MBB : Christmas steps up to fill void down low for SU in win over Cincinnati

first_imgCINCINNATI — The block pinned perfectly against the backboard, the two spot-on passes for backdoor cuts, the single offensive rebound given up to Yancy Gates.Rakeem Christmas didn’t play like a first-year player in a raucous environment.‘Oh, man. He played a lot better,’ Syracuse shooting guard Brandon Triche said. ‘Still have some improving to do, just from his youth, but he had a lot of heart. He rebounded, he was able to score buckets early and just his presence down there helped us.’A game after Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley bludgeoned the interior players for the Orange, Christmas responded. In what assistant coach Gerry McNamara called the best game of the freshman’s young career, he posted four points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 27 huge minutes for SU (21-1, 8-1 Big East). His ability to battle against Gates and the UC forward’s 38-pound weight advantage proved crucial for Syracuse in a 60-53 win over the Bearcats (15-6, 5-3 Big East).Scoop Jardine said after watching the film of Cooley’s tenacious 17-point, 10-rebound performance against the Orange, he and his teammates saw a lack of heart. They needed to be stronger and more physical all around.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMonday night, that started and ended with Christmas.‘Cooley took it to all of us, not just Rak,’ Jardine said. ‘He took it to everybody. He wanted it more than us. So we watched film on that and we’ve seen that, and tonight we weren’t letting Yancy do it. And you saw that, Rak played a great game.’Every time the 6-foot-9, 260-pound wall of muscle posted up for the Bearcats, there was Christmas scrambling to get in front of him. It forced Gates out toward the free-throw line to catch the ball, a spot where he can’t use his muscle.And it freed up Christmas to use his athleticism for two big blocks on Cincinnati power forward Justin Jackson, whose 210-pound frame is smaller than that of the SU freshman.The first block on Jackson preserved a 48-42 lead late in the second half. The second was on a layup attempt in the lane that Christmas pinned beautifully against the backboard with less than six minutes to play.‘He was physical, he was tough, blocking shots,’ McNamara said. ‘Yancy is a big, strong, physical player and very talented. … It was a big step for him. He was more physical tonight, and that’s how we’re going to need him to play.’Christmas even showed an expanded offensive game with two beautiful assists on backdoor cuts.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim liked the odds of his team’s half-court execution against the aggressive nature of the Cincinnati defense. So after a huge one-handed slam from UC’s Dion Dixon to close the Orange lead to four, Boeheim called out a set play.Christmas caught and held at the top of the key, waiting for Jardine to make his break back toward the hoop. He hit him in stride for an easy layup.Several minutes later, his second assist found Triche on the exact same play for the reverse layup.‘I was worried about him because a freshman is making that pass,’ Boeheim said. ‘But he did, he made it. He made two good passes in that situation. I thought that was what kind of broke it.’Christmas and Baye Keita struggled terribly in their first game without starting center Fab Melo on Saturday at Notre Dame. But Monday was different. There was a new edge for both players, a bigger chip on their shoulders.Keita played only 13 minutes and tallied just one rebound, but Kris Joseph said the play of Keita and Christmas together was huge. While Cooley beat Syracuse with raw determination and will, Gates has a larger skill set offensively. And Joseph said the inside duo was more than ready.‘They knew what to expect, and Yancy is definitely a better — not to take anything away from Cooley — but Gates is a better offensive player and more of a threat to us down low,’ Joseph said. ‘Had they played like that on Saturday, it might have been a different turnout.’Though Christmas sneaked quickly out of the locker room following Monday’s win, avoiding most of the media in the process, it was undeniably his best game in an Orange uniform. Christmas had to be the man against the Bearcats for Syracuse to win.And put simply, he was.Said Keita: ‘Rak, I give him a lot of credit tonight.’mjcohe02@syr.edu Comments Published on January 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

