first_imgA new boxing club will open in the next fortnight in Newtoncunningham as final preparations are made to the facility before it opens.Owner and head coach of the new gym Patrick Sweeney is excited about the new gym and says anyone that has any interest in boxing can attend.Patrick told Donegal Daily, “We’re opening the new gym now in a couple of weeks, and we just want to get the word out there to let people know. “We’re hoping it will be ready to open in the next 2-3 weeks and we’re looking forward to getting the gym open.“Anyone regardless of age can come and train in the gym, as long as there willing to work hard and be disciplined everybody is welcome.The new gym will be located at Unit 1, Main Street, Newtoncunningham.  COMMUNITY NOTICE: NEW BOXING CLUB TO OPEN IN NEWTONCUNNINGHAM was last modified: February 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingCommunity NoticemanorcunninghamNew gymNoticesSportlast_img read more

Barca, Atletico clash in potential title decider as La Liga rolls into week 31

first_imgComments Tags: Spanish La Ligatop Girona vs EspanyolEstadio Municipal de Montilivi, GironaSaturday, 06-04-2019 @2pmAfter a dramatic round of fixtures in midweek, La Liga is back for match-day 31 this weekend and the action kicks off with a Catalan derby between Girona and Espanyol. Just one point separates the two sides heading into this match. Both clubs could do with another win or two to ensure they are playing top flight football again next season.Girona head into this game following back-to-back defeats against Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid. They are only five points above the drop-zone now so they’ve got to be a little bit careful although a win here would really ease the pressure. Including this one, their next four games are all against bottom eight clubs so it’s a critical phase in their season coming up and they could desperately do with improving their poor home record.Espanyol will also be looking over their shoulder somewhat having taken just 2 points from their last 4 games. They have had some tricky fixtures to be fair with all of their last four against top eight sides. The start of their decline from an excellent start this season can be loosely traced back to a 3-1 home loss to Girona in November and they’ll be hoping to avoid losing a Catalan derby for the second straight Saturday here.It’s quite hard to fancy either team for the win. Girona have won just 2 of their last 19 home league games in a really dreadful run that stretches back to this time last year. Playing at Montilivi has offered them no real advantage at all and their hopes here are further hindered by injury concerns over key men Bono and Cristhian Stuani. They are hugely dependent on the latter who has scored over 50% of their league goals this term.Espanyol don’t exactly look like a team that is ready to take full advantage though. They’ve only won one away league game this term and that was against bottom club Huesca way back in October. Since then, they’ve played 13 times on the road in all competitions, drawing 6 and losing 7. Their star striker Borja Iglesias is at least fit and did score in midweek as Espanyol drew 1-1 at home to Getafe.Real Madrid vs EibarSantiago Bernabeu, MadridSaturday, 06-04-2019 @5:15pmReal Madrid head into this Saturday’s game against Eibar hoping to avoid their second defeat in four days. They’ve now lost 9 times in La Liga this term, the same number as their opponents here with the Basque minnows having inflicted one of those losses by virtue of a comprehensive 3-0 win over Los Blancos earlier in the season at Ipurua.A repeat here may be unlikely but Eibar will travel with an element of belief you sense. They’ve had another solid season and moved into the top half in midweek with a 2-1 comeback win over Rayo Vallecano. They have some tricky games coming up but they are in absolutely no danger of going down so there is little pressure on them in this game.That could make them dangerous opponents for a Real Madrid side that look as though the end of the season can’t come soon enough. They sank to a 2-1 defeat at Valencia on Wednesday night having made very hard work of bottom club Huesca last weekend, only winning 3-2 at home thanks to a late Karim Benzema goal.Right now, you have to say Eibar look capable of getting something from this game and at the very least avoiding a heavy defeat. They were dominant against Los Blancos earlier in the season with what was then Santi Solari’s side having no effective answer to their somewhat unique style of play. They’ve only lost 3 of their last 17 games in all competitions and only one of those losses was by more than a single goal so all the indicators are that they will make a game of this.Real Madrid haven’t really improved since Zinedine Zidane’s return. He has made some strange selection calls such as picking his son in goal for the Huesca match and perhaps most bizarrely choosing Marcelo to start in all three games despite the Brazilian having a woeful season. They still have far too many players out of form and backing Eibar +2.0 Asian Handicap looks a solid bet here with the Bernabeu no longer a fortress by any means.Rayo Vallecano vs ValenciaEstadio de Vallecas, MadridSaturday, 06-04-2019 @7:30pmThis Saturday’s showdown at Vallecas is a huge game in both the race for 4th place in La Liga and the battle to stay in it. Rayo Vallecano are running out of chances to pick up a victory that could at least give them hope. Even though it’s a tough one, they almost have to chase three points here against a Valencia side that appears to have all the momentum in the battle for that final Champions League spot.They made it 17 games unbeaten in all competitions on Thursday by beating