Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has described his relationship with boss Louis van Gaal as “normal”. Press Association The 25-year-old did not play in any of United’s first seven games this term and only two of the opening 13. But he has started all six since then, earning praise – including from Van Gaal – for his efforts at left-back. And asked if he had a good relationship with Van Gaal, Rojo was quoted on Tuesday as telling ESPN: “It is normal, as with any other coach. “I don’t ask him why he includes me in a game when I play, so I don’t have any right in asking him why I don’t play when he decides that I don’t have to do it. It’s as simple as that. “Van Gaal does the same as any coach in the world. He decides who plays according to what he sees during the week, he chooses the players that he sees in the best condition and we have to accept all the decisions that the coach takes”. Rojo added of Dutchman Van Gaal, who has a reputation for an uncompromising style of management: “He is a very professional coach, he wants to get out the very best from each one – that doesn’t mean that he is rough. “He wants his work to have success and we have to understand what he expects from each one of us.” Relations between the pair appeared strained not long ago, with Van Gaal reportedly angry at Rojo over the summer that passport issues had prevented him from joining up with the United’s pre-season tour. It had looked as if the Argentina international might leave the club only a year after his arrival from Sporting Lisbon and, after a move did not materialise, there were then further problems for Rojo when Van Gaal in September claimed he had failed to tell him about a hamstring injury he suffered.
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ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School swimmer Talor Hamilton broke his own 100-yard backstroke team record at Saturday’s home meet against Washington Academy.Hamilton, a senior, won the race with a time of 51.79 seconds, breaking the 52.26-second record he set in 2015.In Ellsworth’s last home meet of the season, the Eagle boys and girls swept WA. The Ellsworth boys won with a score of 127-22, and the Ellsworth girls won 111-33.Ellsworth senior Talor Hamilton adjusts his goggles at his last home meet of his high school career on Saturday against Washington Academy.PHOTO BY KAREN BARONThe team also celebrated Senior Night by recognizing seniors Hamilton, Cooper Holmes, Zack McGraw, Katie Walton, Jessica Cohen and Sarah Eaton.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn addition to the boys’ 100-yard backstroke, Ellsworth swimmers won the following events:Girls’ 200-yard medley relay: Leah Stevens, Sidney Hamilton, Katie Hammer and Ellie Clarke in 1:07.32.Boys’ 200-yard medley relay: Talor Hamilton, Cooper Holmes, Richie Matthews and Camden Holmes in 1:42.60.Girls’ 200-yard freestyle: Ellie Clarke in 1:15.61.Boys’ 200-yard freestyle: Beckett Markosian in 2:06.94.Girls’ 200-yard individual medley: Sidney Hamilton in 2:32.15.Boys’ 200-yard individual medley: Sam Pelletier in 2:14.41.Girls’ 50-yard freestyle: Katie Hammer in 29.05.Boys’ 50-yard freestyle: Cooper Holmes in 23.18.Girls’ 100-yard butterfly: Ava Emery in 1:08.00.Boys’ 100-yard butterfly: Talor Hamilton in 51.96.Girls’ 100-yard freestyle: Leah Stevens in 1:07.53.Boys’ 100-yard freestyle: Sam Alvarado in 52.77.Girls’ 500-yard freestyle: Katie Walton in 6:50.30.Boys’ 500-yard freestyle: Camden Holmes in 5:34.29.Girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay: Kiana Wilbur-Maddocks, Sidney Hamilton, Miriam Nelson and Ellie Clarke in 1:54.60.Boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay: Austin Baron, Richie Matthews, Hayden Sattler and Sam Alvarado in 1:40.29.Girls’ 100-yard backstroke: Lean Stevens in 1:14.75.Girls’ 100-yard breaststroke: Sidney Hamilton in 1:18.19.Boys’ 100-yard breaststroke: Hayden Sattler in 1:05.03.Girls’ 400-yard relay: Arianna Peterson, Katie Walton, Leah Stevens and Miriam Nelson in 4:41.70.Boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay: Sam Alvarado, Camden Holmes, Cooper Holmes and Talor Hamilton in 3:44.70.Ellsworth will compete next this weekend in the Penobscot Valley Conference championship. The boys will compete Friday at Husson University, and the girls will compete Saturday at the University of Maine-Orono.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has requested the Union government to share its position formally with regards to Indo-Pak bilateral cricket tournament, which has been put on hold since 2012 due to the political tension between the two countries.”The BCCI would be grateful if you could formally convey the policy/position of the Government of India on the need or requirement of prior clearance from the Government of India for the Indian cricket team to play the Pakistan cricket in in-bound or out-bound tours,” BCCI wrote to the ministry.The BCCI has repeatedly cleared its take that it won’t be able to participate in any bilateral contests unless the government gives clearance.The BCCI will soon head to ICC Disputes Resolution Forum where they will counter PCB’s compensation claim of worth USD 70 million for not honouring the MoU, signed in 2014. And it is understood that the richest board wants a formal conversation before it.”These are routine communications on part of BCCI. It is our duty to seek permission from the government