WBB : Seal the deal: With win over bottom-feeder Seton Hall, SU could ensure NCAA Tournament berth

first_img Comments Ten days of waiting.That’s what the Syracuse women’s basketball team would be saddled with if it loses to Seton Hall on Friday. Ten days full of anxiety, question marks and overall powerlessness as the days inch closer to Selection Monday and the Orange’s NCAA tournament fate.But Kayla Alexander said she won’t let that idea cross her mind.‘Devastating,’ she said of that potential waiting period. ‘That’d be the worst feeling ever. I’m not even going to think about that.’SU (21-8, 9-7 Big East) will hope to avoid that outcome Friday at 2 p.m. when it takes on the 16th-seeded Pirates (8-21, 1-15) in the first round of the Big East tournament in Hartford, Conn. It represents a crucial game for the No. 9-seeded Orange, as a bad defeat could ultimately relegate Syracuse to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament for the third straight season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA win gives SU a chance to knock off eighth-seeded Georgetown (21-9, 9-7) on Saturday at noon and potentially set up a rematch with top-seeded Connecticut at 2 p.m. Sunday.Much of SU’s success this weekend falls heavily on the sophomore Alexander’s shoulders. On Thursday, she was named to the All-Big East first team. And since a home loss to DePaul on Feb. 8, in which the center scored just four points, head coach Quentin Hillsman has made post play the focal point of the Orange offense. And Hillsman said Alexander and junior forward Iasia Hemingway will continue to carry Syracuse in the conference tournament.‘Absolutely it’s going to be the same thing straight through this thing,’ Hillsman said. ‘They’re our two highest percentage shooting starters, so we’re going to continue to put the ball in their hands and let them make plays.’Alexander had a streaky regular season, dominating opponents one game and becoming a forgotten factor in the next. She leads Syracuse in scoring with 14.4 points per contest but failed to hit a field goal in just nine minutes of action when the Orange beat Seton Hall 75-50 on Jan. 8.But in SU’s recent five-game winning streak, which ended Monday in a loss to UConn, Alexander and her frontcourt partner Hemingway powered the team’s offense. Alexander tallied 19.2 points per game in that pivotal stretch, while the junior forward Hemingway averaged 12.2 points.‘They’re rolling,’ senior guard Erica Morrow said. ‘They’re carrying the team. They’re opening up a lot of things for us on the perimeter. … Definitely we’re emphasizing getting the ball in the paint and just letting Kayla just go to work and do the things she needs to do to score the basketball.’The duo started rolling when SU desperately needed wins to improve its NCAA tournament resume. After the loss to DePaul, the Orange had just 16 wins and was 4-6 in the Big East.But Syracuse turned to its frontcourt for wins over conference bottom-feeders Villanova, Providence and Cincinnati and added back-to-back wins over Louisville and St. John’s, now the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds this weekend, respectively.The strategy for the Orange has been relatively simple. Hemingway gets the ball near the free-throw line, where she has the option to drive, kick the ball back out to a guard or dump it down to Alexander in the post. If she chooses the latter, Alexander has one job: get the ball up to the rim.The sophomore center has just one assist through 29 games this year, so she has adhered to her coach’s instructions. Hillsman said it would be a big concern for an opposing coach knowing Alexander will shoot every time she gets the ball inside.‘If I’m coaching against a post player,’ he said, ‘and she’s a 6-foot-4 kid, she shoots in the high 50 percents, you know she’s going to shoot it every time and then you know the team’s going to go rebound it, I think it’s a scary thing. We tell her to get it up on the rim because we feel good about it.’Syracuse is 4-5 when Alexander fails to reach double-digit points. The sophomore still feels her team has something to prove in the Big East tournament. A loss to Seton Hall would be devastating. But a win or two could seal SU’s berth in the field of 64.‘We’ve just got to go out there, play hard, prove that we believe we’re good enough and strong enough to play in the NCAA tournament,’ Alexander said. ‘And to go out there and get some wins and prove to ourselves that we’re able to play at the next level.’zjbrown@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 3, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

FIFA boss arrives in Uganda

first_imgFatma Samba Diouf Samoura is a Senegalese former diplomat and senior executive. She was appointed as the first female Secretary General of FIFA by President Gianni Infantino on 13 May 2016. Previously she worked in various positions at the United Nations. Fatma Samoura (second left) welcomed by FUFA officials VP Mugisha, CEO Watson and Communications chief Hussein. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Fatma Samoura, Secretary General of world soccer governing body FIFA, has arrived in Uganda for a two day visit.Samoura will see first hand the various projects funded by the FIFA and will open the completed extension of FUFA’s new offices.She will visit FIFA funded projects under the FIFA Forward Programme, hold meetings with the new Minister of State for Sports  Denis Hamson Obua, sponsors and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.” I’m delighted to be 1st ever FIFA Secretary Gen to visit your beautiful country. Cannot wait to see what you are doing to develop. Weebale and Asante,” she said in a tweet after arriving at Entebbe International airport.This is the second high-profile visit to Uganda from FIFA in three years, as in 2017 FIFA Gianni Infantino became the first FIFA President to visit Uganda. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Harrison joins Bengals, motivated by Steelers