Real Madrid 2-1 at the Mestalla. The only real challenge for them now is maintaining a push on multiple fronts. They will be expected to beat Villarreal in the Europa League Quarter-Final that starts this coming week and they also have a Copa del Rey Final to look forward to. With at least four teams in the hunt, they are going to have to maintain their form if they are to get 4th place so Marcelino will have to be smart with how he uses his squad.As for Rayo, they just need to put three points on the board and it doesn’t really matter how they do it. They’ve let chances to do that slip in both games since appointing Paco Jemez. They were 1-0 up heading into the final ten minutes last weekend against Betis and 1-0 up at Eibar with an hour gone in midweek. A grand total of one point from those two matches further suggests that they are most likely heading for the Segunda Division.They do at least have a goal in them though. They’ve scored in 77% of their league games this term and 87% of their home matches. That’s pretty good going for a struggling side and both games since the attack-minded Jemez was appointed have produced goals at each end. Backing Both Teams to Score looks to be worth considering here, a winning bet in 80% of Rayo’s home fixtures this term.There is reason to think Rayo can get a result too. Valencia have drawn 53% of their league fixtures this term and they’ve rarely made life comfortable for themselves this season. Up against a team that is fighting for their lives and performed quite well at home last weekend against a decent Betis side.Barcelona vs Atletico MadridEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSaturday, 06-04-2019 @9:45pmThe title race in La Liga this season will either be all over or potentially back on depending on the outcome of this game. Barcelona currently hold a commanding 8 point lead over 2nd placed Atletico Madrid. However a surprise away win here would just make life a little bit interesting heading into the final few weeks of the season.Barcelona would have much rather had pretty much any other opponent here, just four days before their Champions League trip to Old Trafford. That match will be the biggest of their season so far and they are conscious of how recent European campaigns have effectively fallen apart in the away leg at the Quarter-Final stage. Ernesto Valverde won’t risk anyone here that isn’t 100% fit but he should be able to bring Gerard Pique and Leo Messi back in after neither started the remarkable 4-4 draw at Villarreal in midweek.Atletico Madrid had a much more routine outing as they saw off Girona 2-0 at home. They’ve actually responded really well to a dreadful week just before the international break with a 4-0 win at Alaves last weekend also. Therefore they do take momentum into this game and they have no European distraction so they can afford to leave everything on the pitch here.That could be really significant and there does look to be some value in backing the visitors to get a result. Atleti have been written off in some quarters as a side that has lost some of those fighting qualities that made them so successful but they have shown character to bounce back and they are clearly not writing their chances off just yet in this title race. They’ve only lost 4 matches this season in La Liga so it hasn’t been a disastrous campaign and they look set to finish as the top team in the Spanish capital again.Barcelona meanwhile showed their flaws again in midweek. They conceded 4 unanswered goals as Villarreal came from 2-0 down to lead 4-2. Only more magic from Leo Messi and Luis Suarez in the final couple of minutes rescued a point but they won’t get anything like that kind of charitable defending from this Atleti side.They will unquestionably have one eye on Manchester and Ernesto Valverde may even consider resting Suarez here with an 8 point cushion already in place. The truth is a draw would be a decent enough result for Barcelona and even if they lose, they’d back themselves to still win the title.Deportivo Alaves vs LeganesEstadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-GasteizSunday, 06-04-2019 @1pmThis Sunday’s game in Vitoria-Gasteiz sees European hopefuls Alaves play host to mid-table Leganes. The visitors would be just two points behind the Basques were they to win this game and both clubs have had incredible seasons in many respects having both been tipped to struggle to even stay in La Liga this term.Alaves have been in and around the top six for virtually the entire campaign. Abelardo has played down their hopes of European qualification throughout but they remain firmly in the hunt despite a poor week where they’ve suffered defeats to nil against Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, conceding 6 goals in the process. If they are to be serious challengers, they really need to bounce back here with three points from this game.Leganes meanwhile can now really start to plan for another season in the top flight. Mauricio Pellegrino has done a fabulous job since taking over last summer with pretty limited resources. They grabbed a 96th minute winner in midweek to beat Valladolid at home and they now have a huge 10 point cushion on the drop-zone and are in fact closer to the Champions League places than the relegation zone.The value does look to lie with the home team here though. Leganes have been relatively poor travellers overall this season. They’ve lost 60% of their games on the road in La Liga and there could also be some temptation to ease up now they’ve basically achieved their goal for the season which was survival. Their chances here are also hampered by the absence of their first-choice strike pairing with Youssef En-Nesyri injured and midweek match-winner Guid0 