TweetPinShare0 Shares RALEIGH, N.C. – Mercer’s seniors carved up all those high-school All-Americans from Duke. Another double-digit seed — Tennessee — pounced on bewildered Massachusetts right from the tip and never let up.Upsets? Maybe.Flukes? No way.“Everybody was calling us underdogs,” Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said. “I told them before we ran out, ‘Let’s be super dogs.’”In the game of the tournament so far, 14th-seeded Mercer knocked off third-seeded Duke 78-71 on March 21 before the 11th-seeded Volunteers — perhaps with a jolt of momentum from their First Four victory — rolled past UMass 86-67.Some semblance of order was restored in the evening session, though Coastal Carolina threw quite a scare into top-seeded Virginia, going up by 10 points in its attempt to become the first No. 16 seed to take down a No. 1.The Cavaliers regrouped and beat the Chanticleers 70-59.The Duke team that the Cavs beat in the ACC title game a few days earlier? Nowhere near as fortunate.Mercer — which comes from the Atlantic Sun Conference, the league that produced 2013 tournament darling Florida Gulf Coast — reeled off 11 straight points during the late 20-5 run that gave the Bears a double-figure lead on a Duke team that entered with legitimate Final Four hopes.And they did it with precision and poise, not with any fluky shots or cheap tricks.Forget simply making the extra pass. These Bears routinely made one more than that, and it often led to a basket — such as the quick, around-the-horn ball rotation that set up the 3-pointer from Anthony White Jr. that made it 63-all with just under 3 minutes left.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called that “the biggest shot of the game” because “we played really good defense on that, and they showed the maturity that they have where they, all of a sudden, they can look at all their options, and he was it.”That might have been it for Duke stars Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, both of whom project as lottery picks in the NBA draft. They were a combined 6 of 24 for 20 points — 14 fewer than they average together — and neither was ready to declare his future intentions.What Mercer had in shock value, Tennessee matched in sheer one-sidedness.The Volunteers claimed their most lopsided NCAA tournament win in seven years with their 19-point thumping of UMass. That earned them a third-round rematch with Mercer, which beat Tennessee in last year’s NIT.“They beat Duke,” the Vols’ Jeronne Maymon said. “They can beat anybody.”Jarnell Stokes scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Tennessee, which shot 54 percent and led by 20 before halftime.The Volunteers have won seven of eight with the only loss in that span coming to No. 1 overall seed Florida in the Southeastern Conference tournament. They beat Iowa in a First Four matchup two nights earlier.“They understand and I guess they realize when you defend at the level we’re capable of defending at, these are the results behind it,” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said.Memphis became the day’s first favorite to win in Raleigh when the eighth-seeded Tigers held on to beat No. 9 seed George Washington 71-66 in an East Regional game.Coach Josh Pastner’s team never trailed, but couldn’t push its lead past 10 despite holding GW to 2-of-12 shooting from 3-point range and getting 19 points from Michael Dixon Jr., the American Athletic Conference’s sixth-man of the year.The Tigers are halfway toward reaching the goal set by guard Geron Johnson. After Memphis was knocked out of the AAC tournament last week — and before he knew who the opponents might be — Johnson guaranteed his team would win two games in the NCAAs.To make that happen, they’ll have to go through the Cavaliers.Virginia trailed 35-30 at halftime before displaying the form that had carried them to the program’s first No. 1 NCAA tournament seed since the days of Ralph Sampson. The Cavaliers shot 65 percent (13 for 20) in the second half while locking down on the Chanticleers, holding them to 32 percent (8 for 25).The game was tied with about 9 minutes left before the Cavaliers took control with a 23-7 run.“Everybody was pointing fingers at halftime,” said reserve Anthony Gill, who scored 17 points. “But in the second half, we really just decided to play for each other like we’ve been doing all year. If we do that, it’ll pay off.”(Joedy McCreary, AP Sports Writer)
Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tearsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior has explained his tears after scoring in victory over Osasuna.Vinicius says he cried as being injured it had been a “little difficult” for him to rediscover the form of last season.He said, “I cried because after my injury it was a bit complicated. It was taking a long time to play as before. I was not so happy. “Today I was calmer and nothing better than before a derby. After so many games, I had never been so many without scoring. “I am delighted to have scored again.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Canadian media personality Mike Bullard is seen in this undated photo. (Mike Bullard / Facebook) Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Comedian Mike Bullard facing three new chargesThree new charges have been laid against Toronto comedian Mike Bullard who has faced past allegations of stalking and harassment.Toronto Police arrested the former talk show host on Wednesday, laying breach of recognizance and attempt to obstruct justice charges. Police declined to elaborate on the nature or circumstances of the charges. READ MORE Police arrest comedian Mike Bullard and lay 3 new charges against himComedian Mike Bullard’s legal troubles worsened this week after Toronto police laid three new charges against him.The former TV and radio talk show host was arrested and charged Wednesday with two counts of fail to comply with previous bail conditions and attempt to obstruct justice.A bail hearing was held Thursday at the College Park courthouse where Ontario Court Justice William Wolski released Bullard on $10,000 bail. READ MORE
