Syracuse women’s basketball opponent preview: Visual breakdown of Connecticut

first_img Published on April 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Brianna Butler – Kia Nurse Create bar chartsBrittney Sykes – Gabby WilliamsCreate bar charts  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPositional ComparisonAlexis Peterson – Moriah JeffersonCreate bar charts Isabella Slim – Morgan Tuck Create bar chartsBriana Day – Breanna StewartCreate bar chartsBig NumbersConnecticut has lost just one time in the last 1,119 days. That came on Nov. 17, 2014 to Stanford in overtime on the road.The Huskies are going for their fourth-straight NCAA title, making the senior class the first to win national championships each year.Connecticut already has a record 10 national championships. A win would give the Huskies their 11th.UConn has won all 37 of its games this season by at least 10 points. Notre Dame was the closest team to beating Connecticut when it lost by just 10 points Dec. 5. The Huskies average margin of victory is 39.9 points and its closest NCAA tournament game so far was 21 points. Comments Team ComparisonSracuse vs. Connecticut Create bar charts Overview Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Heisler: This is the Lakers succession struggle Jerry Buss hoped to avoid

first_imgNo, really. The Lakers just bottomed out … again.It was yet another bad week for Jeanie Buss’ Friends & Family, masquerading as an NBA front office … who are all still in hiding since Magic Johnson left April 9 … and, at the rate they’re going, might never be seen again.I’ve covered these guys since 1990, marveling at the level they functioned while being totally wacky.What happened was simple. Jerry Buss, who knew how to do this, passed away in 2013. Unfortunately, Jeanie saw the faithful Kupchak, who had no choice but to work with the owner’s son, as too close to Jim and fired him along with her brother in 2017.Jeanie then hired Magic, who proved unsuited for the job, which is where we came in.As to what horrors await, er, where the Lakers go from here …The coaching search then led to twice-fired retread Frank Vogel, which could only come as a great relief to Laker fans worried that they would never have another coach.The Lakers still have LeBron and some promising young players, but only a coup this summer would make it likely for any coach to go beyond 45-50 wins and an early exit in the playoffs … with no more moves if they sign a free agent, until James comes off their cap in 2021 or 2022.Now to see what Jeanie, Rob, Linda, Kurt, Joey, Jesse, Tim, Magic, Phil, Kobe, et al. do next. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Magic, the Lakers icon and Jeanie’s hand-picked savior, was in typically upbeat charge, even if he made obvious mistakes such as not bringing in shooters as word began to get out he didn’t think he needed to do small stuff, like come to the office or scout.It would have been OK if Magic had GM Rob Pelinka fill in the vacuum, but they had a communication problem … as in Magic doesn’t seem to have mentioned it to Rob.Worse, they had a trust problem. Johnson finally told Jeanie he wanted to fire Rob for undermining him by joking that Magic was never around.Apparently, Magic didn’t think that was so funny.Johnson then quit, which was even worse than not going to the office.Magic had always guarded access to him. Now he was as inaccessible to his star player as he was to the rest of the world.LeBron hasn’t commented but marveled on his HBO show about how Magic fled without saying a word to him a year after presenting grand plans for what they would do together.“I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization, having a conversation with Magic and really kind of breaking it down and saying how we was gonna make this Showtime,” James said. “It was just weird for him to just be like ‘I’m out of here.’ …“No one had no idea. We (Lakers players) was like, ‘Damn. Right now?’ It was literally 70 minutes on the clock (before their game) … And you kind of decided to do that right here? Right now?”Jeanie, defying league-wide expectations that she should bring in a top executive, carried on with Pelinka.Not that she seemed confident, furnishing Rob with a cabinet … apparently stocked with everyone in her inner circle who knew if a basketball was blown up or stuffed.So many people are now involved in coaching interviews, Lakers fans are like Sovietologists in the old days, trying to figure out who’s in charge by sorting out the line of bureaucrats atop Lenin’s tomb.Who’s running the Lakers?Take your pick:– Jeanie.– Linda Rambis, Jeanie’s best friend and a Lakers marketing official, now said to assert influence in meetings.– Kurt Rambis, former Lakers coach and player and, presumably, the person Linda turns to for advice.