Panthers can make ACC statement against Duke

first_imgPittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson, left, drives the ball to the basket and past Maryland’s Nick Faust in the second half of an NCAA collegePITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon has his team well drilled.The next game is the most important of the season, regardless of what name is stitched across the front of the jersey.Still, junior guard Cam Wright allows things will be different Monday night when the 20th-ranked Panthers face No. 18 Duke.Thought Pitt has already swept Maryland and won on the road at Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, Wright is well aware that walking onto the court and seeing Mike Krzyzewski will be borderline surreal.“Looking down to my left and seeing Coach K on the sideline, I don’t even know how to explain it,” Wright said. “That will be a pretty remarkable moment I guess.”One that will make the somewhat emotionally painful transition – though financially lucrative – move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference worth it. Tickets were going for as much as $1,200 on the secondary market on Sunday afternoon, good enough to pay for season tickets and then some.“People have been talking about it, about tickets,” Dixon said. “It doesn’t really bother me but my assistants have been a little flustered.”Maybe, but it hasn’t translated on the court.The Panthers (18-2, 6-1) were Big East royalty for much of the millennium before moving to the ACC. While the destinations on their conference road trips have changed. The results have not.Pitt’s only loss in league play so far is to fellow Big East ex-pat and No. 2 Syracuse, which says something about the state of the Panthers’ new home. The ACC hasn’t quite looked like the ACC through the season’s first three months. That includes the Blue Devils (16-4, 5-2), who have already lost on the road to Notre Dame and Clemson.It doesn’t get any easier for Duke, which travels to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Two losses would all but take the Blue Devils out of the conference title race by the first week of February.The Panthers, however, refuse to call the Blue Devils vulnerable, or anything else really. Dixon has praised his team’s ability to remain focused on the task at hand. On Saturday, it was finding a way to beat Maryland for the second time in three weeks.If Pitt was caught sneaking around the corner at Duke, it didn’t show. Lamar Patterson continued his breakout season by scoring 28 points as the Panthers kept the Terrapins at a safe distance the entire second half.Duke and star freshman Jabari Parker will present a starkly different challenge, though it hasn’t really mattered who Pitt has played at home this season. The Panthers are unbeaten and largely unchallenged at Petersen Events Center, where they are 12-0 this season.That mark includes a 76-43 dismantling of Clemson last week in which Pitt recorded an assist on 24 of 27 field goals. It’s that kind of selflessness that led Maryland coach Mark Turgeon to call the Panthers “one of the best teams I’ve ever coached against.”It’s a compliment Pitt takes in stride because, well, that just what the Panthers do.After building the program into one of the nation’s elite by becoming one of the toughest defensive teams in the country, Pitt has adapted to decidedly less physical ACC by pulling a switcheroo. Where the Panthers used to plod, now they soar. Pitt is second in the ACC behind Duke in points per game (76.3) and first in field goal percentage and assists.The Panthers are winning with style. Do it on national television on Monday night and they’ll no longer by outliers in a new-look conference. They’ll be front-runners, just like they planned.“We’re excited but we’re not looking at it as we’re playing Duke next,” Wright said. “We’re looking at it as a game on our schedule and a roadblock that we have to get past.”___AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg in College Park, MD contributed to this report.last_img read more

Oceania 7s Champs to stay in Fiji

first_imgPhoto: Oceania Rugby Fiji celebrate winning the 2016 Oceania 7’s title The men’s and women’s tournaments were hosted at ANZ Stadium in Suva last December and will both return to the Fijian capital until at least 2019.A record 21 teams are set to contest the 2017 Championships, including 13 men’s teams and eight women’s sides.New Zealand will also enter teams in both the men’s and women’s competition for the first time in three years.The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Bale Tuitubou, said the Fiji Government was delighted to secure hosting rights for another three years.”We see this as building on the outstanding success of our rugby teams in the Olympic Games last year and supporting the bid by the FRU (Fiji Rugby Union) to host a leg of the Sevens Series here on our doorstep,” he said.”We hope that home ground advantage will help our teams out-perform all our visitors, including the defending Olympic women’s rugby champions”.Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor thanked the Fiji Government for its support and said hosting the Oceania event will boost the country’s chances of hosting a World Series leg in the future.”With FRU’s announcement that it will be bidding for a leg of the HSBC World Sevens from 2020, the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship will give our country a great opportunity to build our hosting credentials over the next three years,” he said.”And our players will relish the chance to compete against world class teams in front of a home crowd.”The tournament will be held in early November, a month before the start of the new World Sevens Series in Dubai.last_img read more