first_imgBengals linebacker James Harrison speaks during an NFL football news conference, May 14, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Harrison signed with the Bengals as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)by Joe KayCINCINNATI (AP) — James Harrison sat in front of the Bengals backdrop, leaned on his right forearm — the one with “James” tattooed length-wise — and thought about his day.“It’s a change,” he said of his introduction to tiger stripes. “That’s definite. But everything has a reason, and everything happens for a reason. So it’s the reason I’m here.”He’s here to try to get the Bengals their first playoff victory in 23 years.The 35-year-old linebacker left Pittsburgh as a free agent, unable to agree on a restructured contract to help the Steelers get under the salary cap. He chose Cincinnati because it’s been in the playoffs each of the last two seasons and it’s close to his home, which is still in Pittsburgh.Plus, he gets to face the Steelers twice a season as AFC North rivals. Although he has no hard feelings toward the team that helped him become one of the NFL’s best, he hasn’t forgotten how things ended there.It won’t be long before he gets a chance to make his point in person. The Bengals’ home opener is a Monday night game against the Steelers.“I understand it’s a business, so it’s not like I can really take it personally,” Harrison said. “But to say that it doesn’t motivate me in some sense would be a lie.”After he left Pittsburgh, Harrison had to work out for the Bengals, who wanted to make sure he was beyond a knee injury that sidelined him during training camp and forced him to miss the first three games last season. He was in Arizona working out when the Bengals offered a two-year deal last month.Harrison estimated he spends between $400,000 and $600,000 a year to stay as healthy as possible. He said he uses a hyperbaric chamber in Arizona, and has his own staff of acupuncturists, massage therapists and homeopathic doctors.He’ll bring them with him to Cincinnati, where he joined his new team for the first time this week.“I’m still not able to do certain things, but as far as my physical health, I’m able to train a lot harder than I have been over the last two, three offseasons,” Harrison said. “I’m able to do a lot more weight (lifting). I’m able to just do a lot more things that my body physically couldn’t do because of injury, or whatever it may be.”Harrison was the league’s defensive player of the year in 2008. He helped the Steelers win Super Bowls in the 2005 and 2008 seasons.Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season, a streak of futility that’s tied for seventh-longest in NFL history. The Bengals made the playoffs as a wild card team each of the last two seasons but lost to Houston in the opening round both years.Coach Marvin Lewis is 0-4 in the playoffs during his 10 years in Cincinnati.The Bengals return their defense virtually intact from last season, when it finished sixth in yards allowed. Adding Harrison will upgrade a position where they needed some depth. It’ll also bring in someone accustomed to winning playoff games.“He gives you that swagger and that seal,” cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones said Tuesday, after working out at Paul Brown Stadium. “You know when you mail off the letter you make sure you put a stamp on it. Well, he’s the stamp.”Jones spent some time with Harrison reminiscing about their head-to-head encounter in Dallas in 2008, when the linebacker hit him on a punt returned and injured his neck. Jones fell on the ball, and Harrison dived on top of him.“I muffed a punt and he almost killed me,” Jones said. “We talked about it today. That was the first time I hurt my neck, then I re-injured it again when I was here. I told him if he was down (on the field), I probably would have done the same thing.”last_img read more

Lance Klusener believes Rishabh Pant needs to brush aside his flamboyancy in order to…

first_imgAdvertisement 4pjo72NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs82ea8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eeyv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4oj6xyWould you ever consider trying this?😱8poCan your students do this? 🌚83g1Roller skating! Powered by Firework Rishabh Pant will do well to learn from others’ mistakes rather than make his own, according to former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener. In an interview with the PTI, the 48-year-old said that the left hander’s average of 22.90 in ODIs and 21.57 in T20Is doesn’t do justice to the kind of talent he has. Klusener has seen the youngster’s development closely during his tenure as the bowling coach of the Delhi senior team last year.Advertisement The 1999 World Cup’s Player of the Tournament reckons that the flamboyancy the left-hander possesses along with his reckless shot selection is an indication that he is getting ahead of himself.Advertisement “It would hard for me to pinpoint but with a phenomenal talent like that, one always tends to get a bit ahead of himself,” said Klusener, who is currently touring India with the South African team as their batting coach.“He needs to give himself time to get in and that bit of time will allow him to showcase his talent,” he added.Advertisement The Protea all-rounder who played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for his side also claimed that it would be great if Pant can soak in advice from all the great seniors in the Indian set-up.“It’s wonderful to have the talent like Rishabh in the twilight years of MS Dhoni’s career. From an Indian point of view, maybe they should try and get him to contribute more. He has some wonderful coaches and players around him so take their advice but at the same time don’t curb your natural talent,” he advised the young keeper. Advertisementlast_img read more