Djokovic leads tennis community in mourning ‘mentor’ Bryant

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Why it’s uncharitable to crucify Malami for ‘amending’ NBA rules, by Kayode Ajulo Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic led the tennis world in mourning his “mentor” Kobe Bryant on Monday after Melbourne Park awoke to the news that the NBA great had died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. Djokovic had spoken fondly of his relationship with the former Los Angeles Laker in an interview at the weekend and the 16-time Grand Slam champion signed off his Tweet of condolence with the words: “RIP my friend.” “My heart truly mourns over the news today. Kobe was a great mentor and friend to me,” the Serbian wrote. “You and your daughter will live forever in our hearts. There are not enough words to express my deepest sympathies to the Bryants and every family suffering from this tragedy.” Multiple Grand Slam champion doubles pairing and Lakers fans Bob and Mike Bryan played their final match at Melbourne Park before retirement with yellow tape on the backs of their legs marked with Bryant’s shirt number, 24, and nickname, Mamba. Djokovic’s great rival Rafa Nadal also joined a cavalcade of top players in expressing his condolences, declaring his “shock” at the news of the death in California of one of the NBA’s all-time greatest players. “I woke up this morning with the horrible news of the tragic death of one of the greatest sportsman in the world,” the Spaniard wrote. Nadal is chasing his 20th Grand Slam title plays his fourth round match later on Monday against Australian Nick Kyrgios, who is a massive NBA fan. Djokovic said at the weekend Bryant had helped him when he was battling an elbow injury and was struggling to “mentally and emotionally handle” working his way back to the top. “He was one of the people who was really there for me to give me some very valuable advice and guidelines to kind of believe and trust in myself, trust the process that I’ll be back,” he told ESPN. “I’m very grateful to him for being there for me, for being very supportive. I love Kobe, who doesn’t? He’s an amazing guy and one of the best basketball players and athletes of all time.” Djokovic was clearly not alone in receiving support from Bryant, with 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova, who was knocked out in the first round this year, also stunned by the news. “This is incredibly difficult to process,” wrote the Russian. “I will never forget your generosity and the time you set aside in some of my most difficult moments. I am forever grateful. My heart is with you and your beautiful family.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Australian OpenKobe BryantNBANovak Djokoviclast_img read more

We were excellent – Hughton

first_imgChris Hughton cut a delighted figure after Norwich confirmed their Barclays Premier League status with an emphatic 4-0 defeat of woeful West Brom at Carrow Road. Robert Snodgrass gave the Canaries a half-time lead, a Ben Foster howler gifted Grant Holt a second, the third was an own goal from former Ipswich defender Gareth McAuley and Jonny Howson scored a spectacular late fourth. “I thought we were excellent from the first minute right through to the 93rd minute,” said Hughton, following a third win in 20 games. Press Associationcenter_img “Incredibly relieved. We’ve embarked on a tough season, we’ve had some good periods in that season. We’ve found it difficult since Christmas to get the right formulas to win us football matches. On a day that it really counted, it was arguably our best performance of the season.” Hughton had a fitful night’s sleep ahead of the match and hopes for another on Sunday night in celebration of survival, which was his remit on his appointment last June. “It means absolutely everything,” said the former Newcastle and Birmingham boss. “I’m not the most outwardly emotional person, but I’m chewing up inside. It’s certainly my most satisfying (achievement), because of the pressure of the day. For this club, for this moment and the pressure on this game, this would probably be my proudest moment.” Hughton was able to savour the final 28 minutes after Foster’s decisive error. The England goalkeeper met Wes Hoolahan’s prod forward with a mis-kick which allowed Holt to walk the ball in. “Once the second one went in, we started to believe that it could be our day,” said Hughton, who felt his side were due some luck. West Brom boss Steve Clarke was unable to explain his side’s failings. He said: “It’s a blow to us because that’s not a normal performance for West Bromwich Albion. It was Norwich’s day, not ours.” last_img read more