with regards to bilateral series. Our job is to ask and it’s up to the government. We understand that bilateral series in prevailing circumstances is very difficult. But if we get a reply from the government in ‘black and white’, it will help us,” a senior BCCI official told a leading press agency when asked about the latest email to the ministry. Earlier, PCB had appealed to ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, accusing the BCCI of going against the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) commitment, according to which they were required to play at least two away series against Pakistan on a neutral venue.The ICC confirmed that Hon Michael Beloff QC will head the Dispute Panel in a release. The governing body for cricket also made it clear that decision of the Dispute Panel shall be non-appealable. The hearing is scheduled for October 1-3 in Dubai at the ICC headquarters.
Bettman said the league is hoping to have a clearer picture of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the next few weeks, and that “nothing has been ruled in and nothing ruled out.”Bettman said the ideal scenario would be to complete the season to determine playoff seedings in fairness to teams involved in tightly contested races in both conferences. However, he adds: “We understand that may not be possible.”The live interview broadcast Tuesday marked the first time Bettman has mentioned the possibility of the league not being able to complete the regular season. There were 189 games remaining when play was postponed on March 12.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The Canadian Football League is the latest sports league to postpone play because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL, which was scheduled to kick off the regular season on June 11, announced Tuesday that the season won’t start before the beginning of July. Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery. “We need a miracle,” Emily Cave wrote. “Please pray for my husband and best friend.”The 25-year-old Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AWARDSDayton’s Obi Toppin wins Wooden Award as top hoops playerBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player. —The Redskins are weighing drafting Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick against the possibility of trading down. New coach Ron Rivera says he has a good idea in the back of his mind what Washington will do with the No. 2 pick. Young to the Redskins has looked like a slam dunk assuming the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first.NHL-OILERS-CAVEOilers’ Cave out of emergency surgery, remains in comaUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed.The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday. He remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. April 7, 2020 Sale is expected to miss 14 to 15 months, which would put him on track to return in the middle of the 2021 season.NFL-CAM NEWTONNewton feels like ‘fish out of water’CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton says he feels like a “fish out of water” being a free agent for the first time in his nine-year NFL career.Newton says being released by the Carolina Panthers left him with a chip on his shoulder that has “turned into family-size real quick.” He made the comments during a conversation with Thunder guard Chris Paul on Instagram Live. — The Canadian Grand Prix has become the latest Formula One race to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montreal race was scheduled to take place June 12-14. It is the ninth F1 race to be postponed so far, with the French GP on June 26 now the set to be the opening event of the season.— Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell to tennis — an exhibition match against good friend Serena Williams — is being postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The last tournament of the 29-year-old Wozniacki’s professional career came in January at the Australian Open. The Dane won her Grand Slam title there in 2018. She was supposed to face off against 23-time major champion Williams in Copenhagen on May 18 in a match dubbed “The Final One.”— Two of the biggest meetings in the British horse racing calendar have been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite previous hopes that the sport could return by the start of May. The Jockey Club says the Guineas Festival at Newmarket on May 2-3 and the English Derby Festival at Epsom on June 5-6 will not be staged on those dates.— The Italian and Catalan MotoGP races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. Eight MotoGP races have now been called off because of the virus.— South Korea’s professional baseball league says it hopes to start practice games between teams on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May. The Korea Baseball Organization says the plans are contingent on the country’s coronavirus caseload continuing to slow. The KBO will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials. Associated Press Burton, Earnhardt, Edwards headline Hall of Fame nomineesCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards are among the new nominees for NASCAR’s next Hall of Fame class.Janet Guthrie returns as a nominee in the Landmark category after a one-year absence.The voting structure was changed for this year. There are three ballots: one for Modern candidates, one for Pioneer candidates and one for Landmark candidates.Two entries from the 10 Modern candidates will be elected, along with one entry apiece from the five-candidate Pioneer and Landmark categories.