A&M looks to knock off No. 8 Kentucky

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 24, 2020 Associated Press FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Kentucky’s Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey have collectively accounted for 53 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 48 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Maxey has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Kentucky field goals over the last three games. Maxey has 17 field goals and 14 assists in those games.STREAK SCORING: Kentucky has won its last three road games, scoring 78 points, while allowing 68 per game.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Aggies have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Wildcats. Texas A&M has an assist on 44 of 75 field goals (58.7 percent) over its previous three outings while Kentucky has assists on 34 of 77 field goals (44.2 percent) during its past three games.GETTING DEFENSIVE: The disruptive Texas A&M defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 22.8 percent of all possessions, the 30th-best rate among Division I teams. Kentucky has a forced-turnover percentage of only 17.4 percent through 27 games (ranking the Wildcats 293rd).center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 8 Kentucky (22-5, 12-2) vs. Texas A&M (14-12, 8-6)Reed Arena, College Station, Texas; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 8 Kentucky looks to give Texas A&M its eighth straight loss to ranked opponents. Texas A&M’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels 86-65 on March 18, 2018. Kentucky has won its last six games against conference opponents. A&M looks to knock off No. 8 Kentuckylast_img read more

English soccer suspends games until April 3 because of coronavirus outbreak

first_imgEnglish soccer suspends games until April 3 because of coronavirus outbreak Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — English soccer suspends games until April 3 because of coronavirus outbreak.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img March 13, 2020last_img

Dajuan Coleman shows signs of improvement heading into Wisconsin game

first_img Published on December 1, 2015 at 10:56 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Dajuan Coleman backed a defender down off the dribble in the post with 10 minutes left in the first half of Syracuse’s Battle 4 Atlantis Championship game on Friday. He laid the ball up and in and it looked easy.Very little has been easy for the center over the last two injury-plagued seasons.“I think Dajuan’s performance down here was very encouraging,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s limited but he’s doing some things, very positive things for us. I think he’s going to be very important for us.”In his three games in the Bahamas over just three days, Coleman averaged 17.3 minutes as opposed to just 12.3 over the season’s first three games. He also recorded 21 of his 28 total rebounds during the latter three games. He said he feels healthy and is showing slow but steady improvement as the newly minted No. 14 Orange (6-0) gets set to host Wisconsin (4-3) in the Atlantic Coast Conference-Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday.“I feel good,” Coleman said after the Texas A&M win. “If I could, I would play tomorrow.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColeman hasn’t been limited in practice, Boeheim said, but is slightly in his conditioning. When he’s needed a break or has gotten into foul trouble, Tyler Lydon has moved over into the center position. Chinonso Obokoh had taken some minutes at the five, but was completely out of the rotation as the Orange played two ranked teams in the Bahamas.The oft-injured big man has gotten into foul trouble very quickly, picking up four in each of the last four games this season. He said he’s working to improve on positioning in helping to limit the smaller ticky-tack fouls that have plagued him.It’s a work in progress, as most things are for Coleman. But it’s coming along.“It’s definitely a confidence boost that I could come down here and play three games in three days,” Coleman said. “I did pretty good on defense and rebounding the ball. I’m ready just to keep working, keep getting better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Detroit News names Alpena student a 2020 Outstanding Graduate

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — As she nears the end of her high school career, Lindsay Syma from Alpena is being recognized for her dedication to education. The Detroit News has named her one of their Outstanding Graduates of 2020.While attending Alpena High School, she managed to make the honor role for all four years and will finish with a GPA of 4.047. She has shown academic excellence in AP language and composition, college prep writing, chemistry and economics. Lindsay has also given back to her community by working with students with autism in the Peer to Peer program as well as volunteering for seven months at one of our local assisted living facilities.She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University where she will be a Freshman Direct Admit Student for nursing.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena High School, Detroit NewsContinue ReadingPrevious Toolkit now available to local businessesNext COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 21last_img read more

Andy Murray to face rejuvenated Nadal in Madrid Masters final

first_imgHolder Rafa Nadal looked something close to his old masterful self on clay again as he crushed Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(3) 6-1 on Saturday to set up a heavyweight Madrid Masters showdown against Andy Murray.Murray moved up a gear from 3-3 in the first set to claim the opener against Nishikori but was a break down early in the second before again producing some stunning tennis.”Against Rafa it’s going to be extremely difficult, especially playing here in Spain,” Murray told a news conference. “Hopefully I can put in a good performance and make it tough for him and see what happens.”Third seed Nadal, bidding for a third consecutive title in the Spanish capital but still searching for form and consistency, edged a tight first set before turning the screw in the second to exact revenge for a straight-sets defeat by Berdych in this year’s Australian Open quarter-finals.Nadal had won 17 consecutive matches against the Czech sixth seed before falling to him in Melbourne and restored his dominance with a solid display that included a series of trademark whipped forehand winners.”I had to play at a very high level today to have any chance and I think it was without doubt one of the best matches I have played this year,” a jubilant Nadal told Spanish television. “This week was crucial for me and the fact that I am in the final cannot be improved on given my situation coming into the tournament,” added the 28-year-old.The Mallorcan is favourite to claim the title after world number one Novak Djokovic decided to miss the event to rest and Roger Federer, who took over from the Serb as top seed, lost to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the second round.–last_img read more

