Press Association Jack Guiney’s stoppage time goal sent the tie to added time as the Slaneysiders fought back, but they were no match for a resurgent Banner side in the closing stages. Clare led by 1-10 to 0-7 at the interval, with Shane O’Donnell grabbing their goal. Wexford fought back with points from Podge Doran, Gary Moore and Ciaran Kenny, before Guiney hit his dramatic leveller. But Davy Fitzgerald’s men put the tie beyond reach by hitting 2-3 in the first period of extra-time, both goals coming from substitute Cathal McInerney. Armagh went on a scoring rampage to blitz Leitrim in a one-sided All-Ireland SFC Qualifier tie at Carrick-on-Shannon. Eugene McVerry helped himself to a hat-trick as the Orchard men romped to an 8-13 to 0-10 win. They led by 4-8 to 0-4 at the interval, with McVerry striking twice, and Tony Kernan and Kevin Dyas also hitting the net, all of Leitrim’s points coming from Kevin Conlon frees. McVerry and Mark Shields added further goals in the second half, before Jamie Clarke completed the rout with two late strikes. Clare needed extra-time to see off Wexford in a dramatic All-Ireland SHC Qualifier at Thurles.
McCarthy will return to the land of his birth with Martin O’Neill’s squad this week as they take on Scotland in a crucial European Championship qualifier at Celtic Park. The Group D clash could pit McCarthy against former Accies colleague James McArthur – and spark an emotional tug-of-war in the corridors at New Douglas Park where the midfield duo were both given their footballing education. The Tartan Army have no right to boo Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy on Friday night, according to his former Hamilton team-mate Alex Neil. Press Association Accies player-manager Neil says he will be backing Scotland’s McArthur to come out on top in the next leg of the race to Euro 2016. But he has shot down any suggestion that the home support will have the right to shower Everton’s 23-year-old McCarthy with stick. Like Goodison team-mate and former Celtic star Aiden McGeady, McCarthy turned his back on the Dark Blues to pledge his international future to the Boys in Green Overlooked by Scotland youth selectors, the Toffees midfielder took up the Republic’s offer to join their Under-16s squad. By the time the Scottish Football Association got round to calling-up the then talented Hamilton youngster, his mind was made up to stay with Ireland, who he is eligible to represent through his late grandfather Paddy Coyle. Scotland boss Gordon Strachan suggested last week that both McCarthy and McGeady could be treated like pantomime villains by the Scotland crowd, while former Dark Blues defender Gordon McQueen was quoted in several newspapers on Monday claiming the players “deserved” to get a “horrible reaction” for rejecting their nation of birth. But Neil – who helped guide McCarthy into the Hamilton team – said: “I’d like to think James won’t get any reaction really and that the fans will just let the kid go and play his football. “At the end of the day, he didn’t get picked for Scotland and Ireland did. So it’s not his fault. When you have only got one option, it’s pretty easy to take that option. It’s not as if Scotland came calling. “He’s a terrific footballer and I don’t think any of that should have a part to play.” McCarthy was given his first-team introduction at Hamilton when he was just 15. Alongside McArthur, the pair helped the Lanarkshire outfit reach the Scottish Premiership before both being plucked down south by Wigan. They went on to win FA Cup winners’ medals with the Latics before Roberto Martinez took McCarthy with him to Everton and McArthur sealed his own switch to Crystal Palace. The best friends have already come up against each other this year in the Barclays Premier League – a 3-2 win for the Eagles at Goodison six weeks ago – but now they could go head to head on the international stage. “To see two young lads who came through the system here go on and play at the top level of international football for their countries will make everybody extremely proud at this club,” added Neil. “Obviously we are Scottish so we will be supporting Scotland, but I want James McCarthy to have a terrific game. “It will be really interesting to see how the two of them get one against each other. But knowing the two of them, they are fierce competitors and they will be looking to do well for their own country. “But I’m Scottish, so I know which one I will be cheering for.”