Tormey resigns as F-M girls lacrosse coach

first_imgThe changes sweeping the area high school girls lacrosse coaching ranks continue as Fayetteville-Manlius is now in search of a new person to take charge of a side that’s won each of the last three Section III Class B titles.Kelly Tormey announced Sunday that she was stepping down in order to devote her energies to her three young children after three seasons at the Hornets’ helm.The 31-year-old Tormey took over at F-M in 2017, her legacy at the school quite secure after having helped the Hornets claim back-to-back state championships in the mid-2000s under the direction of her mother, Kathy Taylor. Another run to sectional and regional titles followed in 2018, the Hornets paired up in the state semifinals against another Long Island school, Manhasset, who prevailed and went on to claim the state title.Last spring, F-M again claimed regular-season SCAC Metro honors, splitting two close-fought games with Baldwinsville, who went on to the state Class A finals.After another sectional title-game victory over Auburn, F-M easily claimed the regional title and claimed a state semifinal with Suffern before a 9-7 defeat to yet another Long Island opponent, Eastport-South Manor, in the state Class B final.Those three defeats on the final weekend of the season accounted for one-quarter of the 12 losses Tormey’s teams faced while winning 57 games in that time span.Tormey’s departure came just weeks after her mother, Kathy Taylor, accepted the head coaching job at Colgate University after helping Le Moyne College to the 2018 NCAA Division II title. And that followed Kristen Beilein’s husband, Patrick, moving from Le Moyne to become head men’s basketball coach at Niagara University.This marks the third significant coaching change in Section III girls lacrosse in the last month, following the departures of Doug Sedgwick from Christian Brothers Academy and Lloyd Hamilton from Cicero-North Syracuse.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story At the same time, Tormey had her younger sister, Kristen Beilein, alongside as an assistant coach, and together they brought an aggressive attacking style to F-M, who quickly asserted itself among the leaders in the area in scoring offense.Just as important was that, starting in 2017, F-M was placed into Class B for statewide competition, away from all of its Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division rivals, though it remained in the league to fight for regular-season honors.Right away, Tormey’s teams found success. F-M’s sectional title in 2017 broke a decade-long drought, and the Hornets advanced all the way to the state final before falling to Long Island powerhouse Garden City.center_img Tags: F-Mgirls lacrosselast_img read more

Johnson declares for NBA Draft

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm Dressed down in a plain white T-shirt and silver athletic shorts, Wes Johnson hugged assistant coach Rob Murphy and flashed his trademark smile as he rounded the makeshift podium set up for his announcement Monday. ‘I’m declaring for the NBA Draft,’ Johnson said. ‘Right now, I just want to thank everybody in general. It has always been my dream to go to the NBA.’Ending nearly three weeks of speculation, Johnson formally signaled his departure at a press conference inside the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center Monday afternoon.Standing in the foreground of a portrait depicting Anthony, one of SU’s great one-and-done stars, Johnson answered a question that had been following him since the Orange’s sour dismissal from the NCAA Tournament on March 25. He has yet to sign with an agent or work out for any NBA teams, he said.‘Honestly, I was going back and forth daily whether I wanted to leave or if I wanted to stay. There really was no set-in-stone decision,’ Johnson said. ‘It just really came down to not wanting to leave, but this was the best decision for me.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJohnson’s announcement provides closure on a rapid one-year ascension for the Iowa State transfer. Following a year on the bench for NCAA transfer regulations, the relatively unknown forward exploded onto the scene, leading SU in scoring (16.5 points per game) and rebounding (8.5 rebounds per game), while garnering the Big East Player of the Year award. Johnson also finished in the running for the Naismith Trophy, the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robinson Trophy.Expert draft Web sites, such as NBADraft.net, have Johnson pegged as high as No. 3 overall, right after Kentucky’s John Wall and Ohio State’s Evan Turner. Others have him slotted firmly inside the Top 10.The atmosphere at the Melo Center had the feeling of any typical offseason day. Most of Johnson’s teammates wandering around the complex appeared supportive. SU guard Scoop Jardine, upon hearing the news, insisted that Johnson pick him up from campus so he could spend time with his now ex-teammate.‘I just found out today. I got a text like 12 o’clock, he told me he did it,’ Jardine said. ‘I’m just happy for him. I told him to come get me from campus. I missed class and everything just to be with him and share this moment with him.’For James Southerland, the moment didn’t come as a surprise. The rising sophomore talked about how much he’ll miss spending time with Johnson and how the team will replace such a big presence after finding out about his teammate’s departure via text message from assistant coach Mike Hopkins.‘I saw it coming,’ Southerland said. ‘I think we all saw it coming.’Orange forward Kris Joseph, Johnson’s roommate, did not speak to the media, stating that he had ‘nothing to add.’ Johnson said he knew Joseph was disappointed, but supportive as well.But for Johnson, 22, it was a day to commemorate what was the end of another road in a rather unorthodox journey. Largely unnoticed out of high school, Johnson de-committed from Louisiana Monroe and bounced around the grim circuit of collegiate prep school basketball, from The Patterson School in North Carolina to Eldon Academy in Michigan, before ending up at Iowa State.After a falling out with Cyclones coach Greg McDermott, Johnson ended up at Syracuse and the rest was recent history. Thirty wins and a No. 1 ranking later, it was a tough decision, but for Johnson, it was time to move on to somewhere he envisioned himself years ago.‘Somewhere warm,’ Johnson laughed. ‘But just going to the NBA in general is a blessing.’  ctorr@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Thursday game against Ohio State crucial to Badgers’ NCAA Tournament hopes