McDan Open West Africa reaches final as Ghana-Nigeria rivalry is renewed

first_imgThe age-long sporting rivalry between Ghana and  Nigeria will be rekindled as the big McDan Open West Africa Championship reaches its final on Saturday July 2 at the Centre court of the Accra Stadium.The men’s final will see a thriller between Ghana’s Wisdom Na-Adjrago and Michael Moses of Nigeria while Sarah Adegoke, also from Nigeria plays Ghana’s Kate Coleman for the ladies top prize. Ghana’s second seed, Wisdom Na-Adjrago, who traces his origins to the Koforidua Tennis Club in the Eastern Region of Ghana battles Michael Moses of Nigeria in what could have been expected considering the fine form displayed by both players throughout the tournament.In the semi finals Na-Adjrago exhibited admirable mental strength as he fought through the first set and managed to scale through winning  6-4. This first set battle was staged amidst cheers from a divided home crowd as both Na-Adjrago and Palm are from Osu, the suburb of the Ghana capital Accra, where the Stadium is located. The second set saw an improved performance from Na-Adjrago who utilized his speed and dashes towards the net to place some shots beyond Palm’s reach. The latter was to lose steam only after the second game leaving Na- Adjrago to take over. Spot on service and good smashes which were strong enough to elude Palm resulted in a 6-3 finish.Michael Moses on the other hand lived up to the pre-semi final talk to send a strong message home when he staged a fight back from a set down to win the best of three against Burkina Faso’s Joel Meda. Nigeria’s top seed Moses who is right-handed started well in the first set with good play in the first two games. But faulty service and other unforced errors handed the points to Burkinabe who had the final in sight at that point. The first set ended 2-6 in favour of Meda. Little did the many fans gathered know that the Nigerian would shake of the jerkiness and move into his true elements. Moses consistently hit shots past Meda with both his right forehand and double back hand, which earned him a 6-2, 6-4 result in the remaining two sets.Kate Coleman of Ghana will hope for a first Women’s Title at the McDan Open as she clashes with the tough and witty Nigerian fourth seed, Sarah Adegoke.The ladies semis saw a one sided battle between Ghanaian teenager, Naa McKorley and Nigeria’s Sarah Adegoke. McKorley who has been under the by Ghanaian tennis legend Odartey Annan and Coach Ayi Dartey, fought hard but was unable to break the more experienced Adegoke. The game ended  6-1, 6-1. Kate Coleman breezed into a second straight final after beating Antionette Cruickshank, 6-4, 6-1.Coleman will be hoping to right the wrongs of last year’s edition where she lost to Francisca Nyarko, who is currently in the US.The headline sponsor, McDan Shipping together with supporting sponsors, West Blue Consulting , Twellium Industries have combined efforts put up an attractive prize package. for the men it is 1000 us dollars, a big trophy, a full kit and beverages while the ladies champion wins a trophy 800 US dollars a trophy and beverages. All kit components are being provided by Babolat Ghana.Dignitaries expected to grace the final are Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Vincent Oppong Asamoah, Minister of Environment Science and Technology, Mahama Ayarigah,  Dr Daniel McKorley, Executive Chairman of the McDan Group, Ms Valentina Mintah, CEO of West Blue Consulting,  Mohammed Kwawtharani, Managing Director of Twellium Industries, the Chief Executive of the National Sports Authority, Mr Joe Kpenge and Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Minister of State at the Presidency. Follow Nathaniel Attoh on instagram @citizenattoh, on facebook Nathaniel Attoh Citizen Attoh and on twitter @niiattoh5last_img read more

