Maeva Djadi-Tabdi highlights forwards’ growth in win over Boston College

first_imgMaeva Djaldi-Tabdi doesn’t care that she had two-straight blocks. On the surface, the 6-foot-2 redshirt freshman showed growth by sticking with the play. Weeks prior against Miami, a team that destroyed Syracuse inside with the high-low play of her forwards, Djaldi-Tabdi seemed a step late each time. One move would free the offensive player, and then it would be a free shot at the hoop. But Sunday, in the Orange’s 96-69 blowout win over the Eagles, Djaldi-Tabdi went straight up. She sent Marnelle Garraud’s first layup attempt back. Boston College grabbed the ball off the miss, and when Taylor Soule went back up to the ball, Djaldi-Tabdi swatted it again, then grabbed the rebound with two hands.The crowd cheered. The bench jumped. SU head coach Quentin Hillsman clapped his hands. The Orange went on a 9-2 run and a possible close game became the blowout it was once primed to be. But after the game, Djaldi-Tabdi dodged the opportunity to credit herself.“No. 11 (Emma Guy) scored 30 points. We shouldn’t be able to give that to someone,” Djaldi-Tabdi said. “So blocks are good, but that’s something we have to work on.”In Syracuse’s (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) dominant win over the Eagles (14-10, 3-8), the forward and centers unit headlined by Djaldi-Tabdi — who led the group with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting — showed improvement with its increased intensity on the defensive end and more seamless movement in transition the other way. As SU broke out of its recent shooting slump, the forwards were given more openings on the inside to score. And they did, outscoring the Eagles 52-30 in the paint.Despite 30 points from Guy, the Orange’s defensive unit looked strong down low. Multiple good switches and rotations led to tipped passes and blocked shots. The Orange, who average 4.7 blocks per game as a team, surpassed that mark by the 7:34 mark of the third quarter and finished with six in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think a lot of it just comes from better positioning on the block and in the paint,” Hillsman said.All season long, the Orange have preached the importance of working the ball inside and getting their bigs going in the context of their offensive efficiency. As the Orange missed 109 threes over their past five games, players and coaches said a constant potential remedy was that more scoring and movement comes through the post players. But Miami proved the Orange have more than just an offensive identity inside. Against a powerful forwards group, SU was exposed for its inability to stick with opponents off the dribble. Against Guy and the Eagles, the Orange started off sloppy. There were a multitude of shooting foul calls on the interior and offensive rebounds bounced in the way of Boston College more often than in any other point of the game, giving second chances and more looks at the free throw line.But the intensity picked up, and SU started to find more ways to work inside. Though Guy scored handily on the inside, Hillsman said a large part of that had to do with the defense of its guards. When a guard got beat on the perimeter, it forced Djaldi-Tabdi and others to play the passing lanes, which made the Orange susceptible to a dump-off pass down low. As the game progressed, the passing lanes grew thinner. Djaldi-Tabdi read the defense and rotated to the left side for a steal in the first half, and in the second half she used her outstretched arms to deflect multiple balls out of bounds.She led a group of bigs that ran well in transition and found herself in the right spots often. She received open passes down low, in transition and on the blocks. As the offense started to exploit the Eagles from the outside, SU pushed the ball inside when it was in need of a bucket. The offensive rebounding picked up — even though Hillsman said at 60-plus percent shooting, there weren’t many to grab — with some aggressive play from Digna Strautmane, who had three of the Orange’s six blocks Sunday. When Djaldi-Tabdi checked out in the third, Strautmane gained a rhythm with six points in the frame.“After the first half they were more focused on the shooters. So, that created more lanes for us to drive,” Miranda Drummond said. “… with our post running the floor in transition, we got a lot of points. Just running the floor.”By the end of the contest, Boston College had the most dominant interior player. But, after the beginning SU’s first conference losing stretch exposed the Orange’s forwards need work, SU left with a feeling of growth.“It’s just about keeping balls alive, touching loose balls,” Hillsman said. “I just thought we did a better job second half of just keeping balls alive and just getting bodies on them.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 10, 2019 at 5:51 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Commentslast_img read more