(ICC Media) – Azhar Ali and Devendra Bishoo have achieved career-high rankings in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, released yesterday morning following Pakistan’s 56-run victory in the day/night Test in Dubai.Azhar, who won the Player-of-the-match award for his 302 not out, has climbed five places to a career-high 12th position, while Bishoo’s match figures of 10 for 174 have helped him gain 11 places to claim 30th position.Azhar is the fourth Pakistan batsman after Hanif Mohammad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan to score a Test triple-century. For this achievement, the opener, who played as a wrist-spinner in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2002 in New Zealand, has earned 62 points, which, in turn, has also allowed him to move ahead of teammate Asad Shafiq (16th, down by three places).Azhar now has his captain Misbah-ul-Haq firmly within his sights, whom he trails by just one point, while Younus Khan remains his side’s highest-ranked batsman in fifth place (slipped one place after dropping one per cent of his points for missing the Dubai Test).In contrast, by rising 11 places to 30th, Bishoo has opened up a significant lead over teammate Shannon Gabriel (48th), who is the second highest-ranked West Indies bowler in the series, and captain Jason Holder (61st).The 30-year-old looks strong to gain further points and edge closer to the top 20 as he is still in the qualification period. A bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has taken 100 wickets, while Bishoo has so far claimed 69 wickets in 19 Tests.Stylish West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is the other player to make a big impact in the latest rankings.The 27-year-old left-hander, who played in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2008 in Malaysia, scored 87 and 116 in the Test in which the West Indies went down fighting. Consequently, Bravo has returned to the top 20 where he has joined Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed in 20th position after rising eight places.Last time Bravo enjoyed a place inside the top 20 was in June 2014, when he figured in 19th position. His career-high ranking remains 15th, which he had achieved against New Zealand in Dunedin in December 2013.Bravo and Sarfaraz now have an opportunity to improve their rankings as they trail New Zealand’s 19th-ranked Ross Taylor by 13 points.Marlon Samuels, who scored 76 and four, is the other batsman to head in the right direction. He has moved up five places to 40th, while Pakistan opener Sami Aslam has jumped 19 places to share 58th position with Martin Guptill of New Zealand. Jason Holder is just five points and one place behind the duo of Sami and Guptill.Steve Smith is the number-one ranked Test batsman and he leads England’s second-ranked Joe Root by 28 points. Hashim Amla of South Africa is third.Apart from Bishoo, Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz is the other bowler to achieve a career-high ranking to date. The left-arm fast bowler picked up two for 65 and one for 47, and, as such, has moved up three places to 26th.Mohammad Amir’s three wickets in the second innings have helped him gain four places and 60th position in the latest rankings.Yasir Shah of Pakistan, who completed 100 wickets in his 17th Test while taking seven wickets in the match, has retained his sixth position but has gained three points for his achievement.The bowling table is headed by India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, with Dale Steyn of South Africa second and England’s James Anderson third.
highlights Madrid: Real Madrid gained ground on both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in La Liga as Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior each scored in a 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday. Benzema, Vinicius and Gareth Bale started together for the first time and two thirds of the newly-dubbed ‘BBV’ delivered as Madrid capitalised on Barca being held by Valencia and Atletico losing at Real Betis. Mariano Diaz, on as a substitute, added a third late on. After 22 rounds, this is the first in which Madrid have been the only winners from the established three clubs, which is as much an indication of their own inconsistency as the sturdiness of Atleti and, particularly, Barca.Madrid could now overtake Atletico if they win the city derby next weekend but the difference behind Barcelona, whom they face in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, is still a considerable eight points. “We will fight for everything until the end,” Solari said. “Today there was a real hunger to cut the gap.”It may have been the 5-1 loss to Barca in October that proved the final straw for Julen Lopetegui but Alaves’ 1-0 victory at Mendizorrotza, their first over Real in 87 years, was perhaps the team’s rock bottom. Benzema has been the revival’s ringleader since and his latest goal was his sixth in four games, his best streak since January 2016. The only La Liga player to have scored more in all competitions this season is Lionel Messi.He did it starting alongside both Bale and Vinicius but it was the latter, not the former, that looks to be Benzema’s most dangerous partner. Bale endured one of his quieter nights and it was noticeable that while Benzema and Vinicius both departed to rousing ovations late on, there was a scattering of disgruntled whistles when the Welshman was replaced by Marco Asensio shortly after the hour. “It was difficult,” Solari said. “Alaves defended very well, they were determined and there weren’t many spaces.” It was Vinicius’ clever reverse pass through the legs of Carlos Vigaray that led to Benzema’s opener as Sergio Reguilon was set free down the left, his cross ensuring the Frenchman could not miss. Alaves defended so deep at times that Madrid’s defence were playing more as creative midfielders but the visitors were not without chances on the break. Tomas Pina took too long to shoot and Jony Rodriguez forced a smart save from Thibaut Courtois. Madrid, though, ended any hopes of a comeback with 10 minutes left as Asensio picked out Vinicius at the back post. The teenager controlled, picked his spot and put it there. Mariano’s diving header in injury-time from Isco’s cross added a final flourish. Morata makes debut in Atletico loss Earlier, there had been another first for Atletico up front as Alvaro Morata made his debut but it ended in disappointment after a 1-0 loss to Real Betis. Atleti could have reduced the deficit to three points at the top but Sergio Canales’ second-half penalty means that Barcelona finish the weekend one point further ahead than when they started it. “The match was clear,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “A few chances for both teams, they took advantage of the penalty we gave them and that was enough.” Morata enjoyed the occasional link on the counter-attack with Antoine Griezmann but there was little to suggest the pair’s chemistry will be instant. Diego Costa is expected back from injury soon. Morata has limited time to stake his claim. “In the few days that he has been with us, Alvaro has worked very well,” Simeone said. “Hopefully he can find a way to score goals, which is what we need.” Betis’ penalty came after Filipe Luis put his hand up while anticipating a cross and looked away at the crucial moment. Canales’ shot clipped Jan Oblak’s hand but nestled in the corner. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior scored for Real Madrid.Real Madrid still trail Barcelona by eight points in La Liga.Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid in the city derby. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Update on the latest in sports: BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots say team owner Robert Kraft’s family is pledging $1 million to local grassroots organizations to promote social justice causes.A statement and video released on the team’s website Friday says the money will be distributed over the next 10 months in $100,000 monthly donations. The recipients will be chosen in collaboration with Patriots players.The groups selected will be those “fighting for equity, working to end systemic racism and creating meaningful change in our community.”The video says, “change always begins with listening.” The recipients will be invited to speak with the team’s executive staff and senior management across the Kraft Group’s businessesVIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL Players accused teams of “depriving America of baseball games” as part of a money fight created by the coronavirus pandemic. They raised the possibility baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred might push ahead with a shortened season over the union’s objection.Union chief negotiator Bruce Meyer has sent a letter to Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem threatening that an attempt to play without an agreement could lead players to block any attempt to expand the playoffs and deny consent to neutral-site games in the postseason.Major League Baseball made its initial economic proposal on May 26, offering an 82-game regular season schedule and a sliding scale of cuts beyond the prorated shares of salaries the sides agreed to on March 26.Players responded on Sunday with a 114-game regular season schedule running through October and no additional cuts. Each player would get about 70% of his original salary under the union’s plan and roughly 22-47% under MLB’s proposal, including $200 million tied to the postseason being completed.Management quickly rejected the union plan and said it would not offer a counterproposal given the insistence of the players’ desire for a longer season that would spill into November. Among MLB’s objections concerns November baseball that could be canceled by a second wave of COVID-19. The two sides had been in a legal battle since shortly after Kansas fired Beaty near the end of the 2018 season. His contract called for a $3 million buyout, but the school refused to pay it after discovering potential NCAA infractions during routine end-of-season interviews with Beaty’s coaching staff.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OKLAHOMA STATENCAA hits Oklahoma St with postseason ban in corruption caseUNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team has been hit by numerous penalties by the NCAA infractions committee, making it the first school to be punished following the federal corruption investigation into the sport.Penalties include a one-year postseason ban for the team for next season. The ruling includes three years of probation, a $10,000 fine and a reduction in basketball scholarships for the program. SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Texas State has ordered an investigation into a former basketball player’s allegations of racist remarks by coach Danny Kaspar.Athletic director Larry Teis calls the allegations deeply troubling and said the investigation would be handled through the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.Former Bobcats point guard Jaylen Shead posted the allegations on Twitter late Thursday, accusing Kaspar of singling out black players with racist taunts and threatening to have a foreign player deported.Shead transferred to Washington State before last season.BOXING-OBIT-RADEMACHER Ross had a team-high 66 receptions last season for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-KANSAS-BEATYKansas reaches settlement with ex-coachLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas announced has reached a settlement with David Beaty.The former football coach had filed a lawsuit against the school alleging athletic department officials were trying to circumvent terms of his contract. The school agreed to pay $2.55 million to end all litigation and disputes. Former Olympic minister says March is deadline for TokyoTOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set as a possible deadline by a local lawmaker for deciding if the postponed Tokyo Olympics can go ahead.That’s the judgment of former Japanese Olympic minister Toshikai Endo. Japanese television NHK quoted him at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.The Tokyo Olympics are to open on July 23, 2021. They were postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Endo is the latest powerful politician to speak out this week about the games, bracing the Japanese public for possible changes and costs. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a stand against inequality and police brutality.The players, their families, coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell marched from their stadium to the steps of the local sheriff’s department.The Jaguars started their march at 9:04 a.m. local time Friday to signify the local 904 area code.The protest comes two days after owner Shad Khan spoke against racism in a letter on the team website.Wide receiver Chris Conley wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt. He said: “Today we say no more. Today we see a nation that can’t await change, a city that won’t sit still or be quiet.” Gamecocks march for FloydUNDATED (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and football players joined others in a protest march from the Governor’s Mansion on Friday.The march of several hundred people went the nearly 2 miles from the governor’s residence to the State House. South Carolina quarterback Jay Ulrich carried a sign, “Matter is the minimum. Black lives are worthy. Black lives are beloved. Black lives are needed.” It is the seventh straight day of rallies in South Carolina following the death of George Floyd.NFL-PATRIOTS SOCIAL JUSTICE PLEDGEPatriots pledge $1 million to social justice causes — The Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup is set to resume in October after the coronavirus pandemic forced games in March and June to be postponed. The Asian Football Confederation says it agreed with FIFA (FEE’-fah) to schedule two dates in October and two in November to complete the current groups. Twelve teams will advance to a further group stage next year.