first_imgFour wins in a row have the Wisconsin men’s basketball team (13-9 Overall, 5-4 Big Ten) riding a high.The recent streak has pushed expectations further for the team and shown a higher standard of play. A standard that can now be used as a baseline for players who were previously getting used to their roles.Redshirt freshman Ethan Happ’s emergence as a constant means of production has allowed the team to focus less on forcing junior Nigel Hayes into uncomfortable isolation situations. It has also kept junior Bronson Koenig from having to force shots from beyond the arc as the shot clock winds down and redshirt junior Zak Showalter has been able to play as he was meant to — as a defensive specialist.The rest of the team also seems to be falling into place. The only spot left uncertain is the center position, which junior Vitto Brown occupied for much of the season. But head coach Greg Gard showed in the Badgers’ Illinois game that he isn’t afraid to go smaller by inserting redshirt junior Jordan Hill into the final spot in the starting lineup.The Illinois game proved Gard’s team can win in a variety of ways, and with the postseason approaching, the team needs to keep stating its case for an NCAA Tournament bid with less and less room for error.Assessing IllinoisThe Badgers’ trip to Champaign proved fruitful, as they returned to Madison the victors of a 63-55 contest.Gard’s smaller lineup was able to keep an athletic Fighting Illini team in check. Illinois’ star Malcolm Hill scored 22 points and secured three rebounds, but Wisconsin’s defense forced three turnovers out of the guard and kept him in check on a night where he had the potential to run the Badgers off the court.Wisconsin relied on Hayes’ 17 points, two assists and steal to counteract Hill’s efforts, while Koenig assisted by providing 11 points of his own.But the real story of the game was freshman Khalil Iverson’s play, who came off the bench and paid dividends for Wisconsin. Iverson dropped 10 points, brought in five rebounds, dished two assists and even recorded a steal in his 30 minutes.The production from Wisconsin’s bench in recent games has made this team increasingly reminiscent of teams from past years, and along with it, they’ve begun to find their groove and winning ways again.Wisconsin’s keys to victoryPressure on defense:Ohio State’s freshman guard JaQuan Lyle and junior forward Marc Loving are two of the Buckeyes’ biggest weapons.Loving is the leading scorer on the Buckeyes’ roster (13.3 ppg) and Lyle has the most assists by a large margin (106), so the ball will be in their hands more often than not. But that also presents Ohio State with a disadvantage of sorts.Both commit the most turnovers for the Buckeyes. On the season, Loving has coughed up the ball 59 times. But even more astonishing is that Lyle, the starting point guard, has given up the ball 66 times.Lyle is a freshman and can easily have his nerves rattled by the Kohl Center crowd. With that in mind, Wisconsin should look to play the two tightly and see if they can trap them into dribbling too much or making bad passes.Spreading points:A recent facet to Wisconsin’s game has been spreading points more evenly between starters and bench players.One thing Gard can be certain of is keeping his players involved in the scoring process will only make the team better.The spontaneity of doing so will keep opposing defenses on their toes and free up UW players for offensive looks rather than allowing for effective double teams.Opposing player to watch: Keita Bates-DiopSophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop plays an all-around solid game.Bates-Diop is averaging 11.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.13 assists this season and has shown glimpses of a special side to his game. Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta made it clear to Bates-Diop before Ohio State’s Jan. 25 game against Penn State he needed more energy to his play. So far, the sophomore has brought just that.He scored 22 points in that game and then dropped 15 against Illinois the next time out. But after a tough contest against Maryland, where the Buckeyes lost by only five points and Bates-Diop only scored eight points, he will be hungry to get that fire back.Wisconsin will need to contain Bates-Diop with an athletic forward like Hayes to keep the promising sophomore in check.last_img read more