Heavyweights to clash in Champions League QFs

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP):The road to a Champions League record for Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will go through his old club – defending champions Real Madrid.When Ancelotti fulfilled Madrid’s quest for the “Decima” – a record-extending 10th European Cup title – in 2014, he joined a select group of five coaches to win the competition with two different clubs. He also coached AC Milan to two Champions League titles.Ancelotti’s new team will host his previous club in Munich in the first leg of the quarter-finals on April 12. The return match will be played in Madrid six days later.”Matches against Real are obviously special for me,” Ancelotti said. “It’ll be exciting for me to go back to Madrid.”Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was Ancelotti’s assistant for the 2014 title, and won a Champions League of his own last May to cap his coaching debut season.”Our relationship is like that of a master and apprentice,” Zidane said.FINAL REMATCHAlso in yesterday’s draw, Barcelona will meet Juventus in another heavyweight clash – a rematch of the 2015 final, while Champions League newcomers Leicester will face Atletico Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund will take on Monaco.The first legs will be played on April 11-12, with the return matches on April 18-19.Madrid and Bayern have combined to win 16 European titles and both currently lead their national leagues. One club, however, will end its recent streak of reaching the Champions League semi-finals for five straight years.Former Madrid players now with Ancelotti include Xabi Alonso from the 2014 champions. One-time Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos now lines up alongside Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.Barcelona won their fifth European title two years, beating Juventus 3-1 in Berlin, in coach Luis Enrique’s first season with the club. A Champions League final on June 3 in Cardiff, Wales, would be Luis Enrique’s final match before leaving the club.Juventus did oust Barcelona in the quarter-finals in 2003, en route to one of their competition-record six losing finals – against a Milan team coached by Ancelotti 14 years ago.Leicester are making their debut in the competition, and are the only team in the draw which have never played in a Champions League final. But Leicester and Atletico have played before. The Spanish club eliminated Leicester in the first round of the UEFA Cup in 1997.THE DRAWJuventus vs BarcelonaBayern Munich vs Real MadridDortmund vs MonacoAtletico Madrid vs Leicester Citylast_img read more

Kings open title defense vs vengeance-seeking Bolts

first_imgView comments MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “It will be tougher,” guard LA Tenorio said. “First, because they are highly motivated, No. 2 is because of the addition of Ranidel, third is (Chris) Newsome and Baser (Amer) have improved a lot and the last is because Durham is Durham.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours And after suffering the franchise’s bitterest defeat last season, Meralco feels that it has some unfinished business when it starts clashing with the Gin Kings in the 7 p.m. series opener at Quezon Convention Center here, as Norman Black tries to fulfill a goal of putting a winning tradition in the latest stop of his storied coaching career.“It’s going to be tough, and it’s going to be rough,” Cone, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said of the season-closing title series where the Kings are expected to ride their advantage in size all the way against an opponent he described with so much respect.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We couldn’t have picked a higher quality opponent,” Cone went on. “They have all the bases covered. That’s the challenge for us there. We are bigger, yes, but they also have the size and the balance. They can play the pace they want to play.”Meralco topped the elimination round and swept a formidable Star crew in the Final Four, giving the Bolts three days more rest than the Kings. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLUCENA—It’s going to be size versus versatility, great imports ranged against each other, brilliant Grand Slam-winning tacticians seeking to improve their legacies, and crowd-darlings going up against probably the most under-appreciated side in the PBA.But no matter how one splices it, the best-of-seven series for the Governors’ Cup title promises to be the best one for the season, with Barangay Ginebra seeking to win a second title under Tim Cone without needing a last-second three-pointer to do it.ADVERTISEMENT But Black was quick to dismiss the extra rest as a factor in this long series, and has instilled in his charges that, after making the Finals last year and failing to forge a Game 7 after Justin Brownlee hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, only winning this one would complete their journey.“We now have the experience,” said Black, who completed a Triple Crown sweep with San Miguel in 1989 and won titles with defunct Sta. Lucia and Talk ‘N Text before taking this job at Meralco. “The next goal for us is to win the championship (this time).”Brownlee made that triple in the face of Allan Durham last year, and though the Meralco import has repeatedly said that it’s all behind him now, Durham said that memories of that painful loss still haunt him to this day.“I’ve been trying to move on, but the media keep bringing that stuff up,” Durham had told reporters recently. “But none of that matters, last year doesn’t matter. I’ve forgotten about it, but it’s still fueling me to get the (series) win and hold the trophy.”Ginebra has the 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 leaper Japeth Aguilar manning the middle, but the Gin Kings will be facing a side that has improved a lot since last year, with the addition of Ranidel de Ocampo giving the Bolts a lot of championship experience.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Corteza makes historylast_img read more

