 9 from distance in this one and ranked among the team’s leading scorers with 19.Williams and Cowart: These two big bodies — a combined 535 pounds — owned the Golden Eagles along the baseline. They were credited with a combined 12 rebounds and two blocks, but ask Marquette if those numbers told the story. Golden Eagles big man Theo John went scoreless. So did 6-5 Sakar Anim.Marquette’s other players shot 15 of 46 from the field, a .326 percentage. At one point in the second half, as they plunged from a seven-point halftime deficit into a 20-point abyss, the Golden Eagles missed 11 of 12 shots and turned it over twice.MORE: Takeaways from Morant vs. Howard Morant will get the attention, and he earned all of that. This will be his final appearance in March Madness before he, no doubt, enters the NBA Draft and likely is selected within the first five picks .This became the third triple-double of Morant’s season and the 19th time he recorded a double-double in points and assists.A year ago, he was a freshman on a team that won the OVC title and earned a 12-seed. But those Racers lost by 17 to West Virginia, with Morant scoring 14 points in that game. These Racers (28-4) advance to play Florida State on Saturday in Hartford, Conn., where they figure to have plenty of newly initiated fans eager to watch another show like this.last_img read more

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Elnora Donnini Noland, 82, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 19, 133 – March 24, 2016

first_imgElnora Donnini NolandElnora M. Donnini Noland, formerly of Wellington, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Choctaw, Oklahoma at the age of 82.Elnora was born the daughter of Charles L. and Maude Estelle (Nelson) Martin on Tuesday, September 19, 1933 in Garfield, New Mexico.On October 24, 1951, Elnora and Faust L. “Denny” Donnini were united in marriage in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Together they celebrated 35 years of marriage before his passing in Wellington,  in 1987. She was blessed to find love again and married Al Noland. They spent his last years together before his passing in 1996.Elnora was the Finance Manager for the Sumner County Mental Health Center in Wellington, . She retired in 2000 following a 22-year career. Elnora was an avid gardener who loved nature and spending time outdoors. She was also an accomplished artist who worked in multiple medias including pottery, oils and watercolor. Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Donnini Fredline (Brian) of Laingsburg, Michigan; son, Richard Donnini (Tonia) of Dayton, Ohio; daughter, Julia Donnini Laughlin (William) of Choctaw, Oklahoma; son, David Donnini of Portland, Oregon, grandchildren: Julianna Buning, Lynda Miller, Brian Donnini, Ryan Donnini, Justin Pruitt, Sarah Donnini, Connor Donnini and Landen Laughlin, great-grandchildren: Patrick Buning, Justin Buning, Jaylyn Aprill, Drake “Denny” Buning and Aidyn Alsteen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Faust L. “Denny” Donnini; husband, Al Noland and daughter, Deborah Ann Donnini. A family remembrance celebration will be held at a later date in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington, , where she will be interred next to her husband Faust “Denny” Donnini. A memorial fund has been established in her loving memory to the Garden of Memories Cemetery in the Village of Hatch, New Mexico where her parents were laid to rest. Contributions may be mailed to, or left with the funeral home. To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, .last_img read more

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NHL power rankings: Flyers, Maple Leafs, Canucks see postseason in playoff prediction edition