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CLEMSON-ROSSRoss to miss 2020 season following back surgeryCLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross had surgery on Friday for a congenital fusion in his spine that will keep him off the field this upcoming season.Ross was being monitored for a shoulder injury suffered in March, but head coach Dabo Swinnery X-rays revealed that two vertebrae in his spine were fused and he had a bulging disc. NFL-BRONCOS-ELWAYElway joins call for change after George Lloyd’s killingENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is adding his voice to calls for change in the aftermath of a black man’s killing in Minnesota while in police custody. Elway says in a lengthy Twitter post that he spent the week listening to his players and decided he had been wrong in his views of race relations since his playing days. Elway says he now realizes that he has to join his players and coaches in speaking out against racism, police brutality and injustices in the black community. Elway says he’s no longer staying on the sideline.NFL JAGUARS PROTEST MARCH‘Today we say no more’: Jaguars march to sheriff’s office June 6, 2020 NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant’s Brooklyn Nets debut won’t occur until this winter.The Nets forward says he won’t play if the season resumes, telling The Undefeated, “My season is over.”Durant ruptured an Achilles tendon a year ago for Golden State in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against Toronto. He says it was decided after the injury that he would wait until the following season to return to action. He also had COVID-19 this year.The Nets currently hold the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.TOKYO OLYMPICS-DEADLINE Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-LABOR STANDOFFPlayers holding firm in battle with MLBNEW YORK (AP) — Major league players and owners continue to fire salvos instead of fastballs. Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike said Thursday the games were likely to be downsized and undergo many changes.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMemorial could be first PGA event with fans on handUNDATED (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has approved a plan for Muirfield Village Golf Club to have at least some fans for the Memorial in July. That would make it the first PGA Tour event with a crowd since the tour was shut down March 13 by the coronavirus. DeWine says plans submitted for the tournament were approved by local officials. He said on Twitter that casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks will be able to open on June 19.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak: — Soccer was back and so were the spectators in Vietnam when the top domestic league resumed after the coronavirus shutdown. Fans were allowed into Ho Chi Minh City’s scoreless draw with Hai Phong among three matches. But, unlike Germany’s Bundesliga and South Korea’s K-League, which returned to action in May with empty arenas, more than 1,000 fans attended the V-League game. Despite sharing a long land border with China, Vietnam, with a population of almost 100 million, has recorded just 328 cases and not a single recorded death.— Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has decided to pay his team’s minor league players after all, saying he made a mistake. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the billionaire’s intentions and quoted his apology. A club spokeswoman says Fisher also is establishing a fund to help furloughed employees.— Liverpool could win the Premier League title at home after all. Police originally indicated they wanted the Reds’ second game after the restart against Crystal Palace to be staged at a neutral venue because of concerns that supporters could congregate outside Anfield. But the league now says the game on June 24 is scheduled to be at Liverpool’s home stadium. Liverpool leads Manchester City by 25 points and is two wins from ending its 30-year title drought.— Italian top-flight soccer clubs are asking for no title winner or relegations if the season is stopped again. One of the ideas the Italian federation is planning in case of another stop is the use of an algorithm to decide the final classification. Italian media reported 16 of the 20 Serie A teams voted in favor of not relegating anyone and not assigning the league title unless it is mathematically certain. A final decision is expected to be made during the next FIGC council meeting on Monday.— The Italian soccer federation says teams will be allowed up to five substitutions in matches, although there will still be only three pauses to bring players off the bench. Italian competitions will adopt the temporary rules change when they resume next week. If matches go into extra time and teams haven’t used all five of their substitutes, they can make a fourth interruption at the end of regular time or between the two halves of extra time. The Italian Cup will be completed next week before Serie A is set to resume on June 20. The punishment comes the day former Oklahoma State assistant men’s basketball coach Lamont Evans was found by the infractions committee to have violated ethical-conduct rules by accepting up to $22,000 in bribes from financial advisers.Schools like Kansas, North Carolina State, Louisville, South Carolina and Southern California were investigated for corruption.Oklahoma State issued plans to appeal, saying it was “stunned by the severity of the penalties and strongly disagrees with them.”COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS STATE-RACISM ALLEGATIONSTexas State to look into allegations of racism NFL-RACISMGoodell says league erred by thwarting protestsNEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said his league made a mistake.Goodell said the league was wrong for not listening to players fighting for racial equality and encouraged them to peacefully protest. He made his strongest statement on the issues many players passionately support, one day after 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) and several of his peers released a video demanding the league condemn racism.When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to take a stand against police brutality and racial injustice in 2016, he was mostly alone. Politicians, owners and fellow players criticized him, fans burned his jersey and he was booed even at home. Four years later, his protest is widely viewed as prescient. Global opinion has shifted so much that more people are vilifying those who attack Kaepernick or misrepresent his stance. George Floyd’s death, which ignited nationwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality, awakened many people to the root of the issues that led to Kaepernick’s demonstration. Now, Goodell said, “I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.” Surfers ‘paddle out,’ circle up in memory of George FloydSANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Surfers around the world held large and small memorials on the water in honor of George Floyd. A paddle-out is a Hawaiian tradition to celebrate a life and mourn its passing. The events Friday were organized by a group called Black Girls Surf to draw attention to the police killing of Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis last week and to share the pain they are feeling with devotees of a sport that has not always welcomed them.More than 200 surfers took to the water in Santa Monica, California, where they formed a massive circle past the waves and chanted Floyd’s name nine times to mark the nearly nine minutes his neck was pinned to the ground by the knee of a white officer. NBA-NETS-DURANTDurant will wait until next season AMERICA PROTESTS-NFL PLAYERS VIDEONEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) is among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality.The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and includes Saquon Barkley, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others.The video closes with the players demanding the NFL state that it condemns “racism and the systemic oppression of black people,” and that the league “admit wrong in silencing” players from peacefully protesting. The players also want the league to state: “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”AMERICA PROTESTS-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTH CAROLINA More than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have their coaching staffs back at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them.NFL teams have been performing all their offseason duties virtually since their facilities were closed by Commissioner Roger Goodell in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league is taking a slow approach to reopening those team buildings, with the latest step allowing coaching staffs to return. Only players currently rehabilitating injuries are allowed at the complexes.AMERICA PROTEST-BLACK GIRL SURFERS Pete Rademacher, 1956 Olympic boxing champion, dies at 91CLEVELAND (AP) — Olympic boxing champion Pete Rademacher has died at age 91.Rademacher won a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games and fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in his first professional bout. Rademacher is the only boxer to fight for a championship in his first pro bout.He knocked Patterson down in the second round before being counted out in the sixth. Rademacher had dementia for years and his brain will be donated for medical research.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Elena Kadvany | Point: Partisanship cannot continue as isMy initial reaction to the news that President Barack Obama was re-elected was relief, not excitement.I was relieved that the leader I believe in gets another four years to prove himself to those who don’t believe in him the way I do, and to continue the critical efforts he has made to improve this country.On the Rachel Maddow Show this week, she suggested that the 2012 campaign was so dominated by slander, polarization and false accusations that these very significant efforts have been rendered almost invisible. He repealed don’t ask, don’t tell. He ended the War in Iraq and brought American troops home from Afghanistan, as promised. He oversaw the assassination of Osama bin Laden. He reinvigorated the American auto industry. He signed the nation’s largest job stimulus bill in history into law. He elected two women to the Supreme Court, one of them the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in the history of the United States. He openly endorsed gay marriage. Just this week, he officially signed his student loan relief program into law.But for some reason, all of those incredibly varied, critically important accomplishments got lost in the flood of negative ad campaigns, billions of dollars, binders full of women, and deepening divides between parties and people.The thing is, just because the election is over does not guarantee that all of that is coming to an end. And what would be the most dangerous for Americans and this country’s future is if the partisanship — that increased to epic proportions during Obama’s first term and this election season — would continue as is, and further hinder the progress that the country desperately needs to make.And though Obama is the best man for the job, even he cannot guarantee a fix for arguably the greatest problem we face in the next four years.The real challenge now, for Obama, Democrats, Republicans, politicians and Americans alike is figuring out how to work together. It is time to move past the craziness of the past couple of months and for everyone on both sides, whether they supported Obama, Romney or someone else, to commit to the next generation of decision-making and nation building.________________________________________________________________________________________Burke Gibson | Counterpoint: In defense of bipartisan politicsThe 2012 presidential election has been rightfully criticized for allowing the divide between the Republican and Democratic parties to interfere with the integrity of the election itself. It’s led to too many personal attacks and not enough focus on real issues, and has caused gridlock in the House of Representatives and the Senate — in an Election Day blog post, Google co-founder Sergey Brin called the government a “bonfire of partisanship” and requested that whichever candidate wins run the country as an independent.It’s easy to criticize the inefficiencies in our current system, but do we really have another option? The concept of “Republican vs. Democrat” goes back to America’s origins, when Federalists and Republicans were competing for similar elected positions. Two-party politics is part of American culture and has proven relatively effective over the last couple hundred years; attempting to change such an ingrained part of society would be too monumental a task for us to see any real change in the near future.And even if it was possible to change to a multi-party system, there’s no guarantee it would work. Having multiple prominent parties could leave more people unsatisfied with the results of an election, and groups would have the ability to focus on specific issues rather than a complete platform. There’s a reason the number of political parties tends to be limited even in other countries: The only way to run a country effectively is to have a broad enough platform to cover most important issues, which few parties have the resources to manage.Rather than criticize the bipartisan system itself, we should be looking for ways to make it more efficient and streamlined. Essentially, our politicians need to start behaving as servants of the state first and servants of their parties second. We’ve seen the opposite recently — Republicans have shot down bills in the house, including one that would have provided aid to veterans over five years, solely to prevent President Barack Obama’s re-election. And the Democrats haven’t been on their best behavior, either: There has been no shortage of below-the-belt campaign advertisements, and Obama has a lot of work before he even comes close to fulfilling some of the promises he made before his first term.Obama has the potential to be an excellent leader over the next four years, as long as he recognizes gridlock and animosity between parties as the main problem with the bipartisan system. It isn’t fundamentally flawed — it just needs fixing.