– Jesse Buss, Jeanie’s step-brother who has actual experience, running the Lakers scouting department with good reviews.– Joey Buss, another step-brother with a fancy title (Vice President, Research & Development), which actually just means he runs the G-League’s South Bay Lakers.– Tim Harris, Lakers President of Business Operations.– Magic. No, really. Jeanie last week shared a post, showing her at dinner with Johnson with the label “Breaking News.” He’s still in the loop, signing off on coaching candidate Ty Lue, even if the loop includes Pelinka, whom he tried to fire.– Phil Jackson, former Lakers coach and Jeanie’s boyfriend, who also endorsed Lue.– Kobe Bryant. I’m just guessing, but I’d be surprised if Jeanie didn’t reach out to him before deciding to keep Pelinka, having hired Rob on Kobe’s recommendation.With so many involved but none empowered above the others, no one is actually in charge … as the Lakers just demonstrated.The first order of business was to hire a coach to replace Luke Walton … whom Magic, of course, also intended to fire. Offered a chance to stay, Luke took the Kings job, instead.Not that there would be any bold moves. Magic had already tried that, reportedly reaching out to the Clippers’ Doc Rivers and, perhaps, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.A monthlong search came down to Lue and 76ers assistant Monty Williams … but didn’t even leave the team with a choice when Williams took the lowly Phoenix Suns job.Lue, competent if not an equation-changer, with the advantage of having LeBron on his side, began talks with the Lakers … which dragged on and on, until Lue withdrew.The two sides must have hit a major philosophical hurdle, right?Wrong.Lue wanted five years, which is what the Lakers gave Walton, who was then only a Warriors assistant.The Lakers offered three years (the Suns gave Williams five), which Lue took as an insult.“Ty Lue really, really wanted to be the Lakers coach,” ESPN’s clued-in Adrian Wojnarowski said.“That was his dream job. He never imagined telling them no.”Or maybe it wasn’t so surprising with Jeanie worried about looking like James was in charge … reportedly insisting the Lakers must always be a “Buss-run” organization.Jeanie, well-liked and highly regarded as a marketing official, is now demonstrably out of her depth with final say over the basketball operations, looking as concerned about safeguarding her family’s stewardship of the team, which she takes as her birthright from her father.As if that’s a problem. The organization is chock full of Busses, who got their job the old-fashioned way – from Dad.Nevertheless, the succession has been everything Jerry Buss hoped to avoid by giving his children important jobs … starting with the feud between Jeanie and her brother, Jim, anointed as head of basketball operations … although he had no interest in the day-to-day, either.Fortunately, GM Mitch Kupchak did all that stuff, rebuilding the team after the trade of Shaquille O’Neal to the incarnation that made three straight NBA Finals and won titles in 2009 and 2010.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat just left the wacky part, but even for the Lakers, the pace has picked up.It was only a year ago they signed LeBron James, seemingly starting a comeback after five grisly seasons out of the playoffs.Instead, they missed the playoffs again … kicking off an even grislier series of events.How did the Lakers go from signing LeBron to where they are now?Horrific step by horrific step.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Where will Ron Rivera coach in 2020? Giants, Browns top NFL landing spots after Panthers firing

first_imgRon Rivera is still a good NFL head coach. He just wasn’t the right coach any longer for the Panthers, who fired Rivera midway through his ninth season.With the stability he brought to Carolina, his reputation around the NFL and the spike of penultimate success — leading his team to Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season — Rivera will be in play for other presumed openings that will be created on or before “Black Monday.” 