UA gives sneak peek of future

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The day is nigh. Sooner than later, the NCAA Tournament will truly become unpredictable.As of now, the tournament stands as the most difficult sport to correctly hypothesize ahead of time, and the perfect bracket is as much a dream as toll booths paying you to drive on the road. How many people do you know who have George Mason, Bradley and Wichita State all winning a game, much less winning two apiece?One editor-in-chief from a reputable newspaper had his bracket busted like a Barry Bonds steroid ring all of 36 hours into the tournament, when Northwestern State defeated Iowa, on a miracle 3-pointer after trailing by 17.Picking the perfect bracket is like picking the winning digits in a 64-number lottery. Except harder.However, there is one unbreakable, undeniable rule when filling out a bracket: A No. 1 seed always beats a No. 16 seed.Not for long.The gap between the mid-majors and mega-majors is closing fast. We saw glimpses of this with Southern hanging around Duke for a half of play, Villanova having fits with Monmouth for 28 minutes and Oral Roberts taking a brief 33-29 lead over Memphis in the opening moments.Nowhere was the trend more evident than in Philadelphia, where the No. 1-seeded University of Connecticut found themselves in a world of trouble against Albany, an upstart from the America East Conference intent on anointing themselves the new kings of northeastern basketball.At first, Albany simply hung around, hitting an early 3-pointer and not letting UConn take a commanding lead.Sitting in front of a row of the rabid Albany fan section, I believed I was beginning to witness something special when the Great Danes began taking it to the Huskies.Sure, any team can hit a few 3-pointers to keep it close, which is exactly how Southern and Oral Roberts hung around in their games. But when the 3’s stop falling, mid-majors, or mid-minors like Albany, are traditionally toothless against the power conference teams.The Danes didn’t settle for 3s, though. Instead they drove right down the middle of the lane repeatedly, posted up their “big” men and took the ball to the rim with impunity. That in itself was historic enough.Soon, the Great Danes were down three points, trading UConn basket for basket, like a pair of heavyweights wailing on each other waiting to see which will hit the canvas first. Except Albany was far from a heavyweight. In the city that made the Italian Stallion famous, the Great Danes were pulling their best “Rocky” impression.As the first half drew to a close, the purple and gold clad Albany fan base, maybe 1,500 strong at the most, was drowning out the estimated 5,000 Husky fans with an energy you could only expect from a mid-major.As the “U-A! U-A, U-A, U-A” chant — to the cadence of the classic soccer “olé” song — grew louder, the Wachovia Center began to take on more of an atmosphere befitting a Brazilian soccer matchup, famous for their fan ferocity.One ecstatic fan behind me expressed her hope that Albany could take the lead at halftime, because “we’re, like, 20-0 when leading after halftime.”Alas, the Danes weren’t leading at halftime and even the boisterous Albany boosters who made the four-hour drive to The City of Brotherly Love, weren’t expecting a victory. But it didn’t matter.As one proud, teary-eyed father said on the cell phone to his wife who couldn’t attend, “Down 31-30 at halftime. This is as good as it gets.”But no one sent the memo to Albany, and after being led out of the tunnel by their very Scooby Doo-looking mascot, the Dane’s went on a tear, and by the 11-minute mark had a 50-38 lead over the Huskies. By then, the 1,500 Albany fans had multiplied 10-fold into 15,000 as Kentucky and UAB fans waiting for the subsequent game got louder than they ever would during their own game, which they paid to see.”They shocked us into such a state that they put us in a situation where I witnessed our poorest offensive effort in 20 years at UConn,” Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. “I never saw us look like that. They were magnificent for the first 30 minutes.”Then the clock struck 12 and the mid-major Cinderella turned into a pumpkin and began playing like they were expected too, exhausted by the effort it took to build the lead. Maybe if they would’ve had a lead at halftime …The shame is that the Huskies went on to win 72-59, which doesn’t even begin to tell the story of the game.But mark my words, the gap is closing and the day is coming when you, me, Dickie V and the rest of the college hoop heads in the world have their brackets collectively busted when a 16-seed topples a one-seed.I might not have truly witnessed history that night, but I can say I was there for the beginning of history in the making.last_img read more

