Bony claims point for Swansea

first_img The second half began as frantically as the first and Austin was in the thick of the action again as his header was scrambled onto the post by Fabianksi. Swansea emerged unscathed, however, and began to regain some control as the game drifted past the hour mark. Gomis dragged a shot wide at the back post in the 70th minute while at the other end, Fer powered another long-range effort narrowly wide. Bony was introduced for Sigurdsson with 20 minutes to play and the striker almost made an instant impact, curling a free-kick towards the top corner and forcing a superb save from Green. The visitors cranked up the pressure and with 10 minutes to go almost grabbed an equaliser as Ki Sung-yeung’s shot was blocked by Green and Marvin Emnes’ follow-up header was cleared off the line. Rangers should have put the game to bed on the counter-attack when Vargas found the side-netting but the hosts were given a boost in the 86th minute when Routledge was sent off for an altercation with Karl Henry. In the 92nd minute, however, it was Bony who added a late twist to the tale, hammering past Green into the top corner to break Rangers’ hearts. There was still time for one more chance and Austin could have had the last word but he blazed over the bar from close range at the death and a pulsating game ended honours even. Press Association Wilfried Bony came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time equaliser and ensure Swansea took a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at QPR. Harry Redknapp’s side, unbeaten at Loftus Road since mid-October, are now two points above the relegation zone while Swansea sit ninth, three points off the top six. The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, with Gylfi Sigurdsson in particular causing problems for the QPR defence. It was the Iceland midfielder’s superb first-time ball in the sixth minute that put Wayne Routledge in the clear and Green was lucky not to give away a free-kick and be sent off as he stopped the winger’s progress by handling the ball outside the area. QPR capitalised on their good fortune, gradually establishing a foothold in the game as Charlie Austin saw two shots blocked from close-range. Swansea’s early momentum had stalled and in the 20th minute, the hosts took the lead as Fer collected the ball 25 yards out and drilled it past Lukas Fabianski for his third goal of the season. Rangers were in the ascendancy and should have doubled their advantage when a deep cross found Bobby Zamora at the pack post but the striker was unable to keep his header down. Gomis could have made Rangers pay when he was set free twice either side of the half-hour but his first shot flew wide of the far post and his second rolled harmlessly into the hands of Green. Eduardo Vargas tested Fabianski with a stinging effort from range and the Chilean tried his luck again shortly before the break, smashing Austin’s cross against the outside of the post. A stunning first-half strike from Leroy Fer looked to have sealed another valuable three points for QPR at home but Bony scored his ninth goal of the season two minutes into injury-time to salvage a hard-earned point for the visitors. QPR were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men early on when Rob Green handled outside the area but it was Swansea who finished with a man less after Wayne Routledge was sent off with four minutes to play. last_img read more

Southerland lone 3-point threat for Syracuse in loss to Connecticut

first_img Related Stories Curtain closes on Syracuse-UConn rivalry, future matchups to be void of Big East intensityDOG DAYS: Syracuse unable to overcome barrage of 3s in final Big East meeting with ConnecticutBoatright, Napier outplay Carter-Williams, Triche, doom Syracuse to defeat in final Syracuse-UConn Big East matchupGallery: No. 6 Syracuse upset by Connecticut 66-58 in final Big East meeting Published on February 14, 2013 at 1:07 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 HARTFORD, Conn. – As Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche shot and missed, then shot and missed some more, James Southerland kept the game respectable.Syracuse missed 19 of its 23 attempts from 3-point range in Wednesday’s loss to Connecticut, and Southerland was responsible for all four of the shots that actually found their way through the basket. He finished with 14 points in his second game back with the team, and presented the only threat on a night when Carter-Williams and Triche missed 10 times combined from beyond the arc.“I think James was the only person to hit a 3,” Triche said. “Without him, it probably would have been even worse (than a 66-58 loss). I think it’s just them making shots and us missing.”Southerland finished 4-for-9 from 3-point range, hitting a pair of triples in each half. But as the game wore on, and it became clear he would have no help from outside, Southerland began forcing a few of his attempts.He drilled a 3 from the right corner out of a timeout with 11:46 remaining, giving the Orange a 40-39 lead. But he shot two more 3s on the next two possessions, both of which were questionable attempts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first miss led to a 3-pointer by Niels Giffey the other way, and the second miss came with Giffey’s hand right in his face.“Unfortunately, shots didn’t go down (for my teammates),” Southerland said. “I feel like I was mentally focused, definitely on the offensive end in this game.”By the time Syracuse needed outside shooting the most — the Orange tried to climb back from a nine-point deficit in the final 6:13 — the well had run dry. SU came up empty on each of its final five attempts from beyond the arc, including a miss by Southerland.And when his hot hand cooled, there was no one left to help.“They shot 8-for-14 from the 3, which is the best anybody has shot against us in a long time,” Jim Boeheim said of Connecticut. “And we didn’t shoot so well.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Student leaders speak at women’s conference