first_imgWho will make it and who will not? It may still be too early to tell, but, who doesn’t love predictions?This week’s power rankings predict the 16 teams that will still be strapping on their gear when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin April 8.MORE: Last week’s power rankingsNHL power rankings1. Boston Bruins, 96 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 1Get that Presidents’ Trophy shiny for Beantown — but don’t touch it, Zdeno Chara.2020 playoff prediction: Atlantic Division champs2. St. Louis Blues, 90 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 3Craig Berube’s squad will win the wild, wild Western Conference.2020 playoff prediction: Central Division champs3. Tampa Bay Lightning, 87 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 2Again, apologies to Jon Cooper for ever entertaining the idea he should be fired.2020 playoff prediction: Second in Atlantic Division4. Colorado Avalanche, 87 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 10Colorado has destroyed everything in its path lately — like an … avalanche. The only thing better than the Avs’ seven straight wins is the Blues’ eight.2020 playoff prediction: Third in Central Division5. Philadelphia Flyers, 83 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 11They may have a tough schedule the rest of the way, but it’s been nine years since they’ve won a division title — and this year the drought will end.2020 playoff prediction: Metropolitan Division champs6. Pittsburgh Penguins, 82 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 4Sid the Kid will get another chance at the Cup, backed by a stacked roster.2020 playoff prediction: Second in Metropolitan Division7. Washington Capitals, 86 points  (17 games left)Last ranking: 6Who doesn’t want a Crosby-Alex Ovechkin first-round matchup? Ok, maybe everyone who wants a “Battle of Pennsylvania.” But still, this would be quite an entertaining matchup.2020 playoff prediction: Third in Metropolitan Division8. Vegas Golden Knights, 82 points (14 games left)Last ranking: 5It’s a weak Pacific Division, but being 9-1-0 in the last 10 certainly doesn’t hurt in solidifying the division crown.2020 playoff prediction: Pacific Division champspic.twitter.com/cBKs3MLlqY— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) March 4, 20209. Dallas Stars, 82 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 9The Stars have one of the best goalie tandems in the NHL and one of the easiest schedules down the stretch.2020 playoff prediction: Second in Central Division10. Edmonton Oilers, 80 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 8Dear hockey gods, please. 2020 playoff prediction: Second in Pacific Division11. Calgary Flames, 75 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 14Dear hockey gods, please see above.2020 playoff prediction: Third in Pacific Division12. Toronto Maple Leafs, 78 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 16Well … they won’t have to play Boston in the first round this year.2020 playoff prediction: Third in Atlantic Division13. New York Islanders, 78 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 12The Isles’ saving grace is the Blue Jackets have one of the toughest schedules down the stretch.2020 playoff prediction: East’s first wild card14. Winnipeg Jets, 74 points (14 games left)Last ranking: 19Connor Hellebucyk is willing this all on his own.2020 playoff prediction: West’s first wild card15. Vancouver Canucks, 74 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 7With two games in hand, the Canucks could overtake the Flames or Oilers. But with Jacob Markstrom out they’ll hang on to a playoff spot by the skin of their teeth.2020 playoff prediction: West’s second wild card 16. Carolina Hurricanes, 75 points (18 games left)Last ranking: 15The Storm Surge will see the postseason.2020 playoff prediction: East’s second wild card17. Columbus Blue Jackets, 78 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 21The fact that this team, despite the injuries that piled up, are in the picture this late in the season is a testament to John Tortorella and his players.2020 playoff prediction: Just miss18. New York Rangers, 74 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 13While Artemi Panarin may be making a case for the Hart Trophy, the injury to Chris Kreider means curtains on the Broadway Blueshirts season.2020 playoff prediction: So close.19. Nashville Predators, 72 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 182020 playoff prediction: Almost 20. Arizona Coyotes, 72 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 202020 playoff prediction: Next year21. Minnesota Wild, 73 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 232020 playoff prediction: It was a good run22. Florida Panthers, 73 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 172020 playoff prediction: Maybe 2021? 23. Montreal Canadiens, 71 points (14 games left)Last ranking: 262020 playoff prediction: No24. Buffalo Sabres, 66 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 222020 playoff prediction: Not happening25. Chicago Blackhawks, 68 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 242020 playoff prediction: Nope26. New Jersey Devils, 64 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 252020 playoff prediction: No chance in … 27. San Jose Sharks, 62 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 302020 playoff prediction: Of course not28. Ottawa Senators, 58 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 272020 playoff prediction: That’s a no from me, dawg.29. Anaheim Ducks, 60 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 292020 playoff prediction: Mighty Ducks — the movie — is better30. Los Angeles Kings, 56 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 28 There’s exactly a month left until the 2019-20 NHL regular season wraps up.After the final horn on April 4, 15 teams will officially be hitting the links while 16 teams’ focus shifts to the ultimate prize: Lord Stanley’s Cup. 2020 playoff prediction: Really?31. Detroit Red Wings, 35 points (14 games left)Last ranking: 312020 playoff prediction: C’monlast_img read more

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‘The Last Dance’: Screaming Pacers lady is the next viral meme to come from Bulls doc