Carrillo suspended.Alaves are missing centre-back Guillermo Maripán so they’ll be relieved to see Lega short on options in attack. However otherwise the hosts are basically at full strength and their home record suggests they are capable of getting the job done here. They average of 1.71 points per game in front of their own fans and with 5 of their final 8 matches at home, Alaves can’t be written off just yet in the race for Europe.Getafe vs Athletic BilbaoColiseum Alfonso Perez, GetafeSunday, 07-04-2019 @3pmThis Sunday’s match is another big one in the race for the European places in La Liga, which looks set to go right to the wire this term. Getafe have been in it all season and continue to occupy 4th place despite a slight dip in form. Athletic Bilbao meanwhile are on a real charge up the table and suddenly they look like they have an outside chance of clinching that final Champions League place.Victory here would move them to within a point of Getafe and would secure the superior head-to-head record, which is effectively worth an extra point in the event of a tie. Athletic come into this on the back of three straight wins, the latest being a dramatic 3-2 victory over Levante in midweek. A late penalty from Iker Muniain sealed the win and it’s just 2 defeats in 16 league games for them now since appointing Gaizka Garitano who has done a sensational job.Jose Bordalas has been working wonders for even longer with South Madrid minnows Getafe. If the season was to end now they’d be playing Champions League football next term. However they are 3 without a win heading into this match and they just can’t afford for that winless streak to extend for much longer with a host of sides breathing down their neck now.This is a tough one to call in many respects. Athletic do look capable of getting a result despite their underdog status with the bookies. They are playing with a sense of belief and they’ve been very solid at the back under Garitano conceding just 0.69 goals per game in La Liga since the change in boss. However they are still drawing a lot of games. 43% of their league outings this term have ended level and only Valencia have drawn more than them.Getafe have also drawn 4 of their last 9 games. They are also very tough to break down with an average of just 0.9 goals per game conceded, the third best record in the division. Confidence would have taken a knock following that surprise derby defeat to Leganes last weekend but they bounced back reasonably well with a 1-1 draw at Espanyol in midweek.Real Valladolid vs SevillaEstadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla, ValladolidSunday, 07-04-2019 @5:15pmThere are just 7 games to go in La Liga for these sides after this Sunday’s match and it’s all to play for both clubs. Real Valladolid are in the thick of the relegation scrap and are now only one point above the drop-zone. Sevilla meanwhile are just one point off the Champions League places heading into the weekend action and they need a strong end to the season if they are to snatch 4th.Sevilla’s chances received a major boost in midweek. They beat fellow European hopefuls Alaves 2-0 to move above the Basque side. They’ve taken 6 points and only conceded 1 goal in their 3 games so far under Joaquin Caparrós. He masterminded a late push to seal Europa League qualification last term and is hoping to go one better this time around although with in-form Valencia also in the fight, it won’t be easy.Valladolid meanwhile were dealt a cruel late blow in a week of late drama in La Liga. They conceded a 96th minute goal to lose 1-0 at Leganes on Thursday night. They also conceded relatively late to be held at home by Real Sociedad last weekend so they will feel they’ve missed a couple of decent chances to at least give themselves a bit of a cushion on the relegation zone.With the stakes high for both, it’s hard to see many goals in this game. Valladolid are the division’s lowest scorers. They average just 0.8 goals per game this term while every other team in the division now averages at least one per game. They’ve been relatively solid at the back though and that has contributed to 67% of their games producing under 2.5 goals.With Sevilla now under a more defensively minded coach, that figure looks likely to increase here. All of their three games since sacking Pablo Machin have produced under 2.5 goals and indeed 60% of their away league fixtures this term have done likewise.Celta Vigo vs Real SociedadEstadio Abanca-Balaidos, VigoSunday, 07-04-2019 @7:30pmTwo sides from the north of Spain meet this Sunday as Celta Vigo play host to Real Sociedad at Balaidos. It’s a massive game for the hosts at they look to pull themselves towards safety and it has been a dramatic week already for the Galicians. La Real meanwhile are starting to think about a possible push for Europe so there is plenty at stake in this one.Sociedad claimed a 2-1 victory over Real Betis on Thursday night. It was their first in 6 matches after a tricky run where they’ve struggled with some significant injury problems. They are still 4 points off 7th, which should be good enough for Europa League football, therefore they really need to put a winning run together if they are to seriously challenge over the final 8 games.The main story here though is that of Celta Vigo and particularly Iago Aspas. Having missed virtually all of 2019 to injury and watched his team plummet down the table from the sidelines, Aspas returned last weekend to score twice in a remarkable 3-2 comeback win against fellow strugglers Villarreal. They then let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 at bottom club Huesca in midweek so it has been a dramatic week so far for Fran Escriba’s side.There’s a strong chance we’ll see a