first_imgFormer associate men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine has been hired by an Israeli basketball club – his first job since being fired by Syracuse University in November.Maccabi Bazan Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League will announce Thursday that Fine will work as a basketball consultant to the team, owned by Florida-based businessman Jeffrey Rosen, according to an April 26 article on ESPN.com. Fine will contribute to player personnel decisions as well as the team’s coaching search next season.Fine will work from the United States, according to the article.Fine was fired from the university on Nov. 27 after allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, among others. Fine has denied all allegations and has not been charged.The club is scheduled to play two exhibition games against NBA teams in October. They are most known for employing Golden State Warriors center Jeremy Tyler two seasons ago when he turned pro before graduating high school, according to the article. The club previously traveled to the U.S. in 2010 for an exhibition game against the New Jersey Nets.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textmeltagou@syr.edu Published on April 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Marwa: meltagou@syr.edu | @marwaeltagouri Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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first_imgENGLAND captain Joe Root scored an unbeaten 72 on day one of his side’s two-day warm-up match against a Cricket South Africa (CSA) Invitation XI in Benoni.Root, Joe Denly (60 not out) and opener Dom Sibley (58 not out) all retired after passing their half-centuries.Jonny Bairstow, playing as a specialist batsman, made only 13 on his return to red-ball cricket with England.Zak Crawley (28 not out) and Sam Curran (18 not out) guided the tourists to 309-4 at the close.England are set to spend today in the field and will hope that pace bowlers Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer are able to take part after both were affected by illness.James Anderson will bowl for England for the first time since the opening Test of the Ashes in August, after recovering from a calf problem.All-rounder Ben Stokes is missing the warm-up match after being named BBC Sports Personality-of-the-Year on Sunday but has now joined the touring party.England face South Africa in a four-Test series, with the first match at Centurion starting on December 26.“You can’t really beat time at the crease and there’s another three-day game coming up so there’ll be opportunities there as well,” said Sibley, who has made 38 runs in his three Test innings so far.“I’ve got to start getting some scores but hopefully Boxing Day will be my day, if I play.”After Rory Burns (16) fell top-edging a hook shot to fine leg, Sibley patiently ground his way to 58 off 140 balls.Denly hit 10 fours and one six in a fluent knock, while Root, who scored 226 against New Zealand in his last Test appearance, was again in fine touch, scoring freely in making 72 off 86 balls.Ollie Pope fell lbw to Matthew Arnold for 20, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler was caught in the slips for 15 and Bairstow, who was dropped for the Test tour of New Zealand, hit a full toss straight to mid-on.But Crawley, who made his debut in the second Test against New Zealand, and all-rounder Curran played out the final hour comfortably.(BBC Sport)last_img

first_imgTwo-time champions Nigeria finished as winners of Group A of the ongoing Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania after forcing Uganda to a 1-1 draw at the Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam Saturday.In a pattern that has stuck with them since the tournament began, the Golden Eaglets created a basketful of chances, wasting them one after the other, starting from Akinkunmi Amoo’s poor touch after a sweet team move in the 17th minute.In the 70th minute, Uganda drew first blood as the Nigeria defence ball-watched from a corner kick. Davis Ssekajja’s pull out only got a slight touch from Sunday Stephen, and substitute John Alou had the simplest task of nodding into an empty net. Two minutes later, with the goalkeeper to beat, Wisdom Ubani – who got a brace against Tanzania on the opening day but is yet to add to that despite his high work rate and activity – wasted another clear chance. But a minute later, Nigeria were level as Ibraheem Jabaar read a long pass from substitute Olakunle Olusegun quite well and pushed it beyond onrushing goalkeeper Komakech with the Ugandan defence in no man’s land.In Wednesday’s semi finals, the Golden Eaglets will play against the second –placed team in Group B, which would be sorted out today as leaders Cameroon confront Senegal and second –placed Guinea tackle Morocco.Angola join Nigeria in the semi finals from Group A, following their 4-2 defeat of Tanzania, as the host nation ended up losing all three group phase matches, conceding 12 goals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Golden Eagletslast_img

