Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s blowout win over Boston College

first_imgSyracuse (11-7, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) picked up its first conference win of the season with a 62-40 drubbing of lowly Boston College (7-9, 0-3) on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. Here are three quick observations from the Orange’s blowout win.Back on TrackMichael Gbinije had struggled to find himself at the outset of conference play. He scored a season-low 10 points against Miami, which he matched against then-No. 6 North Carolina. Boston College provided a reprieve for the starting point guard. He had 12 in the first half alone and had gotten to the basket with ease on two occasions.On the first play of the game, Syracuse got possession and he cut to the left side of the basket and laid it in with his right hand.He wasn’t as much of a factor in the second half. But his one bucket looked as easy as the rest, a seemingly uncontested run to the hoop to keep the wheels moving in the onslaught. He scored 14 points total.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textO-ZoneSyracuse held Boston College scoreless for a stretch of seven minutes and 28 seconds in the first half and it propelled a 21-2 run that separated the Orange for good.When Boston College’s Darryl Hicks found himself open for a 3-pointer on the left wing, he double-clutched before misfiring.When the Eagles did score, it took an average of 24 seconds, which served as a reflection of how difficult the makes were to find. The Eagles went on a 9-0 run to cut the Syracuse lead to seven in the second half, but two baskets in the paint from Dajuan Coleman brought the Orange back on track, as the lead ballooned to as many as 25.What does it mean?Boston College is not only one of the worst teams in the ACC, it’s arguably the worst power-conference team in college basketball. Dennis Clifford, the 7-foot center, was all around the rim but had no offensive ability. He missed several layups en route to an 0-for-4 night. All night, the BC offense let the shot clock get down to the final seconds before firing up a contested jumper.The Eagles are a team that lost to UC Irvine and Santa Clara by a combined 30 points and looked the part. SU, a team normally challenged offensively on the interior, outscored BC in the paint, 34-14. The Eagles, a team that lives by 3, died by it on Wednesday shooting just 6-of-26 from behind the arc.Getting a win for Syracuse improves the conference record, but pretty much every other win on the schedule is better. Comments Published on January 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Guardiola criticises ‘whispering’ Premier League bosses & opens door to Man City extension

first_imgThe Blues were found not guilty of “disguising equity funds as sponsorship contributions”, with February’s original ruling overturned following a lengthy appeal process.There has been a strong reaction to the news at the very highest level of the game, with Jurgen Klopp, Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho among those to comment on City’s Champions League reinstatement.Arteta, who served as Guardiola’s number two before taking the top job at Arsenal in December, insists the club deserved their reprieve, but Liverpool manager Klopp expressed his belief that the final verdict was “not a good day for football”.Mourinho – the current Tottenham head coach – went a step further by labelling the ruling a “disaster”, highlighting City’s financial penalty as proof of their guilt .Ahead of City’s midweek meeting with Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium, Guardiola was in defiant mood when quizzed on the comments of his Premier League peers.The Spaniard told a press conference: “Jose and all the managers should know we were damaged, we should be apologised to. We don’t expect Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea or Wolves to defend us.”Yesterday was a good day for football. We played with the same rules as everyone. If we break them then we would’ve been banned.”How many times have people come to our club whispering about us? I’d love for it to finish. Look in our eyes and say something to us, face to face. We’ll shake hands if we lose. But they lost off the pitch. They have to go on the pitch and try to beat us like the sportsmen that we are.”Don’t go behind (us) and start whispering, seven or eight clubs, on what we should do. Our reputation was damaged. Now we show that they were not true. People should accept it. We should complain and we aren’t. The other (clubs) should say much more on this.”I know that for elite clubs like Liverpool, United, Arsenal, it is uncomfortable us being here but they have to understand we deserve to be with them and fighting for the achievements that they have achieved in the past. “Guardiola only has one more year left to run on his current contract at the Etihad, and although he pledged to remain loyal to City regardless of their proposed Champions League ban, he has yet to commit to fresh terms with the club.The 49-year-old has now admitted that he would be open to an extension, but doesn’t believe that his future should be discussed until the end of the season. He added: “Nothing has changed my opinion, maybe I will be able to stay here longer. Now is not the time [to discuss it] we have one month ahead of us, then one year is a long time, the decisions we thought before the sentence are quite similar, I was happy before and now. We have time to think about that.”Now is the normal situation like every season, if the situation was uncertain I don’t know what would happen. I said I would stay and it didn’t matter if we were in the CL. “Some people suggested we should play in League Two, I would have stayed. I respect the others, now I said we’ve got an incredible four or five weeks ahead, if we are good enough to beat Arsenal, then we’ll play Champions League and then have time to think about it.” Pep Guardiola has criticised “whispering” Premier League bosses for their views on Manchester City’s successful appeal against a two-season European ban, while also opening the door to extending his stay at the club beyond 2021.City were cleared of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday, and subsequently saw their original €30 million (£27m/€34m) fine brought down to €10m.last_img read more