first_img“The Last Dance” concluded with Episodes 9 and 10 on Sunday, providing a satisfying end to a captivating look at the Bulls’ final championship season together.Oh, and it introduced some excellent memeable content in the form of this Pacers fan screaming “God d— you, Bulls,” among other indignities that start with the letter F: She quickly became one of the biggest talking points on social media Sunday, with some people calling her the “OG Karen.” She is, in reality, a woman who desperately wanted her Pacers to beat the Bulls and who was justifiably tired of their run of dominance in the NBA.That said, some of the content people created from her 10 seconds of airtime sure is funny. But before we get into that: No, that woman is not Nashville news anchor Tracy Kornet, mother of current Bulls player Luke Kornet (although she does look similar to the screaming Pacers fan).Did you see me on the #TheLastDance ! pic.twitter.com/3DWxJaagPz— Tracy Kornet (@WSMVTracyKornet) May 18, 2020. @WSMVTracyKornet , mother of Bulls center Luke Kornet, tells @TheAthleticIND she is NOT the Pacers fan in episode 9.But her phone is blowing up because of the uncanny resemblance. pic.twitter.com/bqt6CErdmO— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) May 18, 2020Now. On to the content:Social media reacts to screaming Pacers fanthe OG Karen pic.twitter.com/c7w2cAYdFo— Jim Hill (@HamptonsfiveSZN) May 18, 2020Screaming Pacers lady walked so Screaming Heat lady could run pic.twitter.com/uzTmpmwKcc— Lauren Comitor (@laurencomitor) May 18, 2020Can’t get out of my head that screaming pacers lady looks like Kirsten Dunst #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/iWRAhj8ICe— yelhsa leinad (@XxAshes2Ashes) May 18, 2020When they won’t let you into Gelsons without a mask pic.twitter.com/o14yxhvKAW— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) May 18, 2020Screaming Pacers lady walked so Screaming Heat lady could run pic.twitter.com/uzTmpmwKcc— Lauren Comitor (@laurencomitor) May 18, 2020Would pay a premium for footage of a still cam on this lady at Pacers playoff games from the 90’s. #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/6xqFW0ktPN— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) May 18, 2020 Indiana Pacers fan blonde lady screaming at Bulls “God d**n you!! #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/laq1VUGEgJ— Ade (@rawnaleeda) May 18, 2020MORE: Jordan or LeBron? NBA fans have spoken, and the answer isn’t closeThe woman appeared in Episode 9 of “The Last Dance,” which focused on the seven-game series between the Bulls and Pacers in the 1998 Eastern Conference finals. Obviously, this was at an Indiana home game.last_img read more

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RESULT: Nanyondo finishes 11th in Doha 1500 final

first_imgIt was an emphatic win for Hassan, the fastest woman over 1,500m this season who also set a world record for the mile in Monaco in July.Hassan had startled many at the start of the championships after her win in the 10,000m, showing a devastating turn of speed over the closing laps to take gold.However she found herself at the eye of storm on Tuesday when news of Salazar’s four-year suspension for doping violations at the Nike Oregon Project, where Hassan trains.Hassan later said in a statement she was “shocked” by the news, insisting her “conscience was clean” over working with the tainted coach.Salazar, 61, was suspended for a catalogue of drugs violations uncovered in a years-long investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).Hassan joined the Oregon Project in late 2016, shortly before an internal report by USADA detailing Salazar’s malpractice was leaked in early 2017.She earlier finished 4th in the 800m, winning $15,000 in a race won by teammate Halimah Nakaayi.****Ugandan teams YET TO RUN10,000 Metres – SUNDAYJoshua CHEPTEGEIJacob KIPLIMO 1Abdallah Kibet MANDEMarathon – TODAY midnightStephen KIPROTICHFred MUSOBOSolomon MUTAIShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Nanyondo running the 800m earlier.RESULT 1500m final Nanyondo 11thPrizes Finalists win…. $60,000 $30,000 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000 $6,000 $5,000 $4,000Doha, Qatar | AFP | Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo finished 11th in the 1,500m final on the penultimate day of the  World Athletics Championships on Saturday.The gold medal was won by Sifan Hassan, who surged to her second gold medal of the World Championships.The 26-year-old Ethiopian-born Dutch runner romped home in a world leading championship record time of 3min 51.95sec to take gold, with 2017 champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya claiming silver and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay bronze.It was Hassan’s second gold medal of the championships following her win in the 10,000m, making her the first woman to successfully double in the two events.  She shrugged off the doping controversy that has embroiled her banned coach Alberto Salazar.After taking her time at the back of the pack, Hassan hit the front towards the end of the first lap and was always in control at the Khalifa Stadium.Britain’s Laura Muir was on her shoulder at the bell but Hassan turned on the speed with around 250m to go to put clear daylight between her and the rest of the field, finishing around 20m ahead of Kipyegon.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 7, 2016

