Have you seen the NCAA’s plan to improve scoring in basketball next year? They have reduced the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds; increased the 3-foot circle under the basket to 4 feet; and reduced the number of time outs available to the coach in a game. I think these will help somewhat, but I am not convinced that these 3 things are what is keeping scoring as low as it is.The easiest and quickest way to increase scoring is to allow the referees to call fouls. They have let the game become so physical that it is almost impossible to get a shot off. If the conferences and/or the NCAA would give referees permission to call fouls the same way they did 30 years ago, scoring would pick up. When you hold a player, hit him in the arm as he shoots, or knock him to the floor, it is a foul. Just watch a game and see how often they actually do call a foul–especially near the basket. This doesn’t take a new rule. It is just enforcing the one that is in the book!The one rule above that does make sense is the time out rule. Time outs, especially in the last 10 minutes, increase the length of the game at least a half an hour. Why should a player who is about to travel call a time out so he doesn’t make the violation? This new rule is supposed to have addressed that. We will see when the season begins this winter.
The Lady Bulldogs clinched the victory with a win at No. 2 singles by Kate Poltrack. Poltrack defeated Jasmyn Blackburn by the scores of 6-2 and 6-4. The No. 2 doubles duo of Maggie Walsman and Kayla Stone teamed up for a 7-6 and 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles. The Batesville Lady Bulldogs posted a 4-1 win at home against Lawrenceburg. Batesville put up an early 2-0 lead with wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles. Betsy Harmeyer and Corinne Stone teamed up for a 6-3 and 6-1 victory over Sheridan Houze and Calli Pole at No. 1 doubles. Jenna Ertel was a 6-2 and 6-1 winner over Evelyn McAndrews at No. 3. Junior varsity match winners included Lily Esser and Caroline Kellerman in singles play, while Meredith McCreary and Malia Scheele teamed up to win in doubles. Senior Sophie Brown suffered a tough loss at No. 1 singles to Grace Safaviyan.
The Liberty Stadium contest was a lacklustre affair, although Saints may feel aggrieved they did not come away with all three points after Adam Lallana’s first-half effort was ruled out for handball following an error by Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm. Pochettino’s side are now eight points clear of the drop zone, and well-placed to secure Premier League survival. The Argentinian said: “It was not a very good game but we are unbeaten in six games and I am happy with the clean sheet.” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted his side’s goalless draw at Swansea had been low-quality fare but he was happy to secure a point and edge nearer to Barclays Premier League safety. Press Association Nathan Dyer went closest for the hosts as Maya Yoshida cleared his effort off the line after the break, but in truth neither side showed sufficient quality in the final third to craft a winner in what was, for large parts, a tepid game. Not that Southampton will mind too much after extending their unbeaten run to six matches. Pochettino added: “Maybe we should have won because we created the best chances but their goalkeeper made two outstanding saves. “I don’t think that we lacked impetus, but we did not have the fluency we normally have. I don’t know if 39 points will be enough for us to stay in the Premier League, we just have to go on and try and win the next game, that is always our goal.” Swansea are all but guaranteed another season in the top flight, but their campaign is tailing off as they equalled their previous longest winless run in the Premier League of five games, but manager Michael Laudrup was keen to focus on the positives. He said: “We did so well on occasions until the last pass. “The last pass is so important and it is an area we could have done better in. “I think we should have won but when you don’t you have to accept a draw and look on the positive side. We had conceded two goals in each of our last four games and we have now kept a clean sheet.”