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Former ice hockey player Roger Chappot of Switzerland has died due to COVID-19. He was 79. Chappot played more than 100 games for Switzerland’s national team, including at the 1964 Winter Olympics. The International Ice Hockey Federation says Chappot was first treated at a hospital two weeks ago. He returned home before his condition became worse and he was admitted to an intensive care unit.VIRUS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGAthletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spotsUNDATED (AP) — About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots in the Tokyo Olympics are in for 2021. The International Olympic Committee made it official under redrawn qualifying regulations released Tuesday.The IOC postponed the games by a year due to the new coronavirus. They’ll now be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year. The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021. In other college basketball news:—Maryland forward Jalen Smith intends to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining two years of eligibility. Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore, helping the Terrapins to a 24-7 finish and a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The 6-foot-10 star ranked first in the conference and third nationally with 21 double-doubles.Meanwhile, Arizona point guard Nico Mannion has joined fellow freshman teammate Zeke Nnaji in declaring for the NBA draftUNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan reaching out to ex-athletes about late doctor Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures. But they have agreed to let athletes keep spots they already have earned.MLB-RED SOX-SALESale: No regrets about surgeryBOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale says he has no regrets about the timing of his recent Tommy John surgery and is confident he can return as a stronger pitcher following his rehab. Sale had the procedure on his left elbow last month. The Red Sox said the surgery was a success. Update on the latest in sports: Toppin, along with Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Peyton Pritchard of Oregon, also won positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame.The winners were announced Tuesday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” broadcast. They are usually honored at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, which was scheduled for Friday, but got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Toppin is the first player from Dayton to win the Wooden Award and the first Atlantic-10 Conference player to do so since Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph’s in 2004. Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 60% from the field. He led the nation in dunks with a school-record 107 and his 190 career slams also set a school mark.Wooden Award voting took place from March 16-23.Toppin also received the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year. Newton didn’t give any indication where he might be interested in signing.The 2015 league MVP played in only two games last season and is coming off foot surgery. He hasn’t been able to meet with NFL teams due to the coronavirus travel restrictions.In other NFL news:—The Las Vegas Raiders have signed defensive back Damarious Randall to a one-year contract in their latest move to try to upgrade a porous defense. The Raiders announced the signing after agreeing to the deal last week. The Raiders signed Randall to a $3.25 million contract after another deal with cornerback Eli Apple fell through. The 27-year-old Randall was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2015 with experience playing outside cornerback, in the slot and at both safety positions.—Timmy Brown, a running back and kick returner who won an NFL championship with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960, has died. He was 82. The Eagles announced Tuesday that Brown died on Saturday. Brown was the first NFL player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, doing it in a 24-23 win over Dallas on November 6, 1966. Brown was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1996. He is sixth on the franchise’s all-time list for touchdowns with 62. CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is sending a letter to thousands of former student-athletes, asking them to speak with investigators from a law firm it hired to lead a probe into a deceased doctor accused of molesting people.The Ann Arbor school says Tuesday the letter is going out to most of the 6,800 former student-athletes who were on campus between the mid-1960s and the early 2000s.Many men say they were molested by Dr. Robert E. Anderson while seeking treatment for various injuries.Anderson died in 2008. He worked at the university for decades until his retirement in 2003.NASCAR HALL OF FAME Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL commissioner says season may not be completedUNDATED (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has raised the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season. During an interview on NBCSN, he stressed that all options remain on the table.