few goals again in this match. Celta Vigo are strong going forward but often a complete mess defensively. With Aspas and Maxi Gomez firing the goals in, they’ve netted 1.4 per game this term, the joint 5th best record in La Liga. If Aspas hadn’t missed three months of the season that would be higher still so they have the tools to get themselves out of danger.However at the back Celta make too many mistakes and they’ve let in 1.73 goals per game this term and have let in 5 goals in 2 matches against fellow strugglers over the past week. Sociedad are also just getting back to full strength in the final third with Willian Jose fit again. With Mikel Oyarzabal alongside him, they also have two prolific forward players and they should come targeting three points here as draws are unlikely to fire them to Europe.Levante vs HuescaEstádio Ciudad de Valencia, ValenciaSunday, 07-04-2019 @7:30pmThis Sunday’s game in La Liga is a simply massive fixture for both these teams now following some dramatic action in midweek. Huesca are running out of chances to save themselves and come into this one 7 points from safety. Draws simply aren’t enough for them now and they will view this as a chance to chalk up a victory over a Levante side who have slipped into the relegation scrap.There were plenty of twists and turns involving these sides on Wednesday night. Huesca were up against fellow strugglers Celta Vigo and came from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, only to then concede a late leveller. That came on the back of another cruel blow as they lost late on at Real Madrid last weekend and despite some encouraging displays, it just feels as though the mountain is too steep for Huesca to climb now.They will though fancy their chances here. Levante were flying high in the top six earlier this season but they’ve fallen dramatically over the past couple of months and are now just 3 points outside the drop-zone. They’ve also been in the habit of conceding late goals this week. They let the lead slip twice to draw against Eibar last weekend and then lost 3-2 in Bilbao on Wednesday to a 93rd minute penalty having clawed themselves back from 2-0 down to level the game.Given the weeks these sides have been having, it’s fair to say that we can expect a few goals here. Huesca have clearly reached a point in their season where they’ve decided to just throw all caution to the wind and go for the wins they need to keep themselves in this league. That has contributed to all of their last 5 matches producing goals at each end and three or more in total.To be fair, they’ve been playing some decent football all season and they rank joint 11th for goals scored which tells you they haven’t been quite as bad as the league table suggests. The January signing of Enric Gallego has really given them a presence up top. The 32 year old was playing in the Segunda B this time last year but has enjoyed a remarkable rise and has 18 league goals in 27 starts this season, although most did come before January for Extremadura. Backing Gallego to Score Anytime could be worth considering here.Levante also have a goal in them and actually rank in the top six for goals scored in La Liga this term. However they are now the joint worst side defensively with 1.8 goals per game conceded on average.Huesca are sure to come at them here as a draw doesn’t help them in any way and an open, end-to-end game could be the outcome.Real Betis vs VillarrealEstádio Benito Villamarin, SevilleSunday, 07-04-2019 @9:30pmThe final game this Sunday in La Liga comes from the Benito Villamarin where Real Betis play host to Villarreal. The pressure is really building on Betis boss Quique Setién with the Seville club in some danger of slipping out of European contention after a poor run of results. They will see this as a decent chance to get back on track against strugglers Villarreal but it looks a tougher game than it might have been one month back.Villarreal have finally found a bit of fight and they’ve played some very good football at times over the past week. They scored four unanswered goals to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 advantage against Barcelona in midweek. However once again they failed to see out a game despite holding a two goal advantage. They’ve let 5 points slip from that position this week, having lost 3-2 in a crunch clash at Celta Vigo last weekend.Betis have also taken only 1 point from their 2 games since the international break. Both were away but they’d have expected more from trips to Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad and in truth they needed more with European hopes in danger of slipping away. It’s just 2 wins in 13 matches in all competitions now for the Seville club and it’s looking increasingly doubtful that Setien will remain in charge next term with sections of the Betis fans having already turned on him.The outcome here is tough to call with both sides struggling for consistency. Villarreal are in better form but they seem incapable of handling pressure and seeing games out. Backing there to be a few goals in this game may be the better approach.Defensively Villarreal are still quite poor and 6 of their last 7 games games have produced goals at each end in all competitions. Their last 3 league games alone have produced 17 goals in total and they do seem to be playing with a bit more fluency in midfield and up top now while some of their forwards have finally found a bit of form in front of goal.Betis meanwhile really have to target the win here and they’ve also been involved in some open games of late. 7 of their last 10 in all competitions have seen both teams score, as have 4 of their last 5.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga Betlast_img read more