German champions Bayern Munich thrashed title rivals Borussia Dortmund to move back to the top of the Bundesliga with six games remaining.Dortmund, who were two points clear heading into this match, were shell-shocked following a ruthless first-half display from the hosts.Goals from Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Serge Gnabry and Javi Martinez gave Bayern a 4-0 lead at half-time. Bayern are chasing a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title. In a showdown described as the “biggest in Europe this season”, Dortmund’s title hopes suffered a blow and extended their losing streak at the Allianz Arena to five games.At the start of December, the title race looked to be over with Dortmund nine points clear at the top, but Bayern took advantage of the stuttering form of their rivals to claw back the deficit.And as if intended as a timely reminder of Bayern’s pedigree, Lewandowski became the second-fastest player to score 200 goals in the German top flight, doing so in 284 games.His Bayern side are aiming to win a 29th league title and could add the German Cup after reaching the semi-finals with a victory over second-division side Heidenheim.Dortmund’s free-flowing football had propelled them to the top of the table with seven games remaining but they were taught a lesson by a Bayern side hungry to retain their title.There weren’t any initial signs of a collapse – midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud hit the outside of the post within eight minutes as Dortmund looked bright.But ex-Dortmund centre-back Hummels proved more clinical when his towering header thumped into the back of the net just minutes later.After the opener, Dortmund struggled to keep pace with their title rivals and eventually the pressure took its toll.Dan-Axel Zagadou’s clumsy pass fell straight to Lewandowski and the former Dortmund striker lifted the ball over the keeper and slotted it into an open net to double Bayern’s lead.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Nigerian forward, Kayode Olanrewaju has signed a four-year contract with Premier League giants Manchester City.The 24-year-old forward confirmed the transfer on his Instagram page on Saturday, will now proceed on a season long loan to FC Girona in Spain. Kayode was the highest goal scorer in the Belgian top flight league last season, scoring 17 goals in 33 appearances for Austria Wien.More to follow shortly…RelatedOfficial: Kayode Olanrewaju Joins Girona On Loan From Manchester CityAugust 18, 2017In “England”Young Nigerian Striker Wishes Nigeria Happy Independence DayOctober 1, 2017In “Europe”Olanrewaju Kayode Signs For ShaktharJune 9, 2018In “Europe”
The NFL playoff schedule for 2020 brings a unique set of national TV broadcasts, with four networks presenting four games over the span of two days in the wild-card round. Today’s Patriots vs. Titans game in New England, scheduled to kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET, will be shown on CBS.As the home team and the No. 3 seed in the NFL playoff bracket for the AFC, the Patriots are solid favorites (5 points) over the No. 6-seeded Titans, who snuck into the postseason in the final week. New England, of course, is limping into the postseason after falling out of a first-round bye position and into the wild-card round. After the AFC side of the NFL playoff bracket is set Saturday, the NFC side will be decided Sunday with two games, Vikings at Saints and Seahawks at Eagles. MORE: Playoff predictions through Super Bowl 54NFL playoff schedule: Wild-card roundBelow is the full NFL wild-card playoff schedule for 2020, complete with TV channels and live stream links.Saturday, Jan. 4MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamBills at Texans4:35 p.m. ETESPNESPN appTexans at Patriots8:15 p.m. ETCBSYahoo!Sunday, Jan. 5MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamVikings at Saints1:05 p.m. ETFoxYahoo!Seahawks at Eagles4:40 p.m. ETNBCYahoo! WILD-CARD PLAYOFF PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsNew England quarterback Tom Brady, who has led the Patriots to 11 consecutive division titles and six Super Bowl championships, is the postseason’s all-time leader in games played (40), passing yards (11,179) and touchdown passes (73). But he is not the QB with the higher regular-season rating in Saturday night’s wild-card game.That would be Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill and his NFL-best 117.5 passer rating. He and league-leading rusher Derrick Henry will face a Patriots defense that led the NFL in total defense (275.9 yards per game) and scoring defense (14.1 points against per game) in 2019.Tennessee is the fourth team since 1970 to have the league’s top rated quarterback and its leading rusher in the same season, and New England is the first team to allow an average of 15 or fewer points per game since the 2013 Seahawks (14.4). That Seattle team won Super Bowl 48 over the Broncos.Below is all the info you need to watch Patriots vs. Titans on Saturday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time.MORE: Full betting preview for Patriots vs. TitansWhat channel is Patriots vs. Titans on today?TV channel (national): CBSTV channel (Boston): WBZTV channel (Nashville): WTVFLive stream: Yahoo!Saturday night’s Patriots vs. Titans game on CBS will be called by the network’s No. 1 broadcast crew. That means Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be on the call from New England. Tracy Wolfson will serve as CBS’ sideline reporter, and Gene Steratore will provide analysis of the game’s officiating.For those who can’t watch Patriots vs. Titans on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Tennessee call can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 226, and the New England call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 225.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only)Patriots vs. Titans: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Jan. 4Start time: 8:15 p.m. ETThe 8:15 p.m. ET start time for Patriots vs. Titans makes it the second playoff game of the 2020 postseason and the second of two wild-card games scheduled to be played Saturday.