Poe’s Perspective: USC fans need to learn to get through the bad times

first_imgAs scores of USC students trickled back to their homes after USC football’s home loss on Saturday, a single song echoed down Greek Row.Normally, West 28th Street is filled with a hodgepodge of assorted bad rap music and old school rock being blasted from the speakers of every fraternity house (I did, in fact, hear “Mo Bamba” played simultaneously by two houses at one point on a Thursday afternoon). But the Row was quiet for once, except for the solemn notes of “Taps,” which eerily filled the air as dejected and hungover fans trudged back to their homes and cars.The song choice was, of course, a sarcastic tribute to the USC football team, whose season now has been deemed as good as dead by the majority of Trojans. It was funny, I’ll give it that, but the song also highlighted for me the strangeness of the culture that surrounds USC athletics.USC fans love to talk about their love of the Trojan Family. It’s our tagline, our mantra, our sense of pride. Trojans are supposed to be some of the best fans and alumni in the nation, forming some sort of mafia that obnoxiously backs our teams no matter what. And yet, we aren’t. Like it or not, USC fans are fickle. One minute, they’ll praise head coach Clay Helton for turning a program around; the next, they’ll rail against him. Freshman quarterback JT Daniels is in — until he throws an interception — and then he’s no good. Make a mistake, and you’ll lose this fanbase in a heartbeat.Maybe it’s just my roots talking. In Lawrence, Kansas, basketball fans camp out for days for student section seats. I mean actual camping, with sleeping bags and everything, shuttling food and trading off spots so that students can make it to class without losing their spots in line. In Kansas City, fans still wear red and blue even when our teams are doing horribly. This year, the Royals were the worst team in baseball — literally, the actual worst team — and still filled over 70 percent of the stadium each game. USC fans lack that staying power. When the going is good, they don’t get all that excited. And when the going gets tough, the fans stay home. Trojans might be the best in the West at tailgating, but that isn’t the same as being good fans.Take a look at the Penn State student section last Saturday, which was absolutely riotous as the team beat No. 19 Iowa. Even at its best, when former quarterback Sam Darnold was on his way up and a Rose Bowl was close in sight, I’ve never seen a version of USC football like that.We don’t have a fanbase that can pull off a white out game, or that travels well on the road. We’re not the type of fans who would camp out for student section seats.And the problem extends to every support. When I was a sophomore, I covered the water polo national championship in Berkeley, and the Cal student section was so raucous that security had to hold them back from jumping in the pool. When USC hosted last year, most of the student section stayed seated for the whole game.Heck, we barely support our teams that routinely make bids for national championships: women’s soccer, beach volleyball and both water polo teams. Both of our basketball teams regularly play in front of scattered crowds whose cheers echo in the cavernous empty space of Galen Center. Less than 5,000 fans attended each basketball game last year, despite the team going 24-12 and making it into the second round of the NIT tournament.Maybe we just win too much. I mean, honestly, it’s hard not to get a little jaded when your school wins multiple national championships every single year. We’ve been elite at football for so long that it’s hard to remember what it looks like to be a mediocre team, not to mention a bad one. I’m not saying that we grow complacent. USC is the best of the best, in football and in many other sports, and we should expect that caliber of talent and performance year in and out. But when our program stumbles, we can’t abandon ship. As a fandom, it’s time to embrace the bad years, to own them and to support our team wholeheartedly even when the wins don’t come.But USC fans could do to learn some of the wisdom of any fan who has cheered for an absolutely abysmal program before — it might be a mediocre season, but it’s our mediocre season. Julia Poe is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