13 days agoAgent Empacher offers AC Milan Premier League players

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent Empacher offers AC Milan Premier League playersby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Sacha Empacher is in talks with AC Milan about several of his clients.Calciomercato.com says Empacher met with Milan directors yesterday ahead of the January market.During the summit Empacher offered loan deals for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba.Baba is currently on loan with Real Mallorca, while Elneny is on loan from Arsenal at Besiktas.Milan are also interested in Schalke fullback Ozan Kabak, another Empacher has on his books. last_img read more

Video/Photo: Iowa State Crowd Rushes Court After Knocking Off No. 1 Oklahoma

first_imgIowa State fans storm the court after beating Oklahoma.Iowa State Court StormOn the same day they were voted No. 1 in both major polls ,Oklahoma suffered its second loss of the season, 82-77 at the hands of No. 19 Iowa State.And how did the fans in Ames celebrate the big victory? With a huge court storm, how else?Another No. 1 goes down, another court storm https://t.co/s9C2OvR5bO— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) January 19, 2016Shout out to security. Great protection of OU in court Storm pic.twitter.com/vXv9ipdypT— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) January 19, 2016Storm that court! pic.twitter.com/4XTDIyoE8A— Anthony Samuelson (@ajsamuelson) January 19, 2016Storming the court when your team is also ranked? We’re not sure about that. But we do know one thing: the Big 12 is flat-out awesome this year. Every Big Monday game in the conference is must-see TV.last_img read more