first_imgHigh school students across California attended the Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Program at the Radisson Hotel at USC on Saturday where they listened to keynote speakers discuss the importance of women taking on leadership positions in politics, government and public affairs.The event was presented by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Women’s Student Assembly, Political Student Assembly, Arsalyn Program of the Ludwick Family Foundation, Junior State of America, California YMCA Youth and Government, California Women Lead and Alliance Patti & Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy. Representatives from the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Community College District Board and the Price School of Public Policy were in attendance.Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, kicked off the event by giving a brief opening statement to the students and by introducing two USC student leaders and co-moderators for specific panels, in the realm of politics: Sarah Dhanaphatana, news editor of the Daily Trojan, and Camille Patrick, a junior majoring in business and cinematic arts. During the introduction, Dhanaphatana and Patrick explained the importance of the event and encouraged the young high school students in attendance to take action to bridge the gender inequality present in politics.Dhanaphatana explained there must be a shift of discourse when it comes to talking about women in politics. She said that individuals must change the question from “Are women capable of fulfilling a role in politics?” to “Yes, women are capable; now what steps will they take to successfully shape politics?”Following that introduction was a brief panel featuring Kyle Finck, the section lead for the High School Insider of the Los Angeles Times, and Suzy Jack, vice president of projects of the Los Angeles Times and USC alumna, provided the young women with advice on how to kick-start their careers in politics at a young age.The next panel featured Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath of the city of West Hollywood, where she discussed the challenges she faced as a woman in the political realm. She recognized that many women do not feel confident in the political arena, and she encouraged them to reverse that stigma.At the end of her speech, Horvath gave out her phone number so that the girls could reach out to her.Guest speakers also included Mona Pasquil, former deputy lieutenant governor for California.In the afternoon, USC students participated in a panel where they provided the young women with networking tips.Jordan Fowler, Undergraduate Student Government vice president, told the girls about the importance of staying true to themselves.“It is so important to remain confident,” she said. “You are all so amazing and leaders in companies can learn as much from you as much as you can learn from them.”Shyann Murphy, executive co-director of the Women’s Student Assembly, spoke to the girls about failure.“Failures are going to happen, but it is through failure that we learn most from,” she said.Murphy also addressed the importance of getting involved.“Really jump in and get involved as much as possible and find something that you are truly passionate about,” she said.Fowler said that these events are important to empower women to step up and take on leadership roles.“I was really shy when I was growing up, and it is so important for young girls to constantly be encouraged. Growing up, if I would not have had people telling me to get out of my comfort zone, I definitely would not be where I am now,” she said.Rini Sampath, USG president, talked about the reception after the event where the girls had the opportunity to network.“These girls are so talented and they benefit a lot by hearing from college students,” Sampath said.Sampath said that the program throughout the years have given her the opportunity to meet young women and hear about their journeys to positions of leadership.“Last year, I met a young girl at the reception of this same event and we kept in touch,” she said. “She ran to be president of her class and won.”last_img read more