(REUTERS) – India registered a 2-1 series victory against New Zealand after Jasprit Bumrah’s tidy final over secured the hosts’ six-run win in the third and final one-day international on Sunday.New Zealand needed 15 runs off the final over to chase down a 338-run victory target but a nerveless Bumrah conceded only seven while picking up his third wicket of the match to help India prevail in the runfest.Earlier, centurions Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma featured in a mammoth 230-run stand to help the hosts post 337-6 after New Zealand, wary of the dew factor later in the evening, elected to field at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.New Zealand lost opener Martin Guptill early in their reply but Colin Munro smashed three sixes in his blistering 75 and Kane Williamson made a fluent 64 to help them overcome the early loss.Wristspinner Yuzvendra Chahal ended the 109-run partnership, dismissing both the batsmen but Tom Latham refused to throw in the towel.Latham and Ross Taylor had engineered New Zealand’s successful chase in the series opener in Mumbai and they looked determined to reprised the role.Bumrah (3-47) poured cold water on their plans, however, by first dismissing Taylor for 39 and then running out Latham, who made 65, in the 48th over of the New Zealand innings.Put into bat, India lost Shikhar Dhawan (14) early but New Zealand had to toil in the subsequent 35 overs as Kohli and Sharma became the first ODI pair to star in four double-century partnerships.Sharma batted with characteristic elegance to score 147 off 138 balls. His 15th one-day century was studded with 18 boundaries and a couple of sixes before he fell in the 42nd over.Kohli was silky smooth at the other end as the India captain became the fastest batsman to complete 9,000 ODI runs, achieving the feat in 194 innings.The right-hander made 113 off 106 balls, with nine boundaries and a six in his 32nd one-day century.The teams will next square off in a three-match Twenty20 series beginning in New Delhi on Wednesday.INDIA InningsRo. Sharma c Southee b Santner 147S. Dhawan c Williamson b Southee 14V. Kohli c Williamson b Southee 113H. Pandya c Southee b Santner 8M. Dhoni c Munro b Milne 25K. Jadhav c Guptill b Milne 18D. Karthik not out 4Extras (lb-1 w-7) 8Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 337Fall of wickets: 1-29 S. Dhawan,2-259 Ro. Sharma,3-273 H. Pandya,4-302 V. Kohli,5-331 M. Dhoni,6-337 K. JadhavDid not bat: A. Patel, B. Kumar, J. Bumrah, Y. ChahalBowling:T. Southee 10 – 0 – 66 – 2(w-1), T. Boult 10 – 0 – 81 – 0(w-3),A. Milne 10 – 0 – 64 – 2(w-2),C. de Grandhomme 8 – 0 – 57 – 0,M. Santner 10 – 0 – 58 – 2, C. Munro 2 – 0 – 10 – 0(w-1).NEW ZEALAND InningsM. Guptill c Karthik b Bumrah 10C. Munro b Chahal 75K. Williamson c Dhoni b Chahal 64R. Taylor c Jadhav b Bumrah 39T. Latham run out (Dhoni, Bumrah) 65H. Nicholls b B. Kumar 37C. de Grandhomme not out 8M. Santner c S. Dhawan b Bumrah 9T. Southee not out 4Extras (lb-4 w-16) 20Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 331Fall of wickets: 1-44 M. Guptill,2-153 C. Munro,3-168 K. Williamson,4-247 R. Taylor,5-306 H. Nicholls,6-312 T. Latham,7-326 M. SantnerDid not bat: A. Milne, T. BoultBowling: B. Kumar 10 – 0 – 92 – 1(w-7),J. Bumrah 10 – 0 – 47 – 3(w-2),H. Pandya 5 – 0 – 47 – 0(w-2),A. Patel 7 – 0 – 40 – 0(w-1),K. Jadhav 8 – 0 – 54 – 0(w-3),Y. Chahal 10 – 0 – 47 – 2(w-1),
ALZARRI JOSEPH made history on a sensational Indian Premier League (IPL) debut, leading Mumbai Indians to a convincing 40-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.The West Indies paceman claimed the best bowling figures in IPL history as he picked up 6-12 from his 3.4 overs, surpassing Sohail Tanvir’s haul of 6-14 back in 2008.The 22-year-old’s efforts were also the eighth-best in a Twenty20 game.Kieron Pollard had earlier lifted Mumbai from 65-5 with an unbeaten 46 off just 26 balls, helping set the Sunrisers a target of 137.Jonny Bairstow (16) and David Warner (15) got Hyderabad off to a solid start, but the hosts lost their final five wickets for just eight runs in an astonishing collapse.Joseph sparked the incredible finale by removing Deepak Hooda (20) and he ended it with 14 balls remaining by drawing an outside edge from Siddarth Kaul (0) that was snaffled by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.JOSEPH’S DREAM DEBUTThere cannot be many better ways to begin your first IPL appearance than by removing one of the competition’s leading run-scorers with your first delivery. That is precisely what Joseph did.Warner – who sits fourth in the list of all-time IPL runs – attempted to play a huge shot to the boundary at the start of the fifth over but only edged Joseph back onto his stumps.After Windies quick removed Hooda and Rashid Khan off successive deliveries in the 16th over, Hyderabad wilted and Mumbai surged to an impressive victory. POLLARD PUNISHES SUNRISERSMumbai were sitting uncomfortably at 97-7 at the end of the 18th over, with Pollard making just nine off the first 13 balls he faced.However, the 31-year-old plundered a trio of powerful maximums – one from a free hit – off the next set of six from Kaul.The final over saw Pollard add another six and a pair of fours, with some sloppy fielding from Mohammad Nabi and Hooda proving key as the game turned on its head.
