Big Ten Second Best

first_imgSince Michigan State won the NCAA Championship in 2000, the Big Ten has been the runner-up 6 times in basketball.  The question continues–is the ACC better than the Big Ten in basketball?  The following are the 6 runner-ups for the Big Ten.  IU was 2nd in 2002, Illinois was 2nd in 2005, and Ohio State was 2nd in 2007.  Since that, Michigan State was 2nd in 2009, Michigan in 2013, and this year Wisconsin was the runner-up.This year the Big Ten is supposed to be loaded with talent, but we have to wait until March of next year to see what happens.  It will be a different look in the Big Ten, because Maryland, Purdue, and IU are all supposed to be loaded with talent.last_img

Tony Pulis backs Salomon Rondon to hit goal trail for West Brom

first_img The boss has moved to ease any pressure on the £12million striker with the Baggies having scored just four goals in their first six league games. The Venezuela international has netted once in his first six outings, leading the Baggies’ line while Saido Berahino was left out during his transfer saga with Tottenham. Press Association Rondon will return against Everton on Monday after being rested for the Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich and Pulis insisted the summer buy from Zenit St Petersburg can cope with the expectation and fee. “We’re just hoping he gets a bit more luck in front of goal, but it doesn’t seem to affect him. He doesn’t seem that type of character,” he said. “Nothing seems to faze him, he’s just a good lad. “He could have had four or five easily, I’m sure he’ll score the goals. “Salomon has been fantastic and every game we’ve played he scored a goal or two and has been very unfortunate not to. “He’s another one who’s come into the club whose attitude is fantastic. “That’s something you look at as a manager and already he’s got tremendous respect in the dressing room, not only for his ability but the way he conducts himself.” Berahino is likely to partner Rondon in the Barclays Premier League on Monday after also being rested for the 3-0 loss at Carrow Road on Wednesday, but Pulis dismissed any suggestions the defeat will have a bearing against Everton after he made 10 changes. “It has no reflection on what we do against Everton,” he said. “People will not question Sheffield Wednesday who made 10 changes because they won (against Newcastle) – that’s the difference.” center_img Manager Tony Pulis has backed record buy Salomon Rondon to handle West Brom’s goalscoring burden and ignore his huge price tag.last_img read more

SB : Early offense, Caira’s dominance push Orange into Big East title game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: Commentscenter_img Lisaira Daniels just wanted to put the ball in play. After Stephanie Watts led off the first inning with a triple, she knew a simple groundball would likely score her teammate.‘I was actually thinking about slapping one, just because I know that it would be a groundball and sacrificing myself just to score the run in,’ Daniels said in a phone interview Friday.But after seeing a changeup, Daniels kept her hands back and sent the ball to the center field wall. She didn’t hesitate out of the box and slid into third base safely to match Watts’ triple and give Syracuse a quick lead over DePaul.Daniels later scored to push the lead to two runs early in the first inning. Third-seeded SU (43-11) didn’t score again and the No. 2 Blue Demons (39-13) didn’t score at all as the Orange earned a 2-0 win in the semifinals of the Big East tournament Friday. Syracuse moves on to the championship game for a rematch of last year’s title game with Louisville, which beat Notre Dame 6-0 in the other semifinal.The Orange will take on the host Cardinals at Ulmer Stadium at 5 p.m. Saturday. The championship game will be televised on ESPN2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe big first inning highlighted by the back-to-back triples proved to be the difference in the game. For Syracuse, playing with a lead the entire game was a nice change of pace after its dramatic last-inning comeback to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in the first round of the tournament.‘It takes a lot of pressure off of you when you can just get on the board right away,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘That was big right away with Steph (Watts) and Sai (Daniels) going back-to-back triples, it was huge.’The early lead was the only support junior pitcher Jenna Caira needed in the circle.Caira said after scouting DePaul Thursday, she and assistant coach Mike Bosch devised a plan. She wanted to set up the hitters with her rise ball and finish them off with her off-speed pitches.That strategy proved to be an effective one. Caira held DePaul to two hits and struck out seven in a complete-game shutout.DePaul threatened in the first inning with runners on first and second and no outs, but the SU ace worked out of the jam to keep the second-seeded Blue Demons off the board.The Blue Demons never got a better opportunity and couldn’t break through against Caira. She said getting out of that first inning was key for her team.‘First inning’s always tough, because you want to make sure the momentum is on our side,’ Caira said. ‘It was close.’Caira said she just tried to hit her spots in the first inning to get into the flow of the game. The Orange lineup then took the lead in the bottom half of the inning to give the team all the momentum early.SU held onto that advantage the rest of the way despite missed opportunities to add to its lead. The Orange had runners on second and third with no outs in the fifth inning, but the middle of the lineup couldn’t capitalize.Daniels struck out on a check swing. Lacey Kohl struck out swinging and then slammed her bat into the ground in frustration. Finally, Hallie Gibbs fouled out to the first baseman. But the frustrating sequence was neutralized by Caira’s dominance in the circle.Ross said with Caira, a two-run lead is safe more often than not. And that was true on Friday.‘You don’t want to just live on two runs, but games like this where it just so happened we scratched a couple together and that’s all we got for the rest of the game,’ Ross said. ‘It’s nice to know that you’ve got that pitcher on the mound that can hold a team.’Caira held on against the DePaul lineup for the final two innings after SU’s disappointing turn at the plate in the fifth. And after getting the final out, Caira pumped her fist and then jumped to hug catcher Ashley Dimon.The pitcher is excited for another shot at the championship but said Louisville will be a tough matchup. She said both teams know what to expect after playing each other four times during the regular season. And though it will be hard to beat a team for a fifth time in one season, Caira thinks SU can pull it off.‘We were called the Cinderella story last year, but I think we’ve proven to everyone again that we’re here for a reason,’ Caira said. ‘ … I honestly think like we can really do this, and I don’t have any doubt in my mind that we can take another championship.’rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