Ellen Sends Nursing, Midwifery Bill to Senate

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has sent to the Senate for enactment, an Act to amend Chapter 65 and 66 of Title 33 of Public Health Law to grant autonomy to the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery.In a communication dated July 8, 2014 and addressed to the Senate, President Sirleaf noted that “as the name of the instrument suggests, the draft Act amends the Public Health Law and makes the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery an autonomous agency with the exclusive power to regulate nursing and midwifery practice in Liberia.”According to President Sirleaf’s communication, when the Act is established, the board will have the authority among other things; to create regulations, policies and punishments for the practice of nursing and midwifery; to enter into contract to afford the performance in acting this law in borrowing money in line with the Public Financial Management Act; register all person engaged in or desirous to engage in the practice of nursing and midwifery.The President said the Act will further design and harmonize the curriculum of the midwifery institution in the country, and establish the necessary professional standards to regulate the midwifery and nursing section.The President’s proposed amended Act wants the board to comprise of not less than 13 and not more than 17 members who shall be appointed based on a recommendation of the Professional Nursing and Midwifery Institutions; and all its members, except an ex-officio, legal adviser, shall have nursing and midwifery-related experience.She said the Act is in continuation of reform in the health sector of the country.The Act, which is sponsored in the Senate by the Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Senator Peter Coleman and Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo, and was sent to the committees on Health and Welfare, and Judiciary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Getting Away From it All… And Taking it With You

first_imgMore Noise to Signal. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Cartoons#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout rob cottingham You’ve probably heard that ReadWriteWeb has just announced the 2010 Mobile Summit, which – judging by last fall’s real-time web summit – is going to be a bang-up event. (With Kaliya Hamlin facilitating, how can it be otherwise?)This one’s in honor of the summit… and in honor of all of us for whom ubiquitous connectivity means you’re never really 100% present in physical space.Oh, sure, it has its drawbacks – the car accidents, the walking into parking meters, the wedding that got called off because you just had to Twitpic a photo of the moment to your tweeps, which was awkward as you were the bride.But let’s admit it: We’re part of the hive mind, and we’re proud of it. Onward to Mountain View! 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts last_img read more

Almost over in 9

first_imgThey furiously traded punches the rest of the way and when the bell sounded in the 12th, Pacquiao did a brief shadow boxing display.But the referees were unimpressed.Especially New Yorker Waleska Roldan, who scored the bout 117-111 for Horn. Fellow judges Chris Flores and Ramon Celdran handed 115-113 scores for Horn.Pacquiao’s camp, though, slammed the officials.“The referee was sketchy, the judges were crazy,” fumed Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.ADVERTISEMENT BRISBANE—Pounding and chasing Jeff Horn throughout the ring in the ninth round, Manny Pacquiao had the Australian challenger clinging for life and nearly pulled off a stoppage win on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT In fact, American referee Mark Nelson saw the heavy beating Horn had been receiving from Pacquiao and went over to chief trainer Glenn Rushton and Horn.“Show me something in this round, otherwise I will stop the fight,” Nelson blurted out. Horn heard it loud and clear and rose to the challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Hey, hold your horses, we’re not that bad,” Horn said to himself. “We’ll keep going for sure.”Being at his prime at 29, Horn got his legs back in no time and surprised Pacquiao by again taking the offensive in the 10th. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Horn answers questions about his victory over Pacquiao8.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gamescenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like a pumpkin,” Fortune added, referring to Horn who finished the fight with a badly swollen face and needing stitches over his right eye.“Those scores, that card? It should be the other way around,” said Fortune.Several celebrities on social media seemed to agree.“This is what’s wrong with boxing,” tweeted former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. “Horn was very game but I’m hard pressed to see how he could have won that fight by any stretch!”American football quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was equally forthright.“Boxing is a joke, and it proves it again tonight. Are you kidding me with those scorecards? #joke #rigged,” Rodgers said on Twitter.Baseball and NFL legend Deion Sanders said: “@mannypacquiao was robbed! I’m really upset right now. Really. This is ignorant. God bless u Manny and all u do for your country. #Truth.”Broadcaster ESPN said that Pacquiao had landed 182 punches to 92 from the challenger over the 12 rounds in front of more than 51,000 fans in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane. —WITH A REPORT FROM AFP Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? MOST READ Jeff Horn’s vision comes to fruition with win over Pacquiao Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Sarr makes season debut but says he’s still not 100 percent