One year ago, I wrote a column commending Bernd Brückler for one of the best seasons by a goaltender in the history of Wisconsin hockey. He posted a .914 save percentage and a 2.40 goals against average, both numbers good enough to crack the top ten in the record book.He closed out his career with the second-best save percentage and the best GAA any Badger net-minder has ever posted.And we’re talking about a record book at a Goaltender U. It includes names like Curtis Joseph, Mike Richter and Jim Carey among a variety of others.That record book will have to make room for another great goaltender. UW junior Brian Elliott just turned in the best season ever by a Wisconsin goalie.The biggest question heading into the season turned out to be one of the most important answers for how the Badgers won their sixth national championship.Back in August, I asked the team how they were going to replace Brückler. Their answer was as quick as it was confident. Elliott was ready.I wasn’t quite as sure. Yes, I had seen him post some great numbers, but he did so mostly against less-talented teams. Surely, he couldn’t garner the same statistics over a full season of work.I was wrong.He earned similar numbers and carried the Badgers to their first NCAA title since 1990. Despite the WCHA coaches failing to name him first-team all-WCHA, he was one of the three Hobey Baker finalists for the best individual award in college hockey.Though he didn’t win the award, his season should not be soon forgotten. At the same time, it is important to take time to sift through the numbers and realize just how impressive his season was.It is easy to get wrapped up in the variety of other storylines — a special senior class, a national title for each of the Burish siblings, etc. Those stories are important and great, don’t get me wrong. After all, the fact that Elliott’s style isn’t the flashiest makes it easy to overlook the magnificence of his year.Shane Connelly gave us a couple of highlight reel saves. Fans will probably remember his flailing stick-save more than any particular save of Elliott’s.Elliott’s season was special because he was never forced to make such a save. And his numbers speak for themselves.He finished with a record of 27-5-3, the best winning percentage in the country. His 25 wins in one season rank fourth all-time at UW.For the season, he posted a .938 save percentage. I haven’t taken a math class since high school, but stopping nearly 94 percent of the shots you see is pretty phenomenal. The mark blows Brückler’s .924 mark from the 2003-04 season — which was the old record — out of the water.Elliott’s new UW record is also tied for fifth in the NCAA record book for the lowest save percentage in a season.But that is nothing compared to his goals against average. He allowed just 1.55 goals per game over the course of the entire season. Wisconsin had never seen a goaltender post a mark lower than 2.09 goals per game in a season, which Brückler did in his junior year.Prior to this year, the record for shutouts in a season was four and the mark for career shutouts was nine.He smoked the record with eight blankings this year and now has 11 in his UW career.But it’s not all about statistics, it is about winning as well. His .814 winning percentage is the fourth-best ever in a UW season, behind only Marc Behrend, who owns both the record and third-place mark, and second-place holder Julian Baretta.However, neither of them ever played in more than 25 games in a season. Elliott played in 35 this year.When he was down with an injured leg midway through the season, the Badgers went 3-5-0 without him in net.The accolades could go on and on, but the point is that no goaltender in Wisconsin history has ever had a season like we saw out of Elliott this year.As the celebration of the national championship continues, take time to also celebrate one of the greatest seasons by a goalie in college hockey history.He has already left his name all over the Wisconsin record books, and barring an early departure to the NHL, his work here isn’t over.Share your favorite Brian Elliott moment by e-mailing Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @SamBlum3 With Syracuse teetering on the bubble heading into its matchup with North Carolina State in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, The Daily Orange spoke with NCAA Tournament guru Patrick Stevens. Stevens’ projections appear in The Washington Post and, in 2014, he was the only bracketologist, out of 121, to correctly pick all 68 teams in the field, per Syracuse.com.Here’s what he had to say about SU’s chances at an NCAA Tournament bid.The Daily Orange: Where do you have Syracuse right now, and where would it be if the season were to end today?Patrick Stevens: I have Syracuse as a nine seed in the West, playing Florida in St. Louis with Xavier as a possible matchup as a one seed. If you look at their profile, and believe me, there’s a spot