Thurles claim U21A hurling crown

first_imgHe says their players’ familiarity with each other helped them come out on top.Meanwhile, Gortnahoe-Glengoole have claimed the Tipperary Water U21B Hurling Championship at the second time of asking.They defeated Ballinahinch/Templederry 0-18 to 0-15 in the replay of the competition final yesterday. Thurles Sarsfields are this year’s Tipperary Water County U21A hurling champions.The Mid Tipp club defeated Toomevara 2-16 to 2-11 in yesterday’s final, which was played in The Ragg.Tony Lanigan is a member of the Sars management team.last_img

Donkomi: Tottenham confirm Vertonghen and Vorm departures

first_imgTottenham have confirmed Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm have left the club following the expiry of their contracts.Vertonghen reflected on the end of his eight-year stay at Tottenham in an emotional message on Twitter, writing: “So my time at the club comes to an end. A sad day for many reasons.“I will miss the friends I’ve made here, the staff that make the club run, playing at the amazing new stadium & of course you fans.Thank you for all the support over the years. You’ve been amazing. We had many unbelievable memories but for now, it’s goodbye.”The 33-year-old, who joined Spurs in 2012, has previously suggested he would like to play in Italy or Spain and has said there have been “serious” offers for him.His agent, Tom De Mul, revealed in February “there is a lot of interest” in the Belgian, who is now available to clubs on a free transfer.A number of Tottenham’s squad posted farewell messages to Vertonghen and Vorm following the club’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.Vertonghen made over 300 appearances for Spurs since signing from Ajax, but was rarely used following the restart in June, starting just one of the club’s final nine matches.In a statement, Tottenham said: “We thank Jan for his tremendous service and wish him every success in the future. He will always be a valued member of the Spurs family.”Vorm made 48 appearances for Tottenham during two spells, having first joined from Swansea in 2014. He re-joined in October as cover following an injury to Hugo Lloris.last_img read more

Gaisah jumps for The Netherlands, qualifies for final

first_imgIgnisious Gaisah, competing at the World Athletics Championship for the first time in the colours of The Netherlands, yesterday secured his place in the final of the men’s long jump event.Gaisah, with a leap of 7.89m, joined 11 other jumpers for tomorrow’s final. The 2006 gold medalist at the World Indoor as well as silver medallist in Helsinki world event at the same year for Ghana succeeded in his national switch, much to the disappointment of Ghanaians, just six weeks before the competition and came under a lot of pressure with the world watching if he would make it.Rather than going for a record jump, Gaisah, a dominant champion in Africa, secured his final ticket on his third jump with a save jump of 7.89, nothing near his season’s best of 8.13 or his personal best of 8.43m.Gaisah, who moments before the competition yesterday tweeted: “New beginnings. New passport, new life. I welcome every new challenge,” later told IAAF news that he was relieved he was in the final list.“There has been much talk about my decision to change nationality from Ghanaian to Dutch so it was important for me to get it right. My interest was not to make the best jump but have one that was good enough for the final. We will see about the final on Friday,” he said, declining to further talk about his nationality switch.Inevitably with 29 men trying to make the final, there were likely to be some big name casualties in the qualifying rounds and none was bigger than Great Britain’s London 2012 Olympic Games champion Greg Rutherford. Just a year on from his triumph in front of his home fans, Rutherford had been struggling to bounce back from a hamstring injury sustained at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris last month and managed a best of just 7.87m, well shy of the 8.35m personal best set last year, although he was just two centimetres shy of making the final.Finalists for men’s long jump:Group A: Christian Reif (Germany) 8.09, Luis Rivera (Mexico) 8.04, Damar Forbes (Jamaica) 7.96, Li Jinzhe (China) 7.96, Sebestian Bayer (Germany) 7.95, Mauro Vinicius Da Silva Brazil) 7.92Group B: Caceras Eusebio (Spain), 8.25, Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (South Africa) 8.16, Aleksandr Menkov (Russia), 8.11, Louis Tsatoumas (Greece) 8.00, Dwight Philips (USA) 7.95, Ignisious Gaisah (Netherlands) 7.89.last_img read more