4. Jacksonville JaguarsFile them under another southeast alternative for Rivera. The Jaguars have some good talent up front on their 4-3 but need reinforcements at linebacker and the secondary to reestablish the dominant defense they had just two seasons ago with Todd Wash. Gardner Minshew, D.J. Chark, Leonard Fournette and Dede Westbrook are good offensive foundation pieces, too. The Jaguars can go back to winning faster with Rivara then by sticking with Doug Marrone.5. Washington RedskinsYou can’t rule out the team that Rivera coached against in his final game for the Panthers. They also could use some defensive-minded discipline and steadfast nature after sticking with Jay Gruden for way too long with limited results. But then again, why should Rivera attach himself to Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice but with a reeling defense in an unfamiliar ownership and shaky front-office environment when the Giants are the much better job and fit for him?The odds are strongly with Rivera to land in New York, with Cleveland a relative close second, should those teams look for positive change as expected. There are plenty of teams better positioned to become big winners sooner than the rebuilding Panthers with whom Rivera would be more of an asset. Rivera’s sudden availability will get notice around the league for owners looking to make an upgrade.“I will coach again.” pic.twitter.com/YhFOJ9zWmV— Tadd Haislop (@TaddHaislop) December 4, 2019MORE: Panthers’ 11 best coaching candidates to replace Ron RiveraHere are the five landing spots that make the most sense, with two clear leaders because of direct connections to Rivera, should they move on from their current coaches.1. New York GiantsPat Shurmur is likely on his way out with the Giants on track to end the 2019 season on a 12-game losing streak. Rivera coached the Panthers to that Super Bowl four years ago, but then-Sporting News executive of the year and current Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was the architect.Daniel Jones has some promise as a young franchise quarterback and Rivera is used to having an elite all-purpose back like Saquon Barkley. He has meshed his coaching well with Mike Shula, his former Panthers offensive coordinator who’s currently in that same capacity for the Giants.Defensively, Rivera messed with the 3-4 in the Carolina for the first time as a play-caller with mixed results: A better edge pass rush but a much-worse run defense. The Giants have lost their way trying to incorporate that base alignment with James Bettcher. The Giants’ history has been about a strong front four, and that was the foundation of Rivera’s best Panthers teams. He could help re-establish that scheme to get him and the team back on track defensively.The Giants unfortunately lost rookie standout inside linebacker Ryan Connelly to a torn ACL, but he can easily be the new Luke Kuechly for Rivera’s new defense. While Jones can be molded as a top-flight QB and leader on the other side of the ball. In a copycat league, the Giants can turn the Panthers’ best winning blueprint into their own, much like the Bills and former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott have done elsewhere in New York.2. Cleveland BrownsThe Browns’ defense needs some fixing, and reuniting Rivera with Steve Wilks to fix the front and the secondary would make a ton of sense. Rivera also would bring some much-needed discipline and accountability to every part of their team, something that Freddie Kitchens has been incapable of doing.With Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, the Browns have an offense that’s ready to win big now, and Rivera can find the right man to maximize and streamline all those skill players in a better scheme, with an emphasis on bolstering the line. Rivera’s gritty mind-set as a former linebacker would be ideal to match wits with Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh in the AFC North, too.3. Atlanta FalconsThis would be weird, wouldn’t it? That’s why it’s a distant third. Geographically speaking, this wouldn’t be too big of a move, and it would come with the revenge bonus of facing the Panthers twice a season. But for now, the Falcons may end up sticking with Dan Quinn.If they don’t, you can bet Rivera’s name will come up for Arthur Blank as a one-time successful and still highly respected division rival. The Falcons, with Matt Ryan, have an offense ready to win now and a 4-3 defense in need of some fixing, with the right personnel upgrades on the defensive edge and secondary.last_img read more

Messi suffers arm injury as Barca put four past Sevilla

first_imgAfter Inter and Real, whose poor form continued with a loss at home to Levante earlier on Saturday, Barca’s schedule includes the return tie against Inter in Italy, as well as La Liga games against Real Betis and Atletico Madrid.Even without Messi, they might be confident of seeing off Madrid, whose early-season dip has only deepened while Barcelona have sparked a rival.Since drawing at home to Athletic Bilbao last month to make it three games without a win, they have blown Tottenham away at Wembley, taken a point away to Valencia and now eased past Sevilla, who came into the weekend top of the table.Barca fans had chanted, “don’t touch the badge” before kick-off after president Josep Maria Bartomeu had announced earlier on Saturday that plans to change the club crest had been shelved.They were soon celebrating