Injury-depleted Clippers enjoy a rare lopsided victory with rout of Suns

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed celebrates after making a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. The Clippers won 108-95. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Suns TJ Warren, #12, and Clippers Willie Reed, #35, battle for a loose ball during first half action at Staples Center Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Jawun Evans, left, is fouled by the Suns’ Tyler Ulis during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsClippers Sam Dekker, #7, deflects a pass intended for Suns TJ Warren, #12, during first half action at Staples Center Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Jawun Evans, #1, is fouled by Suns TJ Warren, #12, during first half action at Staples Center Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed, middle, tries to knock the ball away from Phoenix Suns center Alex Len, right, and guard Isaiah Canaan during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Suns TJ Warren, #12, and Clippers Willie Reed, #35, battle for a loose ball during first half action at Staples Center Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers C.J. Williams, #9, looses the ball as Suns Isaiah Canaan, #2, defends during first half action at Staples Center Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Montrezl Harrell, #5, is fouled by Suns Troy Daniels, #30, during first half action at Staples Center Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers DeAndre Jordan, #6, blocks a shot attempt by Suns Marquese Chriss, #0, during first half action at Staples Center Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren, left, dives for a loose ball past Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson, middle, shoots between Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, left, and center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks as Phoenix Suns center Alex Len watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed celebrates after making a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. The Clippers won 108-95. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Suns TJ Warren, #12, and Clippers Willie Reed, #35, battle for a loose ball during first half action at Staples Center Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 13Suns TJ Warren, #12, and Clippers Willie Reed, #35, battle for a loose ball during first half action at Staples Center Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers’ season of sprains, strains and surgeries rolled inexorably onward Wednesday night at Staples Center. This time there was an element of certainty that couldn’t have happened without the presence of the Phoenix Suns.The Clippers looked like a model of stability compared to their opponents, leading from start to finish during a 108-95 victory that was never in doubt after halftime. They led by as many as 25 points and were never in jeopardy in the second half.Austin Rivers scored 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting to lead the Clippers to their first one-sided victory since the opening days of the season, before the injuries began to mount and they began to drop from among a pack of elite teams in the Western Conference.“We don’t even look to see who’s playing,” Rivers said. “We just go play. I don’t even know who’s playing until we do the lineup. Who’s out here with me tonight? So, that’s just the situation that it is. Once you stop paying attention to it and just focus on just hooping, it’s just easier. After a rough start, it seemed easy, almost routine.Phoenix (11-22) was no match for the Clippers (12-18).“I wasn’t even used to it,” Rivers said. “I was sitting on the bench, like, ‘Am I going back in?’”The Clippers started by missing their first four shots before Jamil Wilson capped a fastbreak with a dunk. They sizzled compared to the Suns, who missed their first five shots and were 1 for 9 and down 11-4 when Phoenix coach Jay Triano decided he’d seen enough and called a timeout.Slowly but certainly, the Clippers found their rhythm and eased away from the Suns. By the end of the first quarter, the Clippers increased their lead to 23-15. By halftime, the Clippers led 53-35 and seemed poised for a rare blowout victory in this injury-riddled season.Phoenix played without leading scorer Devin Booker, who had a strained left abductor. Booker averaged 24.3 points before he was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Suns’ loss to the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 5. He’s expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks.Booker might have helped the Suns stay closer after halftime, but they were lost without him on this night. The Clippers refused to be knocked off course while playing their lone home game in a stretch in which they play six of seven on the road.“We’re trying to win as many games as we can right now and hold the fort until Blake and Gallo get back,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, referring to injured forwards Blake Griffin (sprained left knee) and Danilo Gallinari (partially torn left gluteus maximus muscle). “You just hoop.”Rivers scored on a driving layup early in the third quarter and then sank another one on the Clippers’ next possession to extend their lead to 63-41 with 7 minutes, 57 seconds left in the third quarter. The Clippers’ lead slipped from a 25-point edge to 81-66 going into the fourth.Lou Williams added 18 points in a reserve role. DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 20 rebounds as the Clippers warmed up for Friday’s showdown with former teammate Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets. Paul might not play after suffering an abductor strain in Wednesday’s loss to the Lakers.T.J. Warren led the Suns with 22 points.The Clippers ended a three-game losing streak with their ninth consecutive victory over the Suns at Staples Center. The Clippers had lost three in a row after winning three in a row after losing four in a row after winning three in a row after losing nine in a row.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL coaches scheming to ‘weaponize’ new pass interference challenge rule, report says