first_img Published on March 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img CLEVELAND — Not more than a half hour after disposing of Indiana State on Friday, Syracuse’s players turned to a clear topic of focus when discussing their next opponent in the NCAA Tournament.SU’s game against Marquette on Sunday in the third round of the Tournament is about ‘revenge.’ It is about a much-improved Orange team avenging its 76-70 loss inside Milwaukee’s Bradley Center on Jan. 29 a game that for Marquette head coach Buzz Williams seems like ‘dog years’ ago. And none of SU’s players, including junior forward Kris Joseph, shied away from the topic at hand.‘Revenge is sweet,’ Joseph said in front of his locker. ‘You guys are all familiar with what Tupac said.’In referencing a lyric from the late hip-hop artist, Joseph addressed the elephant in the room. With both teams markedly different from their previous matchup, the third-seeded Orange (27-7) preps to take on its familiar Big East foe in the 11th-seeded Golden Eagles (21-14) at approximately 7:40 p.m. Sunday inside the Quicken Loans Arena.The last time these two teams squared off, SU was in the midst of its first four-game losing streak in five seasons and just the fourth such streak in Jim Boeheim’s 35-year stint as head coach. Marquette, meanwhile, was also reeling after losing consecutive games during the week at Notre Dame and at home against Connecticut.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Golden Eagles exposed an SU zone that struggled mightily during its four-game losing skid. They shot 52.3 percent from the field, including 46.2 percent from beyond the 3-point line. That included the effective game-clinching shot from guard Jimmy Butler.‘During the four-game stretch, we really just didn’t guard anybody,’ Boeheim said. ‘Our defense was really bad. … Sometimes players, you win a lot of games and they forget how they win the games. And we kind of forgot that our defense was what got us there.’Syracuse continued to struggle, going 2-2 over its next four games to fall to 7-6 in the conference. Now, the feeling is completely different. The Orange has won seven of its last eight contests — the lone setback coming in overtime in the Big East tournament against a Connecticut team that has won its last six games.Marquette’s players say they see a renewed confidence in the Orange. Across the benches, Williams sees a better appropriation of minutes by Boeheim. But for Boeheim, the single biggest improvement has come from the recommitment to the zone.‘We just got away from playing defense, and you can’t do that,’ Boeheim said. ‘We got it back a little bit at the end of the year. I think we’re back to where our defense is much better now than it was during that streak of games.’And SU’s players believe they have fixed the deficiencies in their games that led to the Orange’s first loss against Marquette.Last time out, the Golden Eagles attacked the zone to near-perfection. Butler and Darius Johnson-Odom hit 4-of-6 outside shots. And that opened up the inside for Jae Crowder, whom SU forward Rick Jackson said was able to find the ‘dead areas’ within the SU zone.‘It was just our game plan to attack the zone,’ Crowder said. ‘We knew there were some openings in the zone because of their length. We knew we could get in between, in the middle of the zone.’But for Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine, that game was the turning point and the start of the road back to where the Orange currently stands.‘We found ourselves in that game,’ Jardine said. ‘The better thing about this go-round is that we’re playing better defense, and we know who we are as an offensive team. … We found our identity in that game.’Now, Syracuse stands as a team that left Williams and his team in silence after they saw the potential of their third-round matchup.Williams told one of his assistant coaches after an 81-56 shellacking at the hands of Louisville in the quarterfinals of Big East tournament that he was glad he was done playing conference opponents until next December.Or so he thought. As he and his team watched the selection show last Sunday, they saw their first-round pairing with Xavier on the board. Then …‘Everybody’s like, ‘Rah, rah, rah,” Williams said. ‘And then the next team that pops up is Syracuse.’Joseph, for one, is glad his SU squad got a second chance. But this time, in the NCAA Tournament, it’s different.‘That loss was really what turned our season around,’ Joseph said. ‘If we lose on Sunday, there’s no turning the season around until next November. So we’re hoping to come out on top.’bplogiur@syr.edulast_img

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