Facebook Twitter Google+ SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Brittney Sykes and former player Michelle Van Dyke started planning well in advance for this moment. So had nearly every other Syracuse player and so had its head coach, Quentin Hillsman, who hasn’t shied away from his expectations of a national title once this season.So when the NCAA tournament started and the Orange saw the bracket, Sykes and Van Dyke realized: They could go to the Final Four. For them, it was never a matter of if. Sykes and Van Dyke knew, after winning the regional finals, they would dump a bucket of water on Hillsman.Hillsman told assistant coach Tammi Reiss to tell the team not to do it. He didn’t have another set of clothes and still had to go to the press conference. His players, after pressing the length of the court all season, forcing the most turnovers in the nation and shooting the third most 3s in the country, finally didn’t listen.“They got him good,” Reiss said as she walked out of the locker room.“Heck yeah it was my idea,” Sykes said. “… Hey, we had to do it. That’s something you got to do. That’s something you see in the movies. This is like a movie right now.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe No. 4 seed Orange (29-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) reached its first-ever Final Four with an 89-67 win over No. 7 seed Tennessee (22-14, 8-8 Southeastern) on Sunday afternoon at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Two weeks ago, Sykes didn’t even know what state Sioux Falls was in. She left it with the biggest accomplishment of her basketball career.SU will next face No. 7 seed Washington in Indianapolis in the national semifinals when its movie-like season continues on Sunday.As the final buzzer sounded, teammates swarmed Syracuse point guard Alexis Peterson, who dropped to her knees at midcourt in celebration, who has scored at least 22 points in every NCAA tournament game so far, who has sparked SU all season.“I looked at my team. They said, ‘You got to suck it up, you got to play tough because we need you,’” Peterson said of hurting her hip. “It’s 40 minutes. If I have to play through, you know, being hurt or being injured, that’s what I was going to do. I didn’t want to let them down.”And she didn’t. Peterson, the region’s Most Outstanding Player poured in 29 points in 38 minutes and continued the hot streak she’s been on in this entire month.When the crowd around Peterson drifted back toward the bench, she got up and hugged Sykes, who had tears in her eyes, who recovered from two torn ACLs and who has boosted Syracuse this postseason after missing most of the last two.“We just knew that any team we came against, we would defeat them,” Sykes said, “because we knew that what we had on our team, we were capable of beating any team in this NCAA tournament.”Syracuse possessed a double-digit third-quarter lead against the Volunteers, but UT cut it all the way down to four at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Lady Vols, despite going .500 in conference play and losing 13 games before Sunday, nearly clawed all the way back.Three days ago, Peterson said part of what makes this Syracuse run so special is that the Orange is making history. When the juniors and seniors entered the program, SU had never won an NCAA tournament game. In the past three years, Syracuse has won six. And four of them have come within the past two weeks. The most recent came against a program with 18 Final Four appearances.“Twenty years from now we’re going to be able to look back,” Peterson said on Thursday, “and say we were the ones who got this program to the highest ranking in school history, highest ranking in conference history, first Sweet 16.”Now she can another to that list: First-ever Final Four.After cutting down the nets, senior Maggie Morrison hugged her dad while wearing a commemorative hat.“I got to keep that on because my hair’s a little messy,” Morrison said.The season was a little messy, too. Syracuse lost back-to-back blowouts to Notre Dame and Louisville and it was 1-5 against ranked teams through January.But that’s when things turned around. The Orange won 15 of its next 16 games. Close losses turned into close wins. Since the start of February: 4-1 against ranked teams. Syracuse stayed the course and never deviated from Hillsman’s formula for winning: Try to hit 10 3s each game (it hit 14 against Tennessee) and force turnovers at a breakneck pace (it forced 21 against Tennessee).“Let’s just do what we do, and that’s press and shoot threes,” Hillsman said. “If it’s not enough, we’ll go home.”Throughout the entire tournament so far, it’s been enough and Syracuse still hasn’t gone home.Outside the locker room, Peterson hugged assistant coach Vonn Read and thanked him for helping the team. “You deserve this, too,” Peterson said. “You did everything.”Then Peterson turned to her coaches’ children: “We’re going to the Final Four,” she blurted out while dancing with them.“You dream of doing this,” Sykes said. “I don’t think anybody comes into college saying, ‘Oh I just want to play ball.’ No. You dream, you play basketball to be in these moments. You dream of going to the Final Four.”Except now, Sykes doesn’t have to fall asleep to see Syracuse there. Comments Published on March 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds
Whether they are receiving praise or blame, head coaches in the world of athletics are almost always the sole focus of critics. The spotlight shines brightly on the head coaches and deservedly so, but all too often assistant coaches are left in the shadows, and their roles in a given team’s success is forgotten altogether.Assistant coaches recruit, scout opponents and take care of the less glamorous work that is involved with helping a team function properly, yet they rarely receive their fair share of the credit for how much they truly contribute to a program. And coincidentally, the true measure of the quality of an assistant coach is not seen when they are coaching at a program, but after they leave.This process has come into play with the Wisconsin women’s basketball team this year, as valuable assistant coach Kyle Rechlicz left for the head coaching position at UW-Milwaukee, leaving head coach Bobbie Kelsey with a void to fill.But the departure of one coach has allowed an opportunity for another assistant to step in and prove herself, in the form of St. Louis native Jayme Callahan.Only a few months in, tri-captain Taylor Wurtz and the rest of her teammates are adapting well to their new assistant coach.