BLAST Pro Series heading to Copenhagen with event broadcast on TV 2

first_imgThe Blast Pro Series will return to Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in November 2018. While CS:GO team Astralis has been confirmed as the first team to join the series.The series has also secured a partnership with TV 2 Denmark to broadcast all BLAST Pro Series events in 2018.CEO and Founder of RFRSH Entertainment, Nikolaj Nyholm, had this to say: “Our goal with BLAST Pro Series is to create the most important and interesting esports tournament from a live perspective, the viewer experience and for everything we create around the events and tournament.”“We are constantly developing the tournament and digital content around it and working with a national broadcaster and digital powerhouse and provider like TV 2 is yet another step in reaching our ambitions to develop and present the best and most engaging esports product out there!”TV 2, a Danish-based subscription channel will host the event on national TV. TV2 Sport, Editor in Chief, Allan Hvid had this to say about the move:”Esport and Counter-Strike is already an established media product, and it is no longer a matter of teaching the viewers or explaining the game to the audience. We strongly believe in the product and the format of BLAST Pro Series, and we will be bringing the Danish audience full coverage on both our Flow TV Channel and digitally. “Talking about how the Pro Series will differ from traditional sports coverage he said: “We’re going to treat the product the same way as any other competitive entertainment and sports; with the same professional standards, respect and level of entertainment as any other major production. We are looking very much forward to including BLAST Pro Series in our portfolio of content and to present esports at it’s best.”Esports Insider Says: BLAST Pro Series clearly feels at home in Copenhagen so it’s great to see it return. The Royal Arena is a great venue for esports and the TV 2 deal will get more esports events into more homes, which is never a bad move.last_img read more

Analysis: As trade rumors and injuries rattle the Lakers, could it cost them the playoffs?

first_imgOAKLAND — For the Lakers, it’s been a week of fielding awkward questions.How do you handle trade rumors? Are they being discussed in the locker room? Have you thought about the possibility of being traded?For the most part, it’s been business-like responses. But perhaps Brandon Ingram put the most honest light on it when he was asked how it made him feel to see his former teammate D’Angelo Russell now an All-Star with the Brooklyn Nets. He called it an “amazing accomplishment,” and then checked off a list of former Lakers – Julius Randle, Larry Nance, Jordan Clarkson – who are doing OK since they’ve left town.“Everybody has different situations of opportunity and doing what they can do on the basketball floor,” he said. “This is up to the players. It’s up to the players whether they can handle it mentally, and come in mentally and physically, and just handle whatever organization they can be at.” The standings crunch is starting to get problematic: The Lakers are in 10th place in the West, a game-and-a-half out of the eighth-place Clippers. But various projections don’t like their odds: Stat site FiveThirtyEight lists them at 15 percent, and ESPN (15.6 percent) and Basketball Reference (12.8 percent) are similarly bleak.As the pressure intensifies, the stakes only get higher. And no matter who the player is, that’s a lot for any Laker to handle.Ingram dealt with more questions as well as he could Saturday night, saying he hasn’t heard much about trade talk in the locker room – whether that can be trusted or not.“We kind of let you guys take care of that end,” he told the media. “We don’t discuss it. Whatever happens, happens. We can only control what we can control.”As the season has gone on, the factors that can be controlled within the locker room are shrinking. And it doesn’t look like it gets any easier from here. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersTo a degree, it is up to the players to have success. But at a critical moment of the season, one on which the Lakers’ playoff hopes rely, the franchise is testing the boundaries of what their players can handle.It was hardly a surprise that the Lakers (27-26) fell to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, as LeBron James rested with lingering soreness from his comeback game. But it was more notable that multiple media reports sprouted up about a postgame confrontation between Coach Luke Walton and several Lakers’ veterans, including JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley, over perceived selfish play.Accounts varied. A report from The Athletic called it a “heated scene,” while ESPN cited several sources who identified it as a run-of-the-mill passionate back-and-forth in the dog days of the season.Anywhere the spat falls on the spectrum, it’s not a stunning development. There’s been a lot of tinder on this fire – one which could cost the Lakers a shot at the playoffs.For one, the Lakers have struggled without James, going just 6-12 when he’s unable to play. At the very moment they seemed to be finding a rhythm without him, with back-to-back wins against the Bulls and the Thunder, Lonzo Ball’s ankle injury caught them off-balance. Since then, the Lakers are just 2-5, and locker rooms are always tougher for losing teams. The unpredictable nature of James’ groin injury (and recovery timetable) hasn’t helped. While it was a relief for many of his teammates to see him on the court Thursday night against the Clippers, many of them said they had no inkling that he was going to play until they arrived at the arena – indeed, the Lakers had declared him “out” for the game the day before. By the same token, several players said they were taken by surprise when they arrived at Oracle on Saturday to learn he would be resting.While Walton said he had discussed the decision with James prior to the game, even he acknowledged some last-minute adjustments with James’ absence.“I thought it probably threw us off a little bit early,” he said. “Just because our pregame shootaround was one game plan, and once we found out he wasn’t going to play we switched some of that. … It took us to time to adjust to what the new game plan was”Add to the pressure cooker that the trade rumors have never been hotter. While players went through some over the summer, as the Lakers were reportedly interested in dealing for Kawhi Leonard, the threat of a trade for Anthony Davis has seemed much more tangible, and they’ve had the added challenge of needing to play through it.About a huge chunk of the roster – including Ingram, Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley – have been able to read their names associated with trade proposals in various reports. The older players, many of whom are on one-year contracts, face insecurity about performing well enough to cash in next summer when nearly half of the league’s talent will face free agency decisions. The younger players face the unpredictability of being ripped from a premier NBA market, the only one they’ve ever known.One of the veterans of trade season, Rondo, said the third- and second-year players are dealing well with the scrutiny so far.“They’re still in the gym working,” he said. “They know at the end of the day they’ll still have a job in the NBA regardless of where it’s at. They’re learning in this league that trade talks happen all the time, and each year that they’ll be in the game, they’ll understand that it’s a business.”The problem for the Lakers is that business is coinciding with a challenging stretch of games. The trade deadline, which will be fraught with speculation about a Davis deal, will be on Feb. 7. Through that time, the Lakers have road games against the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, both top-five teams in the Eastern Conference. If they do make a trade, they’ll likely have to sit out players that are involved in the deal. Even after the deadline, before the All-Star break, they’ll still have to take down the Philadelphia 76ers, who beat them soundly at home, and the Atlanta Hawks, who were a blocked shot away from beating them at home.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Who is J.J. Watt’s wife? Facts about soccer star Kealia Ohai