Eric Week’s Madura United Drops 2nd Place—As Laffor Appreciates Fans

first_imgLiberia’s Indonesia based Eric Weeks’ Madura United on Friday dropped to 2nd place on the Indonesian Championship-A league table after failing to secure a point in its week 26 match.Madura lost 2-1 to Mitra Kukar, fighting to come back from a 15th minute goal down in the match.According to media report, entering the second half of the match, Madura United immediately tried to get a goal in the early minutes of the second half. Several opportunities were created, but yielding no good result.Makahan of Mitra Kukar’s 64th minute goal extended his side’s lead to 2-0 that allowed them to gain more grounds.In the rest of the game Madura United continued to attack through Mitra Kukar’s long-range shots several times, but still did not produce results.In injury time Madura United reduced the tally through Patrick Wanggai, making it 1-2.Madura is now 2nd on the table after Arema FC won their week 26th match by 3 goals to 1.Arema FC is now top of the league table with 9 goals difference. Both teams have 49 points.Also in Indonesia, Liberia’s defender Dirki Glay’s Persiba Balikpapan moved on to the 12th place after securing a 3-point win against 15th place Gresik United on Saturday.Defender Glay’s side now has 30 points out of 26 matches and will return to action on 5th of November.In South Africa, Liberia’s first CAF Champions League winner, Anthony Laffor was absent from his team’s squad when they lost 1-2 to Cape Town City in the Absa Premiership.Mamelodi Sundowns, according to local sports in South Africa controlled the proceedings in the opening stages, but the likes of Khama Billiat and Sibusiso Vilakazi struggled to break down City’s defense.The visitors broke the deadlock after 21 minutes, which saw Sundowns going for its half time break with a goal down.Sundowns leveled matters just before the hour mark when Thabo Nthethe netted a header, after getting on the end of Billiat’s cross.The visitors eventually restored their lead two minutes later when Ngoma once again picked out Manyama to slot home for his second goal from 12 yards.The CAf Champions are 16th place on the league’s table with just a point out of two games.Sundowns’ matches were postponed due to its participation in the just ended CAF 2016 Champions League.The Liberian international forward has meanwhile extended thanks to all of his fans and supporters after his achievement.“Foremost, I’m so grateful to God the Almighty for all he has and continues to do for me. Also thanks and appreciations to my family, friends as well as my fans, and supporters in Liberia, South Africa and around the world for their immense support and I am also grateful to the Liberia Football Association and the media. All that I have achieved today is not all about me, but you my family, friends, fans and supporters around the world. I am so proud to be called a Liberian; I am proud to be a part of Mamelodi Sundowns,” Laffor wrote on his official social media page.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former Crime Chief had ordered use of one coffin for burial of victims’ remains