Senior track athletes compete for the final time at Ohio State

For the senior athletes on the Ohio State men’s and women’s track teams, the 27th annual Jesse Owens Memorials Track Classic was a last opportunity to compete on their home track and leave their best efforts at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium where their collegiate careers began three seasons ago. All-American senior Christina Manning, who was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week for the ninth time in her career April 2, said the final home meet led to reminiscing upon her career at OSU. “It means a lot. It’s bittersweet actually,” Manning said. “I just get so many memories of when I was a freshman, to sophomore year, junior and right now. I just want to leave something here on this track. So hopefully I have.” Manning won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.06, the ninth best in Division I this season. Manning, senior Madison McNary, sophomore Chesna Sykes and junior Christienne Linton also took home the victory in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 44.55. Senior sprinter Shaniqua McGinnis said that since this was her last home meet, she was glad her relay team, which included McGinnis, freshman Aisha Cavin, freshman Alexandria Johnson and junior Nyjah Cousar, would win the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:45.12. “I just wanted to bring it home as a win,” McGinnis said. “This is my last time running on this track as a collegiate athlete at a meet, so I’m just glad I can bring this win in. It means a lot. To be able to win it like this with the race, it’s something I’ll always remember.” Senior Ashley Galbraith’s high jump of 1.70 meters claimed the win during her final day of competition in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior Maggie Mullen was first in the hammer throw, with a personal record throw of 59.84 meters/196-04, the fifth-best in school history. The men’s team earned wins in six events, including the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays. The Buckeyes competed in the 4×400-meter relay without senior All-American Thomas Murdaugh, and claimed a win with a time of 3:12.66. Interim coach Ed Beathea said redshirt junior Cory Leslie’s performance in the mile run was one of the standout performances for the Buckeyes. All-American Leslie finished first with a time of 4:01.99, the third-best in OSU outdoor history. Senior Dan White finished sixth for the Buckeyes in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.15. Adam Green, a redshirt senior who placed eighth in the men’s one mile run, said he hoped the Jesse Owens Classic will give him the push he needs for the rest of the season. “It’s a great meet, we love having it. We love competing here. Hopefully this will spring me forward for this season,” Green said. In his first meet of the year, All-American senior Michael Hartfield placed second in the long jump with a jump of 7.45 meters. Women’s coach Karen Dennis said seniors play an important leadership role on the team. “This is what I need our senior and our juniors to understand … there’s a significance in beginnings and endings,” Dennis said. “How you begin something is important, as well as how you end something. And that’s what I’ve been trying to impress upon our juniors and seniors. We need you to leave here leaving everything that you can on the track for the team, so that our freshmen and sophomores see how to leave and how to lead when they become juniors and seniors.” The women’s track and field team’s next competition is the Florida Invitational, set for April 20 in Gainesville, Fla. The men’s team will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays April 19-21 in Walnut, Calif., and at the All-Ohio championships in Oxford, Ohio, April 20-21. read more

