Despite blowout loss last week, Syracuse women’s basketball stays in Top 25

first_img Published on December 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Despite a 105-84 blowout loss to Texas A&M last week, Syracuse (9-4) remains in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the eighth consecutive week of the season. The Orange on Monday afternoon dropped six spots to No. 25 from No. 19 in the Week 8 poll.SU had won five straight games each by at least 11 points, outscoring opponents by an average of 32.8 points over the streak. Last Tuesday, SU smoked Old Dominion 92-66 in the Florida Sunshine Classic behind 20-point performances from both Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes. Last Wednesday, however, four players combined to score more than SU did as a whole and the Aggies made 34 free throws in their 105-84 triumph.Peterson still leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. She’s averaging 22.9 points per game after scoring 27 points against ODU and a season-high 34 points in the loss to Texas A&M.Seven ACC teams are ranked: No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 7 Florida State, No. 8 Louisville, No. 11 Miami, No. 15 Duke, No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Syracuse. Four-time defending national champion Connecticut held the top spot.Syracuse opens conference play on Thursday at No. 8 Louisville.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Quiz: Can you name these World Cup 2010 stars?

first_imgWith the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, we thought we’d test your knowledge by looking back at some less than familiar faces from South Africa 2010.While we’d all probably remember Spain going on to lift the famous trophy, how many faces can you recall from the rounds along the way?These stars were all present in one guise or another back in 2010 – can you name all 10 and achieve real legend fan status? Or are you just a World Cup rookie?2010 winners: Spain (Picture: AP)Italy   Antonio Di Natale  Fabio Quagliarella  Christian MaggioArgentina  Gabriel Heinze  Javier Pastore  Martín PalermoSpain   Carlos Marchena  Javi Martínez  Joan CapdevilaBrazil  Nilmar  Fred  Luis FabianoFrance  Mathieu Valbuena  Jeremy Toulalan  Anthony ReveillereEngland WAGS   Cheryl Cole  Alex Jones  Christine BleakleyHolland  Rafael van der Vaart  Khalid Boulahrouz  Joris MathijsenIvory Coast   Didier Zokora  Emmanuel Kone  Guy DemelFrance  Abou Diaby  Alou Diarra  Sidney GovouEngland   Matthew Upson  James Milner  Jamie Carragherlast_img read more

Clippers: 5 burning questions before 2018 training camp begins

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Media day on Monday will be slightly more useful than the crystal ball you’ve been using to try to predict the Clippers’ future, but until owner Steve Ballmer is bellowing from the sidelines at the regular-season opener against the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 17, there’s no real telling how it will go.For the pre-preseason anyway, optimism reigned. The “re-shaping” Clippers are healthy and determined to compete on the floor and in the free agency sweepstakes next summer, when they could have two max salaries to offer.The answers to the big, $50-some million question – who will be the Clippers’ headliners next season? – will have a lot to do with more immediate questions, such as …1. Will Jimmy Butler really get himself traded to the Clippers?Butler reportedly had Tom Thibodeau, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations and coach, fly to L.A. last week so he could tell him he wants to be traded. Butler’s preferred destinations include the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks and, most preferably, the Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error 3. Who are those players?With Wallace’s signing, the Clippers have 17 players for 15 roster spots, including veteran point guard Patrick Beverley, who has a $5 million non-guaranteed contract and is one of a “hundred” guards currently with the team, as Coach Doc Rivers joked last week.Their stockpile of guards entering training camp Tuesday in Hawaii includes Beverley, Wallace, Avery Bradley, Lou Williams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson, Milos Teodosic, Sindarius Thornwell and Juwan Evans.The Clippers must shed two players, either by cut or trade, by opening night. That’s a good thing, said Lawrence Frank, president of basketball operations: “Guys have to earn it, there’s great competition.”4. What about the young guards?How do first-round draft picks Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 11 overall) and Robinson (No. 13) fit in, especially with so many guards vying for playing time?Gilgeous-Alexander, a 6-foot-6 Canadian with a 6-11 wingspan and on-court savvy, is the Clippers’ most-heralded rookie since Blake Griffin nearly a decade ago. As a freshman at Kentucky, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 33.7 minutes per game. In the NBA’s summer league, he averaged 19 points, 4 assists and 2.3 steals.Robinson, meanwhile, has the respect of his first-year peers, who predicted in this year’s rookie survey that the Boston College product is the second-most likely player to have a successful career.“I love the young guys,” said Rivers, who gets to figure out how best to develop them.5. Is Tobias Harris a star?Sports Illustrated ranked Tobias Harris as the 65th best player in the NBA. Harris is betting that he’s better than that.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img The combo forward reportedly declined a five-year, $80 million extension offer from the Clippers this summer, making him eligible to earn a max offer of $188 million over five years from the Clippers or $145 million over four years from another team as a free agent next summer.SI pointed out that Harris is not as “imposing,” “decorated” or “famous” as Blake Griffin, who was traded to Detroit last January in the transaction that brought Harris to L.A., where he averaged career highs in 3-point shooting percentage (.414), points per game (19.3), assists per game (3.1) and steals per game (1.2).This summer, he participated in the Team USA minicamp. This “pre-preseason,” as he and Clippers big man Boban Marjanović called the first episode of their new web series, “Bobi + Tobi,” he provided laughs. And when the season starts, the league will see whether he should be considered, and compensated like, a star. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Butler reportedly appreciates the Clippers’ ability to pair him with a second star. (Someone such as, say, new Toronto Raptor Kawhi Leonard?)Butler is one of the game’s elite two-way players, but the question is whether the Clippers want to trade for a player they could sign next offseason without surrendering assets? Also, how much should a team invest in a 29-year-old who’s had knee issues and has put on Thibodeau miles?Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.2. Can the Clippers stay healthy?There isn’t an NBA team that doesn’t want its players available to play, but there wasn’t another NBA team last season that had to use 37 starting lineups last season.The Clippers had 11 players miss a combined 264 games because of injuries and still remained in playoff contention until the final few games and scored more points (8,937) last season than any other since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1984.What might be possible when the Clippers’ players are available to play?last_img read more