Angels rookie Taylor Ward will head to winter ball to refine skills

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ANAHEIM — Taylor Ward will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic so he can continue his development, Manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday.Ward has been one of the breakthrough players in the Angels farm system. Last year he was a catcher who hadn’t performed up to expectations offensively or defensively. This spring the Angels moved him to third, and he rocketed through the system and reached the majors.Scioscia said Ward’s decision to go is proof of his determination “to get better.”Ward has started all but two games at third since his major league debut on Aug. 14. He is hitting .189 and he’s made three errors at third, clearly showing his inexperience at times.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “The confidence in Taylor Ward is how hard he works, how athletic he is, and with experience he’s going to figure it out,” Scioscia said. “He’s made a lot of strides. There’s a ways to go, but he’s going to work hard. He’s going to work every day on it. Hopefully he’ll get closer to that goal of being a good defensive player at third base in the major leagues.”Scioscia said he’d encourage young players to go to winter ball more often.“I think a lot of it has been lost on some players in the last 20 years, on how small your window is,” Scioscia said. “I played winter ball for two years. It put me in a different scope as far as being a ballplayer.”UP NEXTAngels (RHP Jaime Barría, 10-9, 3.53) vs. Mariners (LHP Marco Gonzales, 12-9, 4.24), 1 p.m., Sunday, Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Former Laker Trevor Ariza fights through emotions as Kobe Bryant is honored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs hard as the emotions of Friday’s pregame tribute to Bryant hit the Lakers, the visitors were not immune. But of the Blazers, it seemed to impact Ariza the most.Ariza was busy helping Westchester High contend for CIF State championships when Bryant was winning his first three NBA titles, but Ariza ended up with the Lakers in November of 2007 and the two developed a relationship during his season-and-a-half with the team, which included two NBA Finals trips and the one title.While Ariza tried to go about his warmups, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka came over and shared a prolonged hug with him. Pelinka represented both Bryant and Ariza during his time as an agent.Ariza cried into his warm-up jacket during Usher’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” and left the court shortly after, retreating to the locker room to try to compose himself. He did not return until Lakers forward LeBron James addressed the crowd.“I couldn’t even control it. I had to go to the back,” Ariza told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears. “I was a little emotional. After Usher sang, I just left.” LOS ANGELES — Trevor Ariza stood on the Staples Center court prior to Friday’s game. The former Laker, who also grew up in Los Angeles, was back on his old home court as a member of the Trail Blazers, but rather than warming up, he was transfixed by the video board.There, a montage of photos played honoring the life of Ariza’s former teammate, Kobe Bryant, the Laker great who died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas.Ariza, who won a championship with Bryant in 2009, watched the pictures flash across the screen before letting out a heavy sigh. As he tried to shake whatever he was thinking from his mind, the Five Stairsteps’ lyrics rung through the arena:“Ooh child, things are gonna get easier.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img As James spoke at the end of the team’s tribute to its fallen soldier, Ariza stood with his arms crossed as if protecting himself from the moment.“I wasn’t really paying attention to what he was saying. It was just too emotional,” Ariza said after the Blazers’ 127-119 win. “It was very tough. It was very, very, very hard. We spent a lot of time together. We talked a lot, even after we weren’t teammates. He was like a brother to me.”Ariza went back to the bench and hung his head briefly before he was announced as the final member of Portland’s starting five, drawing a welcoming round of applause as teammates supported him through hand slaps and hugs.Ariza said before the game that he was still “numb” by Bryant’s death.“I’m definitely glad I played,” said Ariza, who played a key role on defense and limited James to 1-of-7 shooting while guarding him Friday. “It wasn’t easy to get locked in because of everything that was going on. Kobe was like a brother to me, for sure. We spent every day together as teammates on and off the floor, nonstop. All the time. The fact that he was always there for me for advice, losing him is very tough.”Perhaps it was fitting that, after postponing Tuesday’s game against the Clippers, the first game since Bryant’s passing would come against Portland. The Trail Blazers, after all, took Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal to a seventh game in the 2000 Western Conference finals as the duo pursued what became the first of their three consecutive championships.It was in that Game 7 that Bryant threw his iconic alley-oop to O’Neal, a moment that became the symbol for the three titles the Mamba and Superman won together, starting with the 2000 NBA Finals against the Indiana Pacers.Twenty years later, the Blazers obviously look very different than they did then. But Bryant touched so many during his two-decade career that connections still abound in Portland.Carmelo Anthony, who won Olympic gold medals with Bryant in 2008 and 2012, has enjoyed a renaissance with the Blazers this year. But Anthony stayed home for what head coach Terry Stotts described as personal reasons, but what the Athletic reported was his continued grief over Bryant’s death.“I think everybody goes about the grieving process their own way, whether it’s with their family or their friends,” said Stotts, who walked around L.A. Live after shootaround to take in the memorials. “It’s important they all have somebody to talk to.”Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who held onto the ball for an eight-second violation following the Lakers’ 24-second shot clock penalty to start the game, spoke after shootaround about getting to know Bryant while sitting together on the bench at Lillard’s first All-Star Game.But for Lillard, his favorite memory was walking onto the court for his first NBA game and seeing the man he lionized there on the court.“I’ll never forget that,” Lillard said. “That was a real crazy moment for me.”And on Friday, Lillard found himself a part of a moment no one could have prepared for.“I got to know Kobe as a peer. I grew up idolizing him. But this ain’t about me or any other player or fan,” Lillard said. “Obviously, we’re all gonna have emotions and feel a way about it, but he has family. Nobody’s in more pain than them, so I think it’s important for us to understand that.”The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, left, and Trevor Ariza watch their teammates during a practice for the 2009 NBA Finals on June 5, 2009 at Staples Center. (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)last_img read more