D-day for Irish rugby team

first_imgCanada will provide the opposition for Ireland’s opening game in Pool D, with head coach Joe Schmidt naming an attack-minded backline for the match.Fit-again Cian Healy will start from the bench as he looks to try and regain his place in the side ahead of the bigger pool matches to come.Healy’s Leinster team-mate Jack McGrath is currently in possession of the jersey and he believes that their competition for the position is getting the best out of both of them. Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan is among the replacements for todays game.Kick-off at the Millennium Stadium this afternoon is at half-past two, while the late match in Pool D will feature top-seeds France against Italy in Twickenham at 8pm.Elsewhere today South Africa will begin their campaign when they face Japan in Pool B from 4:45 while the opening game of the day is in Pool C, where Tonga and Georgia go head to head in Kingsholm at midday.England top Group A after a 35-11 bonus point win over Fiji at Twickenham last night.last_img read more

Maher hopes past experience of Deise will aid Tipp win

first_imgWilliam Maher’s charges travel to Walsh  Park later looking to claim the Premier County’s first title in this grade since 2010.Tipp beat the defending provincial and All-Ireland champions Limerick to reach the decider.William is hoping his experience of working with the Déise in the past will prove to be beneficial… Tipperary are going-up against a Waterford side that can rely a strong core of senior players – including a full-forward line made-up of Patrick Curran and the Bennett brothers, Shane and Stephen.The side’s Austin Gleeson is confident he and his team-mates are hopeful that they can lift the trophy in a few hours’ time.Tipp FM’s build-up to live commentary on the big match – which throws-in at 7 o’clock – gets underway at 6.45pm.  Our coverage will be brought to you in association with Kevin O’Leary Group Clonmel.Also tonight, Antrim and Derry will contest the Bord Gáis Energy Ulster Under-21 Hurling Final, with throw-in at Loughgiel at 7:15.last_img read more

Sumner County Sports Schedule for Tuesday-Saturday

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments South Haven at South BarberApproximate: G- 6 p.m., B- 7:30 WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL WrestlingWellington double dual SUMNER COUNTY TEAMS WrestlingJV Tournament at Rose Hill8:30 a.m. Berean Academy at Caldwell Udall at Caldwell WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Caney Valley at Oxford BasketballAndale, away.Freshman B&G – 4:15 p.m. Varsity girls, JV boys – 6 p.m. Varsity boys, JV girls, 7:30 p.m. WELLINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Tuesday, Dec. 15 Oxford at Attica BasketballMulvane, away.Freshman B&G – 4:15 p.m. Varsity girls, JV boys – 6 p.m. Varsity boys, JV girls, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 Thursday, Dec. 17center_img Belle Plane at Wichita Trinity BasketballEl DoradoBoys – home, 4 p.m., – 8B followed by 7A then 8A WrestlingMarion Tournament3 p.m. Argonia at Cunningham Argonia at South BarberApproximate: G- 6 p.m., B- 7:30 Sumner Newscow report — The following is the Sumner County sports schedule for the rest of the week:  Girls – away, 5 p.m. Augusta, Rose Hill, Wichita Trinity5 p.m. Follow us on Twitter. Belle Plaine at Wichita Trinity WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL SUMNER COUNTY TEAMS Conway Springs at Cheney Friday, Dec. 18 Norwich at South Havenlast_img read more

Reward for info on slain Florida dolphins increases to $54,000

first_imgOfficials found one dolphin in the water off Naples killed by a bullet, stab wounds, or possibly both.In the same week, along the Emerald Coast, Wildlife Refuge also found a dolphin with a bullet in its left side along Pensacola Beach.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had offered a $20,000 reward last month. The federal agency announced Monday that it was combining that reward with another $34,000 pledged by animal rights groups. A reward for information about the recent deaths of two slain dolphins along Florida’s Gulf Coast has increased from $20,000 to $54,000.Reward offered for information after dolphins found stabbed, shot to death off Florida coastlast_img