first_img… controversial Lindo Creek CoI hearsFormer Crime Chief Seelall Persaud had ordered that the remains of the eight miners killed at Lindo Creek be buried in one coffin, some four years after they were killed, despite the advice of the Lyken Funeral Home.This information came to light during the afternoon session of the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI), where evidence was given by Dr Dawn Stewart of the Lyken Funeral Home.According to Dr Stewart, on the day of the incident back in June 2008, she received a call for the pick-up of the remains. However, when she received the remains, she did not open them as she did not want to tamper with the evidence.Dr Dawn StewartThe remains, she said, was at the funeral home for some four years; the longest time any corpse has been at the facility in its 95-year history. According to Dr Stewart, the home had advised the Police to have the remains buried; however, they were told not to since the investigation was still ongoing. She said within the first year, some family members had been making inquiries about the remains, however, they were always referred to the Police.Dr Stewart said when the funeral home was finally given the go-ahead to bury the remains, they were told that “one coffin would do” by then Crime Chief Seelall Persaud. However, the remains were eventually buried in three coffins at the Le Repentir cemetery. She explained that the home took it upon itself to have a short service “for closure” with a few family members of one of the victims. And even with family members making further inquiries about the deceased, Dr Stewart said there was nothing that could be done since “we didn’t know who was who.”The Presidential Commission of Inquiry has been established to enquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Horace Drakes, Bonny Harry, Lancelot Lee, Compton Speirs, Nigel Torres and Clifton Berry Wong, on or about the June 21, 2008, and to report the findings and recommendations to President David Granger.The CoI was also established to investigate and make findings of facts on all matters in relation to the killings of the eight miners in the Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice region in June 2008. It will also make recommendations on actions to be taken against all persons and/or organisations that are deemed responsible for the deaths of those persons.The Commission will meet again on Tuesday, March 5.last_img read more

Bakambu acknowledges cash was crucial in China decision

first_imgThat move came after the Chinese Football Association (CFA) introduced a 100 percent tax on expensive transfers worth more than 45 million yuan ($7 million).After Bakambu freed himself, saying it was “for personal reasons”, the CFA said if it catches teams trying to sidestep the tax it will hit them with crippling point deductions and could refuse to register players.Although Bakambu has not yet signed with Guoan, he has been training with them in Portugal. He talked to AFP on Thursday when he stopped in Paris on his way to China.“It’s just a question of timing,” Bakambu said. “They didn’t want to do it in the shadows hidden away in a hotel in Portugal.“They want to do it in Beijing in front of the press and their supporters, and that’s why this thing is dragging on a bit,” he said.Asked whether the club might want to avoid the transfer tax, Bakambu said: “I’ve seen stories like this but that’s not my business, the money is not mine and it won’t be going in my pocket.”He is expected to be paid around 18 million euros a year before tax.Bakambu, who grew up in the Paris suburbs, said, the difference between the Chinese offer and his income in Spain was “great”.Yet he acknowledged that he could understand why some critics were surprised that, at the age of 26, he had chosen to leave La Liga for China.“I did not understand either,” he said with a laugh. “What happened was that, at first, I was not too excited and later they found the arguments to convince me. That took several months.”Bakambu had scored 14 goals in 21 matches this season for Villarreal.“I was having the best season of my career but there you are, they managed to convince me. Football is good, but life is more important. I will not lie, I know why I went there and I take responsibility my choice.”Asked if it was a financial offer that was hard to refuse, Bakambu answered: “Yes.”He paused, before continuing: “I’m not going to hide it, financially speaking the difference between what I had in Villarreal and what the Chinese club was offering me was too great.“There are some who can say no. I accepted, because I have good reasons. There are some who would have gone for less and others who would have refused for more. I made my choice.”– Hard times –Did those reasons include his impoverished upbringing on the outskirts of Paris?“Clearly, this was the most important factor,” he answered.“I often go to Vitry-sur-Seine to relax a little, to see my family and my friends. It helps me keep my feet on the ground,” he said. “I’m a professional player today, but don’t believe it’s always been easy. I don’t want to whine, but I’ve lived through bad situations.”“The fact that I have known hard times played a part in my choice.”He said he had no idea how long he would stay in China.“I had a five-year contract with Villarreal, and I only stayed six months. I do not know what will happen in China. We’ll see.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On my way: Cedric Bakambu trains with Beijing Guoan © BEIJING GUOAN/AFP/File / HANDOUTPARIS, France, Feb 15 – In the end, the Chinese made Cedric Bakambu an offer that was too good to refuse.The Congolese striker’s move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Bakambu paid the 40-million-euro buyout clause in his contract with Spanish side Villarreal.last_img read more