a goal too as Coutinho bent a sumptuous right-footed shot into the far corner with only two minutes on the clock.Messi doubled the advantage, racing clear on the counter-attack before jinking inside and curling into the bottom corner with his left foot. It was his last significant contribution.Ousmane Dembele was his replacement but Suarez took on the mantle, too quick to his own heavy touch and brought down by Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik. Suarez buried the penalty.The game seemed up but Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to make a brilliant double save to deny Sarabia and then Wissam Ben Yedder with his thigh.Sarabia gave Sevilla hope with 11 minutes left, his shot deflecting off Clement Lenglet and in, but Rakitic ensured there was to be no late drama with a well-timed volley. Muriel added what proved only to be a consolation in injury time.Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi scored and then went off injured as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 on Saturday to move back to the top of La Liga.Messi had to be substituted in the 26th minute at the Camp Nou after falling awkwardly on his right arm, but not before the Argentinian had doubled Barca’s lead with a curling left-footed finish.Barcelona now face an anxious wait, with the Clasico against Real Madrid fast-approaching next weekend.Philippe Coutinho had opened the scoring and Luis Suarez’s penalty, which he also earned, made sure of victory before a three-goal flurry in the final 11 minutes.Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel twice reduced the deficit to two, either side of a sweeping volley from Ivan Rakitic.Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by the injury to Messi.Before the clash against Madrid next Sunday, Inter Milan visit in the Champions League on Wednesday but Messi’s involvement there would seem unlikely.He fell to the ground following a tussle with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez and, as his right hand tried to cushion the landing, his elbow appeared to buckle.Messi was helped off the pitch by medical staff and, despite having his right arm heavily strapped while Barca played for nine minutes with 10 men, he finally trudged off down the tunnel.If the injury proves serious, the timing could hardly be worse, given Ernesto Valverde’s team face a difficult run of fixtures over the next month.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…‘The fog of defeat’

first_imgIt is Sunday morning prior to my departure to Heinz Field to witness what promises to be an epic battle between the Steelers and the Patriots. I look out of my dining room window at the low lying fog that has settled over the rear deck. The low constant hum of the whole house air conditioner has been silenced by the cool mist of autumn. There is a faint rustling of leaves outside made by the fat wobbly groundhog as he raids the tomato plants of the “stragglers” that were left to become part of the natural compost, waiting to become fertilizer for next year’s crop. “Mr. Groundhog” seems to be thinking that the mist is concealing him looking like “Dick Dastardly” standing straight up reminding me of one of his meerkat “cousins. In spite of his paranoia, he is intent on adding more girth to his existing layers of “insulation” that will help him to weather the brutal winter months that are surely to come.During the days leading up to the Steelers/Patriots clash everyone talked about how Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had mastered and dominated the Steelers over the past few years. In the seven games leading up to Sunday’s clash, Brady sported a 6-1 record, averaging around 337 yards per game, throwing 14 touchdowns along with just 3 interceptions. However this was not going to be Brady’s night. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 198 yards which doesn’t mean much when your squad resembles a “one trick pony.” Pittsburgh won the game, 25-17 and if they beat their hated rival, the B-More Ravens Sunday night, well I don’t know about you, but Monday morning I will be making my reservations for Indianapolis, post haste.Oh, but wait. There were plots, sub-plots and even more plots that were screaming and begging to be let out. A serious chess match was developing behind the scenes between Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. During the past five years the Steelers had a better won-loss record (2-1) in Super Bowls than they had going up against Brady (1-6) during the regular season.I arrive at the stadium as they are setting up the buffet in the press cafeteria and everyone has their very “impotent” person hat on because today, hey this game is truly “national.” I immediately run into one of my colleagues from a