Dutch double for England’s Dan Brown

first_img20 Jul 2015 Dutch double for England’s Dan Brown England’s Dan Brown pulled off a winning double when he scored a five-shot victory in the ST8TS TGH Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria in the Netherlands.Brown (Bedale), a member of the England Golf men’s squad, was 10-under par for the championship, having forged ahead in the last round with a closing 68.He also teamed up with fellow Yorkshireman Joe Dean (Lindrick) and Cheshire’s Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) to win the Nations Cup for England.Dean – who won this event in 2012 – shared second place overall, while Nevin-Wharton tied fifth. Jordan Wrisdale (Boston) also finished in the top 10 and the other four England players in the field were all inside the top 20.This was Brown’s first and only attempt at the U21 title and he remarked: “I decided to go over and try to win – and it was nice to do so.”The final round began as a battle between Brown and Dean who were tied for the lead after 54 holes. “Joe hits it a long way and I thought he might make a few birdies and put the pressure on,” said Brown. But it was he who moved ahead, dropping only one shot in the round and amassing five birdies, including one on the 18th.He reaped the benefit of a long practice putting session after the second round and was able to complete some good up-and-downs to keep his momentum going. “I was very pleased, it’s nice to know I can go into the last round leading and hold my own under pressure,” he said.Brown’s prize includes a place in the KLM Open on the European Tour which starts on September 10. But, as a member of the GB&I Walker Cup squad, he hopes to be selected for the team which will take on the USA at the same time. “It’s a nice situation to be in, a bit of a win-win. If I get picked for the Walker Cup then that’s the major event to play in; if I don’t I’ve got this to fall back on.”Brown’s next big date is the English amateur championship next week at Alwoodley and Pannal in Yorkshire, followed by the European amateur in Slovakia.Caption: Dan Brown with his caddy, Bas Soudant, 13. Brown stayed with Bas’s family throughout the championship.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NMHA Atom A Team

first_imgStaff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, coaches Sandy Boyd, Greg Andrusak, Craig Upper, Lisa Upper, Geoff Watts, Devan Andrusak, Seamus Boyd, Koby Upper, Ethan Bennett, Drake Proctor, Jamie Popoff-Hnatiuk, Mason Ouchi, Sam Orasuk, Alexander Andersen, Simon Forrester, Dylan Watts, Rhett Hamilton, Bryce Sookro, Logan Krotz (Relief Goalie from Cranbrook) and Ben Haydu. The Nelson Minor Hockey Atom A squad made it look easy en route to capturing the top prize at the recent tournament in Kimberley.The players combined solid team work with determination to capture the first-place trophy with wins over Blackfoot (Calgary), Indus (Calgary), host Kimberley and Cranbrook.last_img

Now or never for the Nelson Leafs

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs kick off 2017 of their Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with plenty question marks hovering over the Buds.The Heritage City franchise, expecting to make a return to the upper echelon of the Junior B Hockey League after a disastrous past season, have struggled for find the right chemistry and currently sit fourth in the Murdoch Division, a mile behind front-running and current KIJHL leading, Beaver Valley Nitehawks.However, Nelson only trails second place Grand Forks Border Bruins by four points in the standings.last_img

Mikel Merino: “The action of the penalty is more than doubtful”

first_imgThe midfielder was asked about the barrier in the foul Messi threw: “Yes, this comes from the coaching staff. When a player has that success, you have to try to do something different. I think he was stunned by how we got. “Merino valued his presence at the Real: “It’s a pride. I’ve been a year and a half in the Real and I feel at home, one more of these people. It’s a pride and I’m happy. “ The player of the Real society He spoke at Movistar LaLiga after the game: “We have done a good job, we have dominated the game. But in the action that, more than doubtful, we are leaving the game. I think it’s a very doubtful action. I haven’t seen him almost, maybe a little on the markers. They have to explain to us better how the issue of hands works. It doesn’t look very clear. That beep this and not others …, the scale has to be at some point. The team is very good since the preseason. It is seen even with rest days. We are proud to come here with a band of kids who are not more than 25 years old. “last_img read more