Boston College’s hot performance from 3 dooms Syracuse, 85-70

first_img Published on March 1, 2018 at 1:29 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — The moment seemed self-contained. Ky Bowman drilled a 3-pointer two-and-a-half minutes into the game and stared right at Syracuse’s bench. It was a player Syracuse hadn’t contested quickly enough having his moment after a long ball. SU would try not to let it happen again.Syracuse rallied late in the first half to cut a 10-point deficit down to one. The Orange then triple-teamed Luka Kraljevic in the corner, coming close to forcing a turnover. But he pivoted and found Jerome Robinson alone on the wing. The 20.9-points-per-game sharpshooter knocked it down before turning around and celebrating with the BC faithful sitting behind him.The Eagles (17-13, 7-10 Atlantic Coast) could have eventually scanned the entirety of Conte Forum if they looked somewhere different after every made deep ball. Boston College went a scorching 14-of-27 from 3, with Bowman, Robinson and Jordan Chatman taking and making all but one from deep. It was a season-high in 3s allowed and opponent 3-point percentage for Syracuse (18-12, 7-10), which managed to keep it close in the first half, but eventually lost to the 3-point barrage in a 85-70 loss on Wednesday night.“Those guards are as good as any guards in the country,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said postgame. “And Chatman is a good a shooter as you’re going to find.”Before the two teams matched up on Jan. 24, Boeheim said that he didn’t “think anybody shoots the ball from the 3-point line better than,” Boston College. At the time, the comment didn’t totally seem to add up, as BC was eighth in the conference in 3-point percentage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Eagles did shoot the ball well in that game though, going 11-for-23. Four makes came in the first four minutes of the game, though. SU weathered that early storm and got hot on offense, eventually seizing control of the game.On Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference, BC head coach Jim Christian said that he’d look at how to adjust against the Orange’s zone. The Eagles did just that, spreading the floor out and often times putting one of the guards in the high post. That would force Paschal Chukwu to step up and go one-on-one with a quicker guard, who could find shooters on the wing.“They spread us out a lot more,” point guard Frank Howard said. “They filled every spot on the perimeter … overloaded us, made our big man leave the paint. I think they attacked (the zone) a lot better and moved the ball a lot quicker.”The Eagles moved the ball around quickly, several times dishing it out to a baseline cutter for an easy layup which in turn continued to open up the 3-pointers. BC had 19 assists on its 26 made field goals, including 12 assists on the 14 made 3-pointers.Syracuse limits opponents to 33 percent behind the arc, the fifth-best mark in the conference. The Eagles, though, never shied away from attempting the looks.On one play late through the first half, Bowman took a pass from Jerome Robinson and dribbled left through a ball screen. Tyus Battle went under it, so Bowman just pulled up and rained home another one.“We tried to get under (the screens) as fast as possible and get back up top,” Battle said. “But he was hot. We tried to make an adjustment going over the top and run him off better. But he hit some tough ones.”Hot 3-point shooters have plagued Syracuse this season. Three different players have made seven 3-pointers in a game against the Orange. But those were symptoms of opponents finding the soft spot in the zone and SU being unable to quell one player.Instead, Boston College unleashed a three-headed barrage that Syracuse couldn’t solve. It dropped the Orange down to 7-10, the first time it’ll have a losing record in ACC play. And it could have potentially dropped the Orange out of the NCAA Tournament consideration.“They had great ball movement,” Howard said. “They had great ball movement and got the ball inside. They knew where their looks were coming from.” Commentslast_img read more

Independence Day Golf: IBB Club Hosts Achimota

first_imgBy Wale AjimotokanSports Minister Sunday Dare, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, played the ceremonial tee off yesterday morning during the international matchplay between IBB International Club and Country Club, Abuja and Achimota Club 1928 of Ghana. The matchplay was organised to commemorate Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day.Dare was received by the Chairman IBB Club Board of Trustees, Gen IBM Haruna (Rtd), the Captain, Mr Sola Awoyungbo and the Chairman Independence Day Tournament Planning Committee, Senator Emmanuel Anosike. While delivering the President’s felicitation message, Dare said Buhari was delighted to have the Ghanaian contingent visit Abuja. He also expressed pleasure that the partnership between the two clubs had been ongoing for almost a decade. He added that the collaboration should go beyond sports.“The fact that I am here representing the president is evidential that golf is one of the sports that will enjoy the support of government. The President is really happy with what we are doing here, as he joins you and millions of Nigerians to celebrate the Independence anniversary. In 59 years, we have gone thus far in twists and turns, but in 59 years, we can look at this country and actually say it has progressed,” Dare said.While describing the IBB Golf as a reputable golf club, he said the president is committed to all round sports development,Speaking to reporters, Anosike thanked President Buhari for visiting the club, by detailing the minister to represent him.Ghana, which is led by AVM Kadiri (Rtd) is in Abuja with a contingent of 40 golfers and tennis players.The two clubs will play the singles matches on Sunday, while the Independence Tournament will climax on October 1 with an amateur tournament.“We will have a large field on October 1, playing the shotgun, with between 12-16 golfers teeing off on every hole. In addition, we will have friends from Uganda, Rwanda and captains of clubs from Africa are to be part of this event,” Anosike said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

We have not taken maintenance for granted – Asiamah

first_imgGovernment has not neglected their maintenance plans for the various state-owned stadia, according to Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah.The maintenance culture at the country’s main stadia, ie, Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast, have come under immense scrutiny in recent weeks.Revelations made in the Auditor General’s report on the activities of the National Sports Authority and the Sports Ministry, pointed out the absence of a maintenance policy for the country’s major stadia.But Asiamah has defended his outfit, and is adamant government has done a good job with the maintenance of state owned stadia since taking office.“Before we came in, Accra Sports Stadium was dead; now it’s back to life,” he said.“When you go to Kumasi Sports Stadium, it’s closed down for renovation. When maintenance is not routine, we incur more cost to bring the place back to life. “When we are done with renovation works, every venue will have a maintenance manual that will be followed religiously,” he addedlast_img read more