Full report: South Haven in state championship finals after 65-60 win over Stockton; next up St. John-Hudson

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The South Haven Cardinals qualified for the state championship game in Class 1A Division 1 for the second time in three years with a 65-60 victory over Stockton Friday afternoon at White Auditorium in Emporia.Now South Haven plays for the marbles as the 10 seniors thought they should when the Cards battle St. John Hudson at 6:15 p.m. Saturday night. St. John-Hudson beat Centralia 61-56.“We have one more to go” said Darren McDorman, South Haven head boys basketball coach. “I told the kids, we aren’t finishing second again.” For the second straight game, South Haven fell behind in the third quarter only to seize momentum and score 20-plus points in the fourth. Still, South Haven was unable to secure the win until that final minute.South Haven came up against a team who was taller but not as deep. Justin Wiltfong, a 6-4 sophomore beast inside, scored 18 points in its first round game against Hoxie. But the Cardinals held him to just 7 points Friday, and more importantly knocked him out of the game with slightly less than five minutes to play.James Moreland scored 3 points in the game, but those points couldn’t have come at a more important moment. He penetrated the lane and laid in a sweet banker drawing Wiltfong’s fifth foul. He hit a free throw thereafter and although up by a mere two, South Haven was in business.“I think once the big guy fouled out, they realized it was going to be very tough hill to climb,” McDorman said. “Andrew Lowe did a great job guarding him all game.”Stockton was a tough team to defend. South Haven couldn’t zone out Wiltfong, because the Tigers had too many shooters on the outside.“We went into the zone one time just to switch it up,” McDorman said. “But if we were going to win this game we had to play man-to-man. That was tough considering they had a couple of 6-6 players and our tallest player is at 6-3.There was little separation between these two teams all game. South Haven would maintain a minute lead throughout the first half, holding a 15-11 first-quarter advantage and a 27-23 halftime lead.South Haven got off to a bad start to start the third, and saw Stockton take its first lead since the wee minutes of the first quarter 31-28. But Showman would respond with seven consecutive points including a 3-pointer, two free throws and a steal and layup to put the Cards back in front 35-31.South Haven then would open up a 42-36 advantage only to see Stockton round out the quarter outscoring the Cards 7-1.In the final stanza, the two teams traded baskets in the first four minutes to make it 53-all. After Wiltfong fouled out, Stockton went 1-of-4 on free throws on its next two possessions. South Haven eventually took a 57-54 lead.After winding down nearly a minute of the clock, Hunter Ray was fouled and sent to the line with 1:59 to play. He sank both and South Haven had its biggest lead of the half at 59-54.But Stockton scored a six-footer on the other end, and when Showman had a rare miss on a layup, the Tigers were just down by three with about a minute to play with the ball.That’s when Stockton’s Koby Beougher was called with a charge and fouled out with 57.8 seconds to play. Stockton sent Showman to the line and the senior, who hasn’t missed a free throw all state tournament would up the lead back to five.The Tigers would immediately throw the ball away on their next possession. And Ray was the next to go to the line. He hit both to give South Haven its biggest lead of the game, 61-54. This game was history.South Haven ended up getting 21 points from Showman. Bryce Byers had 15 and Lane Cully 12. 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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, June 15, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, June 15, 2015:•8:30 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•5:51 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1600 block W. 8th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Edward J. Ross, 77, Wellington and a fixed object/sign owned by the city of Wellington.•7:58 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to window in the 100 block N. High, Wellington.•9:33 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a weapon in the 1200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.last_img