In terms of the process of making picks, the 2020 NFL Draft was unprecedented. We’ll find out in the coming years whether the results of this draft were tainted by the coronavirus pandemic and the logisitcal changes it forced upon the draft process. But in the immediate term, all 32 teams were focused on the 255 picks they submitted to the NFL virtually Thursday, Friday and Saturday.The results of the 2020 NFL Draft are particularly interesting considering the impact the COVID-19 outbreak had on the scouting process. Several NFL Draft picks were surprises, because due to travel bans over the last month, opposing team officials were not able to attend as many pro days and workouts as usual. There were far fewer ways for teams to gauge other teams’ interest in draft prospects. MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Team-by-team grades | Winners & losersWhich means all NFL Draft picks in 2020 arrived to meet an amplified sense of anticipation. This also happens to be an NFL Draft that featured a handful of intriguing quarterbacks, a potentially historic group of wide receivers and countless high-profile defenders waiting to become forces in the league.Combine those factors with the fact that the sports world was itching for a “live” event amid the pandemic, and the 2020 NFL Draft will be one we never forget. As the 2020 NFL Draft played out, we tracked all picks and kept up with the results in real time. Below are all of the picks.JUMP TO ROUND: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7NFL Draft picks 2020: Results from Rounds 1-7 Round 1 resultsRoundPickOverallTeamPick111Cincinnati BengalsJoe Burrow, QB, LSU122Washington RedskinsChase Young, DE, Ohio State133Detroit LionsJeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State144New York GiantsAndrew Thomas, OT, Georgia155Miami DolphinsTua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama166Los Angeles ChargersJustin Herbert, QB, Oregon177Carolina PanthersDerrick Brown, DT, Auburn188Arizona CardinalsIsaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson199Jacksonville JaguarsC.J. Henderson, CB, Florida11010Cleveland BrownsJedrick Wills, OT, Alabama11111New York JetsMekhi Becton, OT, Louisville11212Las Vegas RaidersHenry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama11313Tampa Bay Buccaneers from Colts through 49ersTristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa11414San Francisco 49ers from BuccaneersJavon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina11515Denver BroncosJerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama11616Atlanta FalconsA.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson11717Dallas CowboysCeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma11818Miami Dolphins from SteelersAustin Jackson, OT, USC11919Las Vegas Raiders from BearsDamon Arnette, CB, Ohio State12020Jacksonville Jaguars from RamsK’Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU12121Philadelphia EaglesJalen Reagor, WR, TCU12222Minnesota Vikings from BillsJustin Jefferson, WR, LSU12323Los Angeles Chargers from PatriotsKenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma12424New Orleans SaintsCesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan12525San Francisco 49ers from VikingsBrandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State12626Green Bay Packers from Texans through DolphinsJordan Love, QB, Utah State12727Seattle SeahawksJordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech12828Baltimore RavensPatrick Queen, LB, LSU12929Tennessee TitansIsaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia13030Miami Dolphins from PackersNoah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn13131Minnesota Vikings from 49ersJeff Gladney, CB, TCU13232Kansas City ChiefsClyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU2020 DRAFT CENTRAL: Live coverage, video from Fantasy Alarm Round 2 resultsRoundPickOverallTeamPick2133Cincinnati BengalsTee Higgins, WR, Clemson2234Indianapolis Colts from RedskinsMichael Pittman Jr., WR, USC2335Detroit LionsD’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia2436New York GiantsXavier McKinney, S, Alabama2537New England Patriots from ChargersKyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne2638Carolina PanthersYetor Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State2739Miami DolphinsRobert Hunt, G, Louisiana2840Houston Texans from CardinalsRoss Blacklock, DT, TCU2941Indianapolis Colts from BrownsJonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin21042Jacksonville JaguarsLaviska Shenault, WR, Colorado21143Chicago Bears from RaidersCole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame21244Cleveland Browns from ColtsGrant Delpit, S, LSU21345Tampa Bay BuccaneersAntoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota21446Denver BroncosK.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State21547Atlanta FalconsMarlon Davidson, DL, Auburn21648Seattle Seahawks from JetsDarrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee21749Pittsburgh SteelersChase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame21850Chicago BearsJaylon Johnson, CB, Utah21951Dallas CowboysTrevon Diggs, CB, Alabama22052Los Angeles RamsCam Akers, RB, Florida State22153Philadelphia EaglesJalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma22254Buffalo BillsA.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa22355Baltimore Ravens from Patriots through FalconsJ.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State22456Miami Dolphins from SaintsRaekwon Davis, DT, Alabama22557Los Angeles Rams from Houston TexansVan Jefferson, WR, Florida22658Minnesota VikingsEzra Cleveland, OT, Boise State22759New York Jets from SeahawksDenzel Mims, WR, Baylor22860New England Patriots from RavensJosh Uche, LB, Michigan22961Tennessee TitansKristian Fulton, CB, LSU23062Green Bay PackersA.J. Dillon, RB, Boston
One of the three bandits who were nabbed in the brazen robbery committed on a supermarket at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment when he appeared at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.Ryan Bannister (27) of Herstelling Seadam, East Bank Demerara pleaded guilty to armed robbery and possession of illegal firearm charges when it was read to him by Magistrate Sunil Scarce.The other two men; Gerald DaSilva, 45, and Ron Simons, 33, pleaded not guilty to the said charges and were remanded to prison until August 14.It was reported that the three men – one of whom was armed with a handgun – stealthily entered the “Number One Supermarket” on Wednesday last; pounced on the lone security officer and bound his hands with his shoe lace, then proceeded to the third floor of the building, where they removed the grill from a window and entered the building.As the bandits were inside of the supermarket, the 53-year-old security guard managed to free himself and immediately alerted neighbours, who summoned the Police. Prompt response from the lawmen resulted in the bandits being caught in the act.A family member of the business owner related that he was asleep and unaware of what was happening, and learnt of what had transpired only when a Police Officer went into the upper flat and alerted him. The CCTV footage was also reviewed, and it showed the men entering the premises.When the men were nabbed, they had $70,000 in prepaid phone cards and an undisclosed sum of cash in their possession. In addition, a .38 revolver with six live matching rounds was also found.An employee of the business told this publication that the supermarket was opened only about five weeks ago.