Police need help finding this Alpena man, Justin Agar

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Local law enforcement agencies need your help locating an Alpena man on the loose.This is the photo* of 24–year–old Justin Tate Agar.Agar went into hiding after removing his tether while on parole. He is a six foot, 180 pound, white male. Police say Agar has a history of gun violence.Crime Stoppers will award up to $1,000 dollars to anyone who can help them find Agar. Please call 1–800–422–JAIL if you have information on his whereabouts.*Correction: The previous images of Justin Tate Agar published were not him. Police sent us the wrong photos. The new photo is Agar.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan State Police Seeking Information in Break-and-Enter CaseNext NOAA: Captain Kidd and the Golden Age of Piracylast_img read more

Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong to join up with Charlton on loan

first_imgChampionship side Charlton have secured the services of highly-rated Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong on loan from Arsenal.The 20-year-old has recently returned to fitness following a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained on loan at Wolves last season and moves to the Valley until New Year’s Day.Frimpong has made two appearances for Arsenal this term, in the Capital One Cup triumphs over Coventry and Reading, and joins the Addicks in search of regular first-team football.“We’re really happy that he’s coming in to join our squad, and we welcome him to the club,” Charlton manager Chris Powell told the club’s official website.“We’ve had our eye on him for a while, and with the busy Christmas period to come, I felt it was right to make sure that we are covered in all areas. We hope that does very well for us in the red or black of Charlton.”last_img read more

Black Stars defender Sumaila donates to Colts clubs in the Central Region.

first_imgGhana Defender Rashid Sumaila has donated undisclosed sums of money to all colt clubs in the Central Region to show appreciation for developing him as a young talent.The 21-year-old is arguably one of Ghana’s best defender at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil despite not getting the opportunity to feature for the Black StarsSumaila paired excellently with Jerry Akaminko in a pre tournament friendly against the Netherlands which the Black Stars lost by 0-1.The former Dwarfs \Kotoko defender and now plies his trade for PSL side Mamelodi Sundowns is now the toast of scouts at the World Cup and it is believed he will join the European train soon.  The humble defender interacted with some players and officials of the youth sides after which he made the donation.“This is where it all started for me and it was important to come back and say thank you to everyone here and also help in my small way to ensure more talents are produced from the region,” he said during the presentation. The regional executives and coaches thanked their former player for his magnanimity and prayed his star keeps shining as he is likely to begin his adventure in Europe.last_img read more

‘Perception’ of Pac-12 hurt 10-2 Washington State, AD says

first_img Jim McElwain to be named as Central Michigan coach, report says The release of the final College Football Playoff rankings always leaves fans, coaches, players and administrators looking for answers (or excuses) as to why their team isn’t ranked higher.For Washington State (10-2), which finished at No. 13, “disappointed” Cougars athletic director Pat Chun pointed his finger at the selection committee’s opinion of the Pac-12. Chun said he thought his team deserved a bid to a New Year’s Six bowl, but added he’s “ecstatic to be in the Alamo Bowl” against No. 24 Iowa State. The Cougs are headed to the @valeroalamobowl in San Antonio!#GoCougs | #JoinTheHunt pic.twitter.com/sE2gCLAK9e— WSU Cougars (@WSUCougars) December 2, 2018Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott seemed to share Chun’s attitude.”While we are disappointed that they were not selected for a New Year’s Six bowl, we made the case for Washington State to the selection committee through the established communications protocols, and we were aligned in our approach with Washington State in this regard,” the Pac-12 said in a statement (via ESPN.com). “At the same time, we know that the selection committee has difficult decisions to make, and we respect the committee and its members.”Seven teams in total from the Pac-12 will play in a bowl game with Washington headlining the conference bids as the Huskies will play No. 6 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.center_img College Football Playoff official: No plan to expand format, despite controversy “We can easily infer that where we’re ranked is a result of maybe the perception of the league,” Chun said (via the Moscow-Pullman Daily News). “We believe, as a 10-win team in a Power 5 league, the manner in which our two losses came, statistically how we match up with the other teams in the same cluster as us, we believed our resume ranked perhaps higher than where the committee thought it was, but they are empowered to make those decisions. We’ll respect those decisions.”Washington State was ranked as high as No. 8 before losing its season finale to rival Washington, which at No. 9 in the final rankings, is one of three three-loss teams ahead of the Cougars (No. 10 Florida, No. 11 LSU). Related Newslast_img read more