Aubameyang brace sparks Arsenal late show

first_imgArsenal almost took an undeserved lead when Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland produced a punch that will not have improved his chances of being England’s number one in the World Cup.It landed at Ramsey’s feet on the right of the six-yard box and the Welshman’s hook cleared the goalkeeper and bounced off the top of the crossbar.– Barren desert of mediocrity –It was to prove a shallow oasis in a desert of barren first-half mediocrity however as Arsenal continued to waste possession.Neither side made any changes in the interval but Arsenal at least began with added urgency, with Danny Welbeck lashing a chance just wide.Mohamed Elneny saw a shot blocked before Butland dived to deny Nacho Monreal.Wenger finally made a switch as the fit-again Lacazette came on for Welbeck, while Diouf, having taken a knock, was replaced by Saido Berahino.Shaquiri curled a right-footer straight at Ospina before seeing a corner deceive the keeper and bounce off the back post.Aubameyang was denied by a good block by Butland moments before the award of the game-deciding penalty in the 75th minute.Bruno Martins Indi’s clumsy trip of Mesut Ozil was needless and Aubameyang made him pay as he sent Butland the wrong way from the spot.Stoke gave Aubameyang too much space for a simple second goal in the 86th minute.And when Badou Ndiaye bundled over Lacazette in the 89th minute, the France striker was given a chance to convert the penalty instead of Aubameyang going for a hat-trick.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal warmed up for their crucial Europa League quarter-final with a flattering 3-0 victory against relegation-threatened Stoke on Sunday.Three goals in the final 15 minutes put a gloss on a largely soporific performance at a well-below capacity Emirates Stadium.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the first two, including a penalty opener.Substitute Alexandre Lacazette netted the third, also from the spot, after he had been fouled.Arsenal clinched back to back league wins for the first time since November.But the result left both clubs in the same positions in the Premier League table, with Arsenal sixth and Stoke second bottom.The Gunners will have to play better in the first leg against CSKA Moscow on Thursday in Europe.With little chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four, Arsenal must win the Europa League to qualify for next season’s Champions League — a target that looks essential for under-fire Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as he fights to save his job.Jack Wilshere may have missed both England’s friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy but the Arsenal midfielder recovered from a knee niggle to claim the captain’s armband for the day, with goalkeeper Petr Cech absent and defender Laurent Koscielny on the bench.Stoke’s preparations had seen Ibrahim Afellay jettisoned by manager Paul Lambert for not trying in training, but Eric Pieters was restored to the starting line-up after being fined for going clubbing before the previous match.The game’s first chance belonged to Stoke, the team with the greater need of three points, as Mame Biram Diouf laid the ball back to Xherdan Shaqiri, who shifted the ball onto his preferred left foot and curled it inches wide of David Ospina’s right-hand post.Stoke continued to take the game to the hosts, who were giving away possession cheaply.Aaron Ramsey and Wilshere were both culpable in the first 15 minutes.last_img read more

UMU Commences Graduate Programs

first_imgThe United Methodist University (UMU) on Wednesday officially announced the commencement of a graduate program in theological studies beginning second semester 2014/2015.The commencement of the program is a precedent set by the university, “because many other graduate programs are in the pipeline to be introduced, the dean of the graduate program, Rev. Dr. Yatta Roslyn Young, disclosed. She further indicated that the United Methodist Church (UMC) has been long in the vanguard of providing theological education in Liberia. The program started several decades ago by the UMC-run Gbarnga School of Theology (now College of Theology). The college was established in 1959 to train indigenous ministers of the Gospel to take over the leadership of the church from Western missionaries. Since then, Rev. Young said, the college has been offering diplomas and undergraduate degrees in general theology, with hundreds of graduates desiring to pursue post graduate studies in theology.“We thank God for endowing our leaders with the vision and giving them the inner tenacity to expand our learning space by adding yet another facility of learning to the academic programs presently being offered at the UMU,” Rev. Dr. Young asserted.She said that the program is the culmination of the concerted efforts of UMU and its Board of Trustees.“Though it was a tough road to travel, I’m happy and honored to inform the general public that the UMU has been granted a permanent permit by authorities of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) to offer the Master of Divinity degree (M.Div),” Dr. Young averred.According to her, as a university, they are convinced that considering their enviable record and experience over the years, no other time is appropriate than now to proceed with the graduate program in theology. By that, she assured prospective students that UMU is fully prepared and equipped with the requisite staff and facilities to offer the program. “This is because we are committed to being nothing less than what we have always been,” she declared.In brief remarks, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, UMC Resident Bishop of Liberia and Chairman of the UMU Board of Trustees, said the Methodist Church has played a major role in the educational sector of this country since the 1830s. This began with the College of West Africa (CWA) in 1839. Bishop Innis said the inclusion of other academic programs at the university is paramount to the country, because education is paramount to the mission of the Methodists, which calls for the church to make disciples for Jesus Christ.According to him, the university’s administration and Board of Trustees have been working assiduously to ensure that the graduate program commences according to schedule.The church, he said, takes pride in giving quality education to Liberians as well as developing minds through study and discipline.“The UMC wants to liberate Liberians from spiritual darkness to light,” Bishop Innis declared.The purpose of education is not only to intellectualize, but also to share with others what the teachers acquired over the years, he said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more