Sturridge out, £10m man in? Predicted Liverpool XI v Borussia Dortmund

first_img 11 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 11 11 20. Adam Lallana (left attack) 27. Divock Origi (striker) 11 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 10. Philippe Coutinho (right attacker) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) Liverpool take on Jurgen Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and it’s live on talkSPORT.Having eased past fierce Premier League rivals Manchester United, the Reds face the toughest of tests against a BVB side who cruised to victory over title-challengers Tottenham Hotspur in the previous round. Nonetheless, if there’s one manager that could have the upper hand over the Bundesliga outfit it’s Klopp.The German spent seven years at the Westfalenstadion before leaving last summer and later agreeing to replace Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.So, who could be his chosen XI for his first Dortmund reunion?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool line up by viewing the slideshow above. 14. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) last_img read more

GAA WEBSITE STICKS THE BOOT INTO DONEGAL AFTER LEAVING THEM OUT OF SEMI-FINAL!

first_imgThousands of Donegal GAA fans are crying foul after a massive snub by the GAA’s official website.Football fever has struck Donegal after the county reached the All-Ireland semi-final where they will play Dublin at Croke Park.However the ticket-booking website gaa.ie showed no sign of Jim McGuiness’ team when fans went to book their tickets for the August 28th clash. Instead the site’s official link gaa.ie/championship showed the semi-final featured the winners of Saturday night’s clash between Dublin and Tyrone and ROSCOMMON!Devout Donegal fan Liam McMenamin quipped “It shows that everybody is surprised that we’re even in the semi-final final at all.“Come August 28th it will be the Dubs who will be the ones in for a surprise,” he laughed.Ends GAA WEBSITE STICKS THE BOOT INTO DONEGAL AFTER LEAVING THEM OUT OF SEMI-FINAL! was last modified: August 7th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC NOTES

first_imgTraining continues on Wednesday and Friday for all age groups at the new time of 6-7pm. Fit4Life group in Carrickfinn on Monday and Wednesday at the earlier time of 6 pm. Walkers and new members welcome. Coaches: Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver.The last of the Thursday evening session at the Industrial Estate in Gweedore will take lplace next Thursday 2nd May with a light session before the North West 10k on Sunday 5th May where we will look to get a strong showing from all senior athletes in the club that day. It is a great family event to jog, run or walk. New vests are now in stock so please contact Ita Gallagher on 087 1309536 for details.The local Naomh Muire club are hosting a 5k on Friday May 3rd in the Banks and with many of our athletes also involved in the club it will be good to support. Well done to the Rosses and Gweedore athletes who ran in the Letterkenny 5 mile last Thursday night in Letterkenny with Noreen Mc Gee the first of our athletes home in 35.44 and followed by Noel Boyd in 36.32, Helen Mc Cready in 36.46, Michael Mc Elroy in 37.47, Sinead Boyle in 38.05, Anne Harkin in 39.22 and Myles Sweeney in 41.00Well done to all the local athletes who competed in Ardara on Saturday last with Shaun Mc Shane getting a fine third place in 37.34; Manus Mc Hugh 41.40; Noreen Mc Gee 46.20; Deirdre Diver 46.50; Helen Mc Cready 47.19; Noel Boyd 47.49; Owen Coyle 47:52; Sinead Boyle 49.29; Elise Gillespie 49.43; Anne Harkin 51.16 and OJ Friel 59.39.Well done to Valerie McGinley, Brade, who had a good run in the Nice Half Marathon.  ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC NOTES was last modified: April 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Rosses AC noteslast_img read more