Ohio State overpowers Michigan State advances to Big Ten tournament championship

CHICAGO-The quest for a Big Ten tournament championship lives on for Ohio State. After routing tenth-seeded Nebraska by 21 points Friday night, the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (25-7) used a second-half surge to eliminate No. 3-seeded Michigan State, 61-58, at the United Center in Chicago. Like he did in a Feb. 24 win against the Spartans (25-8), junior guard Aaron Craft slashed and charged his way to the basket for 20 points-18 of which came in the game’s final 20 minutes. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas added 16 and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross came off the bench and chipped in nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc. It was Craft’s play, though, that ultimately guided the Buckeyes to their seventh straight win since a 22-point loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 17 in Madison, Wis. OSU coach Thad Matta said it’s a evidence of a team playing its best basketball at perhaps the best time. “I think that when we stay connected, both offensively and defensively, when we don’t panic, when things don’t go well-I think we can play with anybody in the country,” said Matta, who improved to 7-0 in Big Ten tournament semifinal games. “I mean, to win whatever we’ve won in a row right now in this league and some of the things we’ve had to do, I think that’s probably the thing that I’m most proud of. And we’re not done yet-I know that. But as I told them when our backs were against the wall, you’ve answered the call for a while here.” And, rather coincidentally-perhaps even bizarrely-OSU will play the Badgers Sunday for the conference’s tournament championship. But it might’ve not been that way if not for Craft. “He got his shot going, really. And when he gets his shot going, he’s impossible to stop,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “He got to the middle, hit some jump shots, hit his threes. The defense couldn’t guard him after that.” But before that, the game’s first act unfolded in a manner fitting of a heavyweight bout featuring two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll. OSU and MSU traded 3-point shots before Tom Izzo’s squad mobilized its attack away from the perimeter and closer to the basket. There, the Spartans, led by senior forward Derrick Nix, bullied sophomore center Amir Williams en-route to 20 points in the paint in the first half. Nix, who finished the day with 17 points, spent the period posting up Williams before rolling past him to lay the ball in overhead. The veteran’s ability to control the glass helped the Spartans withstand a half that saw the lead change six times by no more than six points. “They’re always a physical team for us,” Scott said. “They got a lot of big athletes, so we just know we got to match their physicality.” For some time, it appeared the Buckeyes would struggle to do that. While MSU found traction underneath the basket, OSU struggled to find a similar footing and opted to continue a 3-point barrage that connected 36 percent of the time. But without a solid presence in the paint, the Buckeyes struggled to do much of anything else, as Thad Matta’s crew shot just 34 percent from the floor-including a 4:26 scoring drought to end the first half. MSU headed into the game’s intermission with a 29-28 advantage, but it didn’t last long. Behind largely the play of Craft, the Buckeyes quickly rallied past their one-point deficit and flipped the script on the Spartans in the paint, tallying a 14-6 advantage in the second half. “I think we really focused on trying to keep them out of the paint, we knew they were going to try and go in there all game like the first two times we played them,” Scott said. “We made it a part of ourselves to keep (them) out of there.” On the other end of the floor, rather than sniping from afar at MSU’s veneer, OSU started started to attack it from within. “I think we just needed to have that better understanding of what’s a good three and what’s a three we can pass down to maybe get another pass and really try to find ways to get into the lane,” Craft said. “At times we have really good spacing that really opens up avenues and lanes for myself and others to drive in, and those are good threes, kind of outside looking in type threes, and knock down some pull-ups.” That blueprint Craft articulated after the game was nearly identical to the one executed about 30 minutes earlier. After a shaky outing in the first half, OSU finished the day shooting 42 percent and 29 percent from the 3-point line. Aside from their ability to outscore the Spartans in the paint in the second half, perhaps most notable was how the Buckeyes helped force 12 MSU turnovers while limiting their own miscues to five. And in a game that ultimately came down to clock’s last seconds, OSU outscored the Spartans in points off of turnovers, 11-0. At the 11:42 mark of the second half, the Buckeyes established a lead it would not surrender. But it didn’t stop the Spartans from trying to reach their second-straight Big Ten tournament championship game. After falling behind as many as eight points down the game’s stretch, MSU would cut the Buckeyes’ advantage to four thanks to a 3-pointer from Spartan junior guard Keith Appling with 2:52 to play. A minute later, Nix would complete a three-point play after being fouled on a layup to pull within one. On the ensuing possession, though, Nix was whistled for a flagrant foul on Craft. The junior guard made 1-of-2 free throws to extend the Buckeyes’ lead, 58-56. Still with the ball, a line-drive jumper from Thomas with 18 seconds to play would all but seal OSU’s second win against MSU this year. It’s why Scott said the Buckeyes have confidence in their leading scorer-even when he’s having what could be deemed an off day. “The thing about Deshaun is like he could miss two or three shots but we know-we trust him enough to make the next shot,” he said. Now, said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., OSU’s attention turns to the team that last defeated it. “I’m kind of mad and pissed off that we lost like that at their home,” he said. “So now that we get another crack at them, it’s game on.” OSU is set to play Wisconsin for the Big Ten tournament championship Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. read more