“She’s great for us,” Wurtz said. “She really knows her X’s and O’s. I think coming in and being a new coach is hard … but she made the extra effort to take us all out to lunch and get to know us. It’s exciting and it brings a lot of new energy.”Before Callahan’s coaching days began, she had a great deal of experience playing, which helps contribute to her knowledge. Her start in basketball came when she was in third grade, playing for a St. Louis AAU team. Callahan continued playing AAU through high school, and after her high school days she went on to play at Missouri Southern State. It was her college playing days that led to Callahan’s start in coaching, albeit an unconventional one.“My coaches kept telling me I was going to coach, and we had a coaching change my junior year of college, and I said I would never coach because I saw it was a little rough,” Callahan said. “But my coaches kept pushing me and then finally I got a couple of offers, and I turned them down to be a high school head coach, and I finally found [a coaching position] that fit.”Callahan’s first coaching job was at Putnam County High School in Unionville, Mo., right out of college at 22 years old. Although she stayed at Putnam for only one year, she led her team to a 25-3 record and she was named conference and district coach of the year. Since coaching at Putnam, Callahan has been assistant or head coach at five other programs at both the college and high school levels, most recently as an assistant last year at Clemson.Callahan was content as an assistant coach at Clemson, but after some encouragement, she was drawn to coach at Wisconsin when the opportunity arose.“[Assistant coach Alysiah Bond] just called me out of the blue and asked me if I would be interested, and I said no because I was happy at Clemson, and I thought Wisconsin was just cows and cheese. She said do a little research and get back to me, and something kept pulling me, wanting to come see it,” Callahan said. “So I came on the interview, and I loved it; I was hooked.”Kelsey did not know about Callahan before she came on the interview, as it was Bond who had the connections with Callahan, not Kelsey, so Kelsey had to do some research. After that research and Callahan’s interview, Kelsey was impressed with what she saw and offered Callahan the position on her staff.Only a few months in with Callahan as assistant coach, Kelsey is already assured she made the right decision for her team and the rest of her coaching staff.“She’s crazy, funny, fits right in,” Kelsey said. “She’s just a wonderful person to be around, and she’s knowledgeable about the game. She helps me a lot in game because she has a lot of suggestions and ideas on the fly and you need that in an assistant, in addition to Alysiah and Stacy [Cantley], so it’s been a good fit.”After observing Callahan’s interactions with the other coaches and players, one would think she is a seasoned veteran of the staff and not a rookie of less than half a year. But Callahan has meshed well with the other coaches and has adapted to her role working with guards – a role she played as a kid all the way through college – to quickly develop a close bond with those around her.“I feel like I’ve been here over five years, in a good way,” Callahan said. “Our staff is really well placed as far as personalities, as far as everything. We all work really hard, but we all have a lot of fun together too, and they’ve welcomed me with open arms.”
Katie Chin | Daily TrojanIt took three quarters and four interceptions for the Trojans to find their mojo in Berkeley.The spark came from the defense in the fourth quarter, backed up with the Bears’ heels on their own goal line. Senior defensive tackle Josh Fatu hit Cal quarterback Ross Bowers from behind, and the ball popped into the air. Senior outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu — who spent all day terrorizing the young quarterback — snatched the ball in mid-air, crashing to the ground at the two-yard line.It was the easiest job that the offense had all day: scrap for two yards in four snaps. They clinched it on the second down with a hand-off to freshman running back Stephen Carr, who powered through two defenders to dive into the end zone and stretch the USC lead over Cal to 23-13.The 10-point lead was the first chance that the Trojans had to breathe in almost four full quarters of play. A well-matched pair of defenses had brought the game to a grinding halt by the third quarter, but the offense burst to life in the final quarter to clinch the first road victory of the season.The final score read as expected for a matchup between the No. 5 Trojans and the unranked Bears: 30-20. But USC had to struggle through it, grinding for three quarters of stagnant offense before exploding in the fourth quarter to take the victory.“We hope that when you get into these games, you can look up and can be a good second-half team,” head coach Clay Helton said. “Credit to our kids. They came in at halftime, took a deep breath, made some changes and really elevated the whole level of play in the second half.”The defense remained the catalyst for the Trojans as the offense sputtered, but weaknesses at every position were on full display in the first half. Injuries plagued the team on both sides of the ball, with junior linebacker Porter Gustin missing from the defense and playmakers junior running back Ronald Jones II and redshirt senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. sidelined for the offense.Highlights came few and far between for the team in the first half of play, as the offense struggled to find any sort of rhythm against a hard-hitting Cal defensive line. In another slow start, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold tossed a goal-line interception and took a sack while completing 16-of-24 passes in the first half. He went on to finish the game with 38 completions and 223 yards, but his longest completion was only 19 yards.