first_imgA post shared by Kealia Ohai (@kealiamae) on Feb 4, 2018 at 6:39pm PSTWatt and Ohai met each other through Ohai’s sister, Megan, who is married to Watt’s former Texans teammate, Brian Cushing. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram J.J. Watt has been dating Kealia Ohai for four years. The 30-year-old Houston Texans defensive end got married to the 27-year-old soccer star in February.They got engaged last May. You already posted this but I love it so I’m posting it too @jjwattA post shared by Kealia Ohai (@kealiamae) on Aug 16, 2019 at 4:59pm PDTWatt could often be spotted at Ohai’s games in Houston wearing her jersey. He’ll likely do the same with her new team in Chicago.The happy couple officially tied the knot in the Bahamas in a secret ceremony on February 15. Ohai plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League and has also played for the United States women’s national team. Throughout their relationship, Watt and Ohai have been extremely supportive of each other’s professional careers. My guy 💙❤️ @jjwattA post shared by Kealia Ohai (@kealiamae) on Jan 5, 2020 at 1:21pm PST“The rumors are true. We are dating,” Ohai said during an interview on the 2 Up Front Soccer podcast . “I’ve known J.J. for a really long time, and we’ve always been really great friends.” I’m so excited to help celebrate @BlinkFitness’ 100th location opening here in Houston in Spring Branch on Dec 7 from 1:00-4:00 PM! Come hang out with me & check out the new gym. You don’t need to be an elite athlete to be passionate about your fitness. Working out is so important for your mind and body! #BlinkFitnessHits100 #MoodAboveMuscle #AdA post shared by Kealia Ohai (@kealiamae) on Dec 6, 2019 at 11:26am PSTOhai starred on both the soccer and track teams at Alta High School in Utah. She won four straight state soccer championships and ran the 100-meter dash and 4×100 meter relay.Her father named her after Kealia Beach on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram #DTFO 📸- @michaelcxA post shared by Kealia Ohai (@kealiamae) on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:50pm PDTMORE: Watt calls out news station for ‘trash’ headline involving OhaiShe previously played for the Houston Dash from 2014-19.Ohai has achieved success on the soccer field despite being blind in one eye (she was diagnosed with severe astigmatism in her right eye when she was 6 years old). She was teased at school because she wore a patch over her left eye to help strengthen the right one, though it never regained strength.“My depth perception is pretty off,” Ohai told espnW . “A lot of people would say they don’t like to drive with me at nighttime because at night it’s pretty bad. But it’s nothing like I’m tripping over things. I think because I was so young when it happened, I kind of figured out how to live with it.”Ohai played soccer for the University of North Carolina and won an NCAA title with the Tar Heels in 2012. She was the second overall pick of the 2014 NWSL Draft. One of my favs from my @puma shoot in LA! #foreverfaster 🐯⚽️A post shared by Kealia Ohai (@kealiamae) on Aug 13, 2015 at 6:05pm PDTWatt and Ohai went public with their relationship in January 2017 after dating for about a year. View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

Fair worker hospitalized in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters worked to retrieve a person who was trapped on a roof inside the Miami-Dade Youth Fair.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews lowered the victim down from the top of the food stand at the Fair, Monday afternoon.Other workers tried to help that woman. She was then taken to the hospital.Officials have not released her condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img