Bale torn between two big offers

first_imgGareth Bale’s uncertain Real Madrid future has taken another turn after it was reported that the Welshman is now torn between two offers, reports El ConfidencialAfter his heroic brace for Real in last weekend’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev, a frustrated Bale confessed his disappointment at being left on the bench by Zinedine Zidane once more in what was undoubtedly the club’s biggest game of the season.After being named the man-of-the-match for his display, Bale revealed that he will be considering his future at Real with his representatives this summer.“I need to be playing week after week and that has not happened this season for one reason or another, I have to sit down and discuss my future with my agent,” he said.“Obviously I am disappointed that I did not start, so the best I could do has been to take a step forward and make an impact, and that’s what I did.”However, one stumbling block that the 28-year-old will have to deal with is that Real will now no longer consider offers for their former world record signing that are below €150m after his match-winning display in Kiev.Reports in the Spanish media have suggested that these two clubs will likely pursue a deal for Bale this summer:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho is a known long-term admirer of the Welsh winger and made it clear last summer, before a friendly match against Real in the United States, that Bale was a priority for him.The Red Devils are determined in getting their man this summer and are reportedly set to make Bale the highest paid player in the Premier League for €35m a year.Bayern MunichThe Bundesliga champions have shown a great interest in the out-of-favour Real player and it is understood that Bale would appreciate the more private kind of life he would be able to enjoy in Germany compared to England, where he would be heavily pursued and reported on by the media on a daily basis.A potential move may happen with Robert Lewandowski going the other way.last_img read more

Next few months will be an exceptional challenge – Southgate

first_imgEngland national team head coach believes the next set of international games are very crucial to the country as they find themselves in a bit of a rut.The Three Lions’ are in midst of a three-match losing streak for the first time since 1988 following the loss to Spain and World Cup defeats in the third-place play-off to Belgium and semi-final to Croatia.And are expected to make wholesale changes for the friendly against Switzerland on Tuesday, but face a doubleheader next month away to Croatia and Spain in the Nations League.Southgate says the next three months will be an “exceptional challenge” and “will tell us exactly where we stand”. The former England defender is yet to extend his contract beyond Euro 2020,“Well, first and foremost, I am 100 per cent focused on this job, nothing else,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.“I am under contract, I have two years.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You know that leads to a European Championship, which we have games at Wembley, which is going to be a brilliant experience. That is my pure focus.”“I know absolutely what comes with the job so anything that suggests there’s a problem with what surrounds the job, and the focus and attention of it, absolutely no problem at all.”“I want to be in games that matter.”“I believe I’ve been through an experience that is as pressured as you’re ever going to face at any club or international team in getting through a World Cup, so I’m totally comfortable with that, and what’s beyond that is to be decided.”“For me, I’m under contract, I’m enjoying the role, I love the challenge of it and that’s it really.”last_img read more

Runner Begins His Journey From The Kenai Peninsula To Key West Florida

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An ultra marathon runner began his journey from the Kenai Peninsula to Key West, Florida. Pete Kostelnick departed just after 5am., from Anchor Point, on July 31. Kostelnick kicked off day three this morning and left Cooper Landing for what he says will be the longest stretch of Ke2Key. Kostelnick ran from Soldotna to Cooper Landing yesterday for day two of the “KetoKey” for a total of 49.5 miles: “Well, it was a rough landing into Coopers Landing indeed, but the views of the Kenai River kept me overwhelmingly calm.”Self supported means not accepting aid from others, and resupplying along the route all on his own. There are a few variations of how this is defined, but his hope is to stay as true to “self supported” as possible. Kostelnick will be pushing all of his gear in a stroller along the entirety of his journey. Kostelnick is the first person to ever attempt to run self supported from Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula to Key West, Florida. The total miles will be roughly 5,300, averaging approximately 50 miles per day. last_img read more