first_imgPeter Eurton620033%33%$171,830 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, October 6) HOLIDAY MONDAY OCT. 10 IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days next Monday, Oct. 10, Columbus Day. Beer, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale for a buck apiece. First post time will be 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Thursday, Oct. 13.There will be two stakes races Monday, each offering $100,000 in purse money, the Zuma Beach for two-year-olds at a mile on turf, and the Surfer Girl for two-year-old fillies at a mile on turf. FINISH LINES: Dodger fans are encouraged to attend Santa Anita Saturday in Dodger gear to receive $5 off the Bud Light Lounge experience. Fans can earn the same discount online using PROMO CODE Dodgers16. Visit http://www.santaanita.com/events/bud lightlounge/ for more details . . . Santa Anita’s live money 2016 Autumn Handicapping Contest takes place Saturday and Sunday, with $85,000 in prizes (based on 90 entries) up for grabs. Visit http://www.santaanita.com/events/2016-autumn-handicapping-championship/ for more information . . . Military funeral services with honors for former Marine and award-winning photographer Bill Mochon who died Monday at 74 will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m., at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, 92122. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill232439%39%$123,090 Mike Smith1031030%40%$153,820 Richard Baltas1524113%47%$150,425 OM EYES ANOTHER GRADE II WIN IN CITY OF HOPE            Om, a consistent son of Munnings trained by Dan Hendricks for the Sareen Family Trust, seeks his fourth Grade II victory in Saturday’s $200,000 City of Hope Mile on grass, a race Hendricks hopes will lead to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita Nov. 5.Om captured the Del Mar Derby, the Twilight Derby and the Mathis Brothers Mile, each with Grade II status, and was second last out in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on Aug. 21.“The post position (four of 10) is good and he’s coming up to it good,” Hendricks said. “He’ll need a nice trip. If he runs good, the plan we set up last March is to go in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and so far, it’s working out real well.”            As if there wasn’t enough speed in the City of Hope, Peter Miller adds fuel to the fire with St. Joe Bay, a versatile and quick Florida-bred son of the A.P. Indy stallion Saint Anddan who had Triple Crown aspirations in his three-year-old season last year.“He’s a good horse,” said Miller, who won two races yesterday to give him six in the first four days and put him three in front of Mark Glatt in the standings. “He’s really come around since we gelded him (two races back), so we figured we’d take a shot.”Miller trains mainly out of San Luis Rey Downs, “but I keep my second string here,” he said, “and my first string down there. We’ve got about a dozen horses at Santa Anita, plus ship-in stalls. The track here seems good, the turf seems good. They’re doing a real good job so far.“If I was oh for the meet, I’d hate it,” he added, laughing. “Trying to be objective, the track seems safe, it seems fair; the turf is a little fast, but once the grass grows a bit and gets longer, it won’t be so fast.”Doug O’Neill, meanwhile, sends out longshot Frank Conversation in the City of Hope. The three-year-old Quality Road colt will be making his first start since May 7, but has two bullet works at Los Alamitos.“He’s training really well,” O’Neill said of the winner of the Grade III El Camino Real Derby on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta course last Feb. 13. “We’re throwing him into the deep end off a layoff, but he’s pretty fit and acts like he’s ready to get back to the races.”Steve Specht vanned Ed Johnson down from the Bay Area Tuesday for the City of Hope, in which he is a rank outsider at 30-1 on Jon White’s morning line.“He’s not a bad colt, but he’s a three-year-old running against older,” noted Specht, trainer of the Louisiana-bred gray for owner Louis Figone who races as Frankfurt Stable.“It’s been a while since the horse has run (Aug. 6), because he’s had issues with his feet, quarter cracks and such, but we’ll see what we’ve got.”The City of Hope, which goes as race eight: Frank Conversation, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; St. Joe Bay, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Patriots Rule, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Om, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Ed Johnson, Martin Garcia, 30-1; Hootenanny, Julio Garcia, 12-1; Express Himself, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Obviously, Tyler Baze, 9-5; Perfectly Majestic, Nelson Arroyo Jr., 12-1; and Vyjack, Flavien Prat, 4-1. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Victor Espinoza1141136%55%$602,000 Rafael Bejarano2439313%63%$489,480center_img Jamie Theriot1331223%46%$109,930 NYQUIST WORKS TOWARDS BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC            Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist had his first workout Friday at 8 a.m. since finishing sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 24, going four furlongs in 50.80 under exercise rider Jonny Garcia. It was a move Team O’Neill hopes will bring him to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“I got him in 50 flat with the last eighth in 11 and two,” said Doug O’Neill, who trains the Uncle Mo colt for Paul and Zillah Reddam. “Running in the Classic is a tall order, for sure, but the horse has a lot of talent. He’s undefeated at Santa Anita and was an undefeated Kentucky Derby winner. We believe in him and we support him, so we should be in good shape.“He looked great in the workout.”Both O’Neill and Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had a five furlong gallop out time for Nyquist of 1:04.CHILEAN IMPORT SET FOR SWINGTIME STAKESKitkat, the Filly from Chile, makes her United States debut in Saturday’s $70,000 Swingtime Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at one mile on turf, a race her connections expect will lead to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile against males on Nov. 5.A Group I winner in her native Chile, the Swingtime will mark the first race for Kitkat since May 22 when she beat 14 rivals going a mile and a quarter on turf in the Group I Club Hipico Falabella in Chile where she has run all 13 of her previous races, winning seven, each under regular rider Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, who will make his Santa Anita debut Saturday.“The filly has been here since July; she is 100 percent and in good condition,” said former jockey Octavio Vergara, a native of Santiago, interpreting for 34-year-old trainer and fellow countryman Sebastian Silva. “She trained two months at Del Mar and now is ready for tomorrow’s race. She’s going to win and then she’ll be ready for the Breeders’ Cup.“In Chile, plans have already been made for her to run against the boys in the Mile,” concluded Vergara, who turns 60 on Dec. 23.Silva has been training for three years and comes from a family of horsemen. His father, grandfather, uncle and brother were all “in the horse business.”“This is my first time in California and I love it here at Santa Anita,” he said through Vergara. “It’s so picturesque and the mountains remind of home in Santiago. It’s beautiful.”The Swingtime: Queen of The sand, Rafael Bejarano, 9-2; Into The Mystic, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Salsita, Chantal Sutherland, 12-1; Dreamcatcher, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Kitkat, Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, 9-2; The Dream, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Cast in Silver, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Curlin’s Fox, Gary Stevens, 4-1; Prize Exhibit, Jamie Theriot, 3-1; and Moon Over Paris, Victor Espinoza, 12-1. Kent Desormeaux1851128%39%$169,585 -30- Norberto Arroyo, Jr.2042420%50%$215,870 HENDRICKS HAS ‘HOPE’ FOR BREEDERS’ CUPNYQUIST WORKS FOUR FURLONGS FOR CLASSICFILLY FROM CHILE MAKES S. DEBUT SATURDAYDOLLAR DAY IS NEXT MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA Mark Glatt1134327%91%$133,168 Flavien Prat2343617%57%$441,580 Peter Miller1763235%65%$193,385 Bob Baffert1124118%64%$391,035 Mike Puype420050%50%$50,100last_img read more