“It was such a relentless pursuit to me by the [defensive] line and the linebackers who rushed,” Darnold said. “I felt a little bit of pressure but I think it’s mostly our fault on not connecting on some of those deep balls and some of those opportunities. We need to take advantage of those when they come our way.”The absence of Jones left an obvious gap as well, as the weight of the USC ground attack fell on Carr’s shoulders. The team picked up only 69 rushing yards on the half, and the result was an off-balance half of play for the offense.The offense shined for a single drive in the second quarter, the only offensive series to result in a USC touchdown. Junior tight end Tyler Petite stepped into the hole left by Mitchell, snagging two 12-yard passes, while Carr moved the chains twice with runs up the gut. A final 16-yard pass to Petite gave him a curling route to the right corner of the end zone, where he dove to knock down a pylon and tied the game up 10-10.Yet again, the lack of offense forced the USC defense to stand strong. The defensive line dampened the Cal rushing attack, holding the Bears to 82 yards on the ground, while the secondary forced Bowers to throw for under 50 percent with 13 incompletions. The Bears also benefited from a single full-field march to the end zone, but at the half the defense kept the game level.“We get more comfortable as the game goes on,” junior linebacker Cam Smith said. “We have a little saying to stay up here, keep the intensity up here and just finish the game off right.”Both teams entered the second half with something to prove, but a nondescript third quarter left the score tied 13-13. The Trojans found themselves staring down a familiar situation: starting the fourth quarter with no wiggle room between themselves and a loss to an unranked team.Darnold continued to struggle, rolling out of his pocket time and time again to launch arcing tosses to junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett that couldn’t find their target. He ended the game with only one interception, but struggled to hit receivers and was nearly picked off two other times. Four games into the season, interceptions have become one of the biggest holes in Darnold’s game.“It’s 100 percent my fault,” Darnold said. “I’m not getting the ball out far enough on deep routes. Whether it’s balls being tipped, not seeing the d-linemen … I’m going to continue to just play, that’s all I can do but, obviously, be more consistent for my team and continue to take what the defense gives me.”Freshman walk-on kicker Chase McGrath proved his worth again by hammering home a 46-yard field goal, giving the Trojans a 16-13 lead. Despite the thin lead, the Trojans looked peaked.But Nwosu’s interception breathed new life into both sides of the ball, and the team took its 23-13 lead in stride. Redshirt sophomore Ykili Ross snatched another interception, running it back for 43 yards, and Burnett punched in another touchdown to give the team a 17-point lead.The Bears kept fighting, but another interception — this time from sophomore cornerback Jack Jones — sent the Cal fans flooding for the exits. The Trojans’ secondary would go on to notch four interceptions on the day as the defense fully denied the Bears a comeback.
Here are three takeaways from Tennessee’s victory:The No. 1 seed picture is still unclearSelection Sunday is one day away, and it is still impossible to guess who will receive the four No. 1 seeds.Kentucky would have made the selection committee’s life a little easier by earning a victory Saturday. Instead, there are still six schools in contention to be penciled into the top line: Tennessee, Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State and Gonzaga.The Volunteers seem like the team in that group least likely to receive a top seed. But, they can improve their case with a win over Auburn in the SEC Tournament final. The same can be said about Michigan State if it pulls out a victory in its conference championship matchup against Michigan.Duke could wrap up a spot on the No. 1 seed line with a victory over Florida State in the ACC title game. Meanwhile, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga have already been eliminated from their respective conference tournaments, but all have resumes worthy of prime position in the bracket.Kentucky, on the other hand, will almost certainly end up with a two seed.Tennessee can make a deep runThe Volunteers climbed to the top of the rankings earlier this season but have slipped a little bit recently.Tennessee, however, has all the pieces to compete for a national title. Williams is one of the best players in the country while Schofield is an All-American candidate, as well. Point guard Jordan Bone is also a solid floor general and secondary scoring option.Tennessee will end up with a one or two seed in the bracket and it is certainly equipped for a deep March run.Don’t count out Kentucky, eitherThe Wildcats will be a tough out in the tournament and should be a popular pick to make it back to the Final Four, despite the loss to Tennessee. Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner hit a clutch 3-pointer to put his team ahead with less than 30 seconds to play and it held on from there.LAMONTE TURNER = CLUTCH 😱@Vol_Hoops was down 8 points with less than 3 mins to go then caught fire to advance to the SEC title game!pic.twitter.com/4PCPum5Vpn— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 16, 2019Admiral Schofield finished with 21 points and five assists for Tennessee while Grant Williams chipped in 20 and seven rebounds. PJ Washington scored 16 for Kentucky in the losing effort. Related News Kentucky-Tennessee Round 3 was everything fans could have hoped for.In an intense, back-and-forth game, the Volunteers rallied from an eight-point deficit late in the second half and secured an 82-78 victory over the Wildcats in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The teams had split their first two matchups this season. March Madness 2019: Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield delivers dunk of the year candidate March Madness 2019: North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson says loss to Duke ‘will hurt for a little bit’ Kentucky has a deep and talented roster with every rotation player capable of contributing. It has a balanced offensive attack — all five starters reached double figures Saturday — as well.The Wildcats are finally healthy as graduate transfer Reid Travis returned for the SEC Tournament after a five-game absence.