first_img Raiders’ Jon Gruden on Antonio Brown: ‘I expect a lot more drama’ from him Lions release running back Theo Riddick to make room for Mike Daniels Saints head coach Sean Payton, who led the call for the rule change, doesn’t believe coaches will abuse it.“I don’t think you’ll see more challenges, in fact I think you’ll see maybe less just because you’re going to want to hold on for a bigger call now than just an eight-yard gain,” Payton told reporters this week.The good news is, the PI challenge is only in effect for the 2019 season. NFL owners will then decide whether to extend the rule, or a modified version, to the 2020 season and beyond. Bottom line, according to the report: The “NFL has totally weaponized pass interference.”Enjoy #NFL’s pass interference challenge. I’ve already had some sources admit that:1.) They’re going to explore techniques/plays aimed at drawing defensive pass interference.2.) They assume every team will do the same.NFL has totally weaponized pass interference. Just wait.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 26, 2019Such scheming would certainly violate the spirit of the PI challenge rule. The rule allows coaches to challenge offensive or defensive pass interference penalties or non-calls up until the two-minute warning of either half. Replay officials will be responsible for reviewing plays within the final two minutes and in overtime. Coaches will still have only two challenge flags for a game.It doesn’t seem far-fetched that some coaches might look for ways to “game” the PI challenge. One criticism of the new rule is that reviewing plays in slow motion works to the advantage of the receiver. As four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman noted right after NFL owners approved the rule, “Every defendable pass looks like PI in slow motion.” Melvin Gordon contract: Chargers won’t go over ‘certain number’ in negotiations, report says Consider this: Yahoo Sports reported Friday that coaches are exploring “techniques/plays aimed at drawing defensive pass interference.”And sources told Yahoo “They assume every team will do the same.” Related News The NFL’s new rule allowing coaches to challenge pass interference penalties or even non-calls has seen mixed reviews since being instituted in March.The rule, designed to prevent the type of officiating mistake that marred the outcome of the Saints-Rams NFC championship game, has its fans. But, as with any new rule comes the law of unintended consequences — where a “solution” to one problem creates another, possibly greater problem.last_img read more

B&H Basketball Team Beat Germany in First Round of European Championships in Hungary

first_imgThe Female Junior Basketball Representation of B&H beat Germany with a score of 64:60 in the first meeting of the D Group in the European Championships in the B Division, which is being held in Hungary.The most efficient B&H player was Nikolina Džebo with 22 points, while Andela Delić added 18 points, seven assists and 4 rebounds. Noemie Rouault scored 34 points. In the next match in the group, they will play against Denmark in two das (18:00), and then on 18 August against Belgium, and the last match in the group will be on 19 August against Austria. (Source: klix.ba)last_img

Deadline is tomorrow!: Win $200 with the Pig Shack Barbecue/Sumner Newscow Tournament bracket challenge!

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