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Football is dead – Tomlinson … Westmoreland football in danger of losing a season

first_imgWestern Bureau: The new year brings with it a worsening cry from Everton Tomlinson, the Westmoreland Football Association president, who is once again lamenting the lack of effort to assist his administration in its bid to develop football in the parish. Key to his vision is the rehabilitation of the playing field at the association-owned Llandilo Sports Complex, and while work has started, it has stalled dramatically, throwing the entire season into doubt, as the parish has no other quality playing fields they can utilise. According to Tomlinson, work which began several months ago by the Institute of Sports (Insports) in adding marl to level-off the playing surface, has hit a snag and he is unsure when those rehabilitation work will be completed. “We are struggling right now because Insports came in and started some work but they have also failed to pay workers and because of that the work has stopped,” said Tomlinson. “The problem is compounded by the fact that in this big parish, there is no other field we can use.” “Frome is home to a number of Super League clubs and Reno play home games there in the Premier League, which leaves the window for our competitions very tight,” he said. An official at Insports, who requested anonymity, told The Gleaner that the agency was having challenges making payments to workers, but that the situation is being dealt with, while referring further information be gleaned from the Ian Andrews, the Insports chairman. However, calls to his mobile phone went unanswered yesterday. Meanwhile, the Westmoreland FA-operated Major League, Division One, Under-17, Under-15 and Under-13 competitions are in danger of not being played at all this season, causing a major worry for the association’s affiliates and sponsors. “We are very worried and it is a cause for concern because I know factually, that this could never happen in Kingston,” reasoned Tomlinson. “Rural parishes like Westmoreland are suffering because we will not get the attention of the political directorate and the other agencies associated with sports development,” he said. “It is increasingly sad and it continues to infuriate me as an administrator that nobody can see the full value of developing proper facilities for the young people of this country.” Tomlinson pointed out that the systemic deficiencies in the overall development of sports, particular football is sending the sport to an early grave. The long-standing football administrator insists that those charged with such responsibilities must find new methods and dream big to secure the future for young people. “I am tired of going to funerals of young men, who played in our age group competitions, represent their schools at football but are killed as a consequence of gun war because there is nothing in the football for them,” stated Tomlinson. “This is really the fact. And for Insports not being too keen on completing what they have started, it leaves me to wonder what is next,” he said. “Football is indeed dead and nobody is seeing it fit to try resurrect the beautiful game.”last_img read more

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