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters High-flying Hill promises more poster dunks: ‘I’m here to put on a show’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments “I just feel like I’m not 100 percent but I’m on my way there,” said Sarr Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after helping Adamson beat University of Santo Tomas, 88-81. “I’m trying to get back and just help the team. I think I’m just at 50 percent and I was trying to push myself just to help my team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSarr finished with 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists in just 11 minutes of play.The Cameroonian said he felt sluggish during the game and he wasn’t as mobile as he wanted to be. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson center Papi Sarr admitted he is still not his normal self after making his debut in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday.The 6-foot-8 big man missed the Falcons’ opening game loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles due to a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ “I was literally heavy, I was tired. My body was so tired and so heavy that I’m hoping by next game I’ll be back to normal,” said Sarr. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Ind vs WI: Time is on my side: Harbhajan

first_imgOnly the third Indian bowler to touch the 400-wicket mark in Test cricket, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said his best is yet to come as tweakers tend to get better after turning 30.”I’m only 31…and even though the last seven wickets have made me work harder, (I’m hopeful) the next 200 will come very soon,” said Harbhajan after the end of second day’s play in the third and final Test against the West Indies here.Harbhajan accounted for Darren Sammy (20) and Carlton Baugh (60) within a space of 9 balls to reach the milestone, a summit which only two other Indians and 10 bowlers overall have ever managed in the history of the game.Harbhajan, who has spent over 13 years in international cricket, then went down the memory lane and recalled the difficulties he endured to come thus far.”I have faced a lot of ups and downs in my career -mostly downs. I’ve worked hard for these wickets. Spinners mature with age. Most of them, be it Anil (Kumble) bhai, Shane Warne, (Muttiah) Muralitharan took a lot of wickets after they turned 30.”Time is on my side; I am still very young and there is a lot of cricket left in me. I have to start doing even better for Team India and start taking a lot of wickets. If I keep myself fit, I will be able to do it.”It’s not easy to take even one wicket in international cricket. Batsmen are watching you all the time. You have to keep adding variations. Just line and length is not enough.You have to make sure you are not left behind. Off-spinners now are coming to bowl from round the wicket. You have to keep trying new things,” Harbhajan said.advertisement”Batsmen these days come and play their shots. I remember 10 years back, all the bowlers were averaging 25, 26 or 27. These days the normal average is 30 plus.”When I have my good days, I take wickets. On bad days, I try not to give too many runs,” he added.The ‘Turbanator’ looked back at the last few years; the seasons when he bowled without Anil Kumble at the other end. “Anil bhai was a very big bowler for Team India. After he left, there’s been a lot of responsibility. The good thing is that Zaheer has been there to take it.”I have the greatest of regard for Anil bhai. It was he who made us believe that we could win Tests abroad. We had a meeting in Sri Lanka where he said we should be number one in two years time. Exactly two years later, we are number one,” he said.”I respect him the most. He was a great bowler and a greater individual. He has helped me a lot to become what I am today. I know when I need his help, he is just a phone call away. “In the same breath, Harbhajan also remembered how his friend, the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, helped him add variations to his bowling.”Whenever I bowl to Sachin in the nets, I ask him what I should be doing. When I tour Australia or New Zealand, I take his advice. He showed me how to bowl a slider, a kind of outswinger, which I have used in ODIs and even taken wickets in Tests. But a slider can only be bowled with a new ball.”Bhajji remembered his former captains and the support he has had from some outstanding fielders in the close cordon.”My first captain was (Mohd) Azharuddin. Then I played a couple of games under Sachin. When Sourav became captain, he gave me a lot of confidence. I took a lot of wickets under him. He supported me all the way. (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni has been great with Team India. I just hope he continues doing what he is doing. Under each captain, I know I have given my 100 per cent.”During my time, Shiv Sunder Das was very good in close-in cordon. Sadagopan Ramesh normally sleeps a lot but that day he was awake to take a blinder offered by Warne. It gave me a hat-trick. Aakash Chopra was outstanding. Cheteshwar Pujara was very good in South Africa.”Then Rahul Dravid is very special. He has taken 50 catches off me. I hope another 50 will come very soon.”  With inputs from PTIlast_img read more