Add New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s name to the ever-growing list of people who consider themselves Ohio State fans. Or, at least, that’s the way his daughter sees it. Assistant women’s lacrosse coach Amanda Belichick, 27, said her father has become an OSU fan since she started coaching at OSU. She said it helps that her father also has close ties to OSU football coach Urban Meyer and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, now the defensive line coach at OSU. Many of her father’s former assistants have moved toward the college ranks. “I think with Bill O’Brien going to Penn State, he’s (her father) spreading his wings in the college world,” she said. “It’s great to see that Patriots connection out here.” While her father is known for being rather short with the media, Amanda Belichick, a graduate of Wesleyan University, spoke candidly about growing up as the daughter of an NFL coach. “People give him a hard time for not divulging too much information, but that’s, you know, not his job,” Amanda Belichick said. Growing up as the daughter as one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, one might assume that coaching would be a natural progression for Amanda Belichick. “I have a lot of memories of watching him breakdown film and drawing out plays and analyzing a game plan,” she said. But she said she hadn’t even considered coaching until after graduating from Wesleyan University in 2007 when she took a job coaching high school lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey at a boarding school in Connecticut. “I worked in the admissions office and it was kind of my full-time job,” she said. “What I loved about that job, and coaching was such a small part of it, was the coaching.” She stuck with lacrosse because it was something that she had been around her entire life. “We’ve always been a lacrosse family,” she said. “It’s been my passion, it’s one of his (her father) passions.” Amanda Belichick followed coach Alexis Venechanos to OSU from the University of Massachusetts where the pair helped lead the Minutewomen to an Atlantic-10 championship in 2010. Now that she is in coaching, having an NFL head coach for a father does have its advantages, she said. “I’ve really had an opportunity to work with him and talk about preparation and really evolve the way I prepare for my own, whether its practice or evaluating ourselves or evaluating our opponents,” she said. “Those are things that I’ve really been able to take from him.” But Amanda Belichick said her and her father’s relationship goes beyond coaching. “There are a lot of things that are personal that have nothing to do with sports that we can connect on,” she said. These topics include things like movies, books and a passion for history, she said. Amanda Belichick joked that during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, she can only reach her father in the very early morning or very late at night. She said during a week like this she understands he’s busy and never tries to hold him up. When the ball is kicked off Sunday from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Amanda Belichick said she will be watching with the same nervous excitement that she watches all her father’s big games with. “You want the best for your father and you want to see him be successful,” she said. “I know how hard he works. To see him go out and win games is great.” The Patriots organization and the OSU women’s lacrosse team did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The Patriots and New York Giants will play in Super Bowl XLVI at 6:30 p.m., Sunday. Tight end Jake Ballard and center Jim Cordle are both former Buckeyes and are on the Giants’ active roster.
Pablo Zabaleta insists he is not considering retirement anytime soon, despite being out of contract at West Ham this summerThe 33-year-old defender continues to be an integral member of the West Ham squad after starting 12 of their 16 Premier League matches this season.But Zabaleta’s future at the London Stadium is in doubt with the Argentine out of contract with West Ham at the end of the season.The former Manchester City star recently confessed that a move to the Middle East would be an attractive option for him.However, for now at least, Zabaleta plans to remain focused on the present.“I don’t know,” replied Zabaleta on Sky Sports, when asked about a contract renewal at West Ham.“The main thing for me is to keep enjoying my football, I’m so happy to be part of the West Ham family.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I know I’m not getting any younger but I still feel alright, I’m playing in every single game and physically I feel good.“We will see at the end of the season what the best decision is for me, the club, for everyone, but at the moment I don’t want to think about this, I just want to enjoy playing games. The main thing is to have a good season with the team.”Although the two-time Premier League winner is adamant he will not be heading into retirement.He added: “No, I’ll be 34 in January and I love football so much. If I continue playing in every game it means I can go for a few more years.“When you are in your 30s you cannot think about long-term, that is the only thing, but I’m not thinking about retirement.“If I can go for another few years I do will 100 per cent because I’ve got so much love for football.”