PacMay II: Russia or London

first_imgCarpio 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 award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Not yetBut the supposed rematch fell through and Pacquiao signed up with Premier Boxing Champion, which is in alliance with Mayweather.His first opponent for the outfit turned out to be Broner, a 29-year-old four-division world champion who is sometimes called “Mayweather-lite.”“There’s got to be a reason why Floyd has been on TV, he wants the world to know he’s still there,” said Pacquiao consultant Freddie Roach on Saturday.But Pacquiao remained mum and said their previous meetings “were not planned. It was just coincidence. We just happened to be at the same place at the same time.”Mayweather has since fought 19-year-old mixed martial arts fighter Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition match in Japan on New Year’s Eve, expectedly won by the American.ADVERTISEMENT The unbeaten Mayweather, supposedly on retirement now, is scheduled to visit Manila anew soon, according to the same sources.The flamboyant American fighter and promoter is also expected to be at ringside when Pacquiao stakes his WBA regular welterweight crown against Adrien Broner this Saturday (Sunday, Philippine time) at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.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 ChrissThat would be the third time the two global boxing superstars will meet since bumping into each other in Japan in September last year when Mayweather, in an Instagram post, said he would face Pacquiao that December.Just recently, the two fighters were at a Los Angeles Clippers game at Staples Center. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Afterward, he watched NBA games and, like he did every single night of his training camp here, handed out dollar bills to Team Pacquiao members who correctly guessed the winning team.Clearly, Pacquiao is in relaxed mood ahead of his fight against Adrien Broner on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Pacquiao and Mayweather clashed in 2015 with the Filipino legend—suffering from an injured shoulder—finding it very difficult to chase the slippery counter-punching champion.That match has set a record as the richest ever for the sport of boxing with a reported revenue of $600 million.DowntimeOn Sunday night, Pacquiao entertained his team at his LA mansion by singing a famous Freddie Aguilar ditty.Another Filipino folk singer, Florante, was also around.Florante, now based in the United States, joined about 100 Team Pacquiao members and supporters who gave an audience as Pacquiao held a “mini-concert” on the eve of his traditional caravan to Las Vegas.At 40, Pacquiao is taking on a different approach in training. He now allows himself longer breaks to recover.On Sunday, he didn’t work out at all.Instead, he attended church service with his family in the morning. Then, he treated his followers to a Japanese lunch by booking for the entire afternoon the trendy Kabuki Restaurant located at the corner of Vine Street and Hollywood Boulevard.In the early evening, Pacquiao played the guitar and piano at the living room of his mansion along Plymouth Boulevard.center_img WBA WELTERWEIGHT BOUT Two days before 2019, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao sparred for 10 rounds at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California—three rounds against Arnold Gonzalez, three against Lydell Rhodes and four against George Kambosos Jr. Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is in the most intense phase of training as he prepares for his WBA welterweight world title defense against four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) of Cincinnati on Jan. 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 40-year-old Pacquiao’s training is being supervised by strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and best friend Buboy Fernandez. —BOXINGSCENE.COM/WENDELL ALINEA-MP PROMOTIONSHOLLYWOOD—Like it or not, the sequel to the mega-rich fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is fast taking shape.Sources privy to the rematch said on Sunday that all parties were on board for a July date either in Russia or London. But Las Vegas is still not out of the equation.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Pacquiao peaking just right In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more