on the bracket and it’s probably around the seven line, where the bottom falls out. Suddenly you’re looking at teams that really aren’t quite as good and then it gets even worse from there. So there are teams that are like Syracuse that have flaws, without question, such as the loss to St. John’s. That’s the one thing that stands out as much as anything else. But beyond that, there’s not a whole lot that you’re looking at that’s really dreadful. They’re .500 away from home, they’re 7-8 against the Top 100, 5-7 against the Top 50. Neither of which is great, but neither of which is dreadful.I think Syracuse is in preservation mode as much as anything else … I think they simply have to handle the business they should handle, which very simple for them might mean beat North Carolina State and beat whatever team the wind up playing in the 7-10 or 8-9 type of situation in the ACC tournament, barring complete chaos anywhere else. Right now on the at-large board, which takes out all of the current conference leaders, I have Syracuse 28th. I have them with a four-team buffer with them and the play-in games at the moment, let alone the edge of the field. So you look at them, and they’re not in terrible shape whatsoever at this stage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textD.O.: The NCAA Tournament committee said it would look at the nine-game suspension for Jim Boeheim when determining SU’s spot in the field. Do you do the same with your bracket projections?P.S.: I haven’t given it much thought. You look at the games that they lost and you say, “How much of a difference would have that have necessarily made?” They lost handily at Miami. They lost by double-digits at Pittsburgh. They were down a bunch at Georgetown without him. Even the St. John’s game, as bad as that was, double-digit loss. The question I ask is how much of a difference would he have made? And I don’t know the answer to that. And frankly I don’t think anyone knows the answer to that. The Clemson game is the one game where you look at it and you think, “Maybe that would have made a difference.” But I think that’s a really hard thing to quantify. At least with a player it’s “OK, you’re taking out 16 points a game. You’re taking out this, you’re taking out that.”D.O.: How much does it help Syracuse’s seeding when a team like Duke or St. Bonaventure really elevate their play after the Orange already beat them this season?P.S.: This is an every year deal for every team. You beat a team you think is good in the season and it turns out they’re not worth a whole lot. You beat a team that’s bad early in the season and it turns out that they’re pretty decent. Both of those teams, the Duke game in particular, is helping Syracuse a great deal right now. And at the end of the day, that would not shock me if that is the best thing that’s left on their profile come Selection Sunday. It’s certainly better for them to have Bonaventure in the Top 50 than not. It’s certainly better for them to have Duke playing well now, than not. Is that helping Syracuse’s profile? Yes.D.O.: Speaking hypothetically, if Syracuse were to lose out, what could things look like for the Orange?P.S.: That’s going to depend on what a lot of other people do. It’s a 351-team situation with a lot of variables out there. But I would not suggest Syracuse lose their next three games … The variables are reduced to this point that say this: If Syracuse beats N.C. State, loses the two road games, splits in the ACC tournament, I think it’s going to take a lot of absolute wackiness elsewhere to cost them an NCAA Tournament berth.D.O.: Does it help Syracuse that a team like Louisville is off the board?P.S.: There are two extra spots in the field this year with Louisville and Southern Methodist not in. Syracuse is two spots closer to the edge of the field if those two teams are eligible, then yeah, there’s a little bit less margin for error. This year, when they talk about taking the top 36 at-large teams, what they’re really talking about is taking the top 37 or 38 because those two teams aren’t going to be in the field. Comments
The news comes a day after Jonathan Walters confirmed he too had a knee operation and hopes to be back in action in less than three weeks. But the La Galaxy striker should be fit in time for Ireland’s Euro 2016 opener againt Sweden on June 13th if required.Keane failed to make an appearance in Ireland’s two recent internationals against Switzerland and Slovakia due to the injury.But he looks certain to make Martin O’Neill’s 23-man squad for this Summer’s tournament in France.
Tests carried out this morning have revealed that Lionel Messi has a strained hamstring in his right leg and will be out for between 2 to 3 weeks. His participation in future game s will depend on his recovery processThe Argentinean limped off in the second half at the Calderon on Sunday after noting a twinge in the area he had previously been injured in.