German midfielder Emre Can has given his verdict on the differences between teams in the Serie A and Premier League.Emre spent four years at Liverpool, where he managed 14 goals and 12 assists in 167 appearances, before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer.The 25-year-old has since gone on to feature regularly at Juventus this season and he’s now disclosed that the main difference between teams in Italy and England lies in their tactical approach.“I think here in Italy the teams are better tactically, [but] I think the football in England is maybe quicker but here it is sometimes very difficult to score a goal,” Emre told Sky.“It was not always easy for me my first few months here in Italy because I had a few problems and then the surgery, now I feel better really because I play a few games.“I need to get used to the football here in Italy. I feel in good shape and ready to go.”The Germany international took the opportunity to praise team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for the impact he’s made both on and off the field at Juventus.Emre also hopes to win the Champions League alongside the Portuguese star after coming so close at Liverpool last season, where they lost 3-1 to Ronaldo’s Real Madrid at Kiev in the final.“Every footballer wants to play with Cristiano, he’s a big, big player and off the pitch he’s a great guy,” said Emre.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“You can always talk to him, you can learn from him a lot and I think he gives a push to the team.”He added: “Last year, I lost the final but this year I want to win it, with him together of course.“I heard a lot of times this year when we played, they [fans] want to win the Champions League. I think the fans are really looking forward for it and really want to win it.“Of course everybody say you will win the Serie A but it’s very difficult and the last seven years Juventus won it, this year the eighth time and it’s not always easy, we have to train every day hard.”Emre, who has made 21 appearances for Juventus this season, will hope to help get the club back to winning ways at Sassuolo on Sunday in the Serie A.Massimiliano Allegri’s side are looking to bounce back following a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and a 3-3 draw against Parma last weekend.A busy 2 weeks ahead with 4 games! Hard work and preparation is 🔑⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#EC23 #iCan #WeCan #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/iz9ANG0Qhv— Emre Can (@emrecan_) February 5, 2019
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump boards Air Force One before departing from Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey over the weekend. Trump is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, among other heads of state, at the G-20 summit.President Trump arrives in Poland on Wednesday afternoon. Over the next few days, he’ll be attending a Group of 20 summit and meeting with a wide array of world leaders.It’s likely none of those meetings will be more closely scrutinized than Trump’s first face-to-face sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Trump has often said he would like to see closer ties between the U.S. and Russia. But that has been complicated by Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.Throughout the campaign, Trump routinely praised Putin as a strong leader, often contrasting him with then-President Barack Obama.“I think in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A, and our president is not doing so well,” Trump told Bill O’Reilly of Fox News in 2015.Now that Trump is in office, national security adviser H.R. McMaster says, he has pursued a two-track approach with Russia: looking for areas in which the two countries can cooperate, while confronting the Russians for their bad behavior around the world.It’s a mixed message, and Trump himself has tended to highlight the cooperative part.“They’re a very powerful nuclear country and so are we,” Trump told reporters at a news conference in February. “If we have a good relationship with Russia, believe me, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.”Meanwhile, confronting the Russians has largely been left to others in the administration. After a chemical weapons strike in April by Russian ally Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson complained that U.S.-Russia relations had hit a low point. Trump retaliated for the attack by launching a volley of cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. And Tillerson accused Russia of failing to enforce Syria’s chemical weapons agreement.“It is unclear whether Russia failed to take this obligation seriously or if Russia has been incompetent,” Tillerson told Group of Seven foreign ministers. “But this distinction doesn’t much matter to the dead.”Russia also continues to draw international criticism for its occupation of Crimea, its ongoing interference in Ukraine and its political meddling in the U.S. and elsewhere.“You have seen me bash Russia on Ukraine,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 28. “You’ve seen me bash Russia on Syria. You’ve seen me call out Russia if we see any sort of wrongdoings by Russia. And, yes, I do think Russia meddled in our elections. And, yes, I’ve said that to the president.”It’s that last charge that makes Trump’s meeting with Putin especially fraught. The president continues to challenge the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the U.S. election to boost his chances of winning. And he fired the FBI director who was investigating possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.A day after that firing, Russian agencies shared photos of an apparently chummy meeting Trump held in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. That makes the optics of this Putin meeting especially important.“It’s not going to be good for the president’s standing back at home if the pictures that come out of that meeting have a smiling, jovial President Trump yukking it up with President Putin the same way that you had the pictures come out of the Oval Office with President Trump and Foreign Minister Lavrov,” said Steven Pifer, a retired foreign service officer who oversaw Russian affairs for the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.Many members of Congress want the Trump White House to adopt a tougher stance on Russia. Last month, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Moscow and make it harder for the White House to relax existing penalties.Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution says that even if Trump wants to forge a more cooperative relationship with Putin, political pressures in the U.S. leave him little room to maneuver.“Trump can’t afford to put out any new ideas that he and Putin could engage on, because it’s going to seem like he’s just beholden to Putin or he’s still in Putin’s pocket,” O’Hanlon said. “So he’s got to make a pretty firm statement in this meeting of being frustrated and angered by Russia’s behavior.”In his February news conference, Trump acknowledged it might not be possible to build a better relationship with Russia, but he blamed that not on Russia’s conduct, but on the news media’s.“The false, horrible, fake reporting makes it much harder to make a deal with Russia,” the president said.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Kolkata: A century-old athletic club in central Kolkata’s maidan area was reduced to ashes after a fire broke out on Monday morning, police said. The cause of the blaze, which erupted at Wari Athletic Club around 5.40 am, is yet to be ascertained, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said, adding, four fire tenders were pressed into service. The fire was brought under control by 6.10 am, he said. “It can be a result of a short circuit. We are trying to find out the actual reason,” the officer said. An attendant of the club suffered minor injuries due to the blaze and has been taken to hospital, police said. “The fire damaged the entire club tent. The trophies, kits of players, documents, television sets… everything was gutted,” Wari Athletic Club’s general secretary Prabir Chakraborty told PTI.