0Shares0000Lyon’s French forward Maxwel Cornet celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Caen (SMC) and Lyon (OL) at the Michel-d’Ornano stadium in Caen, France on December 3, 2017 © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUPARIS, France, Dec 3 – Lyon moved second in Ligue 1 as Marseille failed to take advantage of Paris Saint-Germain’s slip at Strasbourg after stumbling to a 1-1 draw at Montpellier on Sunday.Rudi Garcia’s Marseille were fortunate to escape Montpellier with a point as Florian Thauvin’s disputed penalty negated Giovanni Sio’s opener for the home side at the Stade de la Mosson. Montpellier thought they had grabbed a late winner when Souleymane Camara’s glancing header skipped past Steve Mandanda, but Vitorino Hilton was adjudged to have interfered and the goal was ruled out for offside after heated protests from both sides.“Hilton got in my way for the goal because I moved a bit later and the referee saw the same thing so for me the offside decision was right,” Marseille goalkeeper Mandanda told Canal+.Nordi Mukiele could still have snatched all three points for Montpellier at the death but scooped over from a free header, as Marseille clung on to extend their unbeaten league run to 11 matches.Marseille dropped to fourth on goal difference but are level on 32 points alongside Lyon and defending champions Monaco.Earlier, Maxwel Cornet’s tap-in and Mariano Diaz’s stunning 12th league goal of the season were enough for Lyon to scratch out a hard-fought 2-1 win at Caen to blast away the blues of their shock home defeat to struggling Lille midweek.Caen pushed Lyon all the way and pulled a goal back through Ivan Santini in stoppage time but stay seventh on 23 points after their defeat.“They’re a very difficult side to play at home, so it was important to show we had lots of character after losing at home to Lille,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said.Lyon are nine points behind Neymar’s league leaders PSG, who suffered a first defeat since April in dramatic style at struggling Strasbourg on Saturday, going down 2-1 to the newly-promoted side in a pulsating match ahead of their trip to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.Lyon came into Sunday’s match smarting from their loss to Lille, and took the lead almost immediately, with Cornet lashing home a loose ball from a 10th-minute goalmouth scramble.Caen kept up the pressure in a scrappy encounter but Diaz made sure of the points nine minutes after the break by crashing a bouncing ball past Caen keeper Remy Vercoutre.The hosts refused to give up and Santini’s neat stoppage-time finish gave the home fans hope, but creaking Lyon managed to keep them at bay and just hold on for the win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga is awarded as the J2 August player of the monthNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24 – Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga has been named the Japanese second division league player of the month of August after his impressive run for his club Kashiwa Reysol.Olunga was directly involved in eight goals in five games in an impressive run by Reysol, scoring six and assisting two as the side stretched their lead further on top of the standings as they eye a return to the top tier. “I am very pleased to get this award and being recognized as the best player in the whole league. This has been down to a lot of hard work and self belief and I believe now I am more settled in the team and it makes things easier for me,” stated the lanky forward.Olunga scored his first hattrick in the Japanese league in the 4-1 win over Renogo Yamaguchi, assisted twice in the 5-1 win over FC Ryukyu, scored the winner against Varen Nagasaki in their 2-1 victory and helped himself to a brace in the 4-0 thrashing of FC Gifu.His impressive returns in August have seen him move to a tally of 14 goals and four assists in 22 games.His target for the remaining nine games of the campaign is not only helping Reysol earn a spot back to the J1 league but also reach a minimum 20 goals, surpassing his best return of 19 during Gor Mahia’s unbeaten title winning 2015 season.“It would be a great way to end the season if I can surpass my best ever scoring season. It will show a lot of growth and I am determined to achieve that target,” Olunga further told Capital Sport from his base in Japan.The forward’s red hot form comes at the right time, just two months before Kenya begins its campaign to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt and Togo lying in wait next November.0Shares0000(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)