very prominent Boston newspaper. “Looks like you guys have the Steelers number” I say with trepidation and resignation. “With our defensive secondary, that remains to be seen” replied my friend from “Beantown.”At this point my mind begins to race, not about the game but about the huge decision that I was forced to make before the start of the game; “should I eat dessert before the appetizer or the entree?” Hey too many choices, not enough time. At that point sugar deprivation was about to set in and as everyone should already be aware of, hallucinations are generally the first sign. I flashback to the Steelers practices during the week. Were those small aircraft that I spotted circling the Steelers practice facility just a father and son enjoying their hobby of building and flying model planes or were these aircraft actual miniature pilotless remote controlled drones used by the Patriots to record the walkthroughs and simulations of the game plan of the Black and Gold. But all of my fears and apprehensions would be for naught. See boys and girls I have finally figured it out. You can cheat until the cows come home, but you must ultimately have the horses if you plan on winning the race. You can own Alabama’s most prized blue ribbon mule, but the only task that the mule will successfully complete at Churchill Downs will be pulling the hay wagon that provides the pre-race feed for the thoroughbreds. Your mule no matter who sired him will not compete for or win the Kentucky Derby.The Steelers did not beat the Patriots because of some new and innovative defensive game plan devised by Lebeau nor did the Patriots lose because their game plan on offense was lacking. Pittsburgh won because they simply had the players and New England did not. You can design the greatest automobile on earth, but if you cannot provide the raw materials for your machinists and technicians to build it well it will remain just a grand theory in your mind and a waste of paper.The Steelers seemed to have cleared the air and removed the shackles of the Patriots “mystique.” They appear to have removed the fog of the past while at the same time personnel discrepancies may have clouded the immediate future of the Patriots which at this point in time just has become a bit more uncertain.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pitts­burghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on ‘The Odd Couple’ sports show Live on Wednesday’s from 11-11:30am on Fox Sports Radio WCWA 1230AM Toledo, Ohio)last_img read more

Great opening to 40th year for Whitewater Ski Hill

first_imgThis new space in the base was built by Whitewater Ski Resort in support of the local non-profit organizations the Whitewater Ski Team and Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries (A.A.B.B.S.).Next on the list of festivities is the premiere of the film “40 Years Young” produced by Nelson based Freeride Entertainment.The film will be showing at 8pm on Friday, December 18 at Mike’s Place Pub located at the Hume Hotel.“Whitewater is excited to share with the community the anniversary film created by the talented team at Freeride Entertainment,” said Rebeckah Hornung, Sales & Marketing Director at the resort.The video will be available on Whitewater’s YouTube Channel as of Saturday, December 19th.In hopes to inspire Whitewater guests near and far to share their Whitewater moment’s over the past 40 years, the resort will be launching a “Dear Whitewater” Instagram contest on Tuesday, December 15.This social media campaign is based after the Dear Photograph concept created by Taylor Jones. Running for a one month period until January 15, 2016 the winner of the event will receive A Day Behind the Lens with Kari Medig, the world renown Nelson based photographer, and a $250 gift certificate to spend at the resort.There are plenty more events happening in January 2016 such as the first Annual Community Day on Friday, January 8 and the 40th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, January 15.For more details visit www.skiwhitewater.com. Whitewater officially launched the 2015/16 winter season Friday with daily operations.Skiers received an early taste of the new year last weekend when the hill opened for two days on one of the deepest snowpacks in North America.The celebration truly began when the resort announced it was joining the Powder Alliance, which offers Whitewater passholders up to 39 free lift tickets at 13 other resorts throughout Western North America.Now that the season is about to get underway, there are a variety of additional exciting events and competitions scheduled to assist in the festivities.Starting this weekend there will be the grand opening of the Youth Mountain Education Centre (Y.M.E.C.) on Sunday, December 13 at noon.last_img read more