Southwest Planes Collide on Nashville Tarmac; No Injuries Reported

first_imgOfficials with Southwest Airlines say that two of their planes collided on the tarmac of Nashville International Airport late Saturday evening.During push back from the gate, Southwest Flight 1555, which was scheduled to depart for St. Louis, clipped the wing of Southwest Flight 4580, which was about to take off to Atlanta.After the incident, both aircrafts returned to the gate and were taken out of service for evaluation.Airline officials said no injuries were reported as a result of Saturday night’s collision.The flights were moved to other planes to continue on to the scheduled destinations.The FAA is investigating the collision.last_img read more

South Puget Sound Habitat For Humanity Sets Olympia’s Gingerbread Cottage Competition

first_imgSubmitted by South Puget Sound Habitat For HumanityYou really won’t want to miss South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity’s 5th annual Gingerbread Cottages Competition. Generously sponsored by TwinStar Credit Union, Greene Realty Group and Olympia Federal Savings, and together with the Olympia Downtown Association’s “Downtown for the Holidays” festivities, this year’s event will take place November 24th and 25th in the Olympia Ballroom (above the Urban Onion) at 116 Legion Way SE in downtown Olympia. Over 30 fantastic gingerbread entries will be on display for you and your family to enjoy.Viewing of the entries will take place Saturday and Sunday from 12PM – 5PM. Volunteer judges will choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, as well as a youth winner, at the opening of the Competition. Admission to the event is free, and each visitor receives a ticket to vote for his/her favorite entry! Additional voting tickets are available for a donation of $1 per ticket. The entry with the most number of votes wins a “People’s Choice” award. All donations support South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity.South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity is deeply grateful to the event sponsors for supporting the Gingerbread Competition. The popularity of this sweet community celebration has grown each year, and Habitat anticipates a great turnout this November. Bring your friends and family and help kick-start the holiday season!Questions? Please email volunteer@spshabitat.org, or call 360-956-3456 ext 4. Facebook30Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

The Naples applies an ‘ERTE’ for its workers

first_imgAt the moment, March salaries are “frozen”, and the evolution of the emergency will be awaited to make a decision: there is no hurry, since the dialogue for the cuts will depend a lot on the resumption date of the championship. Meanwhile, after the Serie A statement announced a common direction line to cut four months of salary for players if competitions are not resumed and two if it will finally be possible (proposal defined “shameful” by the Association of Football players), De Laurentiis’ club has not yet started negotiations. The Azzurri, who are still pending the controversial situation by the fines due to November riot (The arbitrations are blocked until mid-May due to the COVID-19 crisis), they have not moved from the southern city during these weeks of quarantine. Naples is the first Serie A team to apply an ‘ERTE’ to the club’s 30 workers, also suspending ‘teleworking’ used in recent weeks for coronavirus emergency. Over the next two months, employees will collect 80% of their regular salary (for a maximum of 1400 euros) through the ‘cassa integrazione’, social buffer that the state grants to companies in crisis: A measure that would be discontinued if the entity returns to